My name is Rob Vrabel and I'm a Fire Alarm Service Inspector for Pacific Auxiliary Fire Alarm Co. in San Francisco. I recently attended the Elevator Recall and Sprinkler Interface Class given by Sagiv Weiss-Ishai in San Leandro, California.
Unlike other classes that I've taken for Continuing Education Units, Sagiv's class wasn't just a power-point read through, but a lively explanation and clarification of the various Groups of Elevator Safety Functions as they relate to the Fire Alarm Systems often found in today's buildings.
Sagiv cleared up many aspects of elevator behavior, even relatively simple points, such as what it means when the Fire Fighter's Hat symbol is flashing versus when it is constantly lit during a fire event. I never thought that there WAS a difference, but now I realize that it can save lives if you do know.
Also the interaction between participants made his class interesting throughout the day, and made me actually wish that we had more time to discuss and learn from Sagiv's experience gleaned from his many years of working with the San Francisco Fire Department.
I'll look forward to participating in future classes given by him, and applying the knowledge I receive to my inspection and testing of complex fire alarm systems in San Francisco and elsewhere.
Rob Vrabel Pacific Auxiliary Fire Alarm Co.
My name is Michael Lupsaiu and I have been a Project Engineer with SimplexGrinnell for the past 18 years. In this capacity, I have been involved with designing fire alarm systems from small, 1-story office building to large hospitals, high-rise buildings and university campuses.
It goes without saying that knowledge of codes and standards is a very large part of my job, so I decided to “try” Mr. Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, and I have attended three of seminars.
Over the course of these 18 years, I have attended a large number of seminars and training courses and I can say that, without a doubt, the courses conducted by Mr. Sagiv Weiss-Ishai are among the very top. He has a deep knowledge of the various fire-alarm related codes and standards and, more importantly, he can present this knowledge to his audience in a very clear and direct way. He engages with the audience by answering all the questions, while at the same time keeping his courses on track.
It is also very obvious that Mr. Weiss-Ishai has a real passion for the subject that he teaches and this makes the whole experience of attending his courses even better.
I have benefitted greatly from attending his seminars and I will recommend them to anybody involved with designing, reviewing, installing or testing fire alarm systems, be they design professionals, contractors or AHJs.
As an elevator mechanic with over 25 years of experience servicing all types of elevators and lifts, I still find the exact code requirements related to sprinklers, smoke alarms and fire service to be rather confusing. Hoping to find some clarity to these requirements, I signed up for this class and I was not disappointed at all. Sagiv definitely know his stuff and speaks with enthusiasm and authority as he teaches his class. I was afraid that an all day class on one topic would drag on a bit, but I was wrong. The time went by quickly and the class interaction was lively, keeping the class very interesting for the whole day. The facilities were great, the lunch was great and all things considered this class was definitely worth my time and money. Of course it helps that I am getting continuing education credit for my certifications also. I highly recommend this class to anyone who needs a little clarification on the topic, some continuing ed credits or both.
This is the fifth FPE class I've taken from Sagiv. I have found these courses to be of great value. In my opinion there are few if any other offerings that provide the same level of content over a single day; affording the individuals who attend an incredible opportunity to gain practical code knowledge in the field of Fire Protection. Sagiv is a passionate subject matter expert with a the ability to deliver course content in a compelling way. I consider FPE courses a "must attend" for anyone who's work involves the design, installation, review or inspection of Fire Protection systems. I would encourage all of my colleagues in the A&E community to take advantage of the opportunity to attend when classes are announced. Even individuals whose work is not directly related to Fire Protection; such as architects, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers should consider taking these courses. The insight gained and knowledge obtained is invaluable.
Todd Winslow | SET, PSP
Senior Project Manager
I am a fire protection engineering consultant, working in the industry since 2005. I have taken several classes taught by Sagiv. I experience Sagiv as a knowledgeable and engaged instructor with experience in both the standard development process as part of a technical committee and in the application of the standard as a working professional fire protection engineer. I recommend this class to those individuals in the fire alarm industry that use NFPA 72 and want to know the important changes to the standard.
John Stauder, P.E.
Elevator Industry Participant Reviews
My name is Kelly Houlihan and I have been an elevator consultant for the past 11 years and in the elevator industry for over 30 years doing jobs from installation and commissioning to management. In this capacity, I have been involved with elevator systems from small, 2-story office buildings to large hospitals, high-rise buildings and university campuses.
I attended Class 5 – NFPA 72-2019: New Code Changes. Even though the specific elevator content was limited, the overall course was interesting and valuable to my knowledge and use in my industry. Knowledge of codes and standards is a large part of my job and Mr. Sagiv Weiss-Ishai is an excellent instructor. This is the second seminar I have attended. The other was excellent as well.
Elevator Consultant / Edgett Williams Consulting Group
My Name is Estela M. Conanan and I have been working for Honeywell International Inc. for 12 years. I started with Honeywell as Project Administrator with only a Degree in Mathematics as a background. My first 5 years was spent facilitating the company’s fire alarm projects, applying for fire alarm permits and attending pre-test and final test with the AHJ. I eventually got promoted and advanced as a Fire Alarm Estimator/Engineer in 2012 and in this role I was assigned to small projects as a one-stop-shop bidding, surveying, estimating and engineering all Honeywell’s downtown San Francisco’s High-Rise Buildings Tenant Improvement Projects.
It was in 2010 when I first met Sagiv when I started working on the Moscone Convention Center South Renovation Project, One South Van Ness and 1455 Market (all very large retrofit projects) on permit pre-application meetings and on the plan check process. And I can say immediately that Sagiv was very professional and knowledgeable in his craft. He is always willing to help clarify any code related questions we may have. Base on my observation, Sagiv is very passionate in his profession, he devotes time to ensure we interpret the code precisely. All my plan check experience with Sagiv I always leave with additional understanding of the codes.
I always look forward in attending his seminar events as they are very informative and it is in a format that is very organize, friendly, straight to the point and since he is so lively that it is sometimes entertaining. He provides examples on how to apply a specific code in an actual building scenarios or set up which helps me understand what the AHJ looks for in my design when I submit my fire alarm submittals. I highly recommends his seminars to my peers, any Fire Alarm Designers, Technicians, Fire Alarm Testers and AHJ. Aside from the learning experience I obtained, his seminars provides additional CEU’s as well which is required to maintain my current certification.
Estela M. Conanan
Estimator / Engineer
Honeywell Building Solutions
As a Fire Alarm Systems designer for a large multi-national corporation, I work on projects from the San Francisco International Airport and large downtown hotels, to smaller businesses in the North Bay. I need to keep up with code changes but can hardly make time to fit it all in. That is where Class 5 – NFPA 72-2019: New Code Changes is really a time-saver!
In this class, Sagiv walks us through each chapter’s changes, not only explaining what is altered but helping us to understand its relevance to our niche of industry: whether we are in design, code enforcement, engineering, sales, or inspection. Furthermore, his comprehensive yet concise handout(s) will assist you in keeping your notes in one, easy-to-reference location.
Sagiv Weiss-Ishai is an NFPA committee member who is involved in code updates throughout the entire change cycle. His passion is for expert code development that not only keeps people safe, but is consistent between various code standards, and easy to understand by the professionals that use it.
Over my last 5 years in the Fire & Life Safety industry, I have learned so much from Sagiv whether in pre-app meetings, plan reviews, or these classroom/learning situations. His course covers a huge volume of information in one day, but keeps his participants engaged and awake through frequent breaks, interactive sessions, and essential refreshments!
I recommend Sagiv’s training programs to keep you “up-to-date” or to deepen your understanding of specific topics.