Balanced Fire Protection

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Learn the strategies to ensure your fire protection system will perform at a moment’s notice.





Return to BUILDINGSVIP home pageHow much attention do you pay to your fire protection system?  If the answer is “very little,” your life safety measures could be compromised. Fire protection doesn’t stop with your sprinklers – it includes your alarms, regular inspections, and complying with codes.  This webinar will explore strategies that ensure your fire protection system will perform at a moment’s notice.


Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand how each component of a fire protection system is dependent on the others.

  • Recognize the importance of routine maintenance and inspections.

  • Identity best practices for sprinklers and alarms.



Bernie Arends, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Specialist
National Fire Sprinkler Association


After graduating from the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, Bernie entered the US Navy and served during the Vietnam Conflict as an Intelligence Officer. Shortly after returning from Active Duty, he joined the Park Ridge, Illinois Fire Department in July, 1972. During his career there, he served at all levels of Staff and Command, rising to the rank of Chief Officer. For most of his 25 years as a Firefighter, he always felt it was better to prevent fires than have to fight fires. In 1997, he switched careers and became a Fire Marshal at the Northbrook, Illinois Fire Department. He served in that capacity until joining the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) in October, 2010 as an Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Specialist. He now travels the country supporting NFSA's training programs for AHJ's and fire sprinkler contractors, concentrating on NFPA 25. He also has a graduate degree from Northwestern University's School of Public Safety.