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Offord Wins National Apprentice Competition

Offord

Membership in the winner’s circle of the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) 23rd Annual National Apprentice Competition has its privileges. Just look at this year’s champion, fire sprinkler fitter Jonathan Offord. Despite having a background in plumbing, Offord says he did not find the fire protection industry, rather it found …

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Sprinkler Geeks are Everywhere!

Sprinkler Geeks

NextGen or Not: Use #SprinklerGeek on Social Media My favorite definition of the word geek is, “The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.” Really though, the best way to define a geek is as a knowledgeable, borderline obsessive, enthusiast of a …

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A Grand Ole Time!

A Grand Ole Time!

AFSA Celebrates 35th Anniversary in Nashville Extraordinary things happen when the fire sprinkler industry comes together for North America’s largest – and we’d argue, best – convention and exhibition. That was evident throughout the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) 35th Annual Convention & Exhibition September 14-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort …

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President’s Report: The Final Column

The Final Column

This will be my final column in Sprinkler Age. Two years ago I notified the AFSA Board of Directors of my intention to retire on December 31, 2016. During the past two years we have planned for this transition, repositioning some staff to new responsibilities and adding new faces. In …

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Please take the final step to defend home fire sprinklers

Edit: The voting deadline has now been extended to November 27.  ICC final action online voting is active now, and we need your help to defeat Proposal RB129-16, which would eliminate the International Residential Code (IRC) requirement for new dwellings and townhouses to have fire sprinklers. Although the proposal was rejected by the IRC …

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Sacramento Valley Showcase

Sacramento Valley Showcase

AFSA Chapter Hosts Fifth Annual Trade Show The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) hosted its 5th annual trade show on March 10, 2016. The show, which is the largest of its kind in the region, had 52 vendors and over 700 attendees. It’s a lot …

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The Red Book Era

Red Book Era

A Look Back at the Fire Sprinkler Industry Many of you cannot identify with the term “Red Book,” but back in the late 1950s the fire sprinkler business was governed by the “Red Book,” which was always carried in your hip pocket. Back when the states had their own “Inspection …

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Thank You for Your Support!

Thank You for Your Support

Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries As the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) celebrates its 35th anniversary, we recognize those members who are also celebrating milestone membership anniversaries. These member companies have belonged to AFSA for 15 or more years of continuous membership. “Congratulations to our members celebrating membership anniversaries for the …

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