Classifying Mixed Commodities

The Impact of Group A Plastics One of the most critical variables necessary to define the right design basis for the protection of storage is the commodity classification. In evaluating an individual pallet load, Class III and IV commodities have pretty much always been allowed to have some Group A …

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ANNUAL FIRE PUMP TESTING

ENSURING YOUR FIRE PUMP SYSTEM IS READY WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST Fire pumps are critical components of water-based fire protection systems; however, pumps can look like intimidating pieces of equipment to those who need to become more familiar with them. Fire pumps are installed in facilities where the available …

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THE NAC IS A “WIN-WIN”

NAC’S PHASE I EXAM HELPS EVALUATE, PREPARE, AND SHOWCASE YOUR APPRENTICES AFSA’s Annual National Apprentice Competition (NAC) is in its third decade of showcasing sprinkler fitter apprentices. While earning a spot in the Top 7 is the ultimate goal for apprentices, there are benefits to simply entering and taking the …

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TAKING AFSA43 TO A NEW HEIGHT

CONVENTION, EXHIBITION, AND APPRENTICE COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN THE MILE-HIGH CITY Mark your calendars and pack your bags for Denver, Colo., from Sept. 18-21! The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is hosting its Annual Convention, Exhibition, and Apprentice Competition miles higher than ever before. Join AFSA at the Gaylord …

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FLASHPOINT

With the changes to automobile vehicles over the years and the method in the way parking garages are designed, the model building codes and the sprinkler installation standards have been modified for fire protection of these structures. However, these modifications have not fully addressed the issues. For years, if a …

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Why are standards, not standard?  I mean the very word itself conjures up thoughts of other words, like normal, typical, common, habitual, or familiar. However, it seems obvious to those of us in the fire sprinkler world that standards, as in NFPA standards, are not applied, enforced, or accepted in …

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CHAIR’S MESSAGE

February 2024 kicked off the new year with my first AFSA Board & Committee meetings as chair. The meetings were very productive and eventful; each committee set clear goals to better serve, you, our members. Convention Committee Chair, Don Kaufman, along with committee members and AFSA staff, are in full …

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THAT’S MY RESPONSIBILITY?!?

CORRECTING DEFICIENCIES AND REPAIRS FOR FACILITY MANAGERS The inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of water-based fire protection systems is similar to a vehicle’s inspection, testing, and maintenance. Vehicle owners are required to maintain fuel levels, check directional and brake light functions, and monitor tire tread. As a building owner or …

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HELP AFSA HELP YOU

SPRINKLER FITTER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS We all know the weakest link in the chain of success for this industry is a lack of qualified and trained people. In fact, I recently had a member tell me that they have such a hard time finding people to hire, they now encourage long-haired, …

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#MEMBERSMATTER

Associations play a valuable role, whether it be professional development, business growth, networking, or creating or changing the standards that impact the industry. Whatever the reason, becoming a member of an industry-specific association offers numerous opportunities that positively impact your professional development and the success of your business. Associations provide …

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HIGHER STANDARDS

Happy New Year! 2024 is going to be an exciting year for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and the standards development process. AFSA has formed a Technical Advisory Council (TAC) to establish AFSA positions on technical changes to the documents that affect the sprinkler industry. The TAC is comprised …

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