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The NFSA Southwest Region works daily toward our mission "to protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept." Our Phoenix NFSA Chapter not only provides access to local peers, but also to our nationwide peer network. As a member of our Chapter, you have an opportunity to meet with other members of the fire sprinkler industry to discuss new and innovative ways to improve and protect the industry as well as gaining new ideas to improving your company and protecting your market share.

Furthermore, as a Phoenix NFSA Chapter member, our members have the opportunity to meet local government officials and other industry stakeholders at our regularly scheduled meetings. This provides a great opportunity to provide feedback on local and statewide legislation, new technology and communication as well as to discuss new and exciting ways to promote and maintain the fire sprinkler industry.

 
 
 
 
 
July 2018 Regional Report June 2018 Regional Report

Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada

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NFSA Chapter Grants Available 

Have an idea for how to advance outreach & promotion of NFSA’s mission within your region and through your Chapter?  What about assistance with legislative issues related to the fire sprinkler industry? Please tell us what you’d like to do!  NFSA is currently sponsoring up to $10,000.00 for NFSA Chapter Grants in supporting outreach, promotion, and/or legislative initiatives.  Successful applications must include detailed information in the project narrative, a timeline for implementation, and a project cost.  Specific details on expectations of how many people will be reached or impact effects from the implementation should also be included. All funding requests shall meet the mission of the NFSA. 

Who is Eligible? All NFSA Chapters nationwide. 

Grant Scope and Information: 

  1. Media, outreach, information, & promotions focusing on widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.

“and/or”

Legislative proposals, issues, or defense of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.  

  1. The project should include some grassroots citizen action in support of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
  2. Chapters would apply based on criteria established as the overall focus of industry promotion for the current political and economic environment.
  3. Grant priority will also be given to grant applications that connect to the national marketing campaign (i.e. media buys for placement of the upcoming NFSA commercial)
  4. Awardees will be determined by priority of financial cost-benefit in obtaining stated goals.
  5. The first round of grant funding will begin September 1 and will continue if funding is available, but there is the possibility that funds will be depleted in the first round.
  6. Grant applications will be accepted now and will remain open until the end of the year.
  7. All grants are subject to follow up documentation on success measures and effectiveness.  

We hope you’ll consider applying for funding of projects that you are not able to fund with existing budgets.  Questions?  Feel free to reach out to Vickie Pritchett, Director of Outreach & Government Relations at pritchett@nfsa.org.  Link to the Grant Application:  https://nfsa.org/chapter-grant-application/

 

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Honolulu City Council passes “Mandatory” Fire Sprinkler Bill That Allows High-rise Condo Owners to Opt Out    

The Star Advertiser posted on May 26th that a bill passed by the Honolulu City Council requires about 150 older high-rise condominiums to be retrofitted with automated fire sprinkler systems. Except that it really doesn’t.  The final version of Bill 69 (2017) allows condominium associations to opt out of installing fire sprinklers either in hallways or individual units so long as they meet the minimum requirements of the fire safety evaluation forms that would be filled out by a licensed architect or engineer and then submitted to the Honolulu Fire Department.  And those who choose to opt out could still end up paying more to make other safety improvements necessary to pass the evaluations, said Assistant Fire Chief Socrates Bratakos. 

The vote on Wednesday was 8-1. Councilman Ikaika Anderson, the lone “no” vote, said he philosophically opposes the idea of requiring property owners to install sprinklers if they preferred to accept the risk of living without them.  

Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga, who authored the final language, said her version was a compromise designed to address safety concerns while recognizing that requiring sprinklers could create huge financial burdens for the building associations.  “Different buildings have different conditions,” Fukunaga said after the meeting. “What may work for one building is not necessarily the solution for another building.” 

About 368 residential towers, totaling about 38,000 to 39,000 units, do not have fire sprinklers, according to fire department estimates. All were built before 1975, which was when the city first mandated fire sprinklers in all new residential high-rises.  Fire Chief Manuel Neves said he would have preferred a law without opt-outs. “Of course the Fire Department wanted sprinklers everywhere, in every building — we want them in your automobiles as well, he said, drawing a laugh.  “But we’re happy. We’re going to make our community safer.” 

To view the full article go to: Honolulu Sprinkler Requirement

 

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   NFSA has new links for Tax Reform Information!”

Below are links to the latest NFSA resources that share about fire sprinkler incentives in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  NFSA recently conducted meetings in Washington, DC and are hopeful that the technical corrections will indeed be realized this year.  Congressman Brady (Chairman of House Ways and Means) is a strong advocate and our team at NFSA is continuing to work with him to obtain changes in the law that will enhance and promote fire sprinklers.

In the meantime, we continue to share the good news for small business owners that Section 179 provision listed in the bill are correct.  NFSA is hearing of buildings across the United States have are already being retrofitted with fire sprinklers because of this incentive.

All new resources are available on our website in the tax reform section www.nfsa.org/taxreform .

 

UNLV Study Wants Fire Sprinklers in all New Homes 

In an article posted on line by December 29, 2017 by Jamie Munks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, it was reported that a UNLV study concluded that the Las Vegas City Council should mandate automatic fire sprinkler systems for all new single-family homes.  This is a measure that city officials have left on the table without a vote for months.

A presentation on the UNLV cost-benefit analysis is listed on Wednesday’s City Council agenda but has already been delayed. The council OK’d the business impact statement for the fire sprinkler proposal in May, a precursor to voting on the ordinance itself. But the measure mandating fire suppression sprinkler systems in all new residences has been in limbo since.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said Friday she hasn’t heard a convincing argument for why the city shouldn’t require sprinklers.  “Safety is always first to me,” Goodman said.

Southern Nevada Home Builders Association Executive Director Nat Hodgson said in an email that the association is in talks with city officials “to address our concerns about the impact of sprinklers on homebuyers.”  For more information and to obtain a copy of the article go to: UNLV Study Wants Fire Sprinklers

NFSA Membership! 

June was a very busy month of membership in the Southwest Region.  We are very happy to have received Contractor Membership renewals from Golden State Fire Protection in Fontana, California and from Jorgenson Company in Fresno, CA.  Both companies are active in our local Chapters and we are thankful for their membership.  

We also welcomed two new Professional members, Martin Firestein from Firestein & Firestein Law Office in Los Angeles, CA. and Daniel Schenbeck from Hawaii Fire Design and Solutions in Waipahu,   

We also welcome to the NFSA new subscriber members Sylvia Arvis from the City of Perris and Robert Thomas from the University of California at Davis, Fire Prevention and Health Division.  James Feld from the University of California at Berkeley and Gricelda Lua Gomez from the Monterey Park Fire Department haver renewed their memberships.  Thank you all!!

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NFSA Chapter News! 

The Arizona State Chapter will be holding their next Chapter Meeting on July 10th from 11;30 to 1:00 with lunch being provided.  The meeting will take place at the Phoenix Fire Department where members will be able to share local issues affecting the fire sprinkler industry and receive reports on NFSA news and events from Regional Manager Bruce Lecair.  The next meeting will be held on, September 11th, and concluding the 2018 schedule on November 13th.

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will meet again on September 27th at Saki’s Spin A Yarn Restaurant in Fremont, CA.  The July meeting was cancelled due to scheduling difficulties and contract negotiations. 

The Los Angeles Area NFSA Chapter met on June 21st at the Rio Hondo Golf and Event Center for a great meeting with exchanges of information and NFSA reports and statewide information and updates from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Fire Prevention Officers given by Regional Manager Bruce Lecair.  The remaining Chapter meetings will be held on August 16th and October 18th. 

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John Corso Promoted to NFSA Director of Training!!

NFSA President Shane Ray announced in September that long-time Training Manager John Corso has been promoted to Director of Training and Education.  The appointment is due to the resignation of former Director of Training and Education James Lake who has moved on to a similar position with the Viking Corporation. 

Mr. Corso began his career with the National Fire Sprinkler Association after retiring from the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department in 1999 with 31 years of service, the last four as Chief of the Department. As Director of Training and Education, he is responsible for the operations of the training department, in addition to, assisting in developing, implementing updating and delivering training programs to improve the understanding and comprehension of all Codes and Standards relating to water based fire protection systems. He travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad conducting training seminars to achieve these goals.

Mr. Corso is a member of the International Fire Chief’s Association, the National Fire Protection Association and the Institute of Fire Engineers to name a few. He has served in various capacities as an instructor for Fire Departments, Community Colleges and Universities, Public School systems, and the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, England. 

Mr. Corso has traveled throughout North America and Europe lecturing on the “American Fire Service” concentrating on the numerous ways that fire services can enhance the quality of life within their communities by providing broader based community services. As such, he has received many awards and recognitions from many local, national and international groups. He has also been named in several publications related to his leadership in those areas.  He is a member of the Technical Committee on Standpipe Systems responsible for NFPA 14.

 Regional Manager Bruce Lecair Honored by So Cal FPO's

NFSA Associate Director of Field Operations and Southwest Regional Manager was honored at the California Fire Prevention Training Institute’s Annual Officer Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 16th.  Bruce Lecair was honored to receive the California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Division, Southern Section William E. Fox Award in recognition of service, leadership, and constant dedication to the Fire Service, the safeguarding of life, and fire protection. Bruce is the 10th recipient of this lifetime achievement award and the second person to receive this honor while not currently serving in the fire service.  He is recognized for his service on many Office of the State Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Officers Committees and projects during his fire service and NFSA Career. 

 

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 Arizona NFSA Chapter hosts Fire Team USA Event!! 

 The Arizona State NFSA Chapter hosted the Fire Team USA  Seminar on January 17th  at the Tempe/APS Joint Fire  Training Center in Tempe, Arizona to spend the day  discussing fire sprinklers and benefits to the quality of life for  local communities with fire sprinkler regulations in place.    NFSA President Shane Ray spoke about his past experiences moving fire sprinklers forward in his career as a Fire Chief and Mayor.  Scottsdale’s Fire Marshal Jim Ford provided a great presentation on the value of fire sprinklers in homes and the increased safety afforded to those who live in homes constructed with fire sprinklers.  Vickie Pritchett gave an update on the activities of the Common Voices program.  

NFSA’s newest member and Retrofit Specialist Derrick Sawyer spoke about his newest challenge to guide NFSA toward new retrofit requirements across the nation. 

The event concluded with a live side-by-side burn demonstration with local media in attendance and featuring the new Colorado burn trailer that was transported by Eric Gleason, Great Plains Regional Manager. 

Thanks to all our sponsors, Matthew Virtue, Victaulic Company, Jeff Landon, Lubrizol Corporation, Kevin Kane, Viking Corporation, Bruce LaRue, Potter Signal Company, and Mark Solomon, Ferguson Fire and Fabrication

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NFSA is Looking for an Arizona State Coordinator!

NFSA is hiring and on the lookout for a new Arizona State Coordinator. If you know of someone who is interested in part-time employment and working for NFSA, please direct them to me or to the NFSA website. 

These are the requirements for an ideal candidate: based in the metropolitan Phoenix area, the ideal candidate for State Coordinator is driven by a passion to serve our members.  He or she will be responsible for carrying out the mission of NFSA to promote the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept through multiple outlets to including membership service, education, legislation, code adoption and training locally, statewide.  

To meet these responsibilities the successful candidate will be capable of working independently, without direct supervision, and in various business environments.  He or she will be required to organize local groups of members and allies and deliver fire sprinkler advocacy messages to state and local officials, the general public and fire sprinkler allies and adversaries. The coordinator will from time to time be tasked with working collaboratively within other NFSA efforts and must be ready to perform those functions as needed. 

Click here for full job description. Download the application

Important Links

The International Code Council http://www.iccsafe.org/ 

National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org   

Fire Team USA www.fireteamusa.com 

Common Voices http://www.fireadvocates.org/ 

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition http://www.homefiresprinkler.org/ 

International Residential Code Fire Sprinkler Coalition http://www.ircfiresprinkler.org/ 

US Fire Administration http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/sprinklers/ 

Residential Fire Safety Institute http://disastersafety.org/ibhs-news-releases/residential-fire-sprinklers-6/ 

The Center for Campus Fire Safety  http://www.campusfiresafety.org/

National Fire Sprinkler Association, Inc. http://www.nfsa.org/ 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) http://www.NIST.gov 

Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment Report www.nfpa.org/foundation 

NFSA Resource Catalog http://www.nfsa.org/?page=spkinfo

The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology www.sprinkleracademy.com 

Fire Sprinkler Saves  http://www.sprinklersaves.com 

American Red Cross  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/prevent-home-fires

Hazards in the Home  https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/homehazards/