Thomas P. Hammerberg

Freelance Writer

Thomas P. Hammerberg, SET, CFPS is president of Hammerberg & Associates Inc. He serves as Director of Industry Relations for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) Inc. and represents the association on a number of NFPA committees, including the NFPA 72 Technical Correlating Committee, Protected Premises Technical Committee, NFPA 3 and 4, NFPA 90A and NFPA 101, Fundamentals and Building Services and Fire Protection Equipment committees. In additions, he is a member of the ICC Industry Advisory Committee. Reach him at

Articles by Thomas P. Hammerberg

June 2016
For healthcare facilities, many states use only National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, because it is the code that the joint commission references. However, some states use the International Building Code (IBC) with the fire alarm requirements from NFPA 101 instead of the International Fire Code. 
April 2016
In today’s world, wireless is our life. Your mobile phone and tablet operate on either a cell signal or Wi-Fi. We connect our computers using Wi-Fi most of the time, in our homes and offices and when we travel. Fire department personnel count on their radios for responding to alarms and communicating on the scene. 
February 2016
We all know fire protection is a lot more than a fire alarm or a sprinkler system. In many buildings, the fire alarm is integrated with other systems for the purpose of making the building safer. Who ensures all of the systems perform together properly?
December 2015
In my last article, I wrote about the significant changes to the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. One change that I did not bring up is to the NFPA process. In 2016, the “change lines” in the columns next to revised or new text will no longer be there. NFPA has decided to remove them from NFPA 72 and will show both the old and new text in the NFPA 72 Handbook. READ MORE
October 2015
In June 2015, NFPA members met to hear arguments on motions to change the technical committee actions on a number of codes and standards, including the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The next step in the process is for the NFPA Standards Council to approve and issue the new document. READ MORE
August 2015
“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them.” I’ve heard Wayne D. Moore cite this Zig Ziglar quote many times during presentations, and, for me, it always hits home. Companies involved in fire alarm and life safety systems inspection and testing cannot afford to have untrained personnel. READ MORE
June 2015
There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency. This article provides an update on the listing certification for two-hour fire-rated cables used to meet survivability requirements. READ MORE
June 2015
I’m sure all of you have run into an issue such as this when installing a fire alarm system: One authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) wants one thing, and another AHJ wants exactly the opposite. What do you do? You can’t make both happy. When proposing changes to the codes and standards, my code partners and I always try to fix conflicts that cause this problem, but it is not always possible.
April 2015
In my last article, I reviewed changes to fire alarm requirements for the occupancy classifications in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). This month, I review changes to the general fire alarm requirements as well as the new section on carbon monoxide (CO) detection requirements. READ MORE