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
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
NFSA Announces the filing of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
NFSA announced earlier this spring that on March 9th, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, (S 602) and Rep. Tom Reed (R- New York) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the companion house legislation (HR 1481) 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 retrofit their properties with fire sprinkler systems. This legislation will help property owners to protect their occupants and property from the devastation of fire. This legislation shows how government leaders support private businesses and individuals in their efforts to improve life safety and fire protection. Currently, commercial building owners must depreciate fire sprinkler retrofits over a period of 39 years and residential building owners over 27 ½ years. The FSIA reclassifies fire sprinkler retrofits in high rise properties as 15-years, allowing businesses to receive tax benefits more quickly.
"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). "This legislation will help fire chiefs, as well as state and local government officials make improvements in fire protection with a public private partnership that will save lives. NFSA has been involved in this every step of the way and Jim Dalton has been our liaison for this proactive legislation."
NFSA Southwest Chapter News!
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter met for their final meeting of the year on September 28th at Barones’s in Pleasanton, California for an evening dinner meeting focusing on NFSA, Statewide and local reports given by Chapter President Peter Hulin, Area Director Jack Thacker and Associate Director of Field Operations, Bruce Lecair.
The Los Angeles Area Chapter will be meeting on October 19th at the Rio Hondo Golf and Community Center in Downey, California for a dinner meeting with NFSA Director of Retrofit Derrick Sawyer in attendance to discuss the retrofit specialist position and his mission at the NFSA.
The Arizona State NFSA Chapter on Tuesday, September 26th meeting was cancelled but we are excited to announce that the next meeting will be held at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters at 150 S. 12th Street in Phoenix, AZ. on November 21st. Lunch will be provided. The program has yet to be finalized.
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/