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NFPA Considering New Standard for Hybrid, Gas and Fine Water Droplet Systems May 23, 2013

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The NFPA Standards Council is considering a proposal by Victaulic for a proposed new standard for Hybrid, gas and fine water droplet systems. The Council is soliciting public comments on the need for the project, information on resources on the subject matter, those interested in participating on a technical committee if established, and experience in the intended application of this technology. The Council is specifically looking for manufacturers that logo_nfpaare actively developing hybrid droplet systems and whether there are enough common installation practices and procedures available to support a standard, and the intended application for this technology. The Council is also seeking input on whether the subject matter could be covered by an existing technical committee or possibly through the creation of a new document.

I’ve written to NFPA in support of such a standard’s creation.  Here’s my pitch:

As a 28 year veteran of the special hazards fire suppression industry and from my vantage point as past president of the Fire Suppression Systems Association, I write in support of a new standard for hybrid, gas and fine water droplet systems.

The innovative technology involved with these hybrid systems is not adequately addressed by any existing NFPA standard whether it be NFPA 13, NFPA 15, NFPA 750 or NFPA 2001. Because of the lack of any clear and definitive standard, these new hybrid systems are at a disadvantage in the marketplace. AHJ’s, insurance underwriters, owners, engineers and other stakeholders are reluctant to embrace these systems because of no nationally recognized standard to which they can look for guidance in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of these systems. Moreover, independent third party testing agencies are prevented from listing such systems without the existence of a nationally recognized standard from an organization such as NFPA.

As an installer of special hazards systems including clean agent and water mist systems, I see a clear need for an independent standard. Too often we see applications that have to settle for a less than optimum solution because there is no national standard to which they can turn for reference and support. This is a disservice to a marketplace that is innovating new products and systems, yet is prevented from the benefits of similar fire suppression innovation because of the lack of a standard.

I encourage NFPA to seriously consider the establishment of a separate standard for hybrid, gas and fine water droplet systems. If need be, I would be willing to consider submitting my qualifications and resume for membership on such a new standard committee. Feel free to contact me if I may be of further assistance to the Standards Council in considering this important request.

The public comment phase is open until May 30, 2013. Persons wishing to submit comments should address them to Amy Cronin, Standards Council Secretary and e-mail to mmanyard@nfpa.org.

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 Presents to Hawkeye State Fire Safety November 1, 2012

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Protex Central recently presented to annual meeting of the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association at the new Fire Department in Ankeny, Iowa. The gathering of over 100 building, fire and code officials from across Iowa featured education sessions on a variety of current topics including the latest revisions to the International Building Code and International Fire Code.

Protex Central presented a noontime review of recent changes in agent design concentrations featured in the 2011 edition of NFPA 2001 Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer at Protex Central, delivered the presentation and fielded questions from the attendees.

For more information about the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association click here.

Lund Fire Protection Appointed As Waukee Plan Reviewer September 30, 2012

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The City of Waukee, Iowa has appointed Lund Fire Protection of Norwalk, Iowa as the third party plan reviewer.  According to the official announcement from Cory Pergande, of the Waukee Fire Department, “starting September 24th, 2012 all new construction projects inolving a fire protection system (e.g. fire alarm, Type I hood extinguishing systems, fire pumps, sprinkler, standpipe and clean agent systems) submittals must be submitted to our third party reviewer.”

The announcement further indicates “questions about code interpretations should still be directed to Cory Pergande at the Waukee Fire department for consideration, our third-party reviewer only reviews plans to the extent of the applicable codes and standards and does not approve any alternative designs.  Submittal approval, disapproval, and the granting of permits to start work must still be obtained for the City of Waukee.”

In addition to Lund Fire Protection, owner Jonathan Lund, currently serves as President of the Hawkeye State Fire Inspectors Association.

For additional information about this new process, contact Cory Pergrande at the Waukee, Iowa Fire Department or via e-mail at:  cpergande@waukee.org.

Popular Clean and Green Demos Set for July 25th and 26th July 18, 2012

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Protex Central’s popular Clean and Green Fire Suppression Demonstrations dates are set for Wednesday, July 25th in our Urbandale, Iowa  offices and Thursday, July 26th in our newly relocated Omaha, Nebraska offices.
If you’ve never experienced a clean agent fire suppression event, here’s your chance.
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Protex Central Earns A+ BBB Rating July 6, 2012

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Protex Central has earned a Better Business Bureau A+ rating for customer complaint resolution.

According to the recently released BBB report, Protex Central “meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.”

Additionally, the report notes “BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’ products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’ product quality or competency in performing services.”

The Better Business Bureau has not recorded a single customer complaint for Protex Central in the last three years.  Protex Central has been a member of the BBB since 1999.

In announcing the report, Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer, commented that “we are pleased to be recognized by the BBB for our commitment to customer satisfaction.  We believe it’s the cornerstone of our core purpose to strengthen our business by protecting yours.”

A copy of the report is available by clicking here.

Fire System Contractors Advisory Board To Meet February 20, 2013 June 8, 2012

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office has announced  that a Fire Extinguishing System Contractors and Alarm Systems Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the ICN Room #122 at the Public Safety Building – 215 East 7th Street in Des Moines.

The proposed agenda includes:

  • Call to Order – Chairperson Hoover
  •  Introduction of New Licensing Clerk, Jeannie Shepherd
  •  Approve February 1, 2012 Meeting Minutes
  •  Continuing Education for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker Licensing
  •  Licensing Endorsements for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker for Pre-engineered kitchen and Pre-engineered industrial
  •  Jonathan Lund, City of Des Moines Fire Department

 a)    Underground piping for sprinkler systems

 b)   Fire alarm installation as it relates to electricians

 c)    Residential 13D systems

  •  Presentation on The Compliance Engine – Ray Reynolds
  •  Public Comment
  •  Other Business


For information about the Board or to contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, call 515-725-6156 or visit the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Web Site.

Protex Central Launches New Website May 5, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc., a SDM Top 100 Systems Integrator and SAMMY award finalist announces the launch of its new redesigned website at www.protexcentral.com.

Working closely with John Hardy of Hardy Communications and David Sutter of the ICreative Group, Protex Central has re-branded its on-line presence with a bold and informative web design. Drawing on the collective web crafting experience of the Hardy/ICreative team, Protex Central’s new site is becoming a destination site for industries and individuals to learn about the solutions-based approach that Protex Central offers to the marketplace.

Featuring industry segmentation pages and solution highlights as well as Protex Central’s new re-branded logo, www.protexcentral.com seeks to educate and inform users on the unique benefits that Protex Central offers.

Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer at Protex Central commented, “we’re very pleased with the overall direction of our new website and the re-branding of our corporate image.  We’ll leverage our web presence with a renewed focus on solutions-oriented offerings to move us to the next level and beyond.”

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.