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New England Fire Protection Systems Designers Product Show
March 19, 2015 - Randolph, MA
   The New England Association of Fire Protection Systems Designers announced their 12th New England Fire Systems Product Show. The show will feature over fifty spectacular product booths exhibiting the latest in cutting edge technology and providing information to over 2,000 invited guests!!
    The show will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Lantana’s in Randolph, Massachusetts.
    In addition, the show will feature concurrent fire protection seminars free of charge.
    For information on booth space or other information contact: the New England Association of Fire Protection Systems Designers (NEAFPSD), P O 149, Wrentham, MA 02093-0149; Website: www.neafpsd.com.

* 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.

Construction Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.3%
    Construction employers added 48,000 jobs in December and 290,000 for the year, the largest annual increase since 2005, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3%, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said many firms are expanding payrolls to keep pace with growing construction demand, but are having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions.
    “Construction firms are clearly ramping up their hiring to keep up with swelling demand for construction,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Demand for workers to construct apartments, pipelines, and huge industrial projects is likely to remain robust in 2015.”
    Association officials said the construction employment gains come as more contractors report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions. They urged Congress to act quickly to reform and increase funding for the Perkins Act, which funds most career and technical education programs in the country.
    “We need to make sure our education system is giving students an opportunity to qualify for the high paying opportunities that the construction industry is creating,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The more paths to success we give students, the more likely they are to succeed.”
     For more information visit: www.agc.org.

Congressional Fire Services Institute
    Going into 2015, the fire service will have several challenges in our nation’s capital. In addition to immediately tackling the FY15 spending bill, the national fire service organizations will be looking at several of important bills. Congressional leaders expect to bring forward tax reform legislation in the new Congress.
    Any tax bill could have important implications for fire safety, including potential incentives for the retrofit of automatic fire sprinkler systems. Oversight of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Program will continue to be a priority, as will legislation promoting the adoption of safe building codes. And with several new members of Congress coming to Capitol Hill, education and outreach will be a priority. Membership in the Congressional Fire Services Caucus has dropped off in recent years, and it will be important to recruit new members who will be actively engaged with the fire service at both the national and local levels.
    There is plenty of work for the fire service in the 114th Congress, but by working together, we can achieve more victories in the year ahead.
    For more information contact: Congressional Fire Services Institute, 900 2nd Street NE, Suite 303, Washington DC 20002; (202) 371-1277, update@cfsi.org, www.cfsi.org.

Kennel Fire May Prompt Regulation Changes
    An article posted December 14, 2014, on www.kmbc.com, Kansas City, Kansas, said  a Lawrence kennel fire that left at least three dogs dead has city officials reviewing fire and pet services codes.
    More than 20 dogs were evacuated after the fire broke out November 29 at Christal K-9. The business was unusually busy because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    The Lawrence Journal-World obtained a city memorandum that shows the building did not have fire alarms or sprinklers. Those safety features are not required in any kennels in Kansas.
    Lawrence City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer says he thinks requiring kennels to have fire sprinklers is a “no-brainer.”

North Carolina
Condo Sprinklers Drained to Prevent Pipes from Bursting
    An item posted on January 8, 2015, on www.wect.com, Wilmington, North Carolina, said sub-freezing temperatures calls for time to take precautions around your home. One homeowner’s association is trying to protect their property and Wilmington condominium residents by temporarily turning off the fire sprinklers.
    About 30 condo owners and renters living in The Marshes at Rivers Edge were dealing with damaged homes and burst pipes a year ago when we saw these similar cold temperatures.
    Now, they’ve received an e-mail from their homeowner’s association telling them that the fire sprinkler pipes in the attics have been drained to prevent last year’s headache.
    To compensate for the fire hazard of no sprinklers, the Community Association Management Services got the OK from the Wilmington Fire Department to hire a fire watch guard until the water is turned back on.
    Battalion Chief Sammy Flowers says this is the first time he’s ever had a property manager approach him about this.
    “We need to get a game plan from this point forward,” Flowers said, “because we don’t want to do this band-aid every year. We need to find out where the problem is with the sprinkler system — if it’s lack of insulation, if we need to change pipe out — but I’m going to have to have some conversations with the property management company and the sprinkler contractors to see what we can do to fix this in the long run.”
    Flowers says it was a hard decision to turn off the water, but there was a good chance if they didn’t it would’ve been bad news.
    “If we hadn’t done this and approved this draining the water out of these systems, chances are and it’s very probable that you could’ve had another sprinkler, set of sprinkler pipes burst, freeze,” Flowers added.
    “The fire watch person’s responsibilities or duties... They’ve got to be a responsible person, which I think there are enough competent people out there that are doing the fire watch, and they have to have two-way communication through cell phone with a 911 center, and they’re supposed to make rounds at 30-minute intervals, document those rounds in a log book that we’ve left them, and report any evidence of fire, smoke, flames.”
    The sprinklers are set to be refilled once temperatures rise above freezing.

Need For Automatic Fire Sprinklers
    The Wedgwood Apartments fire that killed five people in Castle Hills (San Antonio) on December 28, 2014, shows the need for current building/fire codes, especially automatic fire sprinklers.
    It was the second deadly fire in Texas in December involving senior living apartments. Two people were killed in Dallas on December 10.
    Common Voices, an advocates’ coalition that supports fire safety and people impacted by the ravages of fire, believes these tragedies are important reminders of the dangers of fire and how fast it can and does strike.
    “These events are preventable,” said Common Voices advocate Justina Page, from Houston, Texas. “Technology exists and current codes should be in place to make sure people don’t die and that they aren’t scarred for life physically and emotionally.” Page understands; she lost her 22-month-old son in a fire in 1999.
    “Why do we have to see tragedy after tragedy when we know what can solve our fire problem? Fire sprinklers are needed today,” Page added.
    Common Voices extended its support to the families of those lost in the tragic Wedgwood Fire in Castle Hills, Texas, and to those who survived.
    Descriptions of the fire made by residents who did escape underscore how scary and chaotic a fire scene is for those living through it. Descriptions of melting blinds and smoke too thick to see through, along with jammed exits, all make real an event that everyone hopes they never experience. Flashover occurs in three minutes or less. Fire sprinklers are the answer to preventing flashover. Each sprinkler is individually activated by heat, only the sprinkler closest to the fire goes off, giving occupants time to escape. This is especially important in senior housing. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the NFPA, older adults and people with disabilities are at higher risk of dying in a fire. Fire sprink­lers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year… ready and waiting for a fire that they will control.
    Common Voices is concerned with some news reports that erroneously indicated fire sprinklers were present in the Wedgwood building. It’s important to note that the Wedgwood building had no fire sprinklers. To date, the U.S. has never seen a multiple loss of life due to fire in a structure that has a properly installed and properly maintained fire sprinkler system.
    “Our hope is that this event will help Texas policymakers understand the important role that codes play in keeping citizens safe,” says Vickie Pritchett, facilitator of the Common Voices coalition. “It’s time that local communities be able to adopt code requirements that include fire sprinklers — the lives of Texans are depending on it.”
    For more information contact: Erik Hoffer, Peg Paul & Associates, 32 West Nebraska Street, Suite 1A, Frankfort, IL 60423; (815) 464-8001, erik@ppacom.com.

Facility Review: District Lacks Fire Sprinklers
    An article by Rebecca Holland of The Marshall News Messenger, Marshall, Texas, on January 10, 2015, said at a recent meeting of the Marshall Independent School District bond steering committee, several members let out audible expressions of surprise when Andre Brackens of the architectural firm Huckabee Inc. said none of the schools had fire sprinkler systems installed.
    Reactions to Brackens’ summary of the facility review of conditions of buildings in Marshall schools were varied, but none gained such a response as the news that the schools were not up to educational building codes and didn’t have sprinkler systems.
    “There are fire alarms though,” Brackens said.
    The 30-member committee was given the same review that the MISD Board of Trustees was given by Brackens, along with a presentation by Superintendent Marc Smith and MISD Chief Financial Officer Matt Calvert. A little more than half of a dozen people were on hand as observers.
     “A bond steering committee is a group of community members that come together to study the facility needs of the district, and will recommend to the MISD board of trustees what to put before the voters in a possible bond election,” Smith said.
    In rationalizing the reason behind getting a bond committee together, Smith pointed out that whatever happens will be a community-oriented decision.
    “This is going to really be a community effort. … There is no plan developed by Marc Smith or Huckabee, Inc. … It is really going to be a community plan,” Smith said.
    Smith put a challenge to the committee members, especially the elected co-chairs, Ned Dennis and Edwin Lee.
    “All ideas, all positions need to be heard, and everyone should be given equal time,” Smith said.

Home Sprinklers Potential Lifesavers
    An article by Jenni Dunning on January 9, 2015, in the Midland Mirror, Midland, Ontario, said a piece of plumbing not much bigger than an iPhone could curb house-fire fatalities, according to Chief Kevin Foster of the Midland Fire Department.
    Foster wants indoor sprinkler systems to become mandatory in all new residential construction, and also for existing homeowners to consider installing them.
    “The majority of fire fatalities occur in the homes. In addition to smoke alarms, sprinklers provide the most advantageous opportunity for people to escape the fire,” he said.
    “They don’t actually put the fire out. They’re meant to control the fire. One sprinkler head is enough to contain the fire until the fire department gets there.”
    Foster is one of a number of Simcoe County fire chiefs calling for the installation of sprinkler systems in homes. Essa Township’s Cynthia Ross Tustin has been spreading the word about the benefits of residential sprinklers, particularly in rural homes with fewer hydrants nearby than in urban areas.
    She wants the provincial government to offer tax credits to homeowners who install them.
    She also said having more homes outfitted with sprinklers would help reduce firefighter cancer rates and health risks to homeowners since it prevents building materials from burning and releasing toxic fumes.
    “The push coming out of Essa is rural application,” said Foster. “My position is … to include or require fire sprinklers in all new residential construction.”
    Piping for the sprinkler system is installed behind ceilings and walls and can be hooked up to a small water tank in the basement, which is fed by a pump connected to a wellhead.
    Unlike a commercial or industrial setting, a home usually doesn’t need more than nine sprinkler heads — basically one for each main room.
    Howard Sher, executive vice-president of sales and marketing for Quality Homes, said it can cost upwards of $4.50 per square foot, or about $12,000, to install the systems into an average-sized rural home. For homes in areas connected to a municipal water system, he said, the cost is usually about $4,500 less.
    Foster placed the cost closer to $1.50 per square foot.
    “Some people will spend a lot more money on upgrading flooring and countertops,” he said.
    According to Essa’s fire chief, some insurance companies also offer significant savings, as much as 25%, if a home has a sprinkler system, a heat detector, and smoke alarms.
    However, Foster said people can be deterred by some aspects of residential sprinkler systems, such as their appearance or worries they will go off for no reason.
    The sprinklers are hidden under discs on the wall or ceiling, which pop off when heated up. As well, water damage from sprinklers would also be less compared to firefighters dousing a house with hoses, he said.
    And if a sprinkler goes off, that does not mean all of them will at the same time, he said, adding they have a failure rate of about one in 16 million.
    “It’s not like the movies where everything goes off and everything gets soaked,” he said. “They’re no different than any other piece of plumbing in your home.”
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is also calling for residential sprinkler systems to be made mandatory.

Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!
    When a new home is built in an area where codes do not require fire sprinklers to be installed, and the homebuilder does not offer sprinklers as an option, many homebuyers are not aware that they can ask for fire sprinklers. Every time a new home is built without fire sprinklers, generations of families miss out on the ultimate protection from fire.
    The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has launched new online content designed to help consumers learn about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. And whether they’re simply interested, or are thinking of building or buying a home, they’ll quickly see why it’s so important to ask for fire sprinklers when moving to a new home.
    Available at no cost on HFSC’s website, the new Ask for Them! interactive guide
 (www.homefiresprinkler.org/index.php/Consumer/quick-guide.html ) provides consumers with easy to understand information in a fast-paced and entertaining format. Watch any or all of the 11 brief video segments in the menu that answer common questions about home fire sprinklers. Consumers can click through to direct links for more details about the technology and to watch additional videos online. All of the content is free, noncommercial, and has no advertising.
    Ask for Them! was funded in part by a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
    HFSC was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of sprinkler protection in one- and two-family homes. HFSC is a purely educational 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers.
    For more information contact: HFSC, www.homefiresprinkler.org  

Construction Management
    The ConsensusDocs Coalition is publishing a new Construction Management Agency standard agreement. The ConsensusDocs 830 Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager (CM Provides General Conditions) and related exhibits will replace the current ConsensusDocs 801 Construction Management Agreement.
    The new agreement was revised based upon industry feedback and the Drafting Council’s evaluation that providing greater clarity in defining costs, fees, and profit would avoid potential claims over these issues on projects utilizing CM Agency. In surveying current practices, the Council found that the areas of defining fees, profit, and overhead on general conditions items vary greatly. Consequently, the agreement structure was refined and an optional general conditions exhibit was provided. The Council will be publishing an alternative version of this agreement in which the CM does not provide general conditions.
    “Current standard CM Agency contracts do not do a good job of defining which costs fall into a particular bucket, which inevitably leads to confusion when it comes time for payment. This new document is the first standard Agency document that provides clarity, which will be a helpful contractual tool for Owners and CMs alike,” comments Melissa Beutler, Vice-Chair of the ConsensusDocs Drafting Council.
    For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

Mediation and Dispute Resolution
    The ConsensusDocs Coalition announced a new tool to effectively address alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the design and construction industry. Guided Choice is a new approach to mediation for a more active and holistic approach role for a mediator to actively guide parties towards resolution. ConsensusDocs is now including information on how to implement Guided Choice in the ConsensusDocs Guidebook, and educated users on the process at its 2nd annual Construction SuperConference Workshop held in San Francisco, California, last December. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) will honor requests from the parties to use the Guided Choice process in AAA administered mediation through arbitration.
      For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

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.

Campus Fire Coalition Formed
    CampusFireSafety.com, Campus Firewatch,and the Michael H. Minger Foundation joined together to create an information and resource portal for schools and communities. [These groups are all fire sprinkler advocates!]
    “By working together, we leverage the power of our individual organizations, creating a whole new synergy,” said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. “Together, we represent over 30 years of experience in the world of campus fire safety.”
    www.CampusFireSafety.com is devoted to reducing the loss of life and property from fire on campuses around the world.
    Campus Firewatch is a social enterprise focusing on campus fire safety that was started in 2000: www.campus-firewatch.com.
    The Michael H. Minger Foundation mission is to raise awareness of the importance of campus fire safety for all students, including people with disabilities: www.mingerfoundation.org.

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

ICC for State Fire Marshals
    International Code Council (ICC) CEO Dominic Sims and other representatives met with the National Association of State Fire Marshals Board of Directors during NAFM’s 2013 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. NASFM Board President Bill Degnan of New Hampshire invited ICC to the meeting to address questions from NASFM members and to give an update on ICC initiatives and activities. The discussion focused on matters related to the adoptions of the residential fire sprinkler requirements in the International Residential Code.
       For more information contact: ICC Director of Fire Service Activities, Bruce Johnson, (631) 300-7051 ext. 7276, www.iccsafe.org

USFA: Fire is Everyone’s Fight™
    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) introduced Fire is Everyone’s Fight™, an initiative to raise public awareness about fire prevention and fire safety. In conjunction with national partners and supporters, Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ aims to provide fire and emergency service personnel with tools to educate the public. Most fires can be prevented and all have a role to play in preventing them.
       For more information and resources visit: www.usfa.fema.gov/FireisEveryonesFight

U.S. Experience with Sprinklers
    NFPA recently released its yearly U.S. Experience with Sprinklers report, documenting the presence and performance of fire sprinklers during reported fires for all occupancies, including homes. This report is available at no cost.
       You may download the report at: www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org

Research: Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings
    The Fire Protection Research Foundation completed a project aimed at better understanding Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), initiated this project to obtain an understanding of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation with an overall goal to provide technical basis for sprink­ler installation requirements.
    For more, visit: www.nfpa.org.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
    On June 13, 2013, Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. The legislation was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Senators Carper and Collins both serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
       For more information contact: Congressional Fire Services Institute, 900 2nd Street NE, Suite 303, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 371-1277, bwebb@cfsi.org, www.cfsi.org.

Research Reveals Green Value of Fire Sprinklers
    An item posted April 17, 2013, on www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org, said in celebration of Earth Day, Green Builder® Media (GBM) has released new consumer research on green living revealing that “respondents like green, think they live a green life, and understand that updating their homes to incorporate more green features increases the value of their homes.”
    According to the company, the results also highlight its VISION House® projects that offer “essential, forward-thinking ideas and educational information about how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle.” NFPA partnered with GBM to launch the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort to show the environmental benefits of home fire sprinklers.

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:


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

February 21-24, 2015
FSSA Annual Forum
Sandpearl Resort
Clearwater Beach, Florida
(410) 931-8100 www.fssa.net

March 3-6, 2015
Wyndham, Orlando, FL
NFPA Research Foundation
800-344-3555, (617) 770-3000

March 5, 2015
4th Annual Trade Show
Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, CA
Paulene Norwood, Sacramento Valley Chapter, AFSA, (916) 296-0635

March 9-20, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
Double Tree by Hilton, Oak Brook, IL
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

March 12, 2015
Scandinavian Water Mist Seminar
Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Bettina McDowell, International Water Mist Association

March 16-27, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132

March 18-20, 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

March 19, 2015
12th New England Fire Systems Product Show
Lantana’s, Randolph, MA

March 23, 2015
21st Buddy Dewar Golf Classic
Mystic Dunes Golf Club
Celebration, FL
Florida Fire Sprinkler Association
Lorrell Bush, (352) 589-8402

March 24, 2015
Protection Product Show
Medinah Banquets, Addison, IL
Dave Cobian, IFPA Administrator
dave@centurysprinkler.com, or
Mick Bradford, IFPA, (630) 688-2635 mick@testgauge.net

March 26-29, 2015
ASA Annual Convention
Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
American Subcontractors Association

March 31-April 2, 2015
Hands-On ITM Seminar
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH, (937) 252-9787
or, Alicia L Perkins
Craynon Sprinkler Institute
(727) 797-3652, alicia.perkins@craynonsprinklerinstitute.com

April 15-16, 2015
27th National Fire Dinner
Washington, D.C.
Congressional Fire Services Institute
(202) 371-1277, lsammander@cfsi.org

April 20-25, 2015
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN

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

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

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

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, danielle@foxsprinkler.com

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
Hanover, Germany
Andrea Staude, Deutsche Messe
Tel. +49 511 89-31015
Fax +49 511 89-32692,

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

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

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

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

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 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
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Tech Productions
Oklahoma State University


FPC's Question of the Month

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Featured Websites

Relmark Group — Risk Management Advocates for Fire Sprinkler Contractors

"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.

Take Heart
Remember what Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

— John 16:32-33, New International Version

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