Congratulations are in order for Luther Pringle of the American Fire Protection Group’s (AFPG) Los Angeles Division, who placed 15th out of 150 total contestants in the Design Technician Competition held at the National Fire Sprinkler Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Design Technician Competition

NFSA’s Design Technician Competition pits engineers from around the country against one another in a competition of skill, accuracy and precision pertaining to the design of a fire sprinkler system. Luther made it all the way to the prestigious Jeopardy Round, which pits the top 10% of the competition field in a test of sprinkler design knowledge and expertise.

NFSA’s Design Technician Competition pits engineers from around the country against one another

Luther works as an Engineer at the AFPG Monroe, LA office. What makes Luther’s achievement in this competition even more impressive is that he has only been in the Life Safety industry for two years.

AFPG Monroe’s Division Leader, Wade Jones, said “I have had the great pleasure in watching Luther grow in the fire protection industry, it was no surprise for him to achieve this and we look forward to him doing even better next year.

Sprinkler Design Competition

The Sprinkler Design Competition has become a staple of the NFSA conference. The goal of the competition is simple – the NFSA (National Fire Sprinkler Association) is looking for the best Fire Sprinkler Design Technicians in the country. Contestants who go far in the competition are ones who know the NFPA 13 Handbook inside and out.

They can competently and efficiently calculate optimal spacing for rooms with unusual dimensions in their head, or they have memorized what size suction pipe needs to be used with each size fire pump. AFPG is very proud of Luther Pringle’s achievement in this competition and looks forward to watching his expertise grow each year.

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