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.
Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada
ICC Voting and NFSA Member Participation in 2018 “Important Deadlines”
The development of the ICC Group A Cycle is underway in 2018. This includes the 2021 International Fire Code (IFC), International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC-plumbing). As in previous years, participating and voting in the ICC process by NFSA members can have a positive effect on future changes.
In order to participate and vote in this code cycle, you must renew or join ICC by March 16, 2018 to participate and vote in the ICC Group A (2018) cycle.
Participation of NFSA members and code officials (ICC Governmental Members) is important as these codes affect the fire sprinkler industry in every state. Voting occurs twice in 2018, once in the spring for all ICC members and once in the fall for ICC governmental members.
How to become a new or renewed ICC member in 2018:
Join ICC by March 16, 2018.
- NFSA contractors, manufacturers, professional members go here to join or here to renew.Choose the appropriate membership or other appropriate category. All categories can vote only in the first voting period (Online CAH Assembly Floor Motion Voting Period) in May 2018.
- Code officials, fire code officials, fire chiefs, inspectors, plan reviewers and other authorities having jurisdiction join as governmental members and are eligible to vote all year. Information to become new or renew ICC memberships are here to join or here to renew.
To be eligible to vote:
- All new and renewed governmental members must fill out a questionnaire to become eligible here to vote before March 16, 2018.
- NOTE: If you voted in 2016, you must renew your ICC membership and fill out a NEW questionnaire for 2018. If you were an ICC member in 2017, you must renew your membership to cover the 2018 voting period.
Spring Committee Action Hearings (CAH) are being held April 15-25 in Columbus, OH and the fall Public Comment Hearings (PCH) will be after the ICC Annual Conference, from October 24-31 in Richmond, VA. These hearings are also webcast live. If you join or renew your ICC memberships after March 16, 2018, you will not be eligible to vote the remainder of this cycle.
For more information, please contact NFSA Director of Codes and Public Fire Protection, Jeffrey M. Hugo at: email@example.com. ICC Membership can be reached at 888-ICC-SAFE extension 33804 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Reform Bill Provisions Information the Installation of Fire Sprinklers
NFSA is excited to share that companies, especially small businesses, may now utilize changes made in the recently passed tax reform bill for accelerated cost recovery for the installation, upgrade, or retrofit of fire sprinkler systems in their properties. Never has this type of tax incentive for fire sprinkler systems been available. Previously, fire sprinkler systems were depreciated over 39 years in commercial buildings and 27.5 years in residential structures. There is now a significant incentive that potentially would allow for immediate cost recovery! The National Fire Sprinkler Association encourages business and industry owners to contact their tax professionals and refer them to the changes in Section 179 of the recently passed tax reform legislation (P.L. 115-97).
Check the NFSA website at www.nfsa.org for updates, fliers and updates as we are able to obtain it over the next several weeks.
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 in the Southwest welcomes its first contractor member in 2018. Mike Hardcastle from H&M Fire Protection Inc. has joined the NFSA. H&M Fire Protection is in U.A. Local Sprinkler Fitters 483 area and will be a new member of the San Francisco Bay Area NFSA Chapter. The company is located at 50 Meddell Street #3 in San Francisco, CA. H&M can be contacted at 1-(415) 465-3565.
Welcome H&M Fire Protection to the NFSA!
NFSA Chapters in the Southwest Meet and Announce Meeting Schedules!
The Southwest NFSA Chapters met this past month in Phoenix, AZ. and in Pleasanton, CA. Both meetings featured lively exchanges on local issues affecting the fire sprinkler industry and both meetings were well attended and informational.
Just another reminder that the Arizona State Chapter will hold their meetings at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters at 150 S. 12th Street in Phoenix, Arizona with the next meeting rescheduled for March 20th, followed by meetings on May 15th, July 10th, September 11th, and concluding the 2018 schedule on November 13th.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will hold their next meeting on March 22nd, with additional meetings planed for May 24th, July 26th and September 27th. The March 22nd meeting will be attended by NFSA President Shane Ray. The location has not been set.
The Los Angeles Area Chapter will hold their first meeting in 2018 at the Rio Hondo Golf and Event Center located at 10887 Old River Road in Downey, California. The evening meetings will be attended by NFSA President Shane Ray and Vice President of Labor Relations Fred Barall. Additional meetings have been set for April 19th, June 21st, August 16th and concluding November 15th due to the Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association Golf Event in October.
NFSA Announces Election Results
NFSA was pleased to announce in December the results of the SAM Council elections. In the contested races for four of the Sam Council seats the following members were elected:
Ray Fremont Sr. General Air Products, Inc.
Mark Knurek, Lubrizol,
Cary Nicol, Viking SupplyNet,
David Vandeyar, Newburg Windustrial
Those elected in the non-contested races for Area Director were;
Area 5, John Ackley,
Area 8, John Kauffman,
Area 12, Jim Boulanger
These terms are for 3-years and will be sworn in at the March 1, 2018 Board of Directors meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to the NFSA!
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.
Fire Chiefs Throughout the United States Meeting to Discuss High-rise Retrofit!!
Fire Chiefs from throughout the United States gathered in Minneapolis in August to listen and discuss the importance of high-rise retrofit with fire sprinkler protection as the nation has witnessed a rise in the number of high profile high-rise building fires, some of which have become deadly. In attendance were Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshals from 33 Metro Fire Departments, as well as State Fire Marshals from 6 states.
During the Summit, NFSA Director of Retrofit, Derrick Sawyer unveiled NFSA's Second Edition of the High-Rise Retrofit Guide, you can find a copy of it here: http://nfsa.tv/retrofit/Retrofit_Guide_2017/
The conference focused on ways to increase the safety of high-rise buildings for residents and firefighters as well ways to prevent high-rise fires through the construction of fire sprinklers and other suppression systems. One of the attendees of this conference was Manuel Neves, the Fire Chief of the Honolulu Fire Department where in July, a fire broke out on the 26th floor of a high-rise building in Honolulu killing three people and injuring more than a dozen occupants. The building was not required to have a fire sprinkler system because it was built in 1971. Chief Neves shared his story about his department's efforts to fight the fire and save lives. He added other chiefs have reached out to offer their support and advice on best practices for fighting future high-rise fires.
For more information, go the link at: http://kstp.com/news/fire-chief-high-rise-fire-conference-minneapolis/4578415/#.WbBECBA-5Gs.email
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.
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
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.
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/