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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.

 
 
 
 
 
January 2018 Regional Report December 2017 Regional Report

Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada

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NFSA Announces Passing of Tax Reform Bill Provisions to Incentivize

 the Installation of Fire Sprinklers   

After over 14 years of work, the National Fire Sprinkler Association is proud to announce that it is now time for property owners across the United States to invest in a fire sprinkler system or to retrofit their buildings with lifesaving and property conserving protection. 

In December, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform legislation since 1986. Included in this legislation (P.L. 115-97) are two provisions that will greatly incentivize the installation of fire sprinklers. The National Fire Sprinkler Association appreciates the efforts and work that happened for over that past 14 years prior to this passage that now allows fire sprinklers to be included.  The NFSA is grateful to Congressman Jim Langevin, who has championed this inclusion since the beginning due to the Station Nightclub fire tragedy occurring in his district. 

We also thank our fire service partners who supported these provisions including the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Fire Chiefs Association, International Fire Fighters Association, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, Common Voices, National Volunteer Fire Council, Security Industry Association, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and many others. Understanding the costs of fire is important to business owners across America, and NFSA will now shift our focus to sharing this information with our fire service allies and stakeholder groups that are directly affected.  

The fire sprinkler incentives are: • Cost Recover Section 13201 – Previously sprinkler systems in commercial structures were depreciated over a 39-year time horizon and residential structures over 27.5 years. Under the new law any sprinkler system installed after September 27, 2017 in either a commercial or residential structure until December 31, 2022 will be able to be fully expensed. Therefore, the property owner will be able to immediately write off the full cost of the sprinkler system. After 2022 the ability to deduct the cost is as follows: 2023 80%, 2024 60%, 2025 40%, 2026 20%. In 2027, the depreciation schedule will revert to 39 and 27.5 years for commercial and residential properties respectively.   

For additional information and examples of how the provisions can be applied, go the NFSA website at: Tax Reform Fire Sprinkler Provisions

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

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“Save the Date!” NFSA Chapters in the Southwest Announce Meeting Schedules! 

The Southwest NFSA Chapters will be meeting throughout the year and have pretty much set their meeting calendars.  The Arizona State Chapter will hold their meetings at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters at 150 S. 12th Street in Phoenix, Arizona beginning in January.  The luncheon meetings are planned for January 23rd, March 13th, May 15th, July 10th, September 11th, and concluding the 2018 schedule on November 13th.  Lunch is typically sponsored and provided for each meeting. 

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meets on the odd number calendar months and hold dinner meetings that follow the Local 483 Industry Promotions meeting.  Typically, the meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and are held on the fourth Thursday of the meeting month.  The meeting in January 25th meeting will be held at Barone’s Restaurant located at 475 St. Johns Street Vineyard Room, Pleasanton, CA. The additional meetings are tentatively scheduled this year for March 22nd, May 24th, July 26th and concluding their meetings for 2018 on September 27th.  The location is subject to change and will be announced prior to each meeting. 

The Los Angeles Area Chapter will be meeting throughout the year at the Rio Hondo Golf and Event Center located at 10887 Old River Road in Downey, California.  The evening meetings are planned for the even number calendar year months and are on the third Thursday on that month and are scheduled for February 15th, April 19th, June 21st, August 16th and concluding their 2018 meetings on November 15th due to the Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association Golf Event in October.  These meetings are all dinner meetings beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

Meeting dates are occasionally modified throughout the year.  For additional meeting information and dates go to the upcoming meeting schedule at the end of each regional report and on the NFSA West and NFSA Southwest websites.

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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!

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NFSA has a Big Fire Prevention Month!!

NFSA was very active on the news during this past Fire Prevention Month and was excited to be able to bring our Association’s message of the Fire Sprinkler Concept to the United States during 2017's Fire Prevention Week.  For a peek at a few of the places where NFSA demonstrated the true meaning of #fastestwater including Good Morning America, take a look at the link below!

http://www.nfsa.org/?page=2017FirePreventMedia&hhSearchTerms=%22Good+and+Morning+and+America%22

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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.

NFSA Membership! 

The National Fire Sprinkler Association was delighted in October to welcome our newest Supply and Manufacturer to the National Fire Sprinkler Association as Superior Tank Company Incorporated has joined our Association.  Superior Tank Company has been manufacturing and installing a complete line of bolted steel tanks and welded steel storage tanks for the potable water, wastewater, fire protection, rain harvesting and crude oil industries since 1984.  Superior Tank Company is located at 9500 Lucas Ranch Road in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730.  They can be contacted at 1-909-912-0580 or you can check out their outstanding website at: www.superiortank.com.  

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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. 

 

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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/