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NFSA Announces Passing of Tax Reform Bill Provisions that will Increase Incentive for the Installation of Fire Sprinklers  

After over 14 years of work, the National Fire Sprinkler Association is proud to announce that it is now time for property owners across the United States to invest in a fire sprinkler system or to retrofit their buildings with lifesaving and property conserving protection.

In December, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform legislation since 1986. Included in this legislation (P.L. 115-97) are two provisions that will greatly incentivize the installation of fire sprinklers. The National Fire Sprinkler Association appreciates the efforts and work that happened for over that past 14 years prior to this passage that now allows fire sprinklers to be included.  The NFSA is grateful to Congressman Jim Langevin, who has championed this inclusion since the beginning due to the Station Nightclub fire tragedy occurring in his district.

We also thank our fire service partners who supported these provisions including the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Fire Chiefs Association, International Fire Fighters Association, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, Common Voices, National Volunteer Fire Council, Security Industry Association, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and many others. Understanding the costs of fire is important to business owners across America, and NFSA will now shift our focus to sharing this information with our fire service allies and stakeholder groups that are directly affected. 

The fire sprinkler incentives are: • Cost Recover Section 13201 – Previously sprinkler systems in commercial structures were depreciated over a 39-year time horizon and residential structures over 27.5 years. Under the new law any sprinkler system installed after September 27, 2017 in either a commercial or residential structure until December 31, 2022 will be able to be fully expensed. Therefore, the property owner will be able to immediately write off the full cost of the sprinkler system. After 2022 the ability to deduct the cost is as follows: 2023 80%, 2024 60%, 2025 40%, 2026 20%. In 2027, the depreciation schedule will revert to 39 and 27.5 years for commercial and residential properties respectively.  

For additional information and examples of how the provisions can be applied, go the NFSA website at: Tax Reform Fire Sprinkler Provisions.

 

“Save the Date!” NFSA Chapters in the Southwest Announce 2018 Meeting Schedules!

The Southwest NFSA Chapters will be meeting throughout the year and have pretty much set their meeting calendars.  The Arizona State Chapter will hold their meetings at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters at 150 S. 12th Street in Phoenix, Arizona beginning in January.  The luncheon meetings are planned for January 23rd, March 13th, May 15th, July 10th, September 11th, and concluding the 2018 schedule on November 13th.  Lunch is typically sponsored and provided for each meeting.

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meets on the odd number calendar months and hold dinner meetings that follow the Local 483 Industry Promotions meeting.  Typically, the meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and are held on the fourth Thursday of the meeting month.  The meeting in January 25th meeting will be held at Barone’s Restaurant located at 475 St. Johns Street Vineyard Room, Pleasanton, CA.  The additional meetings are tentatively scheduled this year for March 22nd, May 24th, July 26th and concluding their meetings for 2018 on September 27th.  The location is subject to change and will be announced prior to each meeting.

The Los Angeles Area Chapter will be meeting throughout the year at the Rio Hondo Golf and Event Center located at 10887 Old River Road in Downey, California.  The evening meetings are planned for the even number calendar year months and are on the third Thursday on that month and are scheduled for February 15th, April 19th, June 21st, August 16th and concluding their 2018 meetings on November 15th due to the Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association Golf Event in October.  These meetings are all dinner meetings beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Meeting dates are occasionally modified throughout the year.  For additional meeting information and dates go to the upcoming meeting schedule at the end of each regional report and on the NFSA West and NFSA Southwest websites. 

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NFSA 2018 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference News!

 

The National Fire Sprinkler Association is proud to present the 2018 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference. The event will focus on leadership and business development, as well as technical topics of specific interest to the fire sprinkler industry. We will be featuring nationally-renowned business, Association and technical speakers, interactive breakout sessions, unique networking opportunities, the "back-by-popular-demand" volleyball competition and the Annual Common Voices Golf Outing! Join us May 1-5, 2018 at the magnificent Marriot Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This is an event you WON'T want to miss!  More details coming soon.

 

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NFSA has a Big Fire Prevention Month!!

NFSA was very active on the news during this past Fire Prevention Month and was excited to be able to bring our Association’s message of the Fire Sprinkler Concept to the United States during 2017's Fire Prevention Week. 

For a peek at a few of the places where NFSA demonstrated the true meaning of #fastestwater including Good Morning America, take a look at the link below!

http://www.nfsa.org/?page=2017FirePreventMedia&hhSearchTerms=%22Good+and+Morning+and+America%22

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California SFPE Chapters Receive Awards

 Two of the California Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Chapters were the recipients of the Gold Award given by the SFPE Board of Directors at the October Annual meeting.  The Award for Chapter Excellence (ACE) was formerly established in 2005 to recognize SFPE Chapters that demonstrate excellence in contributing to the needs of their members and the Society. Three levels of recognition were awarded; Gold, Silver and Bronze.  The two California Chapters that were presented the 2017 Gold Award are the San Diego SFPE Chapter and the Northern Nevada-California SFPE Chapter.  The 2017 Silver Award was presented to the Southern California SFPE Chapter and the 2017 Bronze Award was presented to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Chapter.  See below for the complete list of 2017 recipients.

2017 Recipients 

Gold: Austin/San Antonio Chapter, Central Savannah River Area Chapter, Chicago Chapter, Greater Atlanta Chapter, National Capital Region Chapter, New England Chapter, New York Empire Chapter, New York Metropolitan Chapter, Northern California  Nevada Chapter, Rocky Mountain Chapter, San Diego Chapter, St. Laurent Chapter, Taiwan Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter

Silver: Carolinas Chapter, Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter, Great Plains Chapter, Oklahoma Chapter, Southern California Chapter, Sweden Chapter

Bronze: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Central Virginia Chapter, China Chapter, French Chapter, Japan Chapter, New Jersey Chapter, Northeast Ohio Chapter, Wisconsin Chapter

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John Corso Promoted to NFSA Director of Training!!

NFSA President Shane Ray announced in September that long-time Training Manager John Corso has been promoted to Director of Training and Education.  The appointment is due to the resignation of former Director of Training and Education James Lake who has moved on to a similar position with the Viking Corporation. 

Mr. Corso began his career with the National Fire Sprinkler Association after retiring from the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department in 1999 with 31 years of service, the last four as Chief of the Department. As Director of Training and Education, he is responsible for the operations of the training department, in addition to, assisting in developing, implementing updating and delivering training programs to improve the understanding and comprehension of all Codes and Standards relating to water based fire protection systems. He travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad conducting training seminars to achieve these goals.

Mr. Corso is a member of the International Fire Chief’s Association, the National Fire Protection Association and the Institute of Fire Engineers to name a few. He has served in various capacities as an instructor for Fire Departments, Community Colleges and Universities, Public School systems, and the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, England. 

Mr. Corso has traveled throughout North America and Europe lecturing on the “American Fire Service” concentrating on the numerous ways that fire services can enhance the quality of life within their communities by providing broader based community services. As such, he has received many awards and recognitions from many local, national and international groups. He has also been named in several publications related to his leadership in those areas.  He is a member of the Technical Committee on Standpipe Systems responsible for NFPA 14.

 

retrofit.jpgFire Chiefs Throughout the United States Meeting to Discuss High-rise Retrofit!!

Fire Chiefs from throughout the United States gathered in Minneapolis in August to listen and discuss the importance of high-rise retrofit with fire sprinkler protection as the nation has witnessed a rise in the number of high profile high-rise building fires, some of which have become deadly. In attendance were Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshals from 33 Metro Fire Departments, as well as State Fire Marshals from 6 states.

During the Summit, NFSA Director of Retrofit, Derrick Sawyer unveiled NFSA's Second Edition of the High-Rise Retrofit Guide, you can find a copy of it here:  http://nfsa.tv/retrofit/Retrofit_Guide_2017/ 

The conference focused on ways to increase the safety of high-rise buildings for residents and firefighters as well ways to prevent high-rise fires through the construction of fire sprinklers and other suppression systems. One of the attendees of this conference was Manuel Neves, the Fire Chief of the Honolulu Fire Department where in July, a fire broke out on the 26th floor of a high-rise building in Honolulu killing three people and injuring more than a dozen occupants.  The building was not required to have a fire sprinkler system because it was built in 1971.  Chief Neves shared his story about his department's efforts to fight the fire and save lives. He added other chiefs have reached out to offer their support and advice on best practices for fighting future high-rise fires. 

For more information, go the link at:  http://kstp.com/news/fire-chief-high-rise-fire-conference-minneapolis/4578415/#.WbBECBA-5Gs.email

Regional Manager Bruce Lecair Receives Top Honor 

NFSA Associate Director of Field Operations and Southwest Regional Manager was honored at the California Fire Prevention Training Institute’s Annual Officer Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 16th.  Bruce Lecair was honored to receive the California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Division, Southern Section William E. Fox Award in recognition of service, leadership, and constant dedication to the Fire Service, the safeguarding of life, and fire protection. Bruce is the 10th recipient of this lifetime achievement award and the second person to receive this honor while not currently serving in the fire service.  He is recognized for his service on many Office of the State Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Officers Committees and projects during his fire service and NFSA Career.                                                                                                                                                                                     Bruce_FOX2017.jpg

2016 California Building and Standards Code Effective Dates

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM), along with other state agencies, has completed the process of developing and proposing Building Standards for the 2016 California Building Standards Codes. January 1, 2017 is the statewide effective date, established by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), for the 2016 California Building Standards Code. All applications for a building permit that occur on or after January 1, 2017 are subject to compliance with the 2016 Code. The 2013 California Building Standards Code remains in effect and is applicable to all plans and specifications, for, and to the construction performed where the application for a building permit is received on or before December 31, 2016.

Click here for More information on the 2016 Building Standards Codes for effective date, amendments by local ordinance, or purchasing the building standards.

Click here for More information regarding the 2016 Building Standards Codes as it applies to state owned, state leased or state occupied buildings.

The general purpose is principally intended to update and codify a new edition of the California Building Standards Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) that adopt by reference more current editions of the model codes. The OSFM has also stated that it is their intent to adopt the latest editions of the NFPA standards, which have been finalized by the NFPA Standards Council.  As such, the State Fire Marshal will adopt the 2016 edition of the NFPA Standards.

The following NFPA standards are proposed to the latest edition and have completed the NFPA revision cycle and are updated to the 2015 edition: NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 14, 20, 22, 24, 31, 51A, 52, 55, 59A, 61, 72, 80, 82, 99, 101, 105, 110, 111, 120, 204, 211, 241, 260, 261, 289, 318, 385, 409, 495, 498, 505, 654, 703, 720, 1122, 1127, 2001.

Changes in IBC/IFC will reflect the adoption years that California amendments previously adopted.  This includes the more recent editions of the following model codes proposed to be adopted by reference are: 

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)/2016 California International Building Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code (IFC)/2016 California International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)/2016 California International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)/2016 California International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC)/2016 California Uniform Plumbing Code)
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)/2016 California Uniform Plumbing Code)