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AHJs and Contractors

Develop Good Relationships According to NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, “the ‘Authority Having Jurisdiction’ [AHJ] is the organization, office or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard or for approving equipment, materials, an installation or a procedure.” It should be no surprise to sprinkler contractors, manufacturers and …

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Adequacy of Building Structure Support

Responsibility Does Not Lay With Sprinkler Contractors The fire sprinkler contractor demonstrates their professionalism by reputation, experience, and license. Such a license strictly limits their scope of contract to the design and installation of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, systems conforming to the local building code. The Engineer of Record (EOR) …

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Five Steps to Better Advocate for Home Fire Sprinklers

How to Better Promote This Technology and, in Essence, Your Business I recently had some informal conversations with members of the fire sprinkler industry involved in residential installations. Their answers helped gauge their current level of fire sprinkler advocacy. While some admitted to promoting home fire sprinklers here and there, others admitted to having no …

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California Sprinkler Fitter Classification

What You Need to Know In 2011, California became the first state to pass a statewide fire sprinkler requirement, serving as an example for many other states. With the surge of demand for fire protection in the state, many sought to regulate the marketplace. In 2017, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal …

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M/S Council Elections Held

Representatives Work on Behalf of Associate Members The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Manufacturers/Suppliers (M/S) Council has elected its 2017-2018 members, with Mike Dooley of FlexHead Industries in Holliston, Massachusetts, voted as chairman and Chris Stason, Victaulic Company, Temecula, California; voted as vice chairman. “For the past four years, it has been a privilege to …

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Three Decades of Design Training

Popular School Prepares Designers to Become Productive Upon Graduation In 2018, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) enters its 34th year of training new designers with its Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School. The course was first launched in 1984 under the tutelage of Dan Mallow, PE. “AFSA has a long history serving the fire …

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AFSA Applauds the Inclusion of Sprinkler Provision in New Tax Law
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The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) applauds the United States Congress for passing and President Donald Trump for signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) recently, a comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code. AFSA members are poised to benefit from several aspects of this monumental legislation, including particular language that directly affects …

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Increasing Productivity

The Field/Office Connection What is the “secret ingredient” to ensure a successful field workforce? Is it pay, benefits, apprenticeship, mentoring, quality tools and equipment, or maybe communication? This is a question for which companies struggle to find an answer, and one that can make or break the company. Like baking a cake, there are many …

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