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SoCal Sprinkler Training Day!
May 16, 2014 — La Mesa, CA
    The American Fire Sprinkler Association, San Diego Chapter is presenting the SoCal Sprinkler Training Day on May 16, 2014, at the AUD\Training Center, San Diego Water Department, 5510 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.
    This event is FREE to AHJs and $25 for others.
    There will be Tabletop Displays at this event.
    Registration and Exhibitor Setup begins at 8:00am. Classes begin at 9:00am, Lunch will be provided and the afternoon education session ends at 4:00pm.
    Classes on fire sprinkler systems, commercial and residential include: “Field Inspections;” “NFPA 13, 13-R, 13-D Changes;” “CA NFPA 25;” and “Plan Review.”
    Industry Expert Instructors include: Steve Leyton, PD&C; Jamil Shamoon, Symons Fire; Jim Tate, JG Tate Fire Protection Systems and Ken Wagoner, Parsley Consulting.
    The event facilitator is Terri Leyton of TLC Fire.
    For more information, contact: Terri S. Leyton, AFSA San Diego Chapter, Executive Director, Terri Leyton Consulting, Inc. (TLC Fire), 1444 Nashville Street, San Diego, CA 92110; (619) 871-8450, Fax: 619-768-2487, terri@tlcfire.com, www.tlcfire.com.

Construction Employment
    Construction firms added jobs in 37 states over the past 12 months and in 30 states between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the jobs gains came even as many parts of the country experienced unusually severe winter weather, including cold and snowy conditions in the Northeast and Midwest, and warm and unusually dry conditions in much of the Southwest.
    “Considering the mix of states adding and losing construction jobs for the month and year, it seems winter conditions had less of an impact than many had expected,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Instead, what appears to be driving construction employment is differing levels of demand for new buildings and infrastructure amid a relatively uneven economic recovery.”
    For more information contact: AGC of America, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201; www.agc.org.

Institute/ICC Survey Code Officials
    Within many sectors of the building industry, there is growing concern that an insufficient number of new participants are entering the building workforce. In particular, code officials and others that serve the building regulatory segment of the industry are concerned.
    The National Institute of Building Sciences, on behalf of the International Code Council (ICC), is conducting a nationwide survey of participants in the building regulatory process to understand the current state of the industry, the pathways for entering such careers, and the long-term health of the profession.
    Fostering the development of the next generation of code officials is essential to promoting the future health, safety, and welfare of the nation’s communities. Understanding the current building regulatory workforce, as well as what may have motivated them to choose this profession, will help ICC and others within the building industry to develop strategies to attract a new cadre of young professionals.
    The survey closes May 9.
    The National Institute of Building Sciences is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor, and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors.
    For more information contact: NIBS, 1090 Vermont Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005-4950; (202) 289-7800, www.nibs.org.

WPI Researches Fire Safety in Green Buildings
    With the construction industry adopting a wide array of “green” technologies, materials, and sustainable building practices, a team of fire protection engineering researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is investigating the fire safety risks associated with green construction.
    The WPI team is working with a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which will fund a three-year project aimed at identifying and reducing the potential for firefighter and occupant injuries and deaths that could be associated with unanticipated hazards posed by green building elements. The funding began in August 2013 and runs through July 2016.
    For more information see Schools in this edition or contact: Martin Luttrell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road Boynton Hall, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01609; (508) 831-4910, mluttrell@wpi.edu.

Proposed Bill Strips Some Power from State Fire Marshal
    An article by Phil Rogers posted March 21, 2014, on nbcchicago.com, Chicago, Illinois, said after last summer’s bruising battle over fire sprinklers in Chicago high rises, opponents are embarking on a new tactic: they are attempting to strip the Illinois State Fire Marshal of his authority to write new rules.
    Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis pushed a change last June that would have mandated installation of sprinklers in older existing residential high-rises, and all new single-family homes in Illinois. But condo boards and homebuilders howled in protest. The fire and sprinkler community cried foul, saying opponents had engaged in a massive campaign of misinformation, using inflated numbers about what new sprinkler systems would cost. But the damage was done, and with little political support, Matkaitis eventually withdrew the proposal.
    Now, Illinois State Representative Sarah Feigenholtz, of the condo intensive 12th District on Chicago’s north side, is proposing legislation that strips Matkaitis of any authority to impose such rules. A draft of her proposed bill would set up a 21-member advisory committee that would advise the General Assembly, and would have sole authority to impose any sprinkler rules.
    The draft specifically states, “The Office of the State Fire Marshal may not adopt rules requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in any structure.”
    Behind the scenes, firefighting and sprinkler trade groups have been engaging in a rapid back and forth about the proposed legislation, attempting to blunt language that could effectively block any new mandates for sprinkler systems.
    “When you’re talking about sprinklers, you’re talking about protecting people,” said Steven Iovenelli, the Franklin Park fire chief who serves as chairman of the Illinois Fire Services Association. “You’re talking about saving lives.”
    Iovenelli echoed the sentiments of many in the firefighting community, that in a world of new construction techniques, sprinkler systems only make sense. And, that horror stories of explosive costs are grossly overblown.
    “We want to make sure that however this bill gets put together, it’s done in the interest of the people it protects,” he said.
    Matkaitis did not respond to requests for comment on the proposed new legislation that would limit his authority. Previously, he had maintained that the state code already mandates installation of sprinklers in existing residential high rises. Chicago refuses to follow the state code, citing home rule authority, and maintaining local fire rules provide adequate safety.

Oppose Illinois Anti-Fire Sprinkler Bill Amendment
    The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition opposes the Illinois anti-fire sprinkler bill amendment (HB4609).
    On March 24, Representative Sara Feigenholtz filed an amendment to Illinois House Bill 4609 that is a blatant power grab to take away the long-standing authority of the Illinois State Fire Marshal to adopt codes by Administrative Rule and specifically states that the Illinois State Fire Marshal cannot adopt any rules requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems.
    The bill passed through committee and was on the floor for a second reading at press time.
    The Homebuilders Association of Illinois (HBAI) has lobbied in support of HB4609 against the Illinois State Fire Marshal and fire sprinklers.
    Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition said: “This is the most regressive piece of legislation ever proposed in the field of fire safety in the free world. No one, anywhere, has proposed such specific language against fire sprinklers as HB4609. The proposed ‘Task Force on Fire Prevention & Fire Safety Education’ is a smokescreen to cover changes Representative Feigenholtz and the builders already have decided upon.”
    For more information contact: Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, 62 Orland Square Drive, Suite 201, Orland Park, IL 60462; sprinktoml@aol.com.

Sprinkler Issue Halts Apartment Project
    An article by Scott Aust on April 2, 2014, in the Garden City Telegram, Garden City, Kansas, said Garden City’s builder-friendly philosophy, which has allowed construction to begin on some projects without having stamped architectural plans on hand, soon may change after a recent apartment project was halted when staff discovered fire sprinkler systems, required by code, hadn’t been installed.
    Casco Homes, Inc. is building 16 apartment units on College Drive, with six apartments in one building and 10 in another. John Chappel, president of Casco, said he submitted a set of drawings to the inspection department and followed recommendations of a former building inspector to include firewalls, a requirement of residential code he was well familiar with when building duplexes.
    “In the past, we’d put firewalls between every two units to get them to work as duplexes,” Chappel said.
    Building codes for duplexes do not require fire sprinklers. But the International Building Code does require multi-family apartments to have sprinkler systems, according to Kaleb Kentner, planning and community development director. Kentner said every apartment complex built in the city since June 1, 2006, has required sprinklers, as required by code. Sprinklers are required for any apartment building with four units or more attached to each other.
    “Every homeowner, builder, licensed drafter that signs and fills out a building permit application agrees and affirms with their signature that they will construct to Chapter 18 of the building code, which references the adoption of the international building codes (and requires apartment complexes to be sprinklered),” Kentner said.
    Kentner said the typical building process starts with a site plan that doesn’t go into great detail on aspects of the building code at that point. However, it’s understood that projects will need to be built to code. Historically, he said, the city has tried to work with and accommodate every builder or homeowner on their projects, even to the point that it causes some headaches for the city when allowing construction to start without a complete set of plans.
    Kentner said a building permit was issued and a site plan approved. But he said there was an “omission” in that stamped plans were not submitted as required for any commercial, industrial, or multi-family apartment project. Plans need to be stamped by a design professional, which could be an engineer or architect. Stamped plans would have helped catch the problem earlier, Kentner said in a later interview. Stamped plans demonstrate that a design professional, such as an engineer or architect, has reviewed the design, found any code issues, and alerted the builder about those requirements before construction was very far along.
    “We’ve been trying to expedite building permits and work with builders, to help move them along as quickly as we can,” Kentner said. In trying to help out, the lack of plans to refer to put the city in a precarious position about whether sprinklers were included in the design, Kentner said.
    In the past, Kentner acknowledged the city’s inspectors have allowed construction to begin on projects without a complete set of plans, but normally builders know they need to submit stamped plans as soon as possible. Kentner said in the Casco case, inspectors made a courtesy call inspection on the site and discovered construction was moving forward without those detailed plans, which led to the work stoppage. 
Homebuilder Withdraws Request for City Waiver
    An article by Scott Aust on April 8, 2014, in the Garden City Telegram, Garden City, Kansas, said a Garden City homebuilder has withdrawn a request that asked the city to waive a section of building code requiring a sprinkler system in an apartment complex under construction on College Drive after it was discovered the project’s location qualified it for a 10-year tax abatement program.
    The value of the tax abatement will offset the added cost of sprinklers.
    Casco Homes, Inc., is building 16 apartment units at 202 and 204 College Drive, with six apartments in one building and 10 in another building. The city stopped work on the project after inspection department staff discovered fire sprinkler systems, required by the International Building Code, hadn’t been installed.
    John Chappel, president of Casco Homes, Inc., told the city commission earlier that he submitted a set of drawings to the inspection department and followed recommendations of a former building inspector to include firewalls, but was unaware the buildings also needed sprinklers. Chappel asked for a waiver due to a concern about the added expense to add sprinklers to the buildings now that the project is well underway, which he estimated to be $40,000.
    Kaleb Kentner, community planning and development director, said the apartments will be built to code and sprinklers will be installed as required. Chappel will be able to offset the cost of the sprinklers through the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program, a tax rebate program. Kentner said the builder and owner weren’t aware of the program and didn’t apply for it before the project started, but further research determined the project is eligible.
    “We recognized that they are eligible for it based on their location. It’s based on geographic location. They can use the money received from that over the next 10 years to pay themselves for the cost of sprinklers. That was one of their major concerns, the cost of sprinklers,” Kentner said.

Editor’s Note:
    The following letter is being reprinted here in our News section, without our response, as an example of home-builders associations’ pushback against residential fire sprinkler requirements.
    We would appreciate your thoughts, comments, and reactions.

Letter: Sprinkler Law an Unnecessary Burden on Homebuyers
    An April 11, 2014, Letter to the Editor in the Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Massachusetts, said: The letter to the editor from David A. LaFond of the National Fire Sprinklers Association (“Massachusetts needs a sprinkler law,” April 8) is so flawed it’s hard to know where to begin.
    In addition to trying to take shameless advantage of a terrible tragedy to advance the association’s economic self-interest, a tragedy that occurred in a building covered by existing sprinkler laws, the letter fails to point out that anyone who wishes to install a sprinkler system in a one- or two-family home, whether new or existing, is certainly free to do so.
    And while some do, most don’t because of cost and because nearly 90% of fire fatalities in one- and two-family homes occur because of a lack of working smoke alarms. So what the NFSA wants to do is impose significant additional costs on the already exorbitant cost of building a home in Massachusetts, which routinely exceeds the national average cost to do anything in construction.
    Our data, taken from our builders who have installed sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes in Massachusetts, show an increased average cost of $13,500, or about $4 per square foot, not the $1.35 national average cited by the NFSA. That’s enough to push even more young families, who are already fleeing the state in droves because of high housing costs, to seek residence elsewhere, robbing our economy of the labor necessary to sustain and grow our still tenuous recovery.
    Other reasons why not many people opt for sprinklers in one- and two-family homes include the possibility of accidental discharge of sprinkler systems, causing property damage and possible increase in homeowners’ insurance rates. Water supply and water pressure, specifically the lack thereof, especially where there is no municipal system, and the expense and inconvenience of annual inspections, are two more reasons why mandating sprinklers in one- and two-family homes makes no sense.
    Currently, only California and Maryland require sprinklers in one- and two-family homes, while at least 36 states have taken action to ensure that new homebuyers have the choice to have sprinklers installed in their new home.
    We at the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, like people everywhere, are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life suffered in the March 26 fire in Boston’s Back Bay. But the legislation being pushed by the NFSA would have done nothing to prevent it. We would urge citizens and legislators alike to stay focused on the real cause of fire fatalities in one- and two-family homes, a lack of working smoke detectors, and put efforts into educating the public on how to best comply with existing law.
— Lawrence Kady
President, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts

Ballpark Revamp
    An article by Matt Vande Bunte posted April 6, 2014, on MLive.com, Southfield, Michigan, said if the fire sprinklers at Fifth Third Ballpark had not malfunctioned; the first-base concourse would not have burned three months ago. And if firefighters could have accessed water inside the stadium, the January 3 blaze would not have grown so rapidly.
    That’s the assessment of Plainfield Township Fire Chief Dave Peterson.
    Now, team officials and public safety leaders are making three significant, though virtually unnoticeable, changes to address shortcomings that threatened opening day for the West Michigan Whitecaps: Standpipes, where firefighters can hook hoses into the stadium’s fire suppression system, have been installed; Part of the stadium’s fire suppression system has been rebuilt. Additional fire hydrants are planned to encircle the stadium.
    Authorities determined the fire was started by a space heater left too close to a plastic container while work was being done in one of the suites. The flames moved quickly, heavily damaging the right-field side of the park, destroying nine suites, gutting the concourse, and home team clubhouse.
    The stadium’s fire suppression sprinkler system is all new on the first-base side, said Dave Kloote, building official.

Care Center “Non-Compliant” Conundrum
    An article by Janet Dabbs posted April 4, 2014, on LakeExpo.com, Lake Ozark, Missouri, said a “non-compliant” fire suppression system has left the Laurie Care Center with an expensive conundrum.
    The Missouri Department of Health, during a routine inspection in February, determined the sprinkler heads at the care center were non-compliant. There are four sprinkler systems in the Laurie Care Center, and one zone is out of service. “The bulk of the building is sprinklered,” Good Shepherd Nursing Home District Board Chairman Ed Young said.
    The board received estimates to fix the system from three different companies. The estimates ranged from $90,000 to $270,000 for a fix, to a whopping $750,000 for an entire system replacement.
    “We did not entertain any of the bids since there was such a large spread in estimates,” Young said. The district board determined that a report from an “unbiased engineer” would be better than one from a company that would benefit from the installation.
    At a special board meeting the district approved hiring an engineer to evaluate the fire sprinkler system. Once the engineer’s report is submitted, the district will go out for new bids. 
    “We do not plan to replace everything at this point,” Young said.
    A consultant the district hired recommended it also request missing support paperwork from a sprinkler head test report conducted in 2007, to help with clarification for the new test.
    During a district board meeting a question was raised as to why Laurie Care Center had paid Mid Missouri Fire $15,000 for a sprinkler inspection when the board had approved a professional inspection by engineers. District Administrator Lance Smith replied that the immediate inspection and repair of leaking pipes were state-mandated.   

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:

April 30-May 1, 2014
26th National Fire Dinner
Washington, D.C.
Congressional Fire Services Institute
(202) 371-1277

May 5, 2014
21st Tony Bice Memorial Golf Invitational
Benefitting The Children’s of Alabama Burn Center, the UAB Hospital Burn Center, and the University of South Alabama Burn Center
Pine Tree Country Club, Birmingham, AL
Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association
Kelly Seewald, (205) 587-7246

May 7, 2014
NorCal/Nevada Chapter SFPE golf tournament scholarship fundraiser
Benefitting the SFPE Scholarship Fund
Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, CA
Jeremiah Crocker, (603) 496-5207
www.ncnsfpe.org “Events” tab

May 8, 2014
2nd Annual Cooperative SDFPA/SFPE
“2014 Golf Tournament” To Benefit The San Diego Burn Institute
Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club, Santee, CA
Lucas McCusker, (760) 525-6847

May 8-10, 2014
NFSA Annual Meeting
Atlantis, Bahamas
National Fire Sprinkler Association

May 13, 2014
5th Atlantic Canada Fire Sprinkler Design Symposium
Best Western, Dartmouth, NS
Joe Oliver, NICET IV, (902) 468-9500 x235

May 16, 2014
SoCal Sprinkler Training Day
La Mesa, CA
AUD\Training Center, San Diego Water Department,
Terri Leyton, TLC Fire
 (619) 871-8450

May 20-21, 2014
Fire Sprinkler International 2014
London, England, UK

May 22, 2014
Global Research Update Symposium
High Challenge Storage Protection
Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
London, England
Fire Protection Research Foundation
(617) 984-7282


May 28, 2014
NFSA PennJerDel Chapter 7th Annual Fireman’s Hall Museum Golf Outing
Westover Country Club, Jeffersonville, PA
Alberto Gonzalez
NFSA PenJerDel Chapter
(609) 320-1417

June 2, 2014
17th Dean Cornwell Golf Classic
Windtree Golf Club, Mt. Juliet, TN
Richard Smith
Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association — NFSA Chapter
(615) 254-8507

June 3, 2014
19th Illinois Burn Prevention  Golf Invitational
Benefitting the IL Fire Safety Alliance’s “Camp I Am Me” For Kids
Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook, IL
Fred Kroll, (224) 433-5655

June 4, 2014
AFSA Chesapeake Bay Chapter 18th Annual Golf Tournament
Benefitting the Nat’l Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Renditions, Davidsonville, MD
Scott Monroe
Danielle Fowler

June 5, 2014
NFSA New Jersey Chapter Annual Golf Tournament
Benefitting the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors &
the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board
Beaver Brook Country Club, Annandale, NJ
Gary Lederman, (914) 564-3916

June 6-9, 2014
NFPA Annual Meeting/Expo
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

June 13 & 14, 2014
FSCATX Golf  & Fishing Tournament
South Shore Harbour Course
League City, TX
Travis Hitzeman, (214) 951-7831
or FSCATX, P O Box 5186, Kingwood, TX 77325; (281) 361-8069, (877) 894-3011 info@fscatx.org

June 15-17, 2014
CASA Annual Conference & AGM
Algonquin Resort
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Debbie Tomasic, Canadian Automatic
Sprinkler Association, (905) 477-2270

July 14-25, 2014
Beginning FSS Planning Schools
Dallas, TX
American Fire Sprinkler Association

July 20, 2014
Texas Hold’em Tournament
Benefitting the Akron Children’s Hospital Regional Burn Center
Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH
Ohio Fire Safety Coalition
Julie Schade, (216) 447-5677

July 21, 2014
10th Annual OFSC Burn Invitational
 Glenmoor Country Club — Canton, OH
Ohio Fire Safety Coalition

August (TBD), 2014
27th AFSA Yankee Chapter
Golf Tournament
Benefitting the Boston Shriners Hospital Burn Center for Children
Olde Scotland Links
Bridgewater, MA
Chris Gray, (508) 944-4900

August 19, 2014
Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association Ontario Regional golf Tournament
Benefitting Camp BUCKO (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) and The Hospital for Sick Children Burn Unit
Lionhead Golf & Country Club, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Debbie Tomasic, (905) 477-2270

August 25, 2014
26th Burn Center Golf Invitational
Benefitting St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Unit, the WI Alliance for Fire Safety, and others
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI
Dan Gengler, (262) 325-1958

August or September TBD, 2014
8th Burn Aid Golf Classic
Benefitting the Tangier Shriners Transportation Fund
Ashland Golf Club TBD, Ashland, NE
John Wieczorek
Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association of Nebraska
(402) 657-3107

September 8, 2014
18th Annual NFSA Minnesota Chapter BurnAid Golf Classic
Benefitting Regions Hospital Burn Center
North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN
NFSA Minnesota Chapter
(651) 452-8506
Or Peg Bohn

September 8, 2014
25th FSCATX Charity Golf Classic
Benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Trophy Club Country Club, North Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Carol McCain

September 10, 2014
21st AFSA-VA Chapter Burn Survivors Golf Tournament
Benefitting Old Dominion Prof. Firefighters Burn Foundation and Central VA Burn Camp
Williamsburg Nat’l Golf Club, Williamsburg, VA
George Wagner, (804) 514-3154

September 27-October 1, 2014
AFSA Annual Convention & Expo
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
American Fire Sprinkler Association www.firesprinkler.org

October 6, 2014
Central Ohio Chapter/SFPE 25th OSU Burn Center Golf Outing
Benefitting the OSU Burn Center
Scioto Reserve Country Club, Powell, OH
Robert (Bob) Dawson, (614) 561-8145

October 13-24, 2014
Beginning FSS Planning Schools
Dallas, TX
American Fire Sprinkler Association

October 16, 2014
Los Serranos Golf Club, Chino Hills, CA
Larry Seligman, F.S.C. Assn. of SoCal (626) 673-5345,
or Kraig Kirschner, AFCON, 626-444-0541, info@afcon.org

October 22-23, 2014
14th Int’l Water Mist Conference  
Istanbul, Turkey
Bettina McDowell, Association Secretary
International Water Mist Association
Postfach 11 35 83, 20435 Hamburg, Poststraße 33
(in Hamburg Business Center), D-20354 Hamburg
 tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215, fax + 49 (0) 40 35085-80,

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

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
Inspection & Testing Level I – NICET prep webinar, May 15 & 21
Inspection & Testing Level II – NICET prep webinar, June 18 & 25
Water-Based Systems Layout Level I – NICET prep webinar, TBD
WaterBased Systems Layout Level II – NICET prep webinar, TBD
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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