Upcoming events

    • 12 Jun 2023
    • 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Grand - Long Beach

    Topic: Fire Pumps: Always Something New!

    Date: June 12, 2023

    Location: The Grand - 4101 E Willow St - Long Beach, CA

    Speaker: Todd A. Stephens 


    Meeting Flyer: SOCAL SFPE June Meeting Flyer


    11:15 - 11:30 AM: Check-in & Networking

    11:30 - 11:45 AM: Chapter Business 

    11:45 - 1:00 PM: Key Note Presentation


    What you will learn:

    • Common mistakes made by engineers, contractors, and building owners/managers
    • What to look for when evaluating existing and new fire pump installations
    • Tricks (or honest mistakes?) that can dupe inspectors during commissioning
    • Latest fire pump, controller, and driver technologies including variable speed pumps, when to use?
    • Diesel vs. electric – how this argument has been changing lately
    • Common mistakes in reading annual fire pump test reports; what to look for and what to do if…
    • Fire pump problems and useful service life –replace or repair?
    • Common Repairs Do’s and Don’ts (including but inspector, this part is exactly the same as the pump brand’s part)


    Todd has over 20 years of experience in the fire pump industry. He is currently VP of Sales for SoCal with the Brown Company; manufacturers’ representative for Aurora, Fairbanks Morse, Edwards, TIgerflow, and Nijhuis Fire Pump brands in CA, ID, NV, MT, and WY. As manufacturers’ representative, Todd is involved in the entire fire pump life cycle – from conceptual design, specification, execution, installation, commissioning, maintenance, replacement, troubleshooting, and repairs. Covering all of SoCal, he’s seen it all and can share a multitude of experiences. Todd holds a bachelor’s in environmental science from Humboldt State University and was a staff scientist involved with environmental assessments and remediation. He also completed the Certified in Plumbing Design Certificate at San Francisco City College, and is factory trained by several pump, controller and engine manufacturers. Todd is passionate about teaching; he used to demonstrate science concepts at the Discovery Science Center in Costa Mesa and has continued with that passion ever since.

Past Events list

Combustible Dusts & Explosion Protection, May 8th, 2023, Geffrey Mitchell

Product Showcase - New & Emerging Fire Protection Technology, April 10th, 2023

AIM Act Impacts to FP Industry + Viking OXEO Gaseous Suppression Systems, March 13th, 2023, Doug Meyers

Basic Hazardous Materials and Major Code Changes, February 13th, 2023, Elley Klausbruckner

2022 CBC - Significant Changes, January 9, 2023, Steven Dannaway

Flame Detection, November 14, 2022, Bob Barker

Annual Symposium Event, October 25, 2022

SFPE Foundation, September 12, 2022, Joseph Talbert

Beam Smoke Detection for Large Spaces, June 13, 2022, Dean Rushin

Hybrid NFPA 770 Systems, May 9, 2022, Frank Broidy

Clean Agents and Foam, April 11, 2022, Doug Meyers

Confessions of a Fire Marshal, March 14, 2022, James Frater

Current Topics in Hazmat: Pharma and Extraction Facilities, February 14, 2022, Elley Klausbruckner

Latest Tools & Resources from NFPA, ICC, & UL, January 10, 2022, Ray Bizal & Susan Dowty, & Jon Roberts

Annual Symposium Event, December 6 & 7, 2021, Various Speakers

Protection of Top-Loading Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems, November 8, 2021, Wes Baker

Please contact a board member with any suggestions you have for the chapter. We hope to see you at our next event.

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