Meet with Elected Representatives to Address Fire Sprinkler Industry Issues
A new initiative, AFSA’s inaugural Capitol Hill Day seeks to engage fire sprinkler professionals who are already coming to Washington, D.C. for AFSA37: Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition, to ask them to take part in advocacy activities on Capitol Hill. Facilitated by AFSA’s Legislative Committee, the program seeks to harness the tremendous power of fire sprinkler industry representatives delivering a unified message to Congress to affect positive change.
“A push for national apprenticeship policy, tax reform, and other business politics combined with an unprecedented national interest in utilizing fire sprinklers as a method of cutting loss of life in residential buildings provides AFSA the opportunity to represent its members as the voice of the merit shop,” states Kevin D. Korenthal, AFSA manager of chapter relations. “So, it is with much excitement that AFSA announces its inaugural Capitol Hill Day.”
Prior to arriving on Capitol Hill, participants will receive an agenda with up to three appointments (made by AFSA), talking points, background information, and training. After prepping for their meetings, participants will depart for Capitol Hill for face-to-face meetings with senators, representatives, and their staff on issues such as home fire sprinkler legislation, apprenticeship, and infrastructure spending. There will also be a photo opportunity on the stairs of Capitol Hill.
In addition to the customary handouts and maps provided to participants at all Capitol Hill visits, AFSA will be employing a new cell phone app called Advocacy Day Assistant. This handy tool helps participants navigate between Congressional buildings, provides a calendar of each user’s meetings, and contains digital copies of each handout that can be emailed to Congressional staff right from the app!
Interested in participating in AFSA’s inaugural Capitol Hill Day? For more information and to assist AFSA in planning the event, fill out the survey on AFSA’s website at firesprinkler.org/capitol.