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AFSA’s Annual Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition
is the world’s largest industry event. It is a one-stop shop for CEUs, latest product innovations, and networking with others.

With an annual attendance of more than 1,500 industry leaders and 150 exhibitors, attendees collect an abundance of knowledge, experience and business connections at each event.

If you’re passionate about fire and life safety and are interested in delivering a dynamic and engaging presentation at the 2018 AFSA37: Annual Convention, Exhibition, & Apprentice Competition in Washington, DC,  we want to hear from you! 

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Join us September 30 - October 3, 2018 in Washington D.C. and share your knowledge, experiences, and expertise!

Submit your proposal by December 15, 2017.

Deputy Fire Marshal Dedicated to Saving Lives

DALLAS - Randy Miller has always had a vested interest in saving lives. From his beginnings as a paramedic with Buck Medical Services in Portland, Oregon, all the way to his current fifteen-year career as Deputy Fire Marshal in the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal's Office in Camas, Washington, Miller has demonstrated time and again his enthusiasm for fire and life safety. While he has had many impressive accomplishments in his long career, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is proud to honor him as Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year for his consistent efforts to ensure that fire sprinklers are installed in Camas homes. 
 
For 10 years, Miller was consistently able to get a very high percentage of new homes in his city built with fire sprinklers. Even without an ordinance, 98 percent of homes in Camas and Washougal were being built with fire sprinklers, because Miller offered builders compromises: builders could have steeper slopes or longer dead end roads or less hydrants, but they had to sprinkler the entire subdivision. And then in 2016, Miller was instrumental in getting a sprinkler ordinance passed unanimously through city council, and now all residential structures in Camas-Washougal are now required to be built with fire sprinklers.  

"Randy Miller has had a tremendous impact on the awareness of fire sprinklers and has demonstrated a commitment to the preservation of life and property to the highest degree," says AFSA President Frank Mortl III, CAE. "Personally, I am thrilled that Randy has been selected for this award and look forward to honoring him in person during AFSA's General Session at our Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition!"

AFSA created the Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award to honor individuals not directly involved in the fire sprinkler industry whose efforts have significantly advanced the fire protection industry and automatic fire sprinklers. Nominees are recommended by AFSA's Legislative Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
 
AFSA's Legislative Committee Chair Ted Wills, Jr. was instrumental in selecting Miller for this award, and has only glowing words for him. "We are very pleased to be awarding the AFSA Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award to Mr. Randy Miller deputy fire marshal for the city of Camas, Washington," says Wills. "Randy's support of sprinklers has been relentless even in the face of opposition from builders and the real estate groups. His persistence is an example I would hope other fire officials would emulate as we push towards a fully sprinklered America."

Miller will be presented with the 2017 award on September 25, during the general session at the AFSA36: Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition at the Bellagio Las Vegas.
 
AFSA was founded in 1981, and with over 1,000 company members, it is the largest fire sprinkler organization of its kind in the nation. Providing members with education, leadership, and networking opportunities, AFSA seeks to provide its members with the tools necessary to improve and grow their businesses. Visit firesprinkler.org
AFSA Strives to Improve the Standards

The American Fire Sprinkler Association is pleased to announce that Jason Williams, C.E.T., manager of ITM technical training, and Tom Noble, C.E.T., technical programs specialist, have been appointed to several 2017 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees.

Jason Williams has been appointed to serve on the technical committee for NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. He has nearly 20 years of extensive hands-on industry experience. Williams manages all technical aspects of the AFSA Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) Inspector Development program, serving as primary instructor for the live webinars and classes as well as maintaining existing program materials.

Tom Noble has been appointed to five technical committees: NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes; NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies; NFPA 22, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection; NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances; and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code® Residential Occupancies.

Noble has 22 years’ experience in the fire protection industry. He is tasked with preparing any and all material for the AFSA Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School, as well as co-teaching the school. Noble also writes informal interpretations on technical questions.

Technical committee members are volunteers who give of their time and expertise to serve. Some of their activities include participating in the work of the committee, contributing to the development of the assigned standard(s) that are revised every three to five years, and providing input on the committee standard(s) and on the ideas provided by others.

In addition to these new appointments, AFSA Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services Roland J. Huggins, P.E., serves on: NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Correlating Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Sprinkler Systems Discharge Criteria; NFPA 101, Life Safety Code® Industrial, Storage, and Miscellaneous Occupancies; NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code® Industrial, Storage, and Miscellaneous Occupancies; and NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code® Correlating Committee on Building Code.

AFSA’s Senior Manager of Fire Protection Engineering Tom Wellen, P.E., currently serves on the following NFPA committees: NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Sprinkler System Installation Criteria; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems; NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection; NFPA 101, Life Safety Code® Assembly Occupancies; NFPA 170, Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code® Assembly Occupancies.

AFSA participates on 28 NFPA technical committees with the help of 32 member representatives and four AFSA staff members,”comments Huggins. “We invest so much effort for two reasons. One is to better understand the intent of the standards so we can provide accurate informal interpretations. The other reason is to attempt to improve the requirements driving our industry.
Anyone interested in getting more involved with the development of NFPA codes and standards is very much encouraged to do so! Visit nfpa.org or contact Huggins at (214) 349-5965 or rhuggins@firesprinkler.org.

About AFSA: Established in 1981, the American Fire Sprinkler Association is an international association representing fire sprinkler contractors. AFSA is dedicated to the educational and professional advancement of the automatic fire sprinkler industry. Visit firesprinkler.org.
AFSA Offers a “Second Chance” with $5,000 in Scholarships

Financial assistance can be one of the biggest challenges for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. For individuals who have already graduated from high school or earned a GED, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) offers its Second Chance Scholarship contest to help! Those seeking to pursue a college undergraduate or graduate degree or trade school education – including returning military, parents returning to the workforce, etc. – are encouraged to enter. The 2017 Second Chance Contest is open through August 30 and offers five $1,000 scholarships.

Applicants for AFSA’s Second Chance contest are required to read a passage about fire sprinklers – which describes their history, how they operate to save lives and property, and the types of careers that are available in the industry – and take an eight-question reading comprehension test. Students receive one entry for each correct answer, up to eight entries, into a random drawing for winners.

AFSA is eager to help educate students about fire safety and help ease the burden of college expenses. Since 1996, the association has provided over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to help fulfill the educational dreams of students from across the nation. Through these scholarships, AFSA hopes to help students succeed and create greater awareness that fire sprinklers save lives and property to those who otherwise may not recognize the importance of fire safety. For details or to apply for AFSA’s Second Chance scholarship, visit afsascholarship.org/secondchance.

About AFSA: Established in 1981, the American Fire Sprinkler Association is an international association representing fire sprinkler contractors. AFSA is dedicated to the educational and professional advancement of the automatic fire sprinkler industry. Visit firesprinkler.org.

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