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NFPA Research Foundation Project Focuses on ITM Data Exchange Model September 18, 2019

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A NFPA Research Foundation project focusing on Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) of fire protection systems is currently underway.  A published report is expected in June 2020.

According to the Project Summary of the study, the goal “of this project is to develop and pilot test a comprehensive, scalable, and extensible data exchange model to facilitate ITM data sharing from diverse ITM data sources.”

The background of this project notes that, “Many NFPA codes and standards establish minimum frequencies for periodic inspection,testing, and maintenance (ITM) for fire protection systems, including for example, NFPA 25, Standard forthe Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, and NFPA 72, NationalFire Alarm and Signaling Code. These frequencies are often historical requirements that are often not based
on empirical ITM data or observed deficiencies. In recent years there has been growing interest in
risk/occupancy-based and performance-based ITM frequencies; however, to be effective there is a need for
a more data-based approach to ITM frequencies. While the use of digital ITM data collection software are
evolving, there remains great variation in the format that ITM data is collected, stored, and analyzed. Due
to the inconsistency in ITM data collection methodologies, it is difficult to implement data-informed
decision-making regarding system reliability, ITM frequencies, and risk acceptability.”

To access the entire project summary, ITM Data Exchange Model Overview.

New NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (water mist -inert gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems is subject of podcast June 13, 2019

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The new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (water mist -inert gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems is the subject of  the new Fire Protection Podcast powered by Inspect Point.

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A great opportunity to learn more about how this new standard came about and the NFPA standards making process.  Thanks to Drew Slocum and the Inspect Point team for the opportunity to share more about this new standard on an emerging fire protection technology.


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.


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.

Central Iowa Code Consortium Seeks Proposals August 4, 2015

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The Central Iowa Code Consortium (CICC) announced on August 1, 2015 that code proposals will be accepted for all of the International Code Council’s construction and maintenance codes through September 30, 2015.  During the coming months seven code committees, made up of local government and industry representatives, will review the 2015 editions of the International Codes as well as local proposed changes to those codes.Screen Shot 07-28-15 at 11.01 AM

The CICC is a collaborative effort between all participating communities to review code changes, recommend changes to these codes, and produce a metro “model” code for all communities to consider through their local code adoption process.  This project does not propose to make recommendations on permit process, code administration, appeals processes, or specific local amendments deemed necessary by local code officials.  The goal is to publish a metro code that would promote uniformity and consistency between local communities.

Central Iowa communities with memos of understanding in place to participate in the CICC process include:  Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, Waukee, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines and Polk County.

Anyone can submit code proposal through the on-line submission form located here.

For more information on the Capital Crossroads Vision, click here.

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.

Industry Networking Featured At 32nd Annual FSSA Meeting February 23, 2014

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Industry networking is a featured benefit of the 32nd annual meeting of the Fire Suppression System Association at the Lowes Coronado Resort in San Diego, California.

Over 170 participants have gathered for the two and a half day event. Keynote presentations along with focused breakout sessions present opportunities for members to meet, interact and discuss. Trending industry topics being presented include new proposals for the NFPA 2001 standard requiring reclaimed agent purity certification.

Other presentation are centered on an end-user’s perspective of clean agent gaseous systems as well as fire protection options for the petroleum, oil and gas production industries.

Keynote speaker, Tim Wackel, has offered many tips and insights on the continual training necessary to be a top notch sales performer. The informative and entertaining presentation has re-energized members with several positive and professional ways to engage customers. To learn more about Wackel’s perspective visit: The Tim Wackel Group

The 32nd annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 25th.

Protex Central Featured In On-Line Article on Mass Notification Systems November 20, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc. is featured in the November 20, 2012 on-line edition of Today’s Systems Integrator. The article focuses on Protex Central’s continuing efforts to promote various Emergency Communications Systems (also referred to as Mass Notification Systems – MNS) solutions to it customer base as well as specific vertical markets.

Read the article by clicking here.

To learn more about Protex Central’s Emergency Communication Systems offerings and to download a White Paper on the subject, please click here.

Protex Central Named Sammy Installer Award Finalist March 10, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc. has been named a 17th annual SAMMY (Sales and Marketing) Award finalist for Installer Of The Year in the small to midsize company category by Security Sales and Integration magazine.  The SAMMY Awards is the industry’s only program of its kind to recognize and honor installing security dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence.

Shawn Mullen, President & Chief Energy Officer of Protex Central, noted, “We’re thrilled to be honored with this nomination.  Our team is focused on the next level of professionalism and excellence for our customers’ benefit. Our envisioned future includes measuring ourselves against key industry standards.  This nomination is validation of our vision.”

Security Sales and Integration will announce the winners at an open awards ceremony in Las Vegas on March 27 — the eve of opening day at ISC West. ISC West is one of the premier security and systems integration industry gatherings.  The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Casanova Conference Room 502 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.  All are encouraged to attend.

Mullen will attend the ceremony along with other Protex Central management representatives including, Chairman of the Board, Dennis Mullen; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Brad Reiber; and Sr. Vice President – Operations, Scott Miner.

Cooper Demonstrates Mobile Speaker Array with Protex Central June 27, 2011

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Protex Central recently completed certification as an authorized Cooper Mass Notification Systems (MNS) Layered Solutions provider.

Full-scale  live demonstrations on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and Protex’s offices in Urbandale, Iowa featured Cooper’s Mobile Speaker Array (MSA) unit.

While at Creighton the Mobile Speaker Array was connected to Cooper’s WAVES  Base Station via digital, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology @2.4GHz.  The distance between the Base Station and the MSA was approximately one-half mile.  The Urbandale demo included a set-up and live announcement demonstration test from the MSA’s on-board control station.

Both demonstrations featured crisp and clear voice instructions with little if any distortion or reverberation from surrounding buildings.

Cooper’s Mass Notification Systems Layered Solutions are flexible and modular for any number of applications including temporary events.  Outdoor speaker arrays are just one part of an overall mass notification system.  One good term that is used is “A system of systems.”  There are consideration for interior MNS as well as alerting via text messages, cell phones, e-mail and even satellite radio.

This entire area is just in its infancy.  It will be interesting to see the changing dynamics of people’s expectations as to how they want and expect to be notified of emergency and critical situations.