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.
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NFSA Announces 2018 Award Recipients
The National Fire Sprinkler Association has proudly announced its 2018 award recipients. The awards will be presented at the Association's Annual Awards Banquet to be held Friday, May 5, 2018.
"The fire sprinkler industry is blessed to have many strong members who have led the way over the years," explained Shane Ray, NFSA President. "Our goal is to recognize those who have served and to recognize their many contributions to the industry."
John (Jay) C. Livingston, a fire sprinkler contractor, was selected to receive the Golden Sprinkler Award. Jay is owner and founder of Livingston Fire Protection, Inc. (LFP). LFP is over 53 years young, an amazing achievement in any industry. Mr. Livingston has positively contributed so much during this tenure and continues to do so today. Jay has a heart of gold and lives for his family and for the fire sprinkler industry! He and his company are deeply involved in community service and have donated not only untold hours of service, but free fire sprinkler systems to two homeless centers, two residences and one school for children needing scholastic tutoring and after school places to learn (material donations were by manufacturers and distributers). Jay has written many articles published in Sprinkler Quarterly, Fire Protection Contractor, and numerous other publications. Jay is a member of the NFSA Hall of Fame and played a key role in the establishment of NFSA's Capital Region Chapter.
The Russell P. Fleming Technical Service Award will be presented to George Stanley of Wiginton Fire Systems. George is Vice-Chair of NFSA's Engineering & Standards Committee and has worked at Wiginton Fire Systems since 1973. Under spoken yet focused on technical solutions on behalf of the NFSA and the entire fire sprinkler industry, George has held every sprinkler contractors position within Wiginton and has served steadfast for 45 years.
The Leadership in Public Safety Award is the NFSA's highest award to a fire official or advocate and will be presented to Charles Hood, San Antonio Fire Chief. Hood was instrumental in efforts to retrofit residential high-rise buildings in San Antonio following the tragic Wedgwood fire in 2014. He and his team have worked to identify all high-rise buildings in their fire district that are not protected with fire sprinklers and are now working to bring all those buildings up to code with the inclusion of fire sprinklers.
Hall of Fame recipients will also be honored. Hall of Fame inductees have contributed nearly all their working lives to improving the fire sprinkler industry. 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees include: Rich Ackley, Dalmatian Fire Neil Cahill, National Fire Sprinkler Association Frank J. Fee, III, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. John Joyce, Geo. M. Robinson & Co. George Leaverick, Underwriters Laboratories Art O'Neil, Automatic Sprinkler Corporation of America and Cary Nicol, Viking SupplyNet
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
Save the Date!! Home Fire Sprinkler Day is May 18th!!
NFSA is pleased to announce that the NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition-Canada are initiating Home Fire Sprinkler Day on Saturday, May 19th!! This project tasks fire sprinkler advocates across North America with hosting events on the same day to promote home fire sprinklers. These events are aimed at raising awareness of this life-saving technology, while breaking down the myths and legislative barriers to its use.
The goal is to have safety advocates host at least one sprinkler-related event in all 50 states and in some Canadian provinces and territories. The California Fire Sprinkler Coalition is planning for events through the state in response to this project. Studies have shown that most of the fire deaths in North America happen at home. The major event will help bring attention to this problem--and its solution.
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 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!
Thank you to an our recent members for renewing membership across the Southwest. Thank you all for your membership and especially those who have renewed!
NFSA Chapters in the Southwest Meet and Announce Meeting Schedules!
The Arizona State Chapter held their March meeting at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters at 150 S. 12th Street in Phoenix, Arizona on March 20th. The meeting was an open forum style event with discussion on local issues related to the fire sprinkler industry and a report from Regional Manager Bruce Lecair. The next meeting will be held on May 15th followed by meetings on July 10th, September 11th, and concluding the 2018 schedule on November 13th.
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.
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/