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San Antonio, Texas, November 5-8.

Campus Fire Forum is the only national conference that focuses exclusively on campus fire and life safety issues and continues to offer you the opportunity to learn from the experts and interact with campus fire safety professionals. We will address issues that are critical to fire & life safety on and off-campus.  If you can only attend one training forum a year ... this is the one to attend!  


 Monday November 5    ICC Training (Optional)
 Tuesday November 6    Forum Opening, Educational Sessions, Exhibits, Keynote, President's Reception
 Wednesday November 7    Educational Sessions
 Thursday November 8    Educational Sessions, Town Hall Meeting, Annual Member Meeting


The Center is an ICC Preferred Provider and will be providing CEU's toward your ICC re-certification for many of the classes you attend.  We will also supply Certificates of Attendance.


NFPA 3000

Kristin Bigda, P.E., is a Principal Fire Protection Engineer in the Building Fire Protection and Life Safety Department at NFPA.  She serves as Staff Liaison to the Fire Code Technical Committee, Fire Doors and Windows Technical Committee as well as several Safety to Life and Building Code Technical Committees responsible for the development of NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000.  Kristin is the editor of the NFPA 1 Handbook and NFPA 80 Handbook.  Prior to joining the NFPA staff in 2007, Kristin attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she received degrees of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering. Kristin is also a registered Professional Engineer in the discipline of Fire Protection in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

About this session ...  Participants will learn about the joint effort to bring representatives from emergency response, emergency management, facility management, healthcare, education, and others to create a first of its kind national standard.  The standard is designed to bring entire communities together to manage these incidents.  Participants will learn the process in which this was made, why it was made, and receive a general review of the content of this groundbreaking standard.


Participants will be able to describe recent active shooter/hostile events.

  • Participants will be able to explain the process needed to achieve an accredited consensus standard.
  • Participants will be to describe an outline the requirements for an active shooter/hostile event response program.

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING (Special 2 Hour General Session)

This past July an early morning fire tore through the Iconic Village apartment complex in San Marcos, TX, claiming five lives. The Wednesday morning General Session will feature an overview and preliminary report on this tragedy, as well as a look at how large-scale fires such as this can be prevented or minimized.

The first half of the general session will be presented by Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner, of the San Marcos Fire Department. Fire Marshal Kistner will present an overview of this incident and detail what is known so far, realizing that this incident is still under investigation. The second half of the session will be presented by the National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Regional Manager Cindy Giedraitis. Cindy will provide an overview on retrofit possibilities for existing buildings, feature local cities that have a retrofit program and discuss the successes and obstacles you will encounter.


A special 90 minute Town Hall Meeting with Directors from The Center for Campus Fire Safety and The Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA). Have your questions ready to ask the Board (s) ... or send them to us: SupportTeam@campusfiresafety.org.


Morning Session: Accessibility, including the A117.  

Afternoon Session: ICC 300 Standard for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands; and ICC 500 Storm Shelter and FEMA Safe Room Requirements

Instructor: Kimberly Paarlberg, R.A.

Kimberly Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC). Her experience with ICC includes work in the plan review and code development departments with responsibilities for code development, plan reviews, providing code interpretations, instructing technical seminars and authoring and reviewing instruction materials, code commentary and publication articles. Kimberly serves as code development secretary for the IBC Means of Egress/Accessibility and ICC Administration committees. She is ICC representative for development of the referenced technical standard, ICC/ANSI A117.1 “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.”  Kimberly is the staff for the ICC Adhoc Health Care Committee.

Before joining ICC, Kimberly worked as a structural engineer and architect.  Kim is a licensed architect in Illinois and holds an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. She is a member of the Indiana Steering Committee for the Great Lakes ADA Center which facilitates dispersal of information and technical assistance for ADA.


  • Active shooters in America, the threat and response.

  • Protecting Campus Fire Sprinkler Systems

  • Emergency Response and Proper Planning

  • Game Day Operations

  • Firestop, Life Safety and the Campus Environment

  • NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection & Life Safety System Testing, 2018 Edition. 

  • Building a Campus Floor Marshal program from the Ground Up: A Hands-On Approach

  • Reaching International Students in Off Campus Housing

  • Commercial Grade Fire Suppression for Residential Cooking Appliances

  • Public Private Partnerships

  • UL Standards

  • Teaching Fire Safety to Students and Staff

  • Flexible Technology: Eliminate Freeze-ups and Improve Campus Fire Safety

  • 2018 IFC Chapter 38 higher Education Laboratories, Overview and implementation

  • Off-Campus Housing Issues - Mississippi State University addresses over 9,000 apartment beds just outside the college limits, multi-story, with and without sprinklers, limited water supply, no codes

  • Special Off-Campus Sessions (2 hours)

  • Prioritizing Expensive Fire Code Deficiencies for Action

  • Changes to the 2019 edition of the NFPA 72® National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

  • ECS/MNS Basics, Intelligibility and Code Updates

  • Prepare to get Shocked: The discussion and use of Automated External Defibrillators on Campus Grounds


Tuesday, November 6th.

Exhibitors: Members $1425. | Non Members: $1750.  
(Includes booth space plus full registration for 1 exhibitor.  You will have the chance to add additional exhibitors during the registration process).

Meet with conference attendees throughout the day.
Our conference brings together fire officials, code officials, campus fire marshals, EHS managers, facility managers, life safety educators, product manufacturers, specifiers, approval agencies, non-profit fire & safety organizations and more.  Our attendees are mostly nationwide, with several international attendees too.  All conference meals/breaks will include exhibitors.

Network with conference attendees at night.

Exhibitors are also included in the President's Reception following the exhibit.  This year we'll be in the Courtyard of the Marriott San Antonio Plaza.  


    • Ascenttra Inc.
    • Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA)
    • Autocall
    • CSHEMA
    • Denlar Fire Protection LLC
    • Edwards Detection and Alarm
    • Engineering Planning and Management, inc. 
    • Fire Protection Consulting Group, LLC. (FPCG)
    • International Code Council (ICC)
    • Jensen Hughes
    • Johnson Controls
    • Keltron
    • Knox Company
    • National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
    • Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC 
    • Siemens
    • Specified Technologies Inc.
    • UL
    • Viking Group

PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION: SOUTHERN BBQ - Sponsored by Johnson Controls

They're Back ...... 

For those of you that don't know what we're talking about, come to the President's Reception to find out!



Breakfast and lunch is included in the cost, along with one invitation to The President's Reception on Tuesday evening.  

Attendees:  Members:  $675. | Non Members: $775.

Exhibitors: Members $1425. | Non Members: $1750. 
(Includes booth space plus full registration for 1 exhibitor.  You will have the chance to add additional exhibitors during the registration process).

Optional ICC Training:  $350.  (6 Contact Hours | .6 CEU's)

Additional cost for guests/additional exhibitors only:

  • If you are bringing a spouse or partner and want them to attend the President's Reception or share in the meals there is an additional cost.  
  • Exhibitors:  The cost of your meals for the day of the exhibit is included in your registration fee. If you are bringing additional exhibitors, there is an additional registration fee per additional person.  This fee includes their meals for the exhibit day only, plus the President's networking reception.  
  • Exhibitors staying for the entire Forum (Wednesday and/or Thursday), should order additional meals as required.
  • Meal selections will be shown in the registration process.


Sorry  -  Government Rates have been sold out!

Commercial Rates are available through October 20, 2018 

A stay at Marriott Plaza San Antonio places you in the heart of San Antonio, within a 10-minute walk of River Walk and Alamo. This 4-star hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Shops at River Center and 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Tower of the Americas.

Marriott Plaza San Antonio*
555 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 229-1000

Regular Room Rate: $165.00 per night
SOLD OUT:  Government Room Rate:  $124.00 per night**

* Please mention the Center's conference block when booking your rooms by phone.
** Subject to prevailing government per diem rate.  You must show a government ID to receive this rate.




Sorry, the hotel no longer has transportation service to and from the airport.  Either Uber or Taxi service is available.



  • Johnson Controls (President's Reception)
  • FM Global
  • Jensen Hughes
  • Siemens 
  • Victaulic 
  • Keltron
  • Automatic Fire Alarm Association
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association