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Sprinkler Inspector Certification in Virginia

One Chapter’s Road to Draft State Legislation Since its inception in 1992, the Virginia Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has been proactive in fire sprinkler contractor licensing and has been instrumental in the development of current fire sprinkler licensing laws in Virginia. In 1993 a committee I chaired met with the Virginia …

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Thank You for Your Support

Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries As the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2020, we also recognize those members who are celebrating milestone membership anniversaries. The member companies featured have belonged to AFSA for 15 or more years of continuous membership. “Associations give their members three huge advantages: greater strength, more information, …

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AFSA Graduates First Female Inspectors

Two Women Find Their Passion Through ITM Program The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) recently graduated its fifth class in its Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) Inspector Development Program. This class holds a special place in AFSA history for several reasons. First, they pulled off the first 100 percent class pass rate on the first …

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Chair’s Message

This year, our association celebrates its 39th anniversary. Education was one of the bedrock ideals upon which we were founded; we formed this association in order to provide training to open-shop fire sprinkler contractors. The first part of our mission statement reads, “AFSA promotes the development of educational and training programs to maintain the quality …

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PCA Forecast is moderate for next two years moderate cement consumption and gdp growth annually

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its annual Fall Forecast which predicts moderate growth for cement consumption through 2019 and into 2020. PCA Market Intelligence expects cement consumption will grow by 2.4 percent in 2019, 1.7 percent in 2020, and 1.4 percent in 2021. “Public construction continues to receive the benefit of the 2018 federal …

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Leigh Kelly Wins 2019 Waller Scholarship

Donations Fund the Future of Fire Protection Each year, the Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE) and the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) jointly award the Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship to one junior or senior enrolled in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) program at Oklahoma State University (OSU). The Thomas S. …

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Contractors Plan for Strong Demand in 2020 AGC Survey Shows Firms Concerned about Worker Shortages and Quality

AGC Survey Shows Firms ConcerNed About Worker Shortages and Quality Despite signs the overall economy may be slowing, most construction firms expect demand for their services and hiring will expand in 2020, yet even more firms are worried about their ability to find qualified workers to hire, according to survey results released by the Associated …

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Builders, Buyers Optimistic About Housing

Brighter Outlook than Originally Forecast Renewed activity in home sales along with low-interest rates and a more positive forecast for the economy in the year ahead have boosted builder and buyer confidence in the housing market. While price increases and a shortage of inventory have hamstrung purchases of existing homes, sales of new homes have …

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