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* Counterfeit Sprinkler Warning *

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
    Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
    Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.

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UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler’s wrench boss is marked “TYCO”, the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco, its affiliates, or agents.
    Name of Product: Pendent Type Fire Sprinkler
    Identification: On the product: The counterfeit sprinkler has the UL Mark on the wrench boss. The UL Certified Tyco sprinkler is provided with the UL Mark on the deflector, other differences are:
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” and “UL” marked on the sides of the wrench flat, no date code; cULus in a circle marked on the side of the frame. “68C” and  “SSP” on the deflector without TY number; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb no markings.
    UL Certified Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” marked on one wrench flat, date code on the other wrench flat; cULus in a circle, “155°F/68°C”,”SP” and “ TY3251” marked on the deflector; Deflector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb – “G” between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    To see photographs visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinkler-release-no-14pn-18/.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.


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National
Construction Spending
    Construction spending rose modestly in January from year-earlier levels despite retreating from a six-year high in December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.
    “Construction continues to expand overall, but with a lot of variability by month and segment,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The generally positive trends are obscured by an unreliable estimate for residential improvements that purportedly shows a huge downturn that is inconsistent with other data.”
    Construction spending in January totaled $971 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, 1.1% lower than in December but 1.8% higher than in January 2014, Simonson noted. The divergent totals were reflected as well in major segments. Private residential spending in January climbed 0.6% from December but slipped 3.4% from a year earlier, while private nonresidential spending slid 1.6% for the month but rose 4.8% year-over-year. Public construction spending decreased 2.6% from December and increased 5.1% from January 2014.
    “The picture would look much better if not for an estimated 30% plunge in residential improvements over the past year,” Simonson added. “Unfortunately, the government has had to derive this estimate from very indirect sources since funding was cut several years ago for a survey of residential additions and replacements. The supposed decline is not credible at a time when new and existing home sales are rising, as are sales by home-improvement chains.”
    Several major private construction segments recorded double-digit spending growth from January 2014 to January 2015, including multi-family construction (mainly apartments), 30%; manufacturing construction, 23%; lodging, 18%; office, 15%; and commercial (retail, warehouse, and farm), 14%.
    For more information contact: AGC of America, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 548-3118, www.agc.org.

National
FMI Nonresidential Construction Index
    The Nonresidential Construction Index from FMI rose two points in Q1. This normally is a positive economic sign. However, construction companies are facing the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing backlogs, warns Phil Warner, researcher for FMI.
    The engineering and construction executives that comprise the NRCI panel are strongly optimistic about both the economy and their businesses. The diffusion indexes for the overall economy and the geographic economies where individual panelists do business rose more than six points, reaching 78.
    The report discusses owners’ views on expectations for 2015 Construction Put In Place, top business challenges for 2015, and employment trends. Lack of a skilled workforce was among the top concerns. Other comments express some political angst. One panelist expressing, “Need a federal highway bill!” A different panelist says, “Another challenge is the increasing regulatory burdens placed on our clients and, in turn, our business. Some projects are taking almost two years to clear local planning hurdles. By the time the project is approved, budgets are obsolete, and the project may not be feasible.”
    For more information visit: www.fminet.com.

National
ConsensusDocs Owner & Trade Contractor Agreement
    The ConsensusDocs 850 Agreement Between Owner and Trade Contractor is the latest release in the 100+ document library of standard contracts written by a coalition of 40+ industry associations. The standard contract document was updated to reflect today’s construction needs. The agreement allows an owner to contract with a builder when construction management (CM) agency is used (and not a single general contractor). This agreement can be used for multi prime, CM, Agency, or Owner acting as its own CM. This contractual arrangement is appropriate when construction management services are provided externally by a CM or by the owner itself.
    “Projects using multiple prime contractors, sophisticated Owners acting as their own CM, and Owners who elect to use agency CM will all greatly benefit from this updated standard construction contract — the first industry contract document to explicitly address all of these project approaches,” states Phil Beck, Chair of the ConsensusDocs Content Advisory Council and Partner at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.
    One significant change provides quicker payment to early-finishing specialty trade contractors when the trade contract work is complete, rather than the project’s overall completion.
    ConsensusDocs standard contracts are written and endorsed by 40+ organizations representing designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties to be fair to all parties and provide better project results. Users receive a comprehensive catalog of 100+ contracts via a technology platform with easy editing in Microsoft Word® via the cloud or desktop.
    For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

National
ABC Cheers Bill to Overturn NLRB Ambush Rule
    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election proposal. The resolution, introduced by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), seeks to prevent the NLRB from implementing the ambush rule, which is scheduled to take effect April 14, through the Congressional Review Act.
    “This action by the U.S. Senate led by Senator Alexander is a win for workplace and privacy rights and for construction contractors and their employees,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “The ambush rule remains among the most egregious examples of the NLRB’s transformation from neutral arbiter of labor law to unabashed supporter of Big Labor’s agenda.
    “Should the ambush rule be allowed to take effect in April, it would have the unique distinction of violating both the due process rights of employers and the privacy rights of employees,” said Burr.
    Under the ambush election rule, the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place will be dramatically reduced from the current average of 38 days to as few as 14 calendar days. In addition, the rule shortens the amount of time an employer is allotted to provide a list of eligible voters and adds to the amount of personal contact information that must be disclosed to unions. The changes are scheduled to take effect April 14, 2015, unless a court or Congress blocks enforcement.
    ABC of Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of ABC filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court seeking to overturn the latest version of the NLRB’s ambush election rule.
     Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.       
    For more information visit: www.abc.org.

National
Report on the Future of Code Officials
    The International Code Council (ICC) has released the report, Raising the Profile, Filling the Gaps: Report from a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Code Officials, which summarizes the findings of a Town Hall Meeting.
    During the summer of 2014, ICC engaged the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) to conduct a nationwide survey of building code compliance professionals. The results of this first-of-its-kind demographic survey of code professionals confirmed the growing concern within the building industry: 80% of the existing code professional workforce is expected to retire in the next 15 years, and more than 30% plan to do so within five years.
    The report includes recommendations and possible solutions.
     For more information visit: www.nibs.org.

Connecticut
Commendations for Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition
    Three national fire service organizations are joining together to applaud the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition for its proactive leadership — the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and Common Voices always stand in support of fire sprinklers.
    The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition has been instrumental with the introduction of Bill No. 6777, which would require residential fire sprinkler systems. This legislation, if passed, will reduce property damage and prevent injuries and deaths.
    Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF said, “We work with burn and family survivor advocacy organizations like Common Voices and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors because they truly do understand the devastating effects of fire. Together, working with the legislative entities throughout the U.S., we hope to prevent families from similar tragic losses.”
    “I am so proud of the respective organizations who have worked to make this a reality in Connecticut. Lives will be saved as a result of their efforts and leadership,” added Vickie Pritchett, facilitator for Common Voices.
    NFPA statistics confirm the life-saving aspects of home fire sprinklers — a person’s risk of dying from a house fire decreases by about 80% when sprinklers are present. Yet, sprinkler opponents nationwide continue to aggressively combat the necessity of these systems.
    “The technology to prevent fire deaths and injuries exists,” stated Pam Elliott, a burn survivor advocate. “We need to stand united in the message that fire sprinklers save the lives of both citizens and firefighters.”
    Sharing direct messages like Elliott’s to promote residential fire sprinklers is at the heart of sprinkler advocacy organizations and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
    For information visit: Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, www.homefiresprinkler.org., and/or NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative, www.firesprinklerinitiative.org.

Illinois
Residential Fire Deaths Up in 2014
Fire Safety Advocates Say Fire Sprinklers Needed
    Last year, Illinois experienced 104 civilian residential fire deaths. According to the United States Fire Administration, this was an increase of over 9% from both 2012 and 2013. Also, 2015 is off to a poor start with eight deaths to date.
    Fire safety advocates say there’s already a solution to preventing residential fire deaths.
    “Our state continues to average 100 civilian fire deaths each year, but the reality is that fire sprinklers can prevent these needless deaths,” says Bartlett Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Mike Figolah, who is an advocate for the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition. “A fire sprinkler puts water on a fire while it is still small, which keeps it from spreading and allows residents to safely escape.”
    Fire sprinklers are more important than ever in today’s modern homes and that’s why they are present in current national model codes. According to recent research from Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards & Technology, new homes present many unique fire hazards. When exposed to fire, the lightweight materials that are present in newer homes, such as engineered floor systems, along with open construction designs can create more dangerous conditions faster and fail sooner compared to older dimensional lumber systems. Airtight construction and energy-conserving building materials such as double-glazed (vinyl) windows, synthetic insulation materials, and foam sheathing can make for faster-spreading fires. Also, contents of homes — polyurethane foam-filled furniture and other synthetic objects such as carpet and electronics — can cause flashover and billowing, poisonous smoke.
    “Ninety-two percent of structural fire deaths occur in homes where people believe they are safest. Yet when a home is built without fire sprinklers, countless generations lose out on the best fire protection available,” says Figolah.
    Currently, nearly 100 Illinois communities require fire sprinklers in new construction one- and two-family homes, but thousands of residences throughout the state continue to be built without fire sprinkler protection.
    “Our goal is to educate the public about fire sprinklers so they know fire sprinklers are an option in homes and they understand the life- and property-saving benefits fire sprinklers provide. In doing so, we can begin reducing the lives lost to fire in Illinois,” adds Figolah.
     The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (www.homelifesafety.com) was founded by the Illinois Fire Services Association. The coalition’s purpose is to increase awareness about the residential fire problem in Illinois and to encourage the use of residential fire sprinkler systems to save lives and prevent injuries for both residents and firefighters.

Canada
Fire Sprinkler System Funded For Seniors Lodge
    An article by Roxanne Blackwell on February 27, 2015, in the Western Wheel, Okotoks, Alberta, said a number of Okotoks seniors can rest easier knowing they have an added layer of protection against fire hazards.
    Alberta Seniors Minister Jeff Johnson visited Sandstone Lodge on February 27, and informed the residents the provincial government is providing $500,000 for a sprinkler retrofit for the 25-year-old residence, which was constructed before sprinklers in seniors homes were mandatory.
    The lodge is run by the Foothills Foundation, and chief administrative officer Lauren Ingalls said installing a sprinkler system was always something it had hoped for, but knew it wouldn’t be able to do it alone.
    “As far as being able to financially afford it, half a million dollars... we would have been saving for a significant number of years before being able to accommodate that,” she said. “This increases, from our staff’s perception, our level of safety… It’s just an added layer of protection.”
    The facility currently has sprinklers in the kitchen and in the basement, but the retrofit will see sprinklers installed in each resident’s room.
    The funding is part of an $80-million commitment the government made last October to upgrade sprinkler systems in a number of facilities throughout the province. The lodges with the potential highest risk are being done first.
    Johnson said after the tragedy that occurred in Quebec last year, which saw a seniors home burn down and claim 32 lives, the Alberta government took a serious look at the number of seniors facilities that need fire protection upgrades.

United Kingdom
Sprinklers in Ware-houses ‘Too High’
    An article on March 6, 2015, from the Fire Industry Association on www.fia.uk.com, said if all warehouses above 2,000 square meters were fitted with sprinklers, the annual saving to businesses in England could be up to £210m, says a three-year study conducted by BRE Global and commissioned by the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA).
    Every year, one in five warehouses in England, approximately 621 premises, will have a fire requiring the attendance of firefighters, with the annual cost to the UK economy of fires in English warehouses without fire sprinklers totaling £232 million.
    However, guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recommends that warehouses in England and Wales should be provided with a fire sprinkler system, or equivalent fire prevention mechanism, only if they are larger than 20,000m2.
    “By comparison,” says Iain Cox, BSA Chair and former Chief Fire Officer of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, “in the majority of EU countries fire sprinklers must be installed in commercial and industrial properties with an average floor space one tenth of that size. The reality is that across Europe and in competitor economies, current regulation and guidance levels mean that these markets are far better prepared and able to recover from fires that threaten their businesses and their economies. In short, businesses in these countries are regulated in a way that encourages physical resilience.”
    Cox claims that there is a ‘compelling case’ for the installation of fire sprink­lers in warehouses larger than 2000m2 (around half a football pitch), and not just because of the £210m annual saving to businesses.
    “Such action,” he said, “would also enhance productivity by £190m and save up to 5,000 jobs needlessly lost each year because of fires in warehouses.”
    He continued, “Only 67% of warehouses larger than 10,000m2 and 20% of warehouses between 2000 and 10,000m2 are fitted with fire sprinklers in England and Wales.”
    Cox says the situation is a consequence of a number of factors — “notably, a lack of understanding of the benefits of sprinklers among those that design and build commercial buildings and those that occupy them … compounded by a complex design and build process involving numerous parties.”

Canada
Seniors’ Homes Must Have Sprinklers
    An article by Les Perreaux on February 17, 2015, in The Globe and Mail, Montreal, Canada, said just more than a year after 32 seniors died in a Quebec fire, only four provinces have moved to require life-saving sprinklers in older retirement and nursing homes.
    Quebec became the fourth province as it announced new regulations that will force most older seniors’ residences to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems, falling in line with recommendations from Quebec coroner Cyrille Delâge, who examined the L’Isle-Verte blaze last January and issued a scathing report.
    Quebec joins Ontario in allowing a multi-year transition for the necessary work, and will also set aside an unspecified amount of money to help pay for retrofitting. Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island also require sprinklers for most residences.
    In Quebec, Labour Minister Sam Hamad said the new rules will cover existing licensed homes with more than nine residents and will be phased in over five years. Smaller homes will have to meet requirements for exits and building material to avoid installing sprinklers.
    Most Canadian jurisdictions started requiring sprinklers for new construction in the 1990s, but retrofitting has come much more slowly. British Columbia has only a handful of homes without sprink­lers and is considering the next step.
    Alberta has hundreds of homes without sprinklers and set aside $70-million for retrofitting subsidies last fall, using a carrot-instead-of-stick approach. (The total bill to bring Alberta up to date is estimated to be $250-million, similar to the anticipated total cost in Quebec.)
    Manitoba and Saskatchewan have set aside small amounts of money, but have not introduced retrofit regulations.
    “If you set the bar really low, this is a good-news story,” said Susan Eng, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, “but 32 people gave their lives so the future would be better for others. It’s the only way you can feel good about this and you can hardly congratulate them for it. Change only seems to happen when people get killed first.”
    The consensus among fire-prevention officials is that almost no other tool could do more to save lives in seniors’ homes.

Germany
Sprinklers Come Alive in Hangar 5
    A story by Airman 1st Class Larissa  posted February 27, 2015, on www.dvidshub.net out of Atlanta, Georgia, said on February 19, hangar five at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, suspended operations for two consecutive days due to a biennial fire suppression system test and inspection.
    Underneath the hangar floor lie two 150 cubic meter storage tanks filled with water to be pumped through pipes and out of foam generators located in the ceiling of the hangar in the event of an aircraft fire. These tanks were emptied to test the system.
    Each storage tank takes approximately 26 minutes to empty and drain back through the piping system beneath the floor. Once the storage tanks are empty, Airmen from the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron clean and inspect the large reservoirs.
    “We had about 4,500 gallons of water coming out per minute from a 40,000 gallon tank,” said Airman 1st Class Thomas Gordon, 786th CES water and fuel systems maintenance. “It takes us several hours to clean and inspect each tank. We pressure-wash the walls and inspect for any cracks or damage to the structure. ”
    Gordon said it’s a two-day process because they follow a checklist for each tank to ensure safety, compliance, and effectiveness.
    Not only is the test crucial for ensuring the system is constantly working, Senior Master Sgt. Brian Eshleman, 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance superintendent, said it’s also good for rapport with the public.
    Staff Sgt. Benjamin Schultz, 786th CES water and fuel systems maintenance, said the hangar is designed to control pollution through an underground network of storage that collects the water and is released into a sanitary sewer in controlled amounts and is regulated by a sewage treatment plant in Landstuhl.
    The hangar is unique in that it’s the only one in the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa with the capability to support aircraft coming and going with many different amenities. The hangar can service various aircraft to include the C-5, C-17, KC-135, KC-10, and C-130, as well as several commercial aircraft.
    With inspections happening twice a year, the 721st AMXS and 786th CES Airmen continue to work together to ensure fire safety and sanitation are a priority to warrant a successful mission.


National
Standpipe Rack Hose Video
    Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
    “Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
    Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
    In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
    The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
    This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
    The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
    For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.

National
Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
    The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment — 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
    The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
      For more information visit: www.nfpa.org

National
UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    For more information please see the following links:
http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/index.jsp?cpath=/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices//detail/data/ul-and-loss-prevention-certification-board-lpcb-warn_20130329121900.xml

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/index.jsp?cpath=/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices//detail/data/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-ul-mark-on-fire_20130131080000.xml


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

April 20-25, 2015
FDIC
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
888-299-8016
registration@pennwell.com
www.pennwell.com

April 21-24, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
SPP Pumps University, Atlanta, GA
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

April 23, 2015
2nd Annual Fire Protection Symposium
University of Colorado Boulder
www.SFPE-RockyMountain.org

April 27, 2015
3rd Cooperative SDFPA/SFPE
Golf Tournament

Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
San Diego, CA
Lucas McCusker, (760) 525-6847, lmccusker@victaulic.com

April 30-May 2, 2015
NFSA Annual Meeting + Exhibits
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
NFSA, www.nfsa.org

April 30-May 2, 2015
CASA Annual Conference & AGM
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL
Debbie Tomasic
Canadian Auto. Sprinkler Assoc.
(905) 477-2270
dtomasic@casa-firesprinkler.org

May 5-6, 2015
Sprinkler System Plan Review
Grand Junction, CO, NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894
gleason@nfsa.org

May 6, 2015
Rough & Final Inspections
of Sprinkler Systems
Brockton, MA
NFSA, Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

May 7, 2015
Rough & Final Inspections of Sprinkler Systems
Grand Junction, CO, NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894
gleason@nfsa.org

May 7, 2015
2015 Fire Protection Expo
Double Tree Hotel, Denver
Nick Trostel, CFPA, (303) 506-6140
www.cofireprotection.org

May 8, 2015
NFPA 13, 13R, 13D, 14 Update 2013
NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894
gleason@nfsa.org

May 11-22, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132
www.firesprinkler.org

May 18, 2015
22nd Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament
Hoover Country Club, Hoover, AL
Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association
Kelly Seewald, (205) 587-7246, kellyseewald@hotmail.com

May 19-22, 2015
A-Z Installation Workshop
Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, (937) 434-3473, info@firetech.com

May 20, 2015
NorCal/NV SFPE Golf Tournament/Scholarship Fundraiser
Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, CA
Ron Mahlman, (925) 938-3550, rmahlman@jensenhughes.com

May 22, 2015
2nd Annual SoCal Sprinkler Day

Terri S. Leyton, AFSA San Diego Chapter, terri@tlcfire.com

June 1, 2015
18th Dean Cornwell Golf Classic

Windtree Golf Club, Mt. Juliet, TN
TFSCA-NFSA Chap. Richard Smith, (615) 254-8507
rsmith@superiorfire.net, www.tfsca.com

June 1-12, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
Patriot Fire Protection, Fife, WA
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

June 2, 2015
20th Annual Illinois Burn
Prevention Golf Invitational
Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook, IL
866-264-3722, Fred Kroll, 866-264-3722, fred.kroll@usafp.us
www.ilburnpreventionassoc.com

June 3, 2015
AFSA Chesapeake 19th Golf Tournament
Renditions, Davidsonville, MD
Scott: scott.monroe@ferguson.com
Danielle: dfowler@mechanicalsalesinc.com

June 4, 2015
NFSA NJ Benefit Golf Tournament
Beaver Brook C.C., Annandale, NJ
David Kurasz, NFSA/NJSFPPA, 866-226-6006, Kurasz@nfsa.org

June 4, 2015
BAFSA Ruby Jubilee Challenge
Forest of Arden, England, UK
British Automatic Fire
Sprinkler Association
info@bafsa.org.uk, www.bafsa.org.uk

June 8-13, 2015
INTERSCHUTZ 2015
Hanover, Germany
Andrea Staude, Deutsche Messe
Tel. +49 511 89-31015
Fax +49 511 89-32692,
andrea.staude@messe.de
www.interschutz.de  

June 10-12, 2015
Inspection and Testing Workshop
Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, (937) 434-3473, info@firetech.com

June 11-14, 2015
Skins & Fins & Family Weekend

South Shore Harbour, League City, TX
Travis, (214) 951-7831, travis.hitzeman@ferguson.com
or FSCATX, (281) 361-8069, info@fscatx.org

June 17-19, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshops
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

June 22-25, 2015
NFPA Annual Meeting/Expo
McCormick Place Convention Center Chicago, IL
NFPA, www.nfpa.org  

July 19, 2015
Texas Hold’em Tournament
Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH
Ohio Fire Safety Coalition, Julie: (216) 447-5677, julie.schade@lubrizol.com

July 20, 2015
11th OFSC Burn Invitational
Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH
See previous contact: Julie Schade

July 20-31, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132
www.firesprinkler.org
 
August 3-14, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
NFSA HQ Training Facility, Patterson, NY
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

August 11, 2015
Canadian Ontario Region Golf
Cardinal Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
Scott: (416) 986-3594, Debbie: (905) 477-2270, www.casa-firesprinkler.org

August 14, 2015
9th Annual Burn Aid Golf Classic
Ashland Golf Club, Ashland, NE
Rich Graham, FSCA of Nebraska
(402) 510-2951, http://fscan.org

August 31, 2015
27th Burn Center Golf Invitational
Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
Dan: (262) 325-1958, dannfsa@aol.com

August 31-September 2, 2015
Inspection and Testing Workshop
Atlanta, GA
Fire Tech Productions, (937) 434-3473, info@firetech.com

September TBD, 2015
AFSA Yankee Golf Tournament
Sandy Burr C.C., Wayland, MA
Chris Gray, (508) 944-4900 firespeceast@comcast.net

September 8, 2015
Trade Show & NFPA 14 Seminar
Richmond Doubletree Hotel
Midlothian, VA
George Wagner, AFSA-VA
(804) 779-3921 wagnerg@mindspring.com
www.afsavirginia.com

September 9, 2015
AFSA Virginia Chapter
Burn Survivors Golf
Richmond Doubletree Hotel
Midlothian, VA
George Wagner, AFSA-VA
(804) 779-3921 wagnerg@mindspring.com www.afsavirginia.com

September 14, 2015
NFSA-MN BurnAid Golf Classic
North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN
NFSA MN Chapter, (651) 452-8506 or Peg Bohn, pegbohn@gmail.com

September 14-25, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132
www.firesprinkler.org

September 16-18, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

September 21, 2015
9th Michael Minger Golf Classic
Hermitage Golf Course, Nashville, TN
Gail Minger, (850) 621-5161
www.mingerfoundation.org

September 21, 2015
SFPE/OSU 26th Golf Outing
Scioto Reserve C.C., Powell, OH
Bob: (614) 561-8145, bdd4@yahoo.com

September 22, 2015
AFSA NJ Bob Young Golf Outing
Galloping Hills G.C., Kenilworth, NJ
Al Zanga, (973) 679-1012, Gary Lederman, (914) 564-3916

September 24, 2015
FSCA of SC Charity Golf Tournament
Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, CA
Larry Seligman, (626) 673-5345

September 28, 2015
21st KFSCA Foundation Golf Outing
Cardinal Club G.C., Simpsonville, KY
Angela Underwood, (502) 233-5322
angela@ksae.com, www.kfsca.org

September 28, 2015
Fscatx Charity Golf Classic
Trophy Club C.C., Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
fscatx@embarqmail.com
www.fscatx.org

September 29-30, 2015
NFPA 20 & 25 Seminar
Property Loss Control Institute
Liberty Mutual Fire Lab, Wausau, WI
www.libertymutualgroup.com
david.hague@libertymutual.com

September 30, 2015
21st Ken Houston Memorial Golf

Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC
John: AFSA Carolinas, (919) 624-3456
jturnage@umpiretechnologiesgroup.com

October 10-13, 2015
AFSA Annual Meeting + Exhibit.
JW Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ
AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org

October 12-23, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
Int'l Palms Resort, Orlando, FL
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

October 23, 2015
Mid Atlantic AFSA Beef & Beer
Location TBD
Deb Covino, Executive Director, (215) 794-2978, mikewdeb@aol.com

October 28-29, 2015
15th International Water Mist Conference
Mercure Hotel
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bettina McDowell
International Water Mist Association
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215
www.iwma.net

November 2, 2015
Bob Mccullough Memorial Golf
Hamilton Mill C.C., Dacula, GA
Scott Donnelly, cfpsprnklr@aol.com
www.georgiafiresprinkler.org

November 2-13, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132
www.firesprinkler.org

November 10-13, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
SPP Pumps University, Atlanta, GA
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

December 4, 2015
GBA-AFSA Annual Gala

Poppy Ridge G.C., Livermore, CA
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (925) 954-5031
lorelei@cafsa.org

December 9-11, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

Other Future Meeting Dates:

AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org
October 10-14, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
September 16-19, 2016, Nashville, TN
NFSA, www.nfsa.org
April 30-May 2, 2015, Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, FL (Sem. & Exhib.)
NFPA, www.nfpa.org
June 22-25, 2015, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
June 9-12, 2016, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
June 4-7, 2017, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

 Also Visit:
American Fire Sprinkler Association
www.firesprinkler.org  
National Fire Sprinkler Association
www.nfsa.org  
National Fire Protection Association
www.nfpa.org  
BlazeMaster®
www.blazemastertraining.com   
Fire Tech Productions
www.firetech.com
FMI
www.fminet.com  
Oklahoma State University
www.ce.ceat.okstate.edu

 

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Relmark Group — Risk Management Advocates for Fire Sprinkler Contractors
Relmarkgroup.com

"NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative" website: NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Helpful Website:
    The Building Code Resource Library website may be of interest! It is an electronic library on building fire protection at your fingertips.

    Website: http://buildingcoderesourcelibrary.com/

Fire Protection Educational and Training Resources:
Fire Smarts, LLC

Fire Sprinkler History:
"History of Mather & Platt Ltd." (And Grinnell) By Marcel Boschi + David Drew-Smythe: http://home.zipworld.com.au/~lnbdds/Boschi/

Certification: "The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)" For more information, visit theNICET website.

"Fire Sprinkler Coalition" For more information, visit the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition website.

"Campus FireWatch" For more information, visit the Campus FireWatch website.

"Fire Sprinkler Academy" For more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Academy website.


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— John 16:32-33, New International Version


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