Interrogate The Integration Expert

Oct. 27, 2008
From One Expert to the Next

More on Passive and Active Fire Protection
What is the difference between passive and active fire protection?

A: Greg Kessinger in “Grill the Fire Expert” this month discusses a situation where active fire protection is used. Active fire protection refers to sprinklers. Sprinkler systems are intended to put out fires and therefore save lives and prevent the destruction of buildings. And they do, provided they are able to operate. When they do not operate as designed, the passive fire protective measures in place in a structure are relied on.

Passive fire protection includes fire stops and fire rated door assemblies. Passive fire protection also is essential for the welfare of fire fighters. Building elements such as positive latching doors contain heat and fire. With them in place, fire fighters can navigate a structure knowing its integrity will prevent a rampant spread of fire.

Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs Standard
What is the NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs?

A: It is designed to be a description of the basic criteria for a comprehensive program that addresses disaster recovery, emergency management and business continuity. Clearly a benchmark and potentially a requirement, NFPA 1600 should be an important influence on your security management program.

NFPA 1600 discusses the standard and its implications so that recovery planners can properly prepare. On April 30, 2004, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommended to the 9-11 Commission that NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, be recognized as the national preparedness standard. NFPA standards are developed through a consensus standards development process approved by ANSI.

NFPA 1600 is considered by many to be an excellent benchmark for continuity and emergency planners in both the public and private sectors. The standard addresses methodologies for defining and identifying risks and vulnerabilities and provides planning guidelines that address:

  • Stabilizing the restoration of the physical infrastructure;
  • Protecting the health and safety of personnel;
  • Crisis communications procedures;
  • Management structures for both short-term recovery and ongoing long-term continuity of operations.

Security Dealer Technical Editor Tim O’Leary is a 30-year veteran of the security industry and a 10-year contributor to the magazine. O’Leary’s background encompasses having been a security consultant since 1986 and an independent security company owner/operator, in addition to his research and evaluation of new technologies and products introduced to the physical and electronic security fields. He is a member of the VBFAA (Virginia Burglar and Fire Alarm Association); certified for Electronic Security Technician and Sales by the VADCJS (Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services); and, has served as a judge for the SIA New Product Showcase. Send your integration questions to [email protected].