Coffee Break Training

Coffee Break Bulletins for Fire and Building Inspectors

Fire and building inspectors with busy daily schedules often don’t have time to attend valuable skill-enhancing training sessions, so the National Fire Academy (NFA) is providing Coffee Break Training bulletins for you to read and enjoy during your daily break. These one-page training notices, posted every Tuesday, provide technical training in fire protection systems, building construction, codes and standards, inspection techniques, hazardous materials and administrative tips.



Coffee Break Training: Means of Egress – Handrails


Sprinkler Guards

Sprinkler guards are designed to prevent water leaks from accidental contact.

Today’s training vignette, “Sprinkler Guards” describes their construction and installation requirements.

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Setting SMART Goals

Learning Objective: The student shall learn how to set goals using the Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) method.

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Dry pipe sprinkler systems must have suitable drains to prevent the accumulation of water that might freeze and break the pipe.

Today’s training vignette, “Low Point Drain Assemblies” explains how these devices work.

Coffee Break Training provides an overview of fire protection topics and does not include all details, requirements or exceptions to the topics that are described. Always refer to nationally recognized design and installation codes and standards, the product manufacturer, or listing details for specific information.

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Important Information

The Coffee Break Training quarterly self-assessment exams have been moved to NFA Online. There you will find links to the previous Coffee Break exams and other Fire Prevention: Technical training.

To go directly to the Coffee Break website