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UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-05)

The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “TYCO,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco Fire & Building Products.
    UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-05)
    Visit: www.ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-08)

The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified in the link below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “GLOBE,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation.
    UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-08)
            Visit: www.ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
    Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
    Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.


UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler’s wrench boss is marked “TYCO”, the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco, its affiliates, or agents.
    Name of Product: Pendent Type Fire Sprinkler
    Identification: On the product: The counterfeit sprinkler has the UL Mark on the wrench boss. The UL Certified Tyco sprinkler is provided with the UL Mark on the deflector, other differences are:
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” and “UL” marked on the sides of the wrench flat, no date code; cULus in a circle marked on the side of the frame. “68C” and  “SSP” on the deflector without TY number; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb no markings.
    UL Certified Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” marked on one wrench flat, date code on the other wrench flat; cULus in a circle, “155°F/68°C”,”SP” and “ TY3251” marked on the deflector; Deflector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb – “G” between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    To see photographs visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinkler-release-no-14pn-18/.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.

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Construction Costs
    Construction costs escalated in February, driven by price increases for a wide range of building materials including steel and aluminum, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data.
    “Price increases have accelerated for many construction materials in the last two years,” said the association’s chief economist, Ken Simonson. “Contractors will be forced to pass these cost increases along in bid prices, but that will mean fewer projects get built. And contractors that are already working on projects for which they have not bought some materials are at risk of absorbing large losses.”
    The producer price index for inputs to construction industries - a measure of all goods and services used in construction projects including items consumed by contractors, such as diesel fuel - rose 0.6% in February alone and 4.4% over 12 months. The index increased by 4.2% in 2017 and just 0.9% in 2016, the economist noted.
    “Many materials contributed to the latest round of increases,” Simonson observed. “Moreover, this report only reflects prices charged as of mid-February. Since then, producers of steel and concrete have implemented or announced substantial additional increases.”
    From February 2016 to February 2017, the producer price index rose 11.6% for aluminum mill shapes, 4.8% for steel mill products, and 10.0% for copper and brass mill shapes. Metal products that are used in construction include steel bars (rebar) to reinforce building and highway concrete; piles and beams (structural steel) in buildings; steel studs to support wallboard in houses and buildings; steel and copper pipe; and aluminum window frames, siding, and architectural elements. Several other products that are important to construction also had large price increases over the past 12 months: diesel fuel, 38.5%; lumber and plywood, 13.2%; gypsum products, 8.0%; and plastic construction products, 4.9%.
     For more information contact: AGC of America, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 548-3118, www.agc.org.

Construction Industry “Extremely Positive” on Nonresidential
    An article by Kim Slowey posted March 2, 2018, on www.constructiondive.com, said according to Wells Fargo Equipment Finance’s 2018 Construction Industry Outlook report, optimism for increased construction activity this year on the part of contractors, distributors, manufacturers, and equipment rental companies is at a 20-year high.
    The bank’s Optimism Quotient is 133, which, in addition to being at a two-decade record high, is 10 points higher than last year’s measure of enthusiasm for local, nonresidential construction activity.                     
    A key takeaway from the 2018 report is that 61% of executives surveyed expect an increase in net profits compared with last year, while 92% expect profits to rise or stay the same. Additionally, contractor equipment rentals already are up from 2017, but survey respondents said that small hikes in rental rates would encourage them to purchase equipment rather than rent.
    The report did unveil some concerns about the rising cost of wages, benefits, and materials. In addition, 35% of respondents said that political and regulatory uncertainty posed the most risk to the U.S. construction industry, with 32% responded that the Affordable Care Act was their greatest concern.    
    Dive Insight: The Wells Fargo report matches up with the Associated General Contractors of America’s and Sage Construction and Real Estate’s 2018 outlook report released in early January. That report found that 75% of the construction companies surveyed planned to add to their payrolls this year, a sentiment spurred on by lower tax rates and expected regulatory reform.
    Other reports have taken a measured approach on the state of the construction economy. For instance, in its most recent construction starts report, Dodge Data & Analytics said December’s 2% decrease in total value from November was a sign of the industry’s “decelerating expansion,” meaning that it was not so much a decline as much as a slowdown in growth.
    Like the authors of the Wells Fargo report, Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray said the industry could be negatively affected by rising materials prices, and he pointed to a lack of skilled labor as another threat. The budget deficit, he said, could also affect the momentum of the president’s proposed $1.5 trillion infrastructure initiative and other public works programs. 

Infrastructure Plan
Construction Official Urges Congress to Act Quickly to Pass New Infrastructure Legislation Now That the President Has Outlined an Ambitious Plan to Invest $200 Billion in New Federal Funds
    The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in reaction to the release of President Trump’s proposal to improve and rebuild the country’s aging public works, including roads, bridges, airports, waterways, and clean water systems: “The President has outlined a needed and thought-provoking proposal to rebuild and improve the nation’s aging and over-burdened public infrastructure. The details of this proposal are important, and many, including this association, will seek changes to further improve upon the President’s concept. Yet the most significant aspect of (the plan) is that it signals the start of what should be a timely, bipartisan, and bicameral process to identify the best ways to fund and finance desperately needed improvements to our public infrastructure.
    “This process should build on the many positive aspects of the President’s infrastructure proposal. These include increasing direct federal funding for public works by at least $200 billion over the next 10 years; making improvements to the federal permitting process that maintain strong environmental protections while significantly accelerating project reviews; and finding innovative, new ways to use federal funds to leverage additional state, local, and private-sector funding for infrastructure.
    “Moving forward, this association will work vigorously to ensure Congress passes a significant, new, long-term infrastructure funding package as quickly as possible. Our goal will be to make sure every member of Congress appreciates that our economy will not be able to grow if we continue to allow our infrastructure to deteriorate.”
    For more information contact: Brian Turmail, AGC of America, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-3308; (703) 548-3118, turmailb@agc.org, www.agc.org.

City Council Passes Incentives for High-Rise Fire Sprinklers
    An article by Janis L. Magin posted March 1, 2018, on www.bizjournal.com, said the Honolulu City Council has passed two bills that provide incentives to owners of residential high-rise condominiums and apartment buildings to install fire sprinklers by offering property tax credits and exemptions from certain fees.
    Bill 101 creates a $2,000 tax credit for property owners if an automatic sprinkler system “is either installed throughout the existing residential high-rise building or throughout the common area of the existing residential high-rise building.” The application of the tax credit must be applied for within 24 months of the sprinkler system installation.
    Bill 102 exempts those owners from review and building permit fees for automated sprinkler installations.
    It could cost individual condo owners between $8,000 and $22,000 to retrofit an entire building with a sprinkler system, according to estimates from the Honolulu Fire Department. The cost would be between $5,000 and $10,000 for each owner if a system is installed within only the common areas, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
    The bills were introduced last year after the July 14 fatal fire at the Marco Polo Apartments, which did not have a sprinkler system. Owners at the 568-units building, which also has four commercial units, recently voted to authorize the installation of a sprinkler system. The building has been undergoing restoration work since the fire, which is estimated to cost more than $100 million.

Residential Fire Sprinkler Mandate
    An article by Gabriella Rusk posted February 14, 2018, on www.kwqc.com, Davenport, Iowa, said since 2009, the International Fire Code has called for fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed residential homes.
    Cities can make changes to the code before adopting it to their jurisdiction. In November, the city of Rock Island adopted the code in its entirety. Effective January 1, newly constructed residential homes are required to have a sprinkler system.
    “We feel like sprinklers is that next step that is needed to further reduce home fire deaths,” says Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty.
    Marty says the policy is a way to keep up with the changes over time to building construction materials.
    “In the same way airbags were added to cars in addition to seatbelts,” explains Marty, “we believe this is the best place to protect people from fire where they are still dying in their own home.”
    Marty says more materials are engineered.
    “They are much lighter-weight and they’re very strong,” he explains. “They’re also much cheaper, which is good for building, and they can be constructed easier.”
    However, modern homes are more susceptible to collapse.
    “Often, those collapses happen when the fire department arrives and is entering that home,” he adds.
    Traco Fire Protection, a fire sprinkler contractor, says the cost isn’t as high as some might think.
    “The national average is anywhere from a dollar to two dollars a square foot,” says Tony Bossio, vice president of Traco Fire Protection.

Grant Programs for Sprinkler Costs
    An article by Elena Ferrarin on February 19, 2018, in the Daily Herald, Chicago, Illinois, said Elgin is likely to establish a grant program to help downtown business owners front sprinkler costs if they want to upgrade or convert upper floors into residential units.
    The city council’s committee of the whole gave a unanimous “yes” to the $500,000 program to be funded by revenues from the Central Area Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The grant would cover $4 per square foot for the cost of new or upgraded sprinklers, which staff members said are estimated at $3.50 to $5 per square foot.
    Any grant proposals from property owners will be evaluated by the city council, and owners will be required to get occupancy permits before receiving the grants, City Manager Rick Kozal said.
    City staff members identified about 40 downtown buildings that, in the past, had residential units on upper floors or that appear able to accommodate residential units. Those 40 buildings have an estimated combined floor area of 150,000 square feet - or an equivalent $600,000 in grant assistance if all the owners applied - and could yield an estimated 110 units.
    Another 20 or so downtown buildings could become residential after “substantial adaptive reuse,” according to city staff members who used city directories, fire insurance maps, and other city records to make their assessment.
    One of the buildings staff members deemed feasible, 30 DuPage Court, would require substantial work, owner Dan Strojny said. “Very rough” preliminary research shows converting the empty three-story, 24,000-square-foot building into residential would cost about $100 per foot, including sprinkler work.
    Strojny also owns 40 DuPage Court next door, which has businesses on the first floor and offices on upper floors. The buildings were bank-owned and a good real estate opportunity when he purchased them, he said. Both are listed for sale.
    Although he’s glad for the sprinkler grant program, Strojny said he hopes the city will contribute more TIF funds to conversion projects, like it did for the Tower Building, which received $6.35 million.
    The 2018 Central Area TIF fund has $387,700 in unallocated funds for “high impact economic development projects” downtown, city spokeswoman Molly Center said. A TIF freezes property tax money going to local governments for 23 years while added tax revenue from an area’s increased value afterward is funneled back into development.
    Building permits, plan reviews, inspections, and utility and tap fees will be waived as part of the new grant program. Also, property owners could take advantage of provisions within the recent federal tax legislation that allow fire sprinklers to be fully expensed, city officials said.

New Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
    To better protect Las Vegas against residential fires, the Las Vegas City Council approved a new ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes built within city limits. There were 1.3 million home fires across the country in 2015 that resulted in 3,280 deaths. When sprinkler systems are present, the survivability of home fires increases to 97%.
    Sprinkler systems have provided protection for commercial buildings for more than 100 years and have long been required in local commercial buildings. National building codes have required sprinklers in new homes since 2009. While most industry changes are driven by tragic fire incidents, research indicates that having sprinklers in new homes is worth the extra cost.
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas research indicated that fires are more dangerous than ever due to new building materials. While home fires once took 20 minutes to escalate to a flashover status, meaning flames reach across the ceiling and down all four walls with temperature exceeding 1,200°, they now reach that level within three and a half minutes. Smoke alarms take about 45 seconds to activate, giving the family no more than two minutes and 45 seconds to evacuate before the fire becomes deadly. The addition of fire sprinklers increases the chances of surviving a house fire by 97% and drastically reduces the chance for injury to our firefighters.
    The ordinance will apply to new homes less than 5,000 square feet. With the increased volume of sales, it is expected that the cost for sprinklers will fall to $1.50 per square foot. Combined with home appreciation values and reduced insurance premiums of $89-$887 annually, residential sprinkler systems are expected to pay for themselves within 12-18 months.
    Locally, the city of Henderson also requires sprinkler systems in all new homes.
    For more information contact: Timothy R Szymanski, Fire – Public Education & Information Officer, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, 500 N. Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101; (702) 229-0145, tszymanski@lasvegasnevada.gov, www.lasvegasfire.org.

New Jersey
Resolution for Stronger Building Codes
    An article posted February 9, 2018, on www.forconstructionpros.com, said the Hudson County Board of Freeholders became the latest collection of local lawmakers to endorse statewide legislation that would amend New Jersey’s construction code for fire safety reasons, and provide an added level of protection for firefighters and residents alike.
    The adopted resolution supports Assembly Bill 135 and Senate Bill 1261, legislation that calls for the installation of an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, measuring the number of stories from the grade plane, using noncombustible materials for construction, and installing a fire barrier with a fire resistance rating of at least two hours that extends from the foundation to the roof.
    The decision to endorse the legislation comes on the heels of similarly adopted measures in the fellow New Jersey counties of Camden, Middlesex, Mercer, and Essex, along with Wall Township.
    “Local lawmakers are waking up to the harsh realization that using inadequate, combustible building materials are not the solution to affordable housing concerns,” says Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of community organizations, fire safety professionals, architects, engineers, and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation’s building codes.
    “Its apparent developers will continue to do the bare minimum when it comes to adherence to the building code, and as such, it’s vital the New Jersey legislature moves quickly to prevent another catastrophe,” he said.

Standpipe Rack Hose Video
    Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
    “Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
    Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
    In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
    The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
    This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
    The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
    For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.

Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
    The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
    The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
      For more information visit: www.nfpa.org

UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    For more information please see the following links:


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

April 23-27, 2018
Fire Engineering Solutions for the Built Environment
12th Int’l Conf. on Performance-Based Codes & Fire Safety
Design Methods
Oahu, HI

April 24-25, 2018
Sprinkler System Plan Review
Reno, NV, lecair@nfsa.org

April 24-26, 2018
14th NFPA Mexico Fire Expo
Expo Seguridad Mexico

April 26, 2018
Rough and Final Inspecton
Reno, NV, lecair@nfsa.org

April 30-May 11, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org

May 2-5, 2018
NFSA Annual Meeting
Business & Leadership Conference
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 5, 2018
3rd Common Voices Golf Classic
Benefitting Common Voices

Jacaranda Golf Club, Plantation, FL
Abby Boeing, (615) 405-8027

May 7, 2018
32nd SDFPA Golf Tournament
Benefitting San Diego Burn Institute
San Diego Fire Protection Assn.
Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA
Lucas McCusker, (760) 525-6847

May 7, 2018
25th Tony Bice Memorial
Benefitting Children’s of Alabama Burn Center, the UAB Hospital Burn Center, USA Regional Burn Center
Hoover Country Club, Hoover, AL
Greg Willis, afsaexdir@aol.com

May 8, 2018
Change Orders
by Joe Katz, Esq.

May 9, 2018
NorCal-NV SFPE Golf
Benefitting Scholarships
Tilden Park G.C., Berkeley, CA
Patrick Kogoma, patrick.kogoma@ffic.com, (925) 997-3247

May 10-11, 2018
NAFED 2018 Conferences
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
St. Louis, MO

May 14-18, 2018
2-Week Layout Technician Training
Richmond, KY
May 14-25, 2018
2-Week Layout and Design Class
Seattle, WA

May 19, 2018
Home Fire Sprinkler Day
Simultaneous Events Promoting Home Fire Sprinklers

May 22, 2018
AFSA Chesapeake Bay Chapter
22st Annual Golf Tournament

Benefitting the National Fallen
Firefighters Foundation

The Links at Challedon, Mount Airy, MD
Robert Sell, robert.sell2@ferguson.com
Danielle Fowler, dfowler@potterroemer.com

June 5, 2018
Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational
Mistwood Golf Club, Romeoville, IL
Illinois Burn Prevention Association
(815) 557-6961, ibpagolf@gmail.com

June 7, 2018
New Jersey NFSA Golf Outing
Beaver Brook C.C., Annandale, NJ
Michael Wilson, wilson@nfsa.org
(302) 419-3637

June 7-10, 2018
New Skins & Fins Weekend
(Classes, Golf, & Fishing)

Benefitting Association Programs
Magnolia Creek, League City, TX
Fire Sprinkler Contactors Association
of Texas (FSCATX) http://fscatx.org

June 11-14, 2018
NFPA Conference & Expo
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

June 11-14, 2018
AWWA Conference & Expo
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

June 12, 2018
Digital Cash Flow In Construction
by James L. Salmon, Esq.

June 14, 2018
21st Dean Cornwell Golf Classic
Benefitting TFSCA Programs

Twelve Stones Golf Club
Goodlettsville, TN 
Tennessee Fire Sprinkler
Contractors Association
Wayne Waggoner, (865) 755-2956

June 18-29, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org

June 24-26, 2018
CASA Annual Meeting
Prince Edward Island, Canada

June 25-29, 2018
11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Los Angeles, CA

June 29, 2018
12th Annual Burn Aid Golf Classic
Benefitting Tangier Shriners Transport Fund

Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue, NE
Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association of Nebraska
Rich Graham, SET, richg@gfsomaha.com

July 20, 2018
4th Annual GBA Charity Golf
Benefitting Santa Clara Valley Burn Center

Poppy Ridge Golf Club, Livermore, CA
Greater Bay Area Chapter, AFSA
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (209) 253-4000

July 23-August 3, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org

August 11, 2018
Softball Tournament
Benefitting Association Programs

Bartholomew Sports Park, Elk Grove, CA
Paulene Norwood, Executive Director
Sacramento Valley Chapter AFSA
(916) 296-0635

August TBD, 2018
2018 Burn Invitational
Benefitting Children’s Hospital Burn Center

The Ohio Fire Safety Coalition
Julie Schade, (216) 447-5677

August TBD, 2018
AFSA San Diego Benefit Golf
Benefitting Wounded Warrior Charity

Twin Oaks Golf Club, San Marcos, CA
Rhonda Hill, rhondasandiegoafsa@gmail.com

August 27, 2018
30th Burn Center Invitational

Benefitting Burn Center, Camp, & More

Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
Marty King, king@nfsa.org

September 10-21, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org

September 17, 2018
Central Ohio Chapter SFPE/OSU
29th Burn Center Golf Outing

Benefitting Wexner Med. Center

Scioto Reserve Country Club, Powell, OH
Bob Dawson, (614) 561-8145

September 19-20, 2018
18th International Water Mist Con

September 20, 2018
CASA Ontario Regional Golf Tournament

Benefitting Camp BUCKO and SickKids Hospital

Lionhead Golf Club
Brampton, ON, Canada
Jo-Ann Gauthier, (905) 477-2270

September TBD, 2018
6th Annual AFSA NJ Chapter
Bob Young Benefit Golf Outing

Benefitting B. Young Scholarship Fund
and the Phoenix Society

Galloping Hills Golf Club, Kenilworth, NJ
Al Zanga, (973) 679-1012
Gary Lederman, (914) 564-3916

September 30-October 3, 2018
AFSA Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition
Gaylord National, Washington, D.C.

October 1, 2018
22nd Annual NFSA Minnesota
Chapter Burnaid Golf Classic

Benefitting Burn Center

Dellwood Country Club, Dellwood, MN
NFSA Minnesota, (651) 452-8506
Peg Bohn, pegbohn@gmail.com

October 1, 2018
24th KFSCA Benefit Golf Outing

Benefitting Burn Unit and Others

University Club of Kentucky, Lexington
Angela Underwood, (502) 233-5322
angela@ksae.com, www.kfsca.org

October 7-13, 2018
Fire Prevention Week
Plan to promote fire sprinklers!

October 17, 2018
25th AFSA-Virginia Burn Survivors Golf Tournament

Benefitting Central VA Burn Camp & Old Dominion Firefighters Burn Foundation

Nat’l G.C., Williamsburg, VA
George Wagner, (804) 514-3154

October 18, 2018
24th Ken Houston Memorial

Benefitting Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Burn Center
Colonial C.C., Thomasville, NC
AFSA Carolinas Chapter
John Turnage, (919) 624-3456

October 18, 2018
FSCA Charity Golf
Coyote Hills G.C.
Fullerton, CA
Larry Seligman, (626) 673-5345

October 22, 2018
29th FSCATX Charity Golf Classic

Benefitting Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Bear Creek Golf Club, Dallas, TX

October 26, 2018
Mid Atlantic Afsa Casino Night

Benefitting Burn Foundation

Sheraton Valley Forge
King of Prussia, PA

October 28-30, 2018
SFPE North America
Conference & Expo
Nashville, TN
www.sfpe.org, vvalentine@sfpe.org

November 5, 2018
18th Bob McCullough Golf Tournament

Benefitting Fire Safety Educational Projects

Hamilton Mill, GA

November 5-16, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org

December 11, 2018
GFSA Christmas Gathering

Benefitting Toys for Tots

Hamilton Mill, GA

December TBD, 2018
Greater Bay Area AFSA 16th Gala

Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Livermore, CA
AFSA Greater Bay Area Chapter
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (925) 954-5031

Other Dates by Organization

Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology

American Subcontractors Association:

Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com

Apr. 20: Success with NICET Webinar – Free
Apr. 23-25: Fire Pumps IT Workshop

May 1-4: Fire Sprinkler Install Hands-On Workshop
May 8: IT of Water-Based Systems, Webinar
May 15: IT of Water-Based Systems, Webinar
May 21-24: Fire Pumps IT Workshop, Atlanta, GA
May 22: Success with NICET Webinar – Free
May 23-24: I & T Sprinkler Systems Workshop

National Fire Protection Assoc., www.nfpa.org

Apr. 30-May 2: NFPA 13 - Skokie, IL
May 14-16: NFPA 13 - Nashville, TN
May 21-23: NFPA 13 - Atlantic City, NJ
Jun. 25-27: NFPA 13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 23-25: NFPA 25 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection System 3-Day Training - Cranston, RI

National Fire Sprinkler Assoc., www.nfsa.org

Apr. 24: Protection of Storage Occupancies, Lafayette, IN
May 14: Layout Tech. Training, Richmond, KY
May 14: Two Week Layout Tech., Seattle, WA
July 9: Two Week Layout Tech., Baltimore, MD
July 16: Layout Tech. Training, Baltimore, MD
Oct. 15: Two Week Layout, Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 22: Layout Tech. Training, Phoenix, AZ

Other Future Meeting Dates:

AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org
Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2018, Gaylord National, Washington, DC
Oct. 1-4, 2019, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
Sep. 13-16, 2020, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL

CASA, www.casa-firesprinkler.org

NFPA, www.nfpa.org
Jun. 11-14, 2018, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 17-20, 2019, San Antonio, TX
Jun. 14-17, 2020, Orlando, FL

NFSA, www.nfsa.org  
May 2-6, 2018, Marriott Harbor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 15-18, 2019, Omni Downtown, Nashville, TN
May 15-18, 2020, Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ           
May 12-15, 2021, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Also Visit:
American Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Tech Productions
Oklahoma State University
Seneca College, School of Fire Protection


FPC's Question of the Month

Who do you consider to be fire sprinkler allies?

Please tell us about it, and include your name, co. name, city, & state. Please tell us what you think!
Please send your reply today. Also, please send photos, and advise us if you wish to remain anonymous.

Featured Websites

Relmark Group — Risk Management Advocates for Fire Sprinkler Contractors

"NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative" website: NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Helpful Website:
    The Building Code Resource Library website may be of interest! It is an electronic library on building fire protection at your fingertips.

    Website: http://buildingcoderesourcelibrary.com/

Fire Protection Educational and Training Resources:
Fire Smarts, LLC

Fire Sprinkler History:
"History of Mather & Platt Ltd." (And Grinnell) By Marcel Boschi + David Drew-Smythe: http://home.zipworld.com.au/~lnbdds/Boschi/

Certification: "The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)" For more information, visit theNICET website.

"Fire Sprinkler Coalition" For more information, visit the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition website.

"Campus FireWatch" For more information, visit the Campus FireWatch website.

"Fire Sprinkler Academy" For more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Academy website.

Take Heart
Remember what Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -
John 16:32-33, New International Version

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