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Popular Installers’ Townhall & Other Activities at 36th FSSA Meeting February 20, 2018

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The popular installers’ townhall meeting was held on the last day of the the 36th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

Over 100 installer member companies attended the morning meeting. A wide range of topics were covered including how to attract labor, best practices with design and estimating software, ideas on how to minimize employees use of smartphones while driving, and R&D tax credits available for contractors.

SFPE’s Victoria Valentine discusses fire system inspection, testing and maintenance awareness.

Participants offered examples and real-life experiences on several of the topics. Many attendees learned of new ways of looking at old problems. The 90 minute session went quickly as members exchanged views, ideas and opinions.

Prior to the close of the conference, FSSA members also attended sessions with topics ranging from turning system deficiencies into a profitable revenue stream; best practices for creating awareness of need for inspection, testing and maintenance as well as several supplier/vendor presentations from companies participating in the first ever Supplier Expo.

The 32nd annual meeting concludes today, February 20th.

36th Annual FSSA Meeting Highlights Industry’s Best February 18, 2018

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Members gather for start of 36th Annual FSSA Meeting

The start of the Fire Suppression Systems Association’s 36th Annual meeting featured presentations by many of the industry’s best practitioners.   Opening keynote speaker, Jim Smith, Jr gave an inspirational presentation on  the value of not just going “to” the next level, but “beyond”.  His message infused personal stories of triumph and failure as well as video selections and quotable quotes from a variety of sources on breaking down barriers to achieving one’s best.  He further challenged the attendees by asking them to pair-up and share their greatest accomplishments, goals, barriers, and action plans with each other.

A new feature of this year’s Annual Meeting was the presentation of unique application solutions by four selected member installers.  ASSI presented their solution and approach to protecting gloveboxes with high-air flows; BFPE showcased how they installed air-sampling detection throughout a famous alabaster-colored house in Washington, D.C.; Orr Protection highlighted the challenges of installing watermist in an unusual location under movable auditorium seats and Protectowire presented the application of their new fiber-optic based linear heat detector in a large aircraft service hanger.

The day’s presentations also included technical and NFPA updates from Technical Chair, Dan Hubert and Technical Director, Tom Wysocki.

The final presentation by BFPE highlighted their approach to acquiring and retaining the best help in a competitive employment market.

The FSSA’s Annual Meeting continues through Tuesday, February 20th.

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.

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
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.

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.

Industry Gathers for 33rd Annual FSSA Meeting February 20, 2015

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Over 190 members of the fire suppression systems industry are gathering in Clearwater Beach, Florida to participate in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Sandpearl Resort.20140221-092429.jpg

The three-day event will feature presentations from the Association’s Technical Committee Chair, Daniel Hubert, as well as the Association’s Technical Director, Tom Wysocki. Association president, Eric Burkland, will recap recent developments and improvments in the Association’s new on-line Training Program.

FSSA’s involvement with NFPA Code and Standards development will be highlighted by Derek Wester who provides oversight of the Association’s participation.  Bill Eckholm, chair of FSSA’s Public Policy Comittee will report on recent committee activities.

The opening session’s Keynote Presentation will be by Geno Church, Chief Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer of Brains on Fire. His presentation, THE PASSION CONVERSATION, changes one’s perspective on marketing by explaining the three motivations for why people talk about businesses and causes.

Other topics of interest to be presented will include updates on NICET, challenges in data center fire protection, exposure limits of HF in museum and archive applications as well as innovations in industrial explosion protection.

As always, several networking events are planned throught the course of the event.

For more information about FSSA and its annual meeting, visit www.fssa.net.

The meeting runs through Tuesday, February 24th.

Yes Virginia, Data Center Fires Really Do Happen November 26, 2014

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Responding to recent comments from a facility manager that fires in data centers are rare, Onward and Upward offers a recap of three such fires that have happened in the previous 11 months with details on each.

♦ A fully-powered, but unused transient-voltage surge suppressor (TVSS) failed in the Hoover State Office Building’s basement lHoover State Office Bldg.evel data center on the afternoon of February 18, 2014.  The failure caused significant damage to the unit and produced smoke throughout the room.  A quick-thinking employee activated a manual release station that discharged over 2,400 pounds of FM-200 clean fire-suppressing agent throughout the room and raised floor.  In addition, the agent release also triggered the emergency-power-off circuit dropping power to critical equipment.

The Des Moines, Iowa fire department responded within minutes of receiving the signal from the building’s automatic fire alarm system.  Upon arrival, the fire was extinguished and personnel were assessing the fire damage and working to restore operations.

♦  The catastrophic failure of a capacitor caused dense smoke to be generated within the cabinet of an uninterruptible UPS Failed Capacitorpower supply (UPS) unit at a central Iowa data center on March 19, 2014.  The FM-200 clean agent fire suppression system incorporated a VESDA air-sampling smoke detection system that quickly sensed the smoke and automatically released 385 pounds of agent.  The fire was extinguished by the time local fire teams arrived on the scene.

While the facility itself was unaffected by smoke damage or the clean agent discharge, it took over a day and a half for personnel to locate the failed component deep within the UPS unit.

♦ The malfunction over-heating of evaporator coils on a self-contained computer room air-conditioner ignited collected dust and paper filaments in the raised floor of a Des Moines area data room.  The slow smoldering of the materials was sensed by a smoke detector located under the raised floor on the evening of September 18, 2014.  A second smoke detector confirmed the smoke condition and initiated the discharge sequence that notified the building’s automatic fire alarm system and released 274 pounds of FM-200.

The small data room was unoccupied at the time of the event.  When facility and fire department personnel arrived, the fire was extinguished and there was no damage caused by the agent’s discharge.

While it maybe uncommon to have three events occur within a short time span, it’s clear that it’s not uncommon for fires to occur in data centers.  Each of these incidents could have easily gotten out-of-hand and escalated into major disruptions for these facilities.  However, because of forethought by prudent operators and well-designed and maintained clean agent fire suppression systems, the effects of each of these fires was minimized so that mission-critical functions could return to normal.

Industry To Gather for FSSA 31st Annual Forum February 22, 2013

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Over 170 industry leaders will gather  for the 31st Fire Suppression Systems Association Annual Forum in Bonita Springs, Florida beginning Saturday, February 23rd through Tuesday, February 26, 2013.  fssatemp

A variety of topics ranging from economic outlooks to environmental impact trends will engage the attendees.  Mixed with industry networking opportunities and social events The 31st Annual Forum is shaping up to be another great meeting.

Onward and Upward will blog daily from the meeting site with observations and industry insights.  Stay tuned!

To learn more about FSSA, visit www.fssa.net

Happy 47th Birthday, Protex Central! February 1, 2013

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protexcentral_logoProtex Central, Inc. marks the start of its 47th year in business today, February 1, 2013.

Through its first 46 years, Protex Central, as a 2012 SAMMY Award Finalist for Installer of the Year,  has become a nationally recognized systems integrator in the fire and security market space.

Starting with only himself and a helper, Dennis Mullen, Chairman of the Board,  has provided the vision and leadership of this dynamic and reliable enterprise. Operating from three fully-staffed office locations, Protex Central provides a variety of installation, testing and maintenance services across numerous vertical markets.

With second generation firmly in place, Protex Central’s envisioned future is to become the premier systems integrator in its marketplace by continuing  to provide premium-level customer experiences.  To learn more about Protex Central’s envisioned future click here.

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.