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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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Dangers Persist Despite Rules
    An Associated Press article on October 3, 2014, said tens of thousands of the country’s most vulnerable people are living in nursing homes without adequate fire sprinklers or that are missing them altogether, according to government data.
    Despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year lead-up to an August 2013 deadline to install sprinklers, 385 facilities in 39 states fail to meet requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency whose duties include regulating nursing homes. Together, those facilities are licensed to house more than 52,000 people, according to data from the agency known as CMS. Forty-four of the homes have no sprinklers at all.
    “That is intolerable in this day and age,” said Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care, which advocates for nursing home residents.
    CMS, which warned last year it would not grant extensions to the sprinkler rules, said 97% of facilities meet requirements.
    “CMS and states are actively engaging with the rest of the facilities to verify their compliance with this regulation and will take appropriate actions for noncompliance to ensure the safety of residents,” the agency said in a statement.
    There have been numerous deadly nursing homes fires over the past century, but it wasn’t until 2003 that CMS has required sprinklers in newly constructed facilities. That year, two blazes — at Greenwood Health Center in Hartford, Connecticut, where 16 people were killed, and NHC Healthcare Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where 15 were killed — refocused attention on fire safety in nursing homes. Neither of those buildings had automatic sprinkler systems, raising the issue of whether federal rules should require that older facilities be retrofitted.
    In 2008, CMS did issue that requirement, giving homes another five years to comply. States have sometimes strengthened their own fire-safety laws, particularly if they experienced a tragedy, as Tennessee did.
    David Randolph Smith, an attorney who represented families of some victims in the NHC blaze, said he took for granted facilities around the country were in compliance.

Builder Cited over Sprinklers
    An article by Henry K. Lee on September 13, 2014, in The Chronicle, San Francisco, California, said the San Francisco Fire Department issued two citations to a company in charge of a $30 million renovation of the shuttered Renoir Hotel near Civic Center for improperly removing sprinkler systems, a department spokeswoman said.
    Build Group Inc. of San Francisco was fined $1,000 for removing or disabling sprinklers at the hotel, which went up in flames in a three-alarm fire August 4 that injured seven construction workers.
    A spark, ember, or flame from a welding torch being used in a second-floor crawl space caused the fire, said Mindy Talmadge, a fire department spokeswoman.
    The fire could have been more easily controlled had the sprinklers remained in place, Talmadge said.
    Build Group is seismically upgrading and remodeling the seven-story, 83,300-square-foot building that formerly housed the Renoir Hotel.
    Cal/OSHA, the state’s workplace safety regulator, is investigating the circumstances leading up to the blaze and is focusing on Build Group subsidiary Pacific Structures, to which the project permit was issued, and subcontractor Emerald Steel, said Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Kathleen Hennessy.
    Build Group was issued a second $1,000 citation for removing the sprinkler system at a construction site at 218 Buchanan Street, Talmadge said. The company had been instructed to leave sprinklers at both sites intact, she said.
    In a statement, company spokesman Charlie Goodyear said Build Group was appealing the citations because it believed it followed Fire Department instructions and that it “never received a directive instructing the company to not remove fire sprinklers.”
    The fire began in an area that was not equipped with a sprinkler system, Goodyear said, adding, “Build Group was in continuous contact with the fire department from the beginning of the project and believed it was in compliance with all customary fire department regulations for a retrofit of this type.”
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Fire Officials Refute Report
     An article by Amelia Pak-Harvey on September 29, 2014, in the Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts, said fire officials are coming to the defense of sprinklers after a controversial state document raised questions on the cost and effectiveness of sprinkler and smoke-detection systems.
    The white paper, drafted for the state’s Board of Building Regulations and Standards, says Massachusetts has more fire protection requirements than any other New England state. The paper focused on fire alarm and sprinkler systems for residential buildings with three-six units.
    It raised questions on the efficacy of sprinklers, citing statistics that suggest the majority of residential fires are too small to trigger them. For a three-unit building, sprinklers can cost up to $17,000.
    Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, said the paper is still in draft form and was completed because the state just adopted the newest International Building Code. The 11-member Board of Regulations and Standards is the authority over the state building code and has the ability to adopt regulations.
    Under state law, sprinklers are required in new or recently renovated buildings with at least four units.
    The paper ultimately suggests there is potential to build “lower-cost” multi-unit buildings with “enhanced or equivalent” safety performance measures. It also suggests proposing a new code for newly constructed residential buildings that have up to six units.
    But the suggestions are causing a stir from fire officials who see sprinklers as a necessity.
    State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan came out against the draft paper at an earlier meeting.
    “It appalls me that this board would seek to roll back fire protection in the State Building Code that is clearly effective and part of the national model codes adopted by this board for building construction here in Massachusetts,” he told board members on September 9.
    David Lafond, New England manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association and former Holyoke fire chief, argued that the paper is trying to eliminate sprinklers in all residential properties.
    “That’s where we live,” he said. “Eighty percent of the fatalities from fires are from in their homes, where they feel the safest.”
    Lowell Chief Edward Pitta said he understands the cost issue, but said sprinklers have been proven to be effective. He said he can’t help but think sprinklers would have assisted in the Branch Street fire, where seven people were killed in a fire in July, but it did not have sprinklers because it was not renovated.
    “I would like to see legislation that mandates sprinkler systems in all newly constructed buildings,” Pitta said.
    Billerica Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Ferraro said removing sprinklers would be like removing air bags from a car.
    He said an October storm a few years ago knocked the power out of one residential building in town. One woman’s electric stove went out while she was cooking, he said, and she emptied the food and put the pan back on the stove.
    “Monday morning, off she goes to work, the power comes back on,” he said. “The empty pan heats up, catches on fire, gets the kitchen cabinets going.”
    A single sprinkler ended up extinguishing the fire with minimal smoke damage to the unit and minimal water damage to the apartment and the neighboring apartment, he said. That saved a multimillion-dollar building, he said.
    Harris, of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, said the paper does not conclude anything at this point but is just an outline for discussion.
    “It says these are things that we might want to consider as we try to make a determination whether we should simply follow the International Code as is, or if we should make a Massachusetts-specific regulation regarding the matter,” he said.

Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters
    An article posted September 14, 2014, on www.fireengineering.com, said large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year — whether their owners want it or not, reports The Star-Tribune.
    A state mandate requiring indoor sprinklers, in new homes 4,500 square feet and larger, goes into effect in January. Homebuilders are grumbling about the new rule, calling it costly and unnecessary. But fire officials welcome it as a measure of relief at a time when they are struggling to recruit and retain volunteers.
    The 4,500-square-foot measurement includes a basement, even it is unfinished, so the rule will apply to many new homes sprouting in outer-ring suburbs or replacing teardowns in Edina, southwest Minneapolis, and St. Paul’s Highland Park. About 30% of the new houses in the metro area meet or exceed that size, according to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
    The job of making sure new homes meet the requirement will fall to city fire marshals or building inspectors. “We’ll obviously have to keep track of which houses require this when building plans are submitted for a permit,” said Dwight Picha, Woodbury community development director. But Picha said that the new requirement merely extends what city employees already do for large townhouses.

Code Uniformity In County Urged
    An article by Robert Lee Long on October 7, 2014, in the Desoto Times Tribune, Hernando, Mississippi, said the city of Southaven is preparing to adopt more strict ordinances required for new home construction by requiring home sprinkler systems be installed in homes 5,000 square feet and above.
    Southaven Fire Chief Ron White said commercial structures such as restaurants, shopping centers, and apartments are already required to have sprinkler systems in place.
    One recent example of a structure being saved from destruction by having a sprinkler system was the one installed in Dale’s Restaurant, a Southaven landmark, which caught fire in February.
    “Dale’s Restaurant was really saved by having a sprinkler system,” White said. “It held the fire until the firefighters could get inside and fight it.”
    White said building code provisions were last updated in 2005, when commercial businesses were required to be sprinklered.
    “It’s basically upgrading the policy,” White said. Some of the code provisions have exempted residents from having to have sprinklers under 5,000 square feet in single-family residential,” White said. “Apartments will still have to be sprinklered. That has been in effect for a number of years.”
    However, DeSoto County Building and Code Enforcement Officers are considering recommending that home sprinkler systems in new homes be optional, not mandatory. That’s in an effort to not place an undue burden on homebuilders or homeowners who will have to bear the extra expense.
    “We have builders stifled by the economy who are starting to build again,” District 2 Supervisor Mark Gardner said. “Obviously, residential sprinklers would add quite a lot of costs to a building or a home. We’re starting to see building again. We don’t want to do anything to stifle that.” Gardner said he was also against raising increased building permit fees.
    DeSoto County Director of Planning Ted Garrod said building code uniformity is needed across DeSoto County, both in unincorporated areas and in the cities so “all builders aren’t building to one code in one city and to another code in another city.”
    All five municipalities presently differ in building code requirements involving the installment of sprinkler systems in single-family residential and commercial businesses.
    DeSoto County is deliberating about whether to adopt the 2012 building code requirements or stay with the 2009 regulations. New building code requirements will be coming out in 2015. Under state law, no county or city entity can be more than two building code cycles behind.

Fire Sprinklers for Senior’s Homes
    An article by Darcy Henton on September 25, 2014, in the Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said installing fire-suppression sprinklers in senior’s residences and long-term-care facilities is a high priority for the new Jim Prentice government, but it won’t happen overnight, says Seniors Minister Jeff Johnson.
    Johnson told town and city politicians at the annual Alberta Urban Municipalities Association fall conference the new premier has directed him to address the issue in the mandate letter he received after being sworn into cabinet.
    “It is one of the mandates the premier has given me, so it will be one of our top priorities,” Johnson said.
    But the seniors minister said in an interview it will be a challenge to address fire safety issues in seniors facilities because it will be cost prohibitive in some aging facilities, while others are in municipalities that lack sufficient water pressure to employ the safety feature.
    Some buildings are so old it will make more sense to replace the facility entirely rather than installing sprinkler systems, he added.
    “It’s not going to be something you can do overnight, and it’s going to take several years and it’s going to take a lot of money,” Johnson said.
    He said officials in his ministry are developing a plan that will outline the size and scope of the problem, and provide a strategy to resolve it.
    The Herald reported this summer that 455 of the province’s 657 senior’s facilities are not fully equipped with sprinkler systems. It reported at the time the cost of installing sprinklers in all facilities could top $250 million.
    But Prentice vowed to address the issue if he was selected premier.
    Concern for the safety of Alberta seniors and hospital patients was heightened last January when a fire swept through a Quebec seniors residence, killing 32 people.
    Liberal leader Raj Sherman said it is unconscionable that seniors in the wealthiest province in Canada aren’t being adequately protected from fire by the PC government.
    “They need to take action immediately on protecting all of our seniors in all of our facilities and institutions today,” he said. “They should have done it yesterday, but they have to get started today.”
    NDP critic David Eggen said the province should start with the largest facilities housing the most vulnerable people, and install sprinklers or other fire suppression systems in all the facilities within three years.
    “It’s a big-ticket item, but it’s not as though they can avoid that responsibility any further,” he said. “We’ll judge them on their actions.”

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:

November 3, 2014
15th Bob McCullough Memorial Golf
For Fire Safety Educational Projects
Hamilton Mill C.C., Dacula, GA
Scott Donnelly, cfpsprnklr@aol.com

November 4, 2014
Water Mist Seminar
Munich, Germany
Contact: Bettina McDowell Association Secretary
International Water Mist Association
+49 (0) 40 35085-215
Fax + 49 (0) 40 35085-80
Mobile +49 (0) 174 3013878

November 5, 2014
Rough & Final Inspections of Sprinkler Systems
Columbus, OH
National Fire Sprinkler Association

November 5-6, 2014
2-Day Sprinkler System Plan Review
Yarmouth, MA
National Fire Sprinkler Association

November 5-8, 2014
ASCET Conference & Expo
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC
Contact: Philip L. Gaughan, SET
American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET), (215) 850-1672, www.ascet.org

November 6, 2014
Role Transitions: Stepping In, Stepping Up, and Stepping Out

Webinar, 12:00-1:30 PM CST
The Family Business Consulting Group
(773) 604-5005, info@thefbcg.com

November 6, 2014
Fire Pumps for Fire Protection
Columbus, OH
National Fire Sprinkler Association

November 7, 2014
Understanding, Applying, & Enforcing NFPA 25
Columbus, OH
National Fire Sprinkler Association

November 10-21, 2014
Beginning Sprinkler System Planning School

Dallas, TX
Maricarmen Martinez, AFSA
(214) 349-5965 ext. 132

November 11, 2014
ITM Pulse: Working with Owners
National Fire Sprinkler Association

November 14, 2014
British Auto. Fire Spk. Association Ruby Jubilee Gala Dinner
Bristol, England, UK

November 17, 2014
Week-Long Training Series
Greensboro, NC
John Turnage, AFSA Carolinas
Chapter, (919) 624-3456
jturnage@umpiretechnologiesgroup.com, www.afsacarolinas.com

November 20, 2014
Water Mist Seminar
Lund, Sweden
Contact: Bettina McDowell Association Secretary
International Water Mist Association
+49 (0) 40 35085-215
Fax + 49 (0) 40 35085-80
Mobile +49 (0) 174 3013878 www.iwma.net

December 3, 2014
Fire Sprinkler Inspection Training & Certificate Program
Stillwater, OK
Brandy Mays
Oklahoma State University
(405) 744-5714

December 5, 2014
GBA-AFSA 12th  Gala, Wine/Beer Tour/Golf, Etc.
Poppy Ridge G.C., Livermore, CA
Lorelei Ostrander, AFSA
Greater Bay Area Chapter
(925) 954-5031, lorelei@cafsa.org  

December 8-10, 2014
NFPA 13 3-Day Seminar
Kissimmee, FL
Las Vegas, NV, TBD
NFPA, 800-344-3555

December 10-12, 2014
Hands-On Inspection, Testing,
and Fire Pump Training
Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473, info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

December 11, 2014
NFPA 25 – 2014 and 2017 Editions
National Fire Sprinkler Association

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

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

More Dates

Sprinkler Systems 3-Day Seminar
December 8-10, 2014, Kissimmee, FL       

National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org

Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com

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"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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