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Life Safety Joint Training for Nursing Homes

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Know the Code - A Life Safety Joint Training for Nursing Homes is a 6 hour on-demand training with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) representatives that will give administrators, maintenance and operations staff a more detailed review of current Life Safety Code and survey issues.

Eddie Alday, Life Safety Code Lead for the AHCA Bureau of Field Operations, together with other Field Operations staff, will highlight the most common life safety and federal emergency preparedness citations. Strategies for maintaining older facilities for Life Safety Code compliance and meeting the NFPA 99 and Chapter 13 Security Management requirements will be addressed, along with a special presentation on the challenges of effective firestopping and the elements of Fire Protection Ratings and inspections. Attendees will also receive a comprehensive review of the many upcoming changes to the Florida Building Code for 2021, with discussion focused on revisions to the code, as well as resulting impacts on inspections, testing and maintenance.

On-demand Training: How It Works

  • Delivered over 5, on-demand video sessions. Each video session is followed by a post-session quiz (6 hours total).
  • Training Dates: On-demand video sessions and quizzes must be accessed and completed between January 26 – February 16 to receive CEUs.
  • Training Materials: 5 on-demand video sessions; post-session quizzes; handout materials
  • Continuing Education Credits: FHCA will post contact hours to CE Broker by February 24, 2020. Participants must have completed the 6 hours of video sessions/quizzes by February 16 at 4 p.m. EST to receive CEUs.

Learner Objectives

  • List the top five most frequently cited life safety tags (K-tags) and federal emergency preparedness tags (E-tags) and describe common causes
  • Describe strategies for maintaining and enhancing an older facility building to meet Life Safety Code requirements
  • Explain how to assess and improve firestopping methods in regard to fire penetration and fire door maintenance
  • Categorize the upcoming revisions to the Florida Building Code 7th edition and distinguish changes in required compliance
  • Identify the required elements of NFPA 99 Chapter 13 Security Management and analyze current plans and security vulnerability assessments


Eddie Alday has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since December 2012. Currently, Eddie is the Bureau of Field Operations Life Safety Code Lead. He is responsible for providing oversight, instruction and development of quality assurance activities for the life safety code program within the Bureau of Field Operations. Eddie served 24 years in the US Army as a Combat Engineer; he has degrees in Business and Construction Management. Certifications: Florida Fire Safety Inspector I, II, Pro Board Fire Safety Inspector I. II, and International Code Fire Inspector II, Master Certification in Code Enforcement, Plans Reviewer, Building Official, ICC Building Inspector and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Technical Committee Member.

George Gay is a Fire Protection Specialist with the Agency for Health Care Administration, Area 1 & 2 in North Florida. Prior to joining AHCA, George retired from Marianna Fire Rescue as a Captain/Fire Marshall with 26 years of service. George is a State of Florida licensed Fire Inspector and has certifications in Fire Instructor, Live Fire Instructor, and is a FAA licensed drone pilot.

Donah Heiberg, MSW, works within the Bureau of Field Operations with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Donah has worked with AHCA since 1995. She has held positions within the Agency working with both training, course development, and quality improvement. Donah has served as AHCA's State Training Administrator, Informal Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Complaint Unit Manager and has held management positions in both the Miami and Tallahassee field offices. Donah is a subject matter expert in several survey areas, including nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for the intellectually disabled, end stage renal dialysis, residential treatment centers for children/adolescents and psychiatric residential treatment facilities.

Skip Gregory, a highly respected and experienced consultant, is an expert in the review of the design and construction of hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, and other similar health care facilities, to meet various codes and standards. He serves on many national code writing committees and advocacy groups for the advancement of health care facility design. He is a dedicated advocate for resident centered care, household designs in nursing homes, and patient centered care in hospitals. Skip served as Bureau Chief of the Office of Plans and Construction at the Agency for Health Care Administration from 1993 to 2010.

Aaron Miller is the Vice President of the Firestop Division with Wal-Mark Contracting, LLC. Aaron is a UL Qualified Contractor, and previously served as the Senior Fire Protection Specialist for Hilti, Inc, Director of Technical Sales for Rectorseal Firestop, and Balco Expansion/Photoluminescent markings. A Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Aaron has a wealth of experience as a contractor and consultant and is a frequent speaker at life safety industry events and leads fire and code trainings.

Event Agenda

1 Hour Session

The Hot Five - K-tags and E-tags

Eddie Alday and Donah Heiberg, both with Agency for Health Care Administration

Achieving full compliance with regulations to prevent deficiencies has its challenges. This presentation will outline the current top five K-tags and top five federal E-tags to help centers improve their compliance and ensure better survey outcomes.


  • Describe the top five K-tags and E-tags and the causes
  • Discuss the solutions to help improve compliance with these top tags
  • Explain how to implement changes that could improve compliance with these tags

1 Hour Session

Keys to Maintenance of an Older Facility

Eddie Alday and George Gay, both with Agency for Health Care Administration

Has your building given its best years to serve your residents? Staying in compliance in an older building requires specific knowledge about the common issues and how to appropriately correct them. This presentation will highlight the common issues in managing and maintaining an older building and the best practices for better compliance.


  • Identify common issues that arise in an older long term care center
  • Discuss what steps should be taken to renovate, repair or rebuild
  • Review the Life Safety regulations most likely to be challenging in an older center

1.5 Hour Session

Firestopping and Florida Code Requirements

Aaron Miller, Vice President - Firestop Division with Wal-Mark Contracting Group LLC

Effective firestopping and fire penetration systems are critical for all long term care centers. This session will discuss how to assess and improve existing firestopping systems and maintain integrity of fire-resistance rated construction. Internal inspections provide quality control and assurance that your systems meet the required building and life safety codes.


  • Review the components of standard firestopping in long term care centers
  • Discuss the challenges and solutions for existing systems
  • Review readiness for the inspection process and how to correct any identified issues

1.5 Hour Session

Just in Time: Understanding the 2021 Florida Building Code Changes

Skip Gregory, Consultant with Health Facility Consulting

This important session will outline the revisions to the 7th edition Florida Building Code (FBC) that will directly affect nursing center design and construction in 2021. Revisions to Chapter 4, with emphasis on Section 450, Nursing Homes, and Section 467, Assisted Living Facilities, will be highlighted. The revisions to 2018 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, which has been adopted as the design standard for all new nursing centers will be reviewed. In addition, significant revisions to the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2018 edition, both of which directly impact nursing center design, will be discussed.


  • Examine the changes in the upcoming 2021 Florida Building Codes
  • Review the impacts to Nursing Home existing and new construction
  • Discuss how to implement the changes that will be required in 2021 

1 Hour Session

Your Security Plan and Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Under Chapter 13 of NFPA 99

Eddie Alday and Donah Heiberg, both with Agency for Health Care Administration

Health Care Facilities Code NFPA 99 is often a source of confusion for long term care centers. This session will clarify the connections between CMS, the NFPA 99 Code, and the Florida requirements of Chapter 13 specific to K-tag, 1150 - Security Management. (NFPA 99 2015 edition)


  • Review the fundamental requirements of compliance under NFPA 99 Chapter 13
  • Describe the connection between the CMS, NFPA and Florida AHCA requirements for Chapter 13
  • Discuss strategies and tools for completing the Security Plan and Security Vulnerability Assessment