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AFSA Expands Into Canada

Alberta, Vancouver Chapters Formed The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is heading north with two new chapters in Canada. The process started when Kevin Mozak and Donovan Van Twuyver with Meridian Fire Protection in Edmonton, Alberta (AB) approached the AFSA booth at the 2016 NFPA Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. …

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Hydraulic Calculations

Back to Basics Hydraulic calculations completed by hand are a thing of the past. Computer programs can provide you with pages of information at the click of a mouse. However, given the demand for new sprinkler designers, there is a need to return to the basics. Designers, particularly newer designers, …

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Thank You for Your Support!

Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries As the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) celebrates its 36th anniversary in 2017, we also recognize those members who are celebrating milestone membership anniversaries. The member companies featured in the table below have belonged to AFSA for 15 or more years of continuous membership. “Our long-term …

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Taking Fire Safety Into Their Own Hands

Homeowners Voluntarily Install Residential Sprinkler System Set in a picturesque, bedroom community north of Boston is a gorgeous, newly constructed 7,000-ft2 home. This grand residence, located 1,300 ft from the street up a secluded windy knoll, is tucked into a beautifully wooded property in a unique town. It’s unique in …

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Longitudinal Sway Bracing of CPVC

Using an NFPA 13 Analogy There are very few listed sway brace fittings for CPVC pipe. Listing criteria specified by the CPVC resin manufacturers and recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) define the mechanics required of listed CPVC sway brace fittings and their design. Accordingly, UL listing requires strictly defined features …

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Health Insurance for 2018

What You Need to Know Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants, Inc. (MMIC) is pleased to market health insurance programs to members of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). Based on our experience, MMIC provides a number of options that are efficient, cost-effective and designed to meet the true needs of AFSA …

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Follow the Bouncing Needle

Margin of Safety vs. Safety Factors There I was, working hard spotting and connecting dots with a steady hand and focused eye, when my boss came in and announced, “We are doing a water flow test this weekend and I want you to attend. I want you to learn how …

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