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Largest Attendance of Industry Leaders Marks 35th FSSA Meeting February 19, 2017

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Members gather for opening FSSA session.

The 35th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association opened today with the largest attendance in the association’s history. President Ray Aldridge welcomed members and guests at the Naples Beach Hotel and Resort in Naples, Florida.

The day’s agenda included presentations ranging from a rollicking presentation from the Philadelphia Philly’s Phillie Phanatic’s best friend (Tom Burgoyne) to FSSA technical committee activities and from overviews of the impact of changes to NFPA standards to understanding the dynamics of Lithium Ion batteries and the very real hazards they present with their increased use in every day life. Other sessions scheduled for the three-day event include The Role of a Fire Protection Engineer in Design of Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems; Oxygen Reducing Fire Protection Solutions; 10 Things Your Truck Dealer Won’t Tell You and Education Sessions on organizational and personal betterment and development.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 21st.

 

San Antonio Welcomes NFPA 770 Hybrid Technical Committee October 14, 2016

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nfpa-770-drury-suitesThe new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in San Antonio, Texas for its third round of meeting beginning October 12 and concludes on October 14, 2016.

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Vice-Chairman Brent Ehmke of Ehmke and Associates is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire-fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 10 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

 

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

Great Plains Fire Suppression Symposium To Highlight Industry Innovations August 31, 2016

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The Great Plains Fire Suppression Symposium set for September 13, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska will highlight industry innovations in NFPA standards, agent delivery systems, fire extinguishing technology and ATF-mandated considerations.  Experts in all four subjects will present during the morning-long event.Fire Symposium logo

NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 Requirements for Delivering Higher Stakeholder Confidence will be presented by Shane Clary, Ph.D.  Vice President, Codes & Standards, Development;
Bay Alarm Co. and a member of both technical committees. He’ll provide background and insights on these important documents and outline key factors on how best to implement these requirements that bolster stakeholder confidence in all fire systems.

Innovations in Fire Suppression System Technologies provides an understanding from Tim Carman, P.E. Regional Sales Director; Janus Fire Systems on how maximizing agent delivery technologies are impacting fire suppression systems by using higher discharge pressures. Innovations like these are making fire suppression more affordable and accessible than ever.

Hybrid (Nitrogen-Water Mist) Fire Suppression Technology and the new NFPA 770 is a truly unique opportunity to learn directly from the patent holder, Robert Ballard, P.E. Fire Suppression Technology Manager with Victaulic, on how the advanced technology of hybrid fire suppression systems are addressing real-world applications. Plus an update on how the new NFPA 770 standard is being developed to address these systems.

Understanding ATF Regulations Affecting Fire Suppression Releasing Devices is crucial for anyone involved with such systems. Shane Mullen, Managing Director of Device Disposal and Consulting will highlight key requirements for safely handling and disposing of these devices.

The Symposium is a free half-day symposium dedicated to information and education for professionals involved with fire suppression as owners, consultants, specifiers, and end-users.  Continuing Education attendance credit will be provided to each attendee.  A buffet breakfast will also be provided.

Seating is limited, so reservations are required.  Visit www.protexcentral.com to learn more and register today!

 

2nd FSSA Day Features Technical and Business Tracks February 22, 2016

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FSSA's 34th meeting ls largest ever.

FSSA’s 34th meeting ls largest ever.

The second day of the Fire Suppression Systems Association’s 34th annual meeting was highlighted by separate technical and business tracks for attendees.

The business track featured understanding communication styles in business settings; planning for business transitions; and mitigating risk and loss in insurance and liability.

Technical sessions included wireless technology & fire suppression; learning of fires in mission critical facilities; and fire protection strategies in air containment aisles.

28 companies have supporedt the FSSA 34th annual meeting with sponsorships of speakers, presentations, breaks, dinners and receptions.

The meeting continues through Tuesday, February 23rd.

34th FSSA Meeting Boasts Largest Attendance Ever February 21, 2016

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Members gather for opening FSSA session.

Members gather for opening FSSA session.

The 34th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association opened today with the largest attendance in the association’s history. President Tim Carman welcomed members and guests at the El Conquistador Resort outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The day’s busy agenda included presentations ranging from an economic outlook and forecast from Dr. Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics to FSSA technical committee activities and from overviews of the impact of NFPA’s recommended practice (NFPA 3) and standard (NFPA 4) to understanding agent design concentration on Class C fires greater than 480 volts.  And if that wasn’t enough, others presentations involved stopping the employee turnover revolving door and appreciating that every face tells a story of experience and demeanor.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 23rd.

 

NFPA 770 Hybrid Technical Committee Meets In Charleston February 2, 2016

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in Charleston, South Carolina for its second round of meeting beginning February 2, 2016. IMG_0853

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Chairman Jeffery Harrington of the Harrington Group is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 10 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

 

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

February 1 Marks Protex Central’s 50th Year February 1, 2016

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40510 50 Year LogoMonday, February 1, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of Protex Central, Inc. For these past 50 years, Protex Central has been providing life safety systems and services to customers throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

With employees who are dedicated to providing the company’s core values through excellence, professionalism and integrity, Protex Central thrives in addressing key life safety and security issues for its customers.

Company founder and chairman of the board, Dennis J. Mullen, continues to djmpixmentor employees with his collaborative and professional approach to customer service. “People do business with people.” says Mullen. “Honesty and integrity are the backbone of the systems we provide and support for our customers. Take away either of those, and you have nothing of value to offer.”

Protex Central service representatives are on call and available 24/7. Service technicians are well versed in the inspection, maintenance and repair of all types of life safety systems including fire suppression systems. All technicians are manufacturer trained, licensed, and certified. The company has become skilled at developing a turn-key plan to deliver the needed level of response so customers will know their people and property are protected around the clock with Protex’s sole mission plan in mind – To strengthen our business by protecting yours!

By investing significant resources in the development of its professionals, Protex Central is uniquely positioned to best understand the needs of the industries it serves.

Protex Central continues to lead solutions in the fields of:

Fire Protection Systems
Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems
Emergency Communication Systems
Explosion Protection Systems
Fire Extinguishers
Fire Suppression Systems
Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
Range Hood Fire Suppression Systems

Security Systems
Access Control
Closed Circuit TV (CCTV)
Nurse Call Systems
Security
Sound/Intercom Systems

Life Safety System Services
On Site Service & Inspection
Remote Monitoring

Customers have come to know over these past 50 years that with Protex it’s the protection they pay for, but peace of mind is what they get.

New NFPA Hybrid Technical Committee Meets September 30, 2015

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems began its inaugural meetings in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29 and 30, 2015.

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Looking to develop the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee was represented by nine principal members, an alternate principal member and several guests.  Chairman Jeffery Harrington of the Harrington Group is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 10 years.

At its October 2014 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council voted to approve the development of a new committee and a new document on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems. The Council directed that a call of members interested in serving on the proposed new Technical Committee be published.  NFPA Staff was directed to return to the Council with a proposed startup roster and a proposed committee scope.

In April of this year, the Council voted to approve the proposed scope for the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems as follows:

APPROVED COMMITTEE SCOPE:  This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents covering the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of hybrid (water and inert gas) fire extinguishing systems that use a combination of atomized water and inert gas to extinguish fire.  This scope does not include systems that use only inert gas or only atomized water (water mist) to achieve extinguishment.  It also does not include twin fluid water mist systems that use inert gas to propel and/or atomize water mist droplets without generating a significant inert gas concentration in the protected space.

The committee will continue to work on its scope, and the standard for the next several months.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

Data Center Fire Protection Challenges Highlighted at FSSA February 23, 2015

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FM Global, a recognized leader in loss prevention services worldwide, presented Challenges of Data Center Fire Protection to the delegates attending the Fire Suppression Systems Association’s 33rd Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Florida.

Robert Kasiski, a senior engineering specialist with FM Global, provided an engaging presentation of data center market statistics including total estimated worldwide data center floor space of over 286,000 square feet across over 509,000 centers. Additionally he noted that new technology and best-practices are increasing the need to be vigilant in providing proper fire protection coverage.
IMG_0648Kasiski noted that lithium ion batteries are becoming more prevalent in UPS rooms that support data centers. These alone present issues to assuring adequate protection from fire. Another emerging challenge deals with the myriad cables throughout a center that present one of the signle largest combustible loads. He noted that the practice of “retire-in-place” for legacy cables only compounds issues.

Noting that new server imersion technologies are being explored in data centers to mitigate cooling issues, Kasiski indiated this is an area of increasing research interest for his firm.

Several video clips of FM Global fire tests were shown involving cables, cable trays and other combustibles. The results of these tests were of great interest to the delegates.

The presentation concluded with Kasiski listing key issues going forward to be addressed not only by FM Global but the data center and fire protection communities including: understanding the consistency of change within a data center; identifying unrecognized hazards and accepting that current fire protection schemes may not meet the everchanging needs.

The Annual Meeting continues through Tuesday, February 24th.

FSSA’s 33rd Annual Meeting Underway February 22, 2015

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President, Eric Burkland, welcomed over 190 delegates to the opening session of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Burkland thanked all those in attendance for making the effort to attend and support the robust health of the organization.IMG_0644

With 17 new members during the last year and an upswing in revenues from dues, annual meeting fees, increased publication sales and promotions of the new training program, Burkland reported on the significant strides the association as made in the last 12 months.

Several committee reports followed Burkland’s opening remarks including Steve Carter, the FSSA’s current treasurer. Carter recapped several financial highlights and credited the membership with promoting addtional new members as well as supporting the on-line training program and publications.

Dan Hubert, chair of the Technical Committee, shared his committee’s activities by outlining the numerous tasks that the Board of Directors has charged them with including new Guides covering Hazard Analysis/Hazard Protection; “Clean” Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Agents; and two additional separate Guides on Water Mist and Hybrid Systems. Hubert also promoted the fact that several existing Guides are in their 3rd edition: Pressure Venting and Pipe Design. The Testing Guide for use with Special Hazard Fire Suppression Sytems is in its 4th edition.

FSSA’s Codes and Standards Oversight Committee Chair, Derek Wester, presented a comprehensive overview of FSSA’s participation on over 23 NFPA committees and noted that there are currently seven vacancies on various committees that FSSA needs to fill.  Wester also announced that an added benefit of FSSA membership will be exclusive access to all NFPA committee meeting recap notices filed by FSSA representatives.  This invaluable resource will help keep FSSA members up-to-date on specific committee actions and new developments within the codes and standards committees represented.

The expanding awareness of public policy by the FSSA was reviewed by Bill Eckholm, committee chair.  Eckholm touched on numerous international agreements involving climate change and their affect on the special hazards industry.  Along with the several protocols being watched, Eckholm highlighted two efforts in the U.S. that warrant members’ attention:  Senate Bill 2911 seeking to authorize EPA to regulate short-lived greenhouse gases using the SNAP and the Super Pollutants Act.  Eckholm invited all members to be vigilant with keeping FSSA’s headquarters appraised of any local or state initiatives affecting the industry as well.

IMG_0640The final committee report was offered by Joe Ziemba, chair of the Marketing Committee. He summarized the many efforts now underway to promote the FSSA to new and diverse audiences.  The overall goal of the committee’s efforts is being led by P E G:  Promote; Educate and Grow.  In each task, the committee seeks to advance awareness of the FSSA in various formats and venues.  Promotion of industry Guides as well as the On-line Training Program are beginning to take shape with this committee’s efforts.  A future activity involves development of FSSA sponsored webinars which will focus on various topics important to the industry.

The 33rd Annual Meeting continues tomorrow, Monday, February 23rd.