Welcome and Introduction
This presentation will discuss NFPA’s Hot Work Safety Certificate Program, which was created in response to a structure fire in Boston, MA in 2014, in which two Boston firefighters died as a result of a fire started by unpermitted welding. This program was developed to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs, as numerous fires have been started by poor hot work practices. The Fire Service can utilize this program and implement it as a required program in any jurisdiction, for contractors who perform hot work, in order to raise the level of safety on construction sites and other properties where hot work is performed. The training provided in the Hot Work program addresses the safe practices needed when planning and executing jobs wherever hot work processes are used.
Bob Sullivan is the Southwest Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Mr. Sullivan has over 31 years of experience serving on fire departments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, including several years at the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to coming to NFPA, he served on the Thornton Fire Department in Colorado as the Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Deputy Fire Marshal, focusing on new development construction and fire code enforcement. Previously, Mr. Sullivan worked for National Foam Inc./Kidde Firefighting USA and Industrial Risk Insurers. He has a Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.