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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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National
Construction Employment
    Construction employment expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72, and was stagnant in 44 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). As employment grows, 25% of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work, according to a new survey conducted by SmartBrief in partnership with the association.
    “Many construction firms looking to expand their payrolls are finding a surprisingly tight labor market,” said Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “These expanding labor shortages threaten to impact construction schedules as firms struggle to find enough qualified workers.”
    Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, added the largest number of construction jobs in the past year (9,400 jobs, 8%), followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (8,900 jobs, 5%) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8,500 jobs, 12%). The largest percentage gains occurred in Lake Charles, Louisiana (27%, 2,900 jobs), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida (26%, 1,000 jobs) and Monroe, Michigan (23%, 500 jobs).
    The largest job losses from July 2013 to July 2014 were in Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona (-4,800 jobs, -5%), followed by Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland (-3,500 jobs, -10%) and Newark-Union, New Jersey (-2,500 jobs, -7%).
    AGC officials noted that as construction employment expands in many parts of the country many firms report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers. The survey found that two-thirds of firms report having experienced labor shortages during the past year. Those shortages are having an impact on construction activity, with 25% of firms reporting they turned down work during the past year because of a lack of labor.
    Labor shortages are also having an impact on construction salaries, with 70% of firms reporting they are paying more for skilled labor than they did last year. Thirteen percent of respondents described those wage increases as “significant.” Responding firms noted that carpenters, project managers, and supervisors are the hardest positions to fill right now. They are also having difficulty finding qualified laborers, estimators, electricians, plumbers, and ironworkers.
    Association officials said the survey results underscore the need for action on a series of measures outlined in the association’s Workforce Development Plan. Those measures detail steps federal, state, and local officials should take to make it easier for schools, associations, and businesses to establish career training and education programs.
    According to the survey results, labor shortages appear more widespread in the South and Midwest than in the Northeast or West. (Source: www.agc.org)

National
Code Professionals Retirement Exodus
     A recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) on behalf of the International Code Council (ICC) reveals information that, if not addressed in the coming years, may have an impact on the public safety of thousands of communities in the United States.
     In general, the survey results largely confirmed the observations of code organizations and on-the-ground code officials: the “typical” code professional is older, works at the local level as a jurisdiction employee, and has 20-30 years of experience.
    However, just as baby-boomers are having an impact across other industries, code officials are aging and making plans for retirement in significant numbers. Nearly 85% of respondents are over 45. More importantly, over 80% of respondents expect to retire within the next 15 years, and more than 30% plan to do so within five years. Such a massive exodus of public safety professionals could have a serious impact on jurisdictions — particularly those with smaller departments — since more than half of the respondents work in departments of nine or fewer employees.
    [Fire sprinkler contractors and fire sprinkler associations may need to redouble AHJ training efforts.]
     “We must take action now to ensure our communities remain safe and protected by an adequate workforce of code officials,” said ICC Board President Stephen D. Jones, CBO.
     The survey also revealed: Almost 80% of respondents work in departments of less than 15 employees (57% have nine or less); A majority of respondents (59%) serve communities of less than 75,000 residents; Respondents are experienced, with a majority having worked in the building industry for more than 25 years (60%); Respondents wear multiple hats in their departments, and are often responsible for more than one job function, such as plan review (52%), building inspections (48%), and department management (46%).
    For more information contact: ICC, 888-ICC-SAFE, www.iccsafe.org, or the NIBS, www.nibs.org.

National
Private Insurance Exchange
    A private Insurance exchange, to serve the commercial construction industry for firms belonging to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), was developed in collaboration with Willis North America. Willis NA is a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance, and reinsurance broker, features comprehensive insurance coverage from Aetna, MetLife, and Group Vision Service as part of its introductory suite of benefits.
    Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, noted that the new private exchange was designed by Willis for AGC to reduce costs and the administrative burdens for association members that provide insurance benefits for their employees. “Because the exchange offers a broader range of options than typically available to individual firms, employers and their employees will get more of the benefits that meet their particular needs,” he added.
    “Instead of struggling with unpredictable insurance premiums, employers will be able to define the amount they will provide to their employees for health and other insurance benefits and then direct their employees to an online store where they will have more options than they have had in the past,” Sandherr said. “The new private exchange, unlike many public exchanges, will provide employees with the guidance and support they need to make good decisions,” he added.
    Now that the exchange’s initial benefits providers have been selected, association members can now get coverage quotes for policies that go into effect as early as January 1, 2015. Association officials said they plan to add additional coverage options during the coming months.
    For more information visit: www.agc.org/exchange.

National
ConsensusDocs New Offering
    ConsensusDocs announced a new subscription package created specifically for owners and design-builders. Design-build has become an increasing important project delivery option in the industry, ConsensusDocs officials noted.
    “These documents are designed to protect the interests of everyone involved in a design build project,” said Brian Perlberg, Executive Director & Counsel of ConsensusDocs. “Unlike similar products being offered by other groups, this package allocates risk evenly among all the parties involved in a design build project.”
    According to an RS Means Market Intelligence report, almost 40% of non-residential buildings, and more than 80% of military projects, are performed under a design-build contract. Since ConsensusDocs design-build contracts are among the most popular within the ConsensusDocs catalog of 100+ contract documents, this package offers a tailored solution to meet the needs of design-builder and owners, Perlberg noted.
    Design-build project projects are more likely to be successful when design-builders and owners choose a contract that allocates risk consistently and fairly, Perlberg said. He added that the new package offers a coordinated and comprehensive set of design-build contracts that allocates risks to the party in the best position to mitigate risks.
    ConsensusDocs standard contracts provide a fair and balanced option, written and endorsed by 40+ organizations representing designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. Users receive a comprehensive set of contracts via a cloud-based technology platform that provides 24/7, anytime, anywhere access with easy editing in Microsoft Word®.
    For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

National
ICC on Buildings Under Construction
    A roundtable of experts determined that educating construction workers and property owners and managers on existing safety measures is one of the best ways to combat fires in buildings under construction. The roundtable, initiated by the International Code Council (ICC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), brought together code and fire officials, contractors, and others with technical expertise to review an outbreak of fires in buildings under construction that recently caused major property damage and personal injury.
     “A recent National Fire Protection Association report shows that over a five-year span, U.S. fire departments responded to at least 830 construction site fires that resulted in more than $56 million in property damages, and another 400 fires were reported from properties undergoing renovations,” explained ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO.
    A report of the roundtable’s findings was due to be issued September 15, 2014.
    For more information contact: Steve Daggers, International Code Council, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001; 888-422-7233, sdaggers@IccSafe.org, www.iccsafe.org.

Arkansas
AG Sues Former Director of Fire Protection Licensing
    According to an item on www.arkansasmatters.com, on September 4, 2014, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit against the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging that she improperly used a state charge card to make unauthorized purchases and wrongly obtained reimbursements for personal expenses.
    Catherine Gray, of England, is accused of violating the state’s Fiscal Management Responsibility Act and other state purchasing laws, illegally converting public funds, and committing fraud. The lawsuit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, seeks restitution to the state, civil penalties, and punitive damages.
    “Public officials are entrusted with spending taxpayer money for the benefit of the State, but in this instance this individual spent thousands of dollars for her own benefit,” McDaniel said. “We hope the Court holds her accountable for her illegal actions and that she is required to reimburse the State for this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds.”
    According to the lawsuit, as executive director and chief fiscal officer of the Fire Protection Licensing Board, Gray received a purchasing card, or “P-card,” in order to charge purchases related to official state business. Gray accrued a total of $40,431 on her P-card from the time she received the card on March 15, 2012, until March 5, 2014, when it was suspended by the Office of State Procurement, which had suspected it had been used for unauthorized purchases.
    The suit stated that Gray made $15,426 in unauthorized purchases on the card, including payments for gift cards, personal utility bills, personal car repairs, prescription medication, alcohol, cigarettes, dog food, pet supplies, clothing, movies, groceries, and toiletries. 
    In addition, Gray submitted to the Board direct requests for reimbursements totaling $6,680 from September 2010 to March 2014. An investigation found that $4,599 worth of reimbursement requests were accompanied by incomplete documentation or no documentation at all.
    A criminal investigation by the Arkansas State Police is ongoing.

California
Which Buildings Don’t Have Sprinklers?
    An article by Bonnie Eslinger on August 25, 2014, in the Mercury News, San Jose, California, said in the wake of several apartment fires in the past 13 months, including one on August 24, Redwood City is taking inventory of its rental housing stock to see which buildings do not have sprinklers, a city fire official said.
    The city also is exploring ways it might be able to give building owners financial incentives to install the sprinklers, even though they are not legally required in older buildings, Deputy Fire Chief Stan Maupin said.
    “It’s expensive, we understand that,” Maupin said. “But we’ve had a string of fires in apartment buildings, so we needed to take a look at it.”
    On August 24, a three-alarm fire spread through three apartments in a 12-unit building at 950 Regent Court at about 7 p.m. Although the cause of the fire is still being determined, it began in a unit occupied by only one woman at the time and appears to be accidental, Maupin said. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation, along with another building resident for a medical condition unrelated to the fire, he added.
    The blaze gutted one unit and caused moderate damage to two others. All 34 occupants of the building were evacuated and taken to a shelter set up by the American Red Cross at Veterans Memorial Senior Center for the night because the building’s power needed to be secured, Maupin said.
    The state began mandating fire sprinklers in new apartments in 1989, but did not require older structures to be retrofitted with them.
    Last year, a six-alarm fire in July that destroyed the Hallmark Apartment Houses at 531 Woodside Road killed one man and sent 18 others to the hospital. Months later, a six-alarm fire blazed through the 73-unit Terrace Apartments complex, injuring four. Those fires were also deemed by officials to have been accidental.

Massachusetts
Fire Officials Blast Report on Residential Alarms and Sprinklers
    An article by Laura Crimaldi on September 10, 2014, in the Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, said fire officials from across the state descended on a meeting of a board that administers the state building code to assail a proposed policy document that they see as an effort to roll back requirements for fire alarm and sprinkler systems in some residential buildings.
    About 40 fire officials attended a meeting of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards at the National Guard Armory to oppose the draft white paper, which examines the cost and effectiveness of fire alarm and sprinkler systems in residential buildings with three to six units. 
    “The fire service believes this is the opening to look at code change proposals that may not have sprinklers or alarms,” state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said in an interview.
    Opponents said the paper singled out fire alarms and sprinklers as contributors to the high cost of housing without providing evidence to support that conclusion or taking into account the ability of sprinklers to save lives.
    “This paper is seriously flawed,” Coan said, “Why roll back a proven fire safety protection?”
    He said there have been more than 30,000 fires in three- to six-family apartment buildings in Massachusetts between 2001-2013, causing about $320 million in loss and 1,300 firefighter injuries, 700 civilian injuries, one firefighter death, and 108 civilian deaths.
    The document was drafted to fulfill the board’s legal obligation to conduct ongoing examinations of the state building code’s impact on construction costs... The white paper says Massachusetts has more fire protection requirements than any other New England state and mandated sprinklers for many residential and commercial buildings in 1997 before national building codes did. The document said it costs about $27,450 to install a sprinkler and fire alarm system throughout a three-unit residential building.
    Board member Alexander MacLeod said those costs need to be addressed. “I know sprinklers can save lives,” he said, “but I’d like to know what the cost is.”
    “This paper represents, in the opinion of firefighters and fire officers and fire chiefs, a shift in public policy,” said Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher.
    Fire officials also questioned whether the paper applies to existing units or new ones because the document uses the term “new construction” in one of its recommendations. Board member Robert Anderson said the paper pertains to existing residences. The document concludes the state needs more affordable housing and a building code with “fewer and clear” requirements would help lower costs.  It recommends the board propose new codes that would provide more affordable options for building.
    The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which opposes the paper, cited a Back Bay fire in March that killed two Boston firefighters and an apartment building blaze in Lowell that killed seven people in July. Neither building was equipped with sprinklers because they were both built before sprinkler requirements were implemented.
    During a tense exchange, the building code board’s chairman, Brian Gale, asked board member Gallagher if it was possible the owner of the Lowell building didn’t make improvements to the residence because of sprinkler costs.
    “I believe it is possible,” said Gale, answering his own question. “If that’s the case, is it possible that that building never got any renovation or any work done on it because of the sprinkler regulation?” He went on to ask whether the building owner would have made other life-saving safety improvements to the building if he didn’t have to bear the cost of installing sprinklers, saying, “I think that there’s a possibility here that the code may be costing people lives the way it’s written,” Gale said.
    The comment drew jeers from fire officials, including one who yelled, “Shameless!”
    The board decided to send the document out for input from agencies and boards that specialize in housing, economics, and public safety.

New York
Landlords/Builders to Disclose Sprinklers
    An article posted August 11, 2014, on www.wivb.com, Buffalo, New York, said New York has a new law intended to inform renters and homeowners about their home’s fire protection.
    Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law that will require landlords to give prospective renters written notice in the lease about whether or not an apartment has a sprinkler system. The new law also requires home builders of one- and two-family homes to let buyers known about the structure’s sprinklers.
    Cuomo, a Democrat, says the state has seen too much “senseless tragedy” caused by avoidable fires and that the new law will help New Yorkers make more informed decisions about the apartments and homes they choose.


National
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  

National
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.

National
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.

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

National
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.

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

National
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

National
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

National
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

National
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.

National
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.

National
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.

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

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


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

October 22, 2014
20th Ken Houston Memorial Golf
For Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC
John Turnage, AFSA Carolinas
(919) 624-3456, jturnage@umpiretechnologiesgroup.com

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
www.iwma.net

October 28, 2014
Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing NFPA 25
City of Merced Fire Department
Merced, CA
NFSA, (845) 878-4207
www.nfsaacademy.org, www.nfsa.org

October 29-30, 2014
2-Day Sprinkler System Plan Review
City of Merced Fire Department
Merced, CA
NFSA, (845) 878-4207, www.nfsaacademy.org, www.nfsa.org

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

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
www.iwma.net

November 5, 2014
Rough & Final Inspections of Sprinkler Systems
Columbus, OH
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

November 5-6, 2014
2-Day Sprinkler System Plan Review
Yarmouth, MA
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

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
seminars@nfsa.org

November 7, 2014
Understanding, Applying, & Enforcing NFPA 25
Columbus, OH
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

November 10-21, 2014
Beginning Sprinkler System Planning School

Dallas, TX
Maricarmen Martinez, AFSA
(214) 349-5965 ext. 132
mmartinez@firesprinkler.org

November 11, 2014
ITM Pulse: Working with Owners
NFSA.tv
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

November 14, 2014
British Auto. Fire Spk. Association Ruby Jubilee Gala Dinner
Bristol, England, UK
www.bafsa.org.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
brandy.mays@okstate.edu
http://ceatpd.okstate.edu/content/fire-protection-and-loss-control-courses

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
custserv@nfpa.org  

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
NFSA.tv
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

March 3-6, 2015
SUPDET 2015
Wyndham, Orlando, FL
NFPA Research Foundation
800-344-3555, (617) 770-3000
foundation@nfpa.org
www.nfpa.org/foundation

Other Future Meeting Dates:

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

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

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

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
Relmarkgroup.com

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

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

    Website: http://buildingcoderesourcelibrary.com/

Fire Protection Educational and Training Resources:
Fire Smarts, LLC

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

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

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

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

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


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— John 16:32-33, New International Version


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