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Presenter: John Swanson

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fargo, ND

Radisson Hotel
201 5th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-232-7363

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design

    Applicable codes
      • International Fire Code
      • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes
      • Local ordinances
   Scope and purpose of codes and ordinances
   Special occupancies: health care facilities and others

Occupancy Classifications

   General requirements and criteria
      • Change of use and /or change of occupancy
      • Hazard classifications
   Life safety issues
   Design specifications and scenarios
   Evaluation and documentation

Means of Egress

   Exit access, discharge and other components
      • Impediments to egress
   Calculating and determining occupant loads
      • Gross vs. net
   Arrangement of exits
   Equivalency discussion

Fire Protection Features and Equipment

   Walls, signage
   Fire detection, alarm and communication systems
   Sprinkler systems

Occupancy Exercises

   Case studies:
      • New construction
      • Changing occupancy of existing buildings

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Other
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Fire)

Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in most states, including North Dakota. It also offers a continuing education opportunity to North Dakota architects (non-mandatory). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for North Dakota professional engineers.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors; it has not been approved by any licensing entities for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


John Swanson

Deputy State Fire Marshal – Inspector / Plans Examiner Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division

Mr. Swanson has worked in the fire service as a firefighter, fire marshaland state fire marshal for nearly 20 years. He is certified as a FireInspector III, Plans Examiner, Firefighter II and NICET certified in firealarm systems. Mr. Swanson currently represents the Minnesota StateFire Marshal Division on several state and national code developmentand interpretation committees, including NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code andthe IBC Fire Safety Committee. He serves as a contract instructor for the International CodeCouncil (ICC), National Fire Academy and often travels the United States providing training onNFPA 72. In 2013, he was appointed by Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton to the state boardresponsible for establishing rules and regulations for those practicing in the architectural andengineering professions for the State of Minnesota. In 2013, Mr. Swanson’s youngest son wasdiagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Due to this, he has a personal interest in fire alarmsystems and fire safety for children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs.Through his work on the NFPA 72 technical committee, Mr. Swanson has worked on a nationaltask group to review fire alarm notification appliances and the impact they have on children withautism. He has also served as a consultant nationally to design professionals, school districts andcode officials on autism-related fire and life safety issues.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.