NFSA Attends Missouri Fire Marshals Conference


A large variety of seminars and speakers this year gave participants the opportunity to attend an unprecedented 18 different classes. Jeff Hugo, a popular instructor with Missouri fire officials, presented two classes on codes related to fire sprinklers.

NFSA coordinator Paul Richard provided lunch for the group of 100 fire officials and promoted NFSA membership. Speaking to the group, Richard encouraged participants to have an ITM reporting procedure. “It’s like having an additional inspector,” he said. “Fire alarm and sprinkler contractors have their inspectors out there in your buildings. All you need to do is follow-up.” Earlier this year, other Missouri fire departments were showcased in an NFSA blog regarding their ITM programs.

In addition to Hugo and Richard, John LaVenture represented the St. Louis Fire Sprinkler Alliance, manning a table display and providing considerable behind-the-scenes support for the conference.

The presence of NFSA and the STLFSA is important because of the integral part that fire marshals and inspectors play in the overall fire protection system. Some of those in attendance brought technical questions that were resolved with the help of the NFSA staff.

The association put on a first-class program full of quality training with countless opportunities for networking including an evening family pig roast and a game of corn hole! The conference was sponsored by the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri (FMAM). FMAM President Jeff DeLapp is a proud NFSA member and a strong advocate for fire sprinklers. The FMAM is an International Code Council (ICC) Chapter and an ICC Preferred Education Provider and has members from fire departments and districts across the state as well as inspectors with state agencies.