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Dry System Valve Trip Testing

All That It Entails With all that NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, includes, few things are as straight forward as the trip testing of a dry system valve. Straight forward, however, does not mean uncomplicated. So, don’t lose focus during this test procedure or you’ll find …

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Significant Changes to NFPA 20, 2019 Edition Webinar

Webinar Offered Free to All AFSA Members on May 8 Join AFSA for a free webinar “Significant Changes to NFPA 20, 2019 Edition” on May 8, 2019, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar is offered free to all AFSA members. To register visit firesprinkler.org/webinars.  Webinar Details Join AFSA to learn about the significant changes to …

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Silver Anniversary Tournament a Success

AFSA Virginia Chapter/Burn Survivors Foundation Hosts 25th Annual Golf Tournament The AFSA Virginia Chapter & the Burn Survivors Foundation (BSF) held its 25th Annual Burn Survivors Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Williamsburg National Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. We had a very beautiful fall day for this event! 2018 Tournament Details …

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Generated Nitrogen Gas in Dry and Preaction Sprinkler Systems

A Simplified Approach The scope and purpose of this article are to show that when the gas produced by a nitrogen generator for corrosion mitigation in dry or preaction sprinkler piping is at least 99.5 percent pure (maximum 0.5 percent residual oxygen), purging (venting) air from an initial pressurizing step is rendered unnecessary.  In explaining …

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Investing in Career Technical Education

Encourage the Federal Government to Double Their Funding Career Technical Education (CTE) provides middle school, high school, postsecondary, and adult learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for successful careers. Learners enrolled in CTE programs progress along a pathway of increasingly specific academic and technical courses. They often have the opportunity …

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Apprentice Training Provides a Path to Success

Learn Today, Earn Tomorrow Until the founding of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) on September 16, 1981, there was no organization providing a national apprentice training program for merit shop fire sprinkler contractors. A short two months later, the AFSA National Apprenticeship and Training Standards were submitted to the National Bureau of Training in …

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Invest in the Future of Fire Protection

De Camara and Waller Scholarships Aid Students The Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE), an educational affiliate of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), is proud to sponsor two scholarship programs: the Philip L. De Camara, Jr. Scholarship at the University of Maryland in College Park and the Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship at Oklahoma …

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President’s Report

We’ve all heard the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Often attributed to Benjamin Franklin—one of America’s most well-known founding fathers, who was also the genius behind Philadelphia’s first fire department, the Union Fire Company*—the saying rings true today, just as it has for hundreds of years. While many might …

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