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Bringing Safety Home Award for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers.
    The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key component in educating decision-makers on fire sprinklers and urging them to support sprinkler requirements at the local, state, or provincial level. Research proves that home fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying in home fires by 80%.
    “There is a growing movement in North America to promote the life-saving aspects of home fire sprinklers,” says Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The people behind this movement are passionate safety advocates who are effectively convincing the public and decision-makers that fire sprinklers should be a necessity in all new homes.”
    Nominations are open to members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates from the U.S. and Canada. The award recipient will be honored at NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit, October 13-14, in Phoenix. NFPA will cover the recipient’s travel and lodging.
    Nominations were due September 10, 2015. (Plan for next year.)
About the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) — For nearly 20 years, HFSC has developed and provided comprehensive, non-commercial, educational materials that highlight the life safety benefits of protecting homes with fire sprinkler systems. HFSC’s mission is solely educational and its materials are available to everyone at no cost through HFSC’s website: www.homefiresprinkler.org.

About the Fire Sprinkler Initiative® — The Fire Sprinkler Initiative®, a project of the National Fire Protection Association, is a nationwide effort to mandate the use of home fire sprinklers and the adoption of fire sprinkler requirements for new construction.
    Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website: www.firesprinklerinitiative.org.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.
    For more information visit: www.nfpa.org.
    All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at: www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

* 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.


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.

News: (Scroll down for Calendar Items.)

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
    On September 22nd, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) filed S. 2068 and Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced H.R. 3591, the companion house legislation, to encourage building owners to invest in life-saving fire safety upgrades.
    The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) strengthens tax incentives for building owners to install fire sprinkler retrofits that can save many lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires every year. Currently, commercial building owners must depreciate fire sprinkler retrofits over a period of 39 years and residential building owners over 27½ years. The FSIA reclassifies fire sprinkler retrofits as 15-year depreciable property, allowing businesses to receive tax benefits more quickly.
    The original legislation was introduced in 2004 following the tragic nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that claimed 100 lives. Since then, the legislation has been reintroduced in subsequent Congresses with various changes made to address concerns raised by members of Congress regarding cost estimates. The current legislation has addressed those concerns.
    “We applaud Senators Collins and Carper along with Representatives Langevin and Reed for their perseverance - life safety for citizens and firefighters is worth it,” explains Chief Shane Ray, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).
    Under the current legislation, automatic sprinklers could be treated as Section 179 property under the tax code. Section 179 allows small- and medium-sized businesses to write off the full cost of equipment purchases, up to $125,000, in a single year. While automatic fire sprinklers are not currently classified as a Section 179 property, passage of the legislation would allow property owners to retrofit a large majority of high fire risk properties, such as certain off campus housing, night clubs, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
    The legislation would also create a financial incentive for high-rise building owners to install sprinkler systems by reducing the depreciation to 15 years.
    “We hope this will be the legislative session that sees passage of this important legislation,” adds Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). “Firefighter and citizen lives will be saved as a result of this proactive incentive-based strategy.”
    “As a survivor of the Station Nightclub Fire, I understand the fire problem in these building types better than most,” explains Rob Feeney, a fire safety advocate for Common Voices and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. “I lost friends and loved ones in that fire and it amazes me that it takes so long to pass a law that can prevent this from happening again.”
    For more information visit: www.nfsa.org.

Bull Moose Tube Invests in Sprinkler Pipe Manufacturing
    Bull Moose Tube Company, a Chesterfield, Missouri-based manufacturer of tube steel products founded in 1962, recently announced it is enhancing its sprinkler pipe manufacturing infrastructure to further establish its leadership position in that market. The company has made operational changes and capital investments to all its sprinkler pipe mills to increase capacity in the past two months and now is announcing further capital investments to add more capacity to existing facilities in both the East and West. The latest infrastructure enhancements, when completed in early 2016, will continue to bolster the company’s reputation as the only supplier of sprinkler pipe with mills in the eastern U.S. (Masury, Ohio), western U.S. (Casa Grande, Arizona) and central U.S. (Gerald, Missouri).
    The capital investment is part of the company’s overall initiative to enhance sprinkler pipe production levels and to offer new sizes and products. As a result of the initial capital investment and overall enhancement program, the company already has increased its sprinkler pipe work force by 15-20%, and sprinkler pipe production is on track to grow by 50% over last year. The level of the second-phase investment in infrastructure enhancements and the expected production/capacity growth levels were not disclosed.
    Despite the challenging and highly competitive nature of the sprinkler pipe business, as indicated by the recent exit of major players in the industry, Bull Moose Tube CEO Michael Blatz is confident that this investment is the right one.
    “As the leading manufacturer of steel sprinkler pipe, Bull Moose Tube values our relationship with our customers. We know how important our customers are to us, and want them to know they can rely on us to continue to lead in this key segment. Additionally, we are confident that the market will continue to grow, along with the demand for our product,” said Blatz. “The recent departure by other manufacturers has created more demand for us as well. We quickly realized that an increase in capacity was necessary to fulfill our commitment to the industry.”
    The company anticipates continued growth in demand for sprinkler pipe, citing the growth in commercial construction, as well as the increase in retrofitting jobs necessary to keep up with increasingly stringent fire-safety codes. After several years of closely aligned supply and demand in this segment, the recent departure of other sprinkler pipe manufacturers has resulted in an influx of new customers to remaining manufacturers.
    Bull Moose Tube sprinkler pipe is UL Listed (US & Canada) and FM Approved; ASTM A135 and A795 Type E, Grade-A certified; and complies with NFPA-13, 13R, and 14. Possessing industry-leading hydraulic characteristics, all Bull Moose Tube sprinkler pipe is NDT weld-tested and has a CRR of 1.0 and greater. As the exclusive maker of painted red ReddyPipe (R), Bull Moose Tube Company offers sprinkler pipe in a variety of custom length options.
    Bull Moose Tube is a subsidiary of Bull Moose Industries. Founded in 1962, Bull Moose Tube boasts more than a half-century of steadfast commitment to serving customers requiring steel pipe and tube.
    For more information visit: www.bullmoosetube.com.

Viking Corp. Sued Over Alleged Patent Infringement of Flexible Sprinkler Connections
    According to the Pennsylvania Record, September 22, 2015, Victaulic Co. filed a civil action complaint September 18th in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Viking Corp. and Supply Network Inc., doing business as Viking SupplyNet, alleging patent infringement.
    The complaint states that Victaulic patented certain flexible sprinkler connection models, the 399 patent, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 3.
    The complaint states that Viking infringed upon this patent with its own flexible sprinkler connection models.
    Victaulic seeks a judgment declaring patent infringement against the defendants and ordering them to pay damages for their infringement, plus interest, court costs, and attorney fees.
    Victaulic is represented by Robert R. Baron Jr. and Marc S. Segal of Ballard Spahr, LLP in Philadelphia, and of counsel by Darle M. Short of Oliff, PLC in Alexandria, Virginia.
    U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:15-cv-05206-JFL

NY Times Shoots Sprinkler Myth
    An article in the September 2015 edition of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative News said if there’s one myth fire sprinkler advocates hear ad nauseum, it’s the one about fire sprinkler ordinances driving up housing costs and forcing homeowners to seek cheaper alternatives in neighboring communities or states. A recent article in The New York Times, August 19, 2015, notes this notion couldn’t be further from the truth.
    California has been requiring sprink­lers in new homes since 2011, and has not seen a negative impact on housing stock or affordability. In fact, as the story states, “there’s a robust demand for housing.” Take into consideration these figures highlighted in the story: the Sacramento region has approved more than 280,000 housing units; Shafter, California, is planning to build 3,000 homes; Newport Beach more than 1,300; Coachella may build 7,800 new homes.
    For a state that’s expected to swell to 50 million people by 2050, protecting its growing population with this level of home protection aims to have a positive impact on reducing home fire deaths.
    A more immediate benefit is a fire sprinkler’s ability to reduce the amount of water needed to fight fires, something seen as a necessity in drought-stricken California. Research by FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) prove sprinklers reduce water use needed to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%.
    For more information visit: http://sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org.

New Sprinkler Law
    An article by Renee Chmiel posted October 1, 2015, on www.wtnh.com, New Haven, Connecticut, said a new law is in effect that aims to keep tenants safe. Landlords now need to let residents know if there is a working sprinkler system in the building. It can be put in the lease and it needs to be in 12-point font. If the building has a working sprinkler, system landlords will now have to let tenants know when it was last inspected.
    A Watertown man has been pushing for the legislation. Jeff Block still gets choked up when he talks about his daughter, who died in 2012.
    “Three students at Marist College were killed in an off-campus housing fire,” said Block. “My daughter Eva was one of those kids.”
    The house didn’t have a sprinkler system. Block wants parents to ask questions and be better able to keep their kids safe.
    “I wasn’t aware at that point in time, and I don’t want another parent to go through what I’m going through,” he said.
    Fire Science professors at the University of New Haven say the law is a good start. They hope it starts a conversation, since a lot of people don’t understand how sprinklers work.
    “We don’t expect sprinklers to put the fire out. That’s the fire department’s job,” said Wayne Sandford, a professor in UNH’s Fire Science program. “What sprinklers will do is buy time.”
    The hope is the new law will make parents and tenants more aware of what safety measures are in the building.
    “Maybe a parent of a student will say is this really the off-campus place that I want my child to be?” said Sandford.
    Block hopes this law will prevent more tragedies and make it easier for parents and tenants to make smart decisions when it comes to fire safety.
    “Anything that you can do to raise your kid’s awareness and your awareness, so you don’t feel guilty if, God forbid, something happens,” said Block.
    Kerry Fitzsimmons also died in the fire that killed Eva Block. Her family helped get a similar law passed in New York last year.

An Example of Fire Sprinkler Promotion
New Jersey
Fire Sprinklers Key to Protection
    An October 4, 2015, article in the Vineland Daily Journal and posted on www.thedailyjournal.com, said this week, October 4-10, is the 93rd annual Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year, which is changed every year, is “Hear the Beep When You Sleep.” It is intended to raise awareness of the fact that nearly half of all home fire deaths occur overnight, when residents are asleep. The call to action is to have a smoke detector in every bedroom.
    This is a noble mission and one that every fire safety advocate fully supports. The issue I would like to draw attention to, however, is the lack of changes to the fire code regarding fire sprinkler coverage since the Edgewater fire in January.
    The state recently adopted the 2015 International Residential Code and specifically left out the portion of including fire sprinklers in all new residential construction, which was established as a Minimum Life Safety Code since 2009. The Department of Community Affairs chose to do this despite loud and clear calls from the fire safety and service community that new construction methods leave residents and first responders vulnerable to the quick spread of fire and the reduced time to structural failure of modern building materials.
    The DCA is also currently examining the cost vs. benefit of fire sprinklers in newly constructed townhomes, which would protect a significant amount of the new construction in this state. This stems from Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of Bill A1698, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly in consecutive sessions following years of research and testimony.
    If the DCA fails to recognize the need for these systems in townhomes, it will be the second time in a matter of months that it has put the residents of this state at risk.
    This Fire Prevention Week, please consider the life-saving benefits of smoke alarms in each bedroom, but also remember that fire sprinklers are the only proactive form of fire protection.
— David Kurasz, Executive Director
New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory

Old High-Rises Could Be Retrofit
    An article by Joey Palacios posted October 7, 2015, on www.tpr.org, San Antonio, Texas, said Fire Chief Charles Hood is recommending San Antonio high-rise buildings 75' or taller - typically seven stories - be retrofitted with fire sprink­lers, even if sprinklers weren’t required when the structures were built.
    The addition of sprinklers to aging buildings would give peace of mind to some residents who live in them.
    The deaths of six people last year from a fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living apartments in Castle Hills prompted the city of San Antonio to take inventory.  Officials wanted to know how many high-rises lack sprinkler systems. The Fire Department counted at least 36 built before a 1982 city mandate for buildings 75' or taller to have fire sprinklers (there are 12 additional buildings being looked at that may not meet enforcement criteria). There majority of the 36 are office buildings, but eight are residential.
    One of those residential buildings is the 11-story Villa Tranchese on Marshall St. near San Pedro Ave. It’s owned by the San Antonio Housing Authority and is home to some disabled and elderly residents. The lack of sprinklers is a huge concern for 66-year-old Florence Arellano, who lives on the 3rd floor. “It’s easier for me to get down, but I worry about the people up there,” she said. “How about the bedridden? How about the walkers? How about the wheelchairs? They don’t walk anymore like they used to.”
    Villa Tranchese experienced a fire five months after Wedgwood. There were no injuries but nine units were damaged. The cause was undetermined, but began on the 11th floor about 6:30 p.m. April 15th of this year.
    Chief Hood told the city council’s public safety committee he recommends all affected high-rises, commercial or residential, be required to retroactively install fire sprinkler systems during the next 12 years. At a cost of $2-$4 per sq. ft., Hood understands it’s not something that can happen overnight.
    “We do have those dynamics to where we just cannot enforce everyone to put sprinklers in their buildings tomorrow,” Hood said. “We understand that’s not realistic.”
    Even if it’s not tomorrow, Florence Arellano would welcome the potentially life-saving sprinklers in her complex. “I think we would sleep a little bit better,” she added. “We know that there’d be something to protect us.”
    The Chief’s recommendation now goes to the full city council for approval.
The San Antonio Housing Authority was asked for comments on the lack of sprinklers in Villa Tranchese, but the agency has not responded.

Ferry Sprinkler System Was Not Working
    An article posted October 7, 2015, on www.ekathimerini.com, Neo Faliro, Greece, said the sprinkler system on board the Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire while traveling between Greece and Italy at the end of last year was not working, according to a report in Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
    Captain Argilio Giacomazzi is said to have been informed, soon after the fire broke out, that the sprinklers were spewing out smoke rather than water.
    Eleven people died on board the ferry, and 18 are still unaccounted for.
    Judicial authorities at the Italian port of Bari, where the ship has been docked since February, recently decided to extend their investigation by another six months.

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.

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

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 24, 2015
Water Mist Seminar
Munich, Germany
Bettina McDowell
International Water Mist Association
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215

December 2, 2015
Find and Keep the Best Independent Directors 12:00-1:30 p.m. CT
Family Business Consulting Group

December 4, 2015
GBA-AFSA Annual Gala

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

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

December 15, 2015
Obstructions and ESFR Sprinklers: Experimental Results
12:30-2:00 p.m. (EDT), Webinar www.nfpa.org

February 20-23, 2016
FSSA Annual Forum
El Conquistador Resort, Puerto Rico
Jarrod A. Clabaugh, FSSA
(410) 931-8100, www.fssa.net

March 3-5, 2016
ASA’s Annual Convention
& 50th Anniversary
Hyatt Regency Miami, FL
American Subcontractors Association

March 8, 2016
UK Water Mist Seminar
BRE Innovation Park, Watford, UK
Bettina McDowell, Tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215, www.iwma.net

March 9-11, 2016
NEAFPSD 25th Anniversary
& Fire Protection Symposium
Bartlett, NH
Paul Taylor, ptaylor@trojb.com

March 16-18, 2016
7th International Symposium on Tunnels

Montréal, Canada
istss@sp.se, www.istss.se

March 24, 2016
Seneca School of Fire Protection Career Fair and FPSA Networking Dinner

Seneca College, School of Fire Protection
Scott Pugsley SET, FPT
(416) 491-5050 ext. 22525

May 4-7, 2016
NFSA Annual Meeting
Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point, CA

May 29-31, 2016
CASA Annual Meeting
Banff, AB, Canada

June 9-12, 2016
NFPA Annual Meeting
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

July 25, 2016
12th OFSC Burn Invitational
Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH
Julie Schade, Ohio Fire Safety Coalition
(216) 447-5677

September 20-24, 2016
AFSA Annual Meeting
Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

September 16-19, 2016
AFSA Annual Meeting
Nashville, TN

Other Dates by Organization

American Subcontractors Association
Webinars: www.asaonline.com
Dec. 8: Employment Law Changes...
Jan. 12, 2016: The War for Talent... Pay Trends
Feb. 9, 2016: Negotiating Retainage” Webinar
Apr. 12, 2016: The Payment Dance...
May 10, 2016: Websites, Email, Social Media & Your Domain Name
Jun. 14, 2016: Damages for Lost Productivity

Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com 
Nov. 24: Sprinkler I&T Level II, Webinar
Nov. 25: Water-Based Level II, Webinar
Dec. 1: Sprinkler I&T Level II, Webinar
Dec. 2: Water-Based Level I, Webinar
Dec. 7: Sprinkler I&T Level I, Webinar
Dec. 9: Water-Based Level I, Webinar
Dec. 9: I&T/Fire Pumps Hands-On Workshop – Dayton, OH
Dec. 10: I&T/Fire Pumps... – Dayton, OH
Dec. 11: I&T/Fire Pumps... – Dayton, OH​
Dec. 14: Sprinkler I&T Level I, Webinar
Dec. 16: Water-Based Level II, Webinar
Dec. 22: FREE Success with NICET, Webinar
Dec. 23: Water-Based Level II, Webinar

National Fire Sprinkler Assoc., www.nfsa.org  
Dec. 1:  2-Day Plan Review - Stow, MA
Dec. 8: ITM: Navigating through the Liability Minefield - Albany, NY
Dec. 15: 2-Day Plan Review - El Cerrito, CA
Jan. 12, 2016: ITM - Houston, TX
Jan. 26, 2016: 2 Day Plan Review - Roseville, CA
Feb. 23, 2016: ITM - Pharr, TX
Mar. 23, 2016: 2-Day Plan Review - Plainfield, IL

National Fire Protection Assoc., www.nfpa.org
2013 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems 3-day Seminar with Optional
Certificate of Educational Achievement

Dec. 7-9: Anaheim, CA
Dec. 14-16: Orlando, FL
Feb. 22-24, 2016: Houston, TX
Mar. 7-9, 2016: Baltimore, MD
Mar. 21-23, 2016: Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 11-16, 2016: Atlanta, GA
Apr. 18-20, 2016: Quincy, MA
Apr. 25-27, 2016: Chicago, IL
May 16-18, 2016: Nashville, TN

Certified Fire Protection Specialist Primer 2-day Seminar
Dec. 7-8 – Anaheim, CA
Dec. 14-15 – Orlando, FL

Other Future Meeting Dates:

AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org
September 16-19, 2016, Nashville, TN
Sept. 24-27, 2017, Las Vegas, NV

CASA, www.casa-firesprinkler.org
May 3-6, 2017, Red Rock, Las Vegas, NV

NFSA, www.nfsa.org  
May 4-7, 2016, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Dana Point, CA
May 3-6, 2017, Red Rock, Las Vegas, NV

NFPA, www.nfpa.org
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
Seneca College, School of Fire Protection


FPC's Question of the Month

Who do you consider to be fire sprinkler allies?

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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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