National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) News

National Fire Sprinkler Association Highlights The Tax Incentives Available For Installing A New Sprinkler System

The US federal government passed a new legislation called the ‘Tax Cuts & Job Act’. This legislation includes incentives for businesses that install new fire sprinkler systems. As fire sprinklers are the quickest way to extinguish a fire, it’s important to incentivize businesses to install one. Money should never be seen as a deterrent to keeping your employees and patrons safe. ‘Tax Cuts & Job Act’ US Congress has added fire protection as an eligible expe...

AFPG Engineer, Luther Pringle Placed In Top 10% Of The National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Design Technician Competition

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 desi...

Robert (Bob) Caputo Appointed As American Fire Sprinkler Association’s President, Effective Nov 1, 2020

Effective November 1, 2020, Robert (Bob) Caputo became the new President of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). Bob is a sprinkler industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience, ranging from owning a fire sprinkler installation company in San Diego, California to teaching technical seminars for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire sprinkler industry veteran Bob most recently served as Vice President for training and technical support for Fire & Life Sa...

IFSA Highlights The Global COVID-19 Pandemic As Cause Of Postponement Or Cancellation Of Virtually All Fire Industry Events

International Fire Suppression Alliance, Ltd. (IFSA) recognized that the emergence of the COVID-19 virus spread, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of virtually all industry events over the next few months, as countries struggle to contain it.  Fire Industry events cancelled The list of international events and trade shows cancelled and postponed includes: 17-18 March 2020 - ABSpk conference in Sao Paulo –...

National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Chief Shane Ray Appointed To CFSI Board Of Directors

Dr. William F. Jenaway, President of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, announced that Chief Shane Ray has been appointed to the CFSI Board of Directors. Dr. William Jenaway made the announcement at the CFSI National Advisory Committee meeting on December 10th in Washington, DC. Chief Ray’s appointment is to a newly created board position. President of NFSA Chief Shane Ray currently serves as the President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), a role he has held sinc...

International Fire Sprinkler Association Shares Its Journey And Experiences From Inception To Date

On May 18, 1999, the inaugural meeting of the International Fire Sprinkler Association was held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Representatives of ten companies along with staff from the National Fire Sprinkler Association agreed on the establishment of a new organization that would work to increase global awareness of the effectiveness of automatic sprinklers and other water-based fire suppression systems. From the start, the IFSA founders envisioned a supporting role for IFSA: it would be an org...

NFSA Findings Show Lack Of Fire Sprinklers In Residential Properties Caused Casualties In Four Major Fires

The latest national codes recognise fire sprinklers as a proven technology for preventing deadly fires In just 11 days, four major fires have drawn the nation's attention to the dangers associated with older residential properties that do not have fire sprinkler systems. The fires included three in apartment buildings and one in an extended living hotel. Although all the incidents involved low-rise buildings, the fires spread quickly, trapping many occupants on upper floors an...

NFPA Honors Jim Dalton With The Prestigious James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal For Advocacy Efforts

NFPA’s James M. Shannon Medal awarded to Jim Dalton in recognition of his work The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced Jim Dalton as the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal for his career long commitment and passion for fire safety culminating with his efforts that led to the passage of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. NFPA’s Fire and Public Safety initiatives The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal was established in honor of Jim Shannon, who ser...

Viking Group's Kevin Ortyl Named 2016 Recipient Of National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Golden Sprinkler Award

The Viking Group, a renowned brand in the manufacture and distribution of fire protection and life safety systems, is pleased to announce that its Chairman and CEO, Mr. Kevin Ortyl, has been named the 2016 recipient of the National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Golden Sprinkler Award. This award, which is the NFSA’s highest honor, is presented each year to an individual that has dedicated his or her career to advancing the fire sprinkler industry. Ortyl began his career at Viking in...

AFSA, NFSA, ICC And CPSE Come To Agreement On Sprinklers And Fire Protection

A Joint Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by NFSA, ASFA, ICC and CPSE AFSA, NFSA, ICC, CPSE sign a historical agreement. More than 3,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives each year to fires and 84 percent of those who die do so in their home. While smoke alarms provide an early warning signal of smoke or fire, sprinklers installed in ceilings respond to fires while they are still small, controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames and toxic smoke, as well as...

City Of Portland Approves Installation Of Fire Sprinklers In All New Homes

Portland's new building codes will make the installation of fire sprinklers in homes mandatory  Portland has approved building code changes emphasizing installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new homes, effective  September 15. The city of Portland, has approved building code changes that will require all new one- and two-family homes and town houses built in the city to be equipped with life-saving fire sprinkler systems. These new codes will take effect on S...

Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania Sprinkler Decision Applauded By NFSA

Pennsylvania court has made the installation of fire sprinkler systems in homes compulsory The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., applauds the decision made by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S. applauds the decision made by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that determines t...

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