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Members Save Using AFSA’s Informal Interpretations

How Can AFSA Assist You?

One of the many benefits of your AFSA membership is access to AFSA”s Technical Services Department and its archives of Informal Interpretations. Have you taken advantage of it? In 2015, members saved over $80,000 and 200 hours on jobs by putting AFSA’s Technical Services staff to work for them. Shouldn’t your membership work for you?

It’s how many times you use your membership – how many times you can use it and get the benefit of time and money savings from using it – that determines its real value. As of January 2016, there were 7,601 interpretations available online at firesprinkler.org. This is a valuable tool that could save you time and money on a project. To obtain access take the following steps:

  1. Log on to firesprinkler.org.
  2. Click on “Technical Services” > “Informal Interpretations.”
  3. At Informal Interpretations page, click on “Search Now” under “View Archives.”
  4. Enter your username and password.
  5. Fill in the appropriate search fields.

Searches can be done by subject, NFPA standard, NFPA edition or by interpretation text. The accumulated questions that are on file should be able to answer most of your questions. If your questions cannot be found in the database, feel free to submit an “Informal Interpretation Request Form” to our Technical Department (AFSA members only). The form can be downloaded from the AFSA Members Only area.

AFSA’s informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, a P.E. registered in fire protection engineering; Director of Technical Program Development Phill Brown, a NICET IV certified automatic sprinkler technician and NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist (C.F.P.S.); and Senior Engineer Tom Wellen, P.E., senior fire protection engineer. These opinions are provided for the benefit of the requesting party, and are provided with the understanding that AFSA assumes no liability for the opinions or actions taken on them. For more information and to search online, visit AFSA’s website at firesprinkler.org or call AFSA at 214-349-5965.

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