While standpipe systems may seem very simple and are often considered an afterthought in the overall design of a fire protection system, they are critical components that can result in the loss of life if not designed and installed properly. Standpipe systems are installed to help response personnel deploy hose …

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A Showcase for Apprentice Skills

Honoring Robert L. McCullough, Founder of the NAC Thirty years ago, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) established the National Apprentice Competition (NAC) to promote apprentice training and recognize the apprentices actively enrolled in the AFSA apprenticeship program. Everyone in the industry knows what the NAC is, but do they …

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Higher Standards

As the May/June 2023 issue of Sprinkler Age will be available at the NFPA Annual Conference and Expo® in Las Vegas, this column will serve a special purpose. In preparation for the 2023 NFPA Technical Meeting, AFSA has reviewed the posted Certified Amending Motions (CAM) for the relevant standards on …

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Apprenticeship Programs Can’t Do It Alone

Three Observations About Workforce Development in America *The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is proud to partner with the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) to develop its Fire Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship Training Series and to celebrate apprentices. In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, here is an article …

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Membership has its Benefits

Quality Contractor Program

Quality Contractor Recognition Program What sets apart “good contractors” and “great contractors” is distinguishing your company from the competition. That’s why the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) created the Quality Contractor (QC) Recognition Program, which allows contractor members to be recognized for their effort in growing companies that produce quality …

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Supply Chain Issues

M/S Council Working to Meet Challenges With the continuing challenges facing our industry related to supply chain issues and material pricing escalations, I feel compelled to reach out to our members. Production and shipping constraints have led to longer delays beyond historical norms, and the impact to your projects and …

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