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“Fire Service Features of the State Fire Code” was presented at the A’21 MN Conference on November 3, 2021. The 90-minute program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

Most architects are familiar with applying the state building code fire safety features, such as height, area, and fire protection based on the type of construction, to a new building. Some, however, are not aware that the state fire code contains requirements for fire department vehicle access, fire lanes, and firefighting water supplies that may drive the need for additional fire protection or fire safety features. This session will explain these requirements and address why these may vary based on the features unique to the site being developed.


Jon Nisja has served as fire marshal for two communities and as a fire safety supervisor with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division since 1990. He supervises the fire loss data, fire protection, and training sections for the State Fire Marshal Division. He is a former President of the Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota (1997-2003) and is also a past president of the International Fire Marshals Association (2006-2008). Jon has authored chapters in five books. His areas of fire protection interest include fire safety history, means of egress, fire protection systems, building construction, and using performance measures to show effectiveness. Recognitions include the International Fire Marshals Association Meritorious Service Award (2009) and the NFPA Shannon Advocacy Medal (2019).

Learning objectives

1. Review the fire service feature requirements of the state fire code.

2. Assess the impact of local resources on fire service feature requirements.

3. Identify features for fire department access and water supply.

4. Apply fire department access and water supply requirements to a planned building or development.


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for the 1.5 PDH credits required for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the 90-minute webinar and then complete the ten-question quiz (must score 70% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and/or credits will be recorded to your AIA member transcript


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.