Frontline Fire Officer Training: Firestopping and Path of Travel, Why it should matter to you– Recorded Webinar


Most successful fire protection strategies rely on a redundant system approach to provide safety to the occupants of a structure and the responding fire service personnel. The proper design and utilization of Early Notification – Active Protection (Suppression) – Passive Protection (Containment) can lead to a successful outcome of limiting damage and injuries, or deaths, when a fire occurs. In the fire service this can be compared to the Chain of Survival during medical responses in the sense that when all of the components function properly the odds of a successful outcome increase.  Much has been written and discussed regarding sprinkler operations and reliability. There have  been many discussions on the performance of smoke alarms and detectors in the built environment. This webinar will focus on discussing the “Passive Protection” aspect, mostly focusing on Firestop Systems.

It is important when discussing firestopping that we understand that we are discussing a systematic approach as these systems rely on multiple components to provide the designed performance. As with any system, or product, proper design, installation and maintenance are important elements for performance under adverse conditions. This webinar will teach participants about what a firestop consists of, where they are located and the importance of proper inspection and maintenance of these safety systems. Also included in the discussion will be the modern fire environment and how these systems operate to provide safety to the operating fire fighters during an emergency response. Following the presentation, our presenters, along with John Valiulis, Technical Director of International Firestop Council answers questions from participants.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the modern fire environment
  • Explain what firestopping means
  • Recognize the importance of inspecting passive fire protection

Target Audience

  • Firefighter
  • Fire service officer
  • Fire inspector (AHJ)
  • Building inspector (AHJ)
  • Architect
  • Engineer 

IACET Procedure:

UL Knowledge Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this course; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition. 0.1 CEU will be awarded upon successful completion of the knowledge assessment following the course.


Presenters Biographies:

Sean DeCrane- Manager, Industry Relations, UL LLC

Sean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He rose through the ranks and serving in various roles including the Director of Training and Acting Chief of Operations. He retired as a Battalion Chief covering Cleveland’s Westside. Sean is currently the Manager of Industry Relations for the Underwriters Laboratories Building Life Safety, Security and Technologies Division. Sean has been very involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He serves on the UL Fire Council, is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board and is currently on a number of technical panels for research and standards.

Luke Woods- Principal Engineer - Fire Resistance, UL LLC

Luke Woods is the Principal Engineer for the Fire Resistance and Containment group with UL in Northbrook, IL. His experience concentrates on fire protection testing, researching and evaluating of building materials and systems under various fire conditions. Luke is also the ambassador for UL at technical committees throughout the fire protection industry. His primary focus for UL covers the technical matters for fire rated products such as firestop systems, joints, curtain walls, fire doors, fire dampers, fire windows, fire resistant record protection, fire rated structural elements (steelwork, walls, floors, roofs etc.), fire resistive coatings and other fire protection materials. He has been published in several industry magazines and newsletters addressing current testing and certification topics for fire protection.

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Time Requirement


Web-Based 75 minutes Free

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