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
Save the date! Registrations are now Open for the 2019 NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Expo
Nashville, Tennessee is the destination for the 2019 NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Expo on May 15-18! Our host is the Omni Hotel Nashville located in the heart of downtown. Experience Broadway like never before!
To register and for more information go to: https://members.nfsa.org/events.
NFSA Chapter News!
The Arizona State Chapter met at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters on September 11th from for a meeting where members enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Mark Solomon from Ferguson Fire and Fabrication and received a report from Suzanne Grandahl, Water Quality Director at the Water Department at the City of Scottsdale on the new code changes for backflow requirements for their city. Chapter President Fred Graves (above) then gave a presentation on “Calculating and Reviewing Calculations of Standpipe Systems.” Those in attendance also received reports on NFSA news and events from Regional Manager Bruce Lecair. The final meeting of the year will be held on November 13th.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter met on September 27th for a special meeting at Saki’s Spin A Yarn Restaurant in Fremont, CA. Members were invited to attend and vote for their new Chapter Board of Directors. The new board members are, Chapter President, David Scherson, Superior Automatic Sprinkler Company, Chapter Vice President, Brandan Day, Walschon Fire Protection Inc., Chapter Treasurer, Nigel Cowan, Westates Mechanical Corporation, and Chapter Secretary, Jon Zang, Battalion One Fire Protection. Members in attendance discussed a wide range of topics and exchanged information as well as receiving NFSA and statewide updates on the Office of the State Fire Marshal, fire prevention officers and national events affecting the fire sprinkler industry by Regional Manager Bruce Lecair.
The Arizona State Chapter will be meeting on November 13th at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters from for a lunch meeting where members can discuss regional fire sprinkler issues and topics affecting the Valley of the Sun and the State of Arizona. This will be the final meeting of the year with the next Chapter scheduled on January 8th.
The Los Angeles Area NFSA Chapter held a very special, secret and surprise dinner meeting on October 11th honoring Area Director Jack Thacker for his 12-years of service as the West Region’s Area Director. The event organized by the Chapter’s Board of Directors, Don Becka of Qualco Fire Protection, President, Stuart Cook o Potter Roemer, Treasurer, Bruce Lecair, Secretary, and Robert Rowe, Southern California Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and hosted by Sharon Thacker at the Thacker’s home, was a tremendous occasion. By the way, it was also a huge surprise for Jack who had not idea of what the Chapter was up to!
The San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles Area Chapters have concluded their 2018 schedule with meeting to resume in Fremont on January 24th and in Downey on February 21st.
Important ICC Voters - Validate to Vote!!!
Calling all ICC Governmental Member Voting Representatives! Are you going to the ICC Annual Expo and Public Comment code hearings in Richmond, VA? Are you planning on casting votes to ratify the final action for the 2021 ICC codes this November? If you answered yes to one of these questions you must be validated to be eligible to vote this fall on several proposed 2021 IBC and IFC changes, such as:
- Tall wood buildings
- NFPA 13R
- Combustible exterior wall coverings
- Construction fire safety
Be sure to make your community's voice heard by becoming validated by Sept. 24, 2018 and vote on proposed changes to the 2021 IFC, IBC, IPC, IRC plumbing and much more! Stay tuned for key issues and NFSA voting positions.
Code Enforcement Officials and Fire Service FREE Limited Membership
NFSA OFFERS ALL CODE OFFICIALS COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2018.
THIS BENEFIT ALLOWS FULL ACCESS TO MANY NFSA FEATURES, SUCH AS:
- Expert of the Day (EOD): Phone or email questions to fire sprinkler codes and standards experts.
- National Fire Sprinkler Magazine: Receive a digital copy of the latest in the fire sprinkler world to learn what’s new in codes and standards.
- TechNotes: The industry’s most relevant fire sprinkler technical issues.
- Archives: Access to past articles, white papers, TechNotes, and more.
- Voting guidance: NFSA provides technical guidance on the current NFPA and ICC code cycles.
- Product Advisories: Access to all the fire sprinkler related manufacturer’s advisories.
- Chapters: Find and participate in a local NFSA chapter, while being an NFSA member!
- Training and events: Receive member discounts for all training! Online, on-site, and archived training. Much archived training has CEU’s.
Your trial period will expire on December 31, 2018. Your membership will automatically renew as a Subscriber Member for $85, unless cancelled. You are limited to one promotional membership or coupon code.
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:
- Media, outreach, information, & promotions focusing on widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
Legislative proposals, issues, or defense of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
- The project should include some grassroots citizen action in support of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
- Chapters would apply based on criteria established as the overall focus of industry promotion for the current political and economic environment.
- 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)
- Awardees will be determined by priority of financial cost-benefit in obtaining stated goals.
- 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.
- Grant applications will be accepted now and will remain open until the end of the year.
- 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 email@example.com. Link to the Grant Application: https://nfsa.org/chapter-grant-application/
NFSA Welcomes Kevin Hall to the Engineering Department!
During the month of October NFSA President Shane Ray and Vice President of Engineering Mark Hopkins announced that Kevin Hall has joined the NFSA Engineering Team.
Kevin Hall is a registered P.E. with both a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 and a Master of Engineering degree in 2016 Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. In the summer of 2012, he worked for Reliance Fire Protection (Baltimore), and worked there until this past summer. He has worked a total of six years on the contracting side of the industry and will be an asset to NFSA and our members with his experience, knowledge and education. Hall has also qualified for his Professional Engineer license based on his experience, which he attained last fall.
In addition to his college education and work in the industry, he is an Eagle Scout and Salamander National Fire Protection Engineering Honor Society Member. Both of which require a great deal of dedication and hard work to obtain. He has also volunteered on the Mount Saint Joseph Alumni Association Board of Directors where he is currently acting as their Treasurer. You can contact Kevin at extension 131 or his email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
NFSA has 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
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
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/