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Nashville, Tennessee is the destination for the 2019 NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Expo on May 15-18!  Our host is the Omni Hotel Nashville located in the heart of downtown. Experience Broadway like never before! 

To register and for more information go to: https://members.nfsa.org/events.


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California Office of the State Fire Marshals Office Announces New

2019 Rule-making Package 

As previously announced in the September Southwest Regional Report, the California Office of the State Fire Marshal posted in July to advise that the SFM 2019 Title 24 rulemaking package has been posted to the Building Standards Commission website.   The 45-day comment period has come and gone, and it looks like California will be entering the next code cycle on January 1st.  I will be watching for the final notice and advising when the information is posted by the California Building Standards Council and the California State Fire Marshals websites.

 Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) Proposed actions.

SFM 01/18: Adopt and amend the triennial edition of the 2019 California Building Code, Part 2, Title 24, Volume 1 and 2.

  • Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) - (PDF
  • Initial Express Terms (ET) - (PDF

SFM 02/18: Adopt and amend the triennial edition of the 2019 California Residential Code, Part 2.5, Title 24.

  • Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) - (PDF
  • Initial Express Terms (ET) - (PDF

SFM 06/18: Adopt and amend the triennial edition of the 2019 California Fire Code, Part 9, Title 24.

  • Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) - (PDF
  • Initial Express Terms (ET) - (PDF

SFM 07/18: Adopt and amend the triennial edition of the 2019 California Existing Building Code, Part 10, Title 24.

  • Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) - (PDF
  • Initial Express Terms (ET) - (PDF

SFM 08/18: Amend the triennial edition of the 2019 California Referenced Standards Code, Part 12, Title 24.

  • Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) - (PDF
  • Initial Express Terms (ET) - (PDF

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Rulemaking/adoptcycle/2018TriennialCodeAdoptionCycle/CodeAdvisoryCommitteeReview.aspx

NFSA Chapters Southwest Chapter News! 

The Arizona State Chapter met at the Phoenix Fire Department Headquarters on September 11th from for a meeting where members enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Mark Solomon from Ferguson Fire and Fabrication and received a report from Suzanne Grandahl, Water Quality Director (below) at the Water Department at the City of Scottsdale on the new code changes for backflow requirements for their city.  Chapter President Fred Graves (right) then gave a presentation on “Calculating and Reviewing Calculations of Standpipe Systems.”  Those in attendance also received reports on NFSA news and events from Regional Manager Bruce Lecair.  The final meeting of the year will be held on November 13th.

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter met on September 27th for a special meeting at Saki’s Spin A Yarn Restaurant in Fremont, CA.  Members were invited to attend and vote for their new Chapter Board of Directors.  The new board members are, Chapter President, David Scherson, Superior Automatic Sprinkler Company, Chapter Vice President, Brandan Day, Walschon Fire Protection Inc., Chapter Treasurer, Nigel Cowan, Westates Mechanical Corporation, and Chapter Secretary, Jon Zang, Battalion One Fire Protection.  Members in attendance discussed a wide range of topics and exchanged information as well as receiving NFSA and statewide updates on the Office of the State Fire Marshal, fire prevention officers and national events affecting the fire sprinkler industry by Regional Manager Bruce Lecair. 

The Los Angeles Area NFSA Chapter is holding a special event in October and has been rescheduled.  You may contact Bruce Lecair or Chapter President Don Becka for additional information regarding the meeting location and time.  More to follow in the November report!! 

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Fire Prevention Officers have a Busy September! 

The California Fire Prevention Officers had a very busy month of September!  The month started out with the Northern California Fire Prevention Officers Annual Charity Golf Event benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighter Association on September 7th at the Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa, California.  The event was co-sponsored the National Fire Sprinkler Association who was a Gold Sponsor at this year’s event.  The NFSA foursome included Regional Manager Bruce Lecair, Chad Murback, Jorgensen Company, Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal Jeffrey Schwartz and Fred Benn, Advanced Automatic Fire Protection. 

The Southern California Fire Prevention Officers met at the North Net Training Center in Anaheim for a meeting consisting of stakeholder and industry reports, reports from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, ICC, NFSA, NFPA, CAFAA and others in attendance.  The afternoon program will be given by Senior Consultant Armando Herrera, Jenson Hughes, on Understanding Smoke Control Reports.

The Northern California Fire Prevention Officers finished up the busy month with their monthly meeting in Petaluma.  The Hawaiian Shirt Meeting also featured stakeholder and industry reports as well as reports from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, ICC, NFSA and NFPA.   The afternoon presentation was Wildland Urban Interface Management.

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Important ICC Dates to Watch! 

Are you an ICC Governmental Member Voting Representative? Chances are, if you are a code official and a current member of ICC, you most likely are your jurisdiction's voice on important safety issues. You must be validated to be eligible to vote this fall on the proposed changes. Be sure to make your community's voice heard by becoming validated by Sept. 24, 2018 and vote on proposed changes to the:

  • --2021 IBC
  • --2021 IFC
  • --2021 IRC (Plumbing and Mechanical Codes)
  • ...and more!!!!

NFSA OFFERS ALL CODE OFFICIALS COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP WITH YOUR ICC MEMBERSHIP FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2018.

THIS BENEFIT ALLOWS FULL ACCESS TO MANY NFSA FEATURES, SUCH AS:

  • Expert of the Day (EOD): Phone or email questions to fire sprinkler codes and standards experts.
  • National Fire Sprinkler Magazine: Receive a digital copy of the latest in the fire sprinkler world to learn what’s new in codes and standards.
  • TechNotes: The industry’s most relevant fire sprinkler technical issues.
  • Archives: Access to past articles, white papers, TechNotes, and more.
  • Voting guidance: NFSA provides technical guidance on the current NFPA and ICC code cycles.
  • Product Advisories: Access to all the fire sprinkler related manufacturer’s advisories.
  • Chapters: Find and participate in a local NFSA chapter, while being an NFSA member!
  • Training and events: Receive member discounts for all training! Online, on-site, and archived training. Much archived training has CEU’s.

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Your trial period will expire on December 31, 2018. Your membership will automatically renew as a Subscriber Member for $85, unless cancelled. You are limited to one promotional membership or coupon code.

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AES Fitter Certification effective July 1

The Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification regulations are effective as of July 1, 2017.  The certification program aims to improve the quality of water-based fire extinguishing systems by providing a means to certify and register persons who install, modify or add accessories to such systems.  The program’s goal is to ensure that quality installation and maintenance of water-based fire extinguishing systems is provided throughout California.  Orientation classes were taught to fire prevention officers throughout Southern California during the month on August by Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal Jeffrey Schwartz and are planned for the Northern California in September and October. 

As of July 1, 2018, a Certification card is required for sprinkler fitters and at least one certified fitter is required per jobsite.  On January 1, 2019 all sprinkler fitters shall possess a certification card, all trainees and apprentices shall possess a registration card.  Click here for more information.

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NFSA Chapter Grants Available 

Have an idea for how to advance outreach & promotion of NFSA’s mission within your region and through your Chapter?  What about assistance with legislative issues related to the fire sprinkler industry? Please tell us what you’d like to do!  NFSA is currently sponsoring up to $10,000.00 for NFSA Chapter Grants in supporting outreach, promotion, and/or legislative initiatives.  Successful applications must include detailed information in the project narrative, a timeline for implementation, and a project cost.  Specific details on expectations of how many people will be reached or impact effects from the implementation should also be included. All funding requests shall meet the mission of the NFSA. 

Who is Eligible? All NFSA Chapters nationwide. 

 Grant Scope and Information: 

  1. Media, outreach, information, & promotions focusing on widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.

“and/or”

Legislative proposals, issues, or defense of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept. 

  1. The project should include some grassroots citizen action in support of the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
  2. Chapters would apply based on criteria established as the overall focus of industry promotion for the current political and economic environment.
  3. Grant priority will also be given to grant applications that connect to the national marketing campaign (i.e. media buys for placement of the upcoming NFSA commercial)
  4. Awardees will be determined by priority of financial cost-benefit in obtaining stated goals.
  5. The first round of grant funding will begin September 1 and will continue if funding is available, but there is the possibility that funds will be depleted in the first round.
  6. Grant applications will be accepted now and will remain open until the end of the year.
  7. All grants are subject to follow up documentation on success measures and effectiveness.

We hope you’ll consider applying for funding of projects that you are not able to fund with existing budgets.  Questions?  Feel free to reach out to Vickie Pritchett, Director of Outreach & Government Relations at pritchett@nfsa.org.  Link to the Grant Application:  https://nfsa.org/chapter-grant-application/

 

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Honolulu City Council passes “Mandatory” Fire Sprinkler Bill That Allows High-rise Condo Owners to Opt Out                            

The Star Advertiser posted on May 26th that a bill passed by the Honolulu City Council requires about 150 older high-rise condominiums to be retrofitted with automated fire sprinkler systems. Except that it really doesn’t.  The final version of Bill 69 (2017) allows condominium associations to opt out of installing fire sprinklers either in hallways or individual units so long as they meet the minimum requirements of the fire safety evaluation forms that would be filled out by a licensed architect or engineer and then submitted to the Honolulu Fire Department.  And those who choose to opt out could still end up paying more to make other safety improvements necessary to pass the evaluations, said Assistant Fire Chief Socrates Bratakos.

The vote on Wednesday was 8-1. Councilman Ikaika Anderson, the lone “no” vote, said he philosophically opposes the idea of requiring property owners to install sprinklers if they preferred to accept the risk of living without them.  

Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga, who authored the final language, said her version was a compromise designed to address safety concerns while recognizing that requiring sprinklers could create huge financial burdens for the building associations.  “Different buildings have different conditions,” Fukunaga said after the meeting. “What may work for one building is not necessarily the solution for another building.”

About 368 residential towers, totaling about 38,000 to 39,000 units, do not have fire sprinklers, according to fire department estimates. All were built before 1975, which was when the city first mandated fire sprinklers in all new residential high-rises.  Fire Chief Manuel Neves said he would have preferred a law without opt-outs. “Of course the Fire Department wanted sprinklers everywhere, in every building — we want them in your automobiles as well, he said, drawing a laugh.  “But we’re happy. We’re going to make our community safer.”

To view the full article go to: Honolulu Sprinkler Requirement

 

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April Joint FPO/SFPE Meeting a Huge Success!

The Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco was the where it was at on April 27th as NFSA sponsored the Annual Joint NorCal Fire Prevention Officers/San Francisco Society of Fire Protection Engineers Meeting with Vice President on NFSA Engineering Mark Hopkins (above) in attendance to give a presentation on the on Changes to the NFSA Engineering Website and updates and news in the upcoming codes.

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The event was a great venue for the twelve California Supply and Manufacturers who gathered to support the event organized by Southwest Regional Manager Bruce Lecair who sponsored the event on behalf of NFSA. Those who attended and showed off their product lines were, Spears Manufacturing, Eaton-Tolco, Lubrizol, Victaulic, Flexhead Industries, Knox Company, Smoke Guard, Repcor/Watts Water Tech, Globe Fire Sprinkler, HD Supply, Pace Supply and Hydrogen Innovations.  Thank you for your support!

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The meeting was also an important day for the Northern California/Nevada Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (NCN-SFPE) who awarded the 2018 Annual Academic Scholarship to five students in fire protection engineering programs across the country:  The purpose of the scholarship is to support Fire Protection Engineering students from the greater Northern California/Nevada Region, and to promote the expansion and advancement of the Fire Protection Engineering profession. 

Students meeting the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply for the 2019 awards.  Applicants must be enrolled or have proof of intention to enroll in an accredited Fire Protection Engineering program.   For information on how to apply see www.ncnsfpe.org.

The Southern California Fire Prevention Officers met on April 11th at the Huntington Beach City Adult Center for a great meeting featuring State Fire Marshal reports, NFSA and industry reports, committee reports and an afternoon presentation from NFPA.  This was a great venue and a huge turnout for the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers.

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NFSA has links for Tax Reform Information!

Below are links to the latest NFSA resources that share about fire sprinkler incentives in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  NFSA recently conducted meetings in Washington, DC and are hopeful that the technical corrections will indeed be realized this year.  Congressman Brady (Chairman of House Ways and Means) is a strong advocate and our team at NFSA is continuing to work with him to obtain changes in the law that will enhance and promote fire sprinklers.

In the meantime, we continue to share the good news for small business owners that Section 179 provision listed in the bill are correct.  NFSA is hearing of buildings across the United States have are already being retrofitted with fire sprinklers because of this incentive.

All new resources are available on our website in the tax reform section www.nfsa.org/taxreform .