Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I would like to take a moment to congratulate the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA), its distinguished membership, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the NFPA 2001 Technical Committee and the clean agent suppression industry, as a whole, on the successful outcome of the NFPA 2001 floor discussion and the resulting milestone changes to the NFPA 2001 Standard that guides our industry.

I can state that we, as an industry, are all truly aligned in the pursuit of better fire protection, most notably, in the protection of C class spaces such as IT server rooms and communication facilities.

It is a core mission of the FSSA to constantly strive for the enhancement and development of science as well as the clear application of that science in the suppression of fire in hazards that are best protected by clean agent suppression systems. This mission was distinctly and clearly achieved with the resulting enhancements of the NFPA 2001 Standard voted upon at the recent NFPA Annual Conference in Boston (summarized in the FSSA memo on Results of June 15th 2011 Floor Vote on NFPA 2001 NITMAMs).

Thanks to the efforts of the FSSA Technical Committee, FSSA Technical Director, the NFPA 2001 Technical Committee, the industry and our membership, specifically, our installer members, now have clearer guidance in the design and application of clean agent fire suppression systems in the protection of Class C hazards. The new guidance must still be approved by the NFPA 2001 Technical Committee and the Standards Council before it becomes final. This effort will hopefully be the first step of many in the cohesive industry process to achieve a standard that is based upon the newest breakthroughs in understanding the science of fire and the resulting suppression of that fire.

I would like to offer a sincere thank you to the technical committee, technical director, and the board of directors. They clearly and strategically guided us through technical and political challenges which allowed us to achieve this milestone moment.

As we move forward, I can truly say that we are sincerely collaborating as an industry in the effort to achieve common goals for the betterment of fire protection science and the application of that science. Working as one cohesive industry, we will all be able to accelerate the time period in which we reach our challenging goals. This meeting was only the first of many efforts that will challenge us all in the common pursuit of excellence.

Congratulations and kudos to all in the brilliant effort. May we all remain true to our core mission.

Respectfully submitted,

Laurence Grodsky


Fire Suppression Systems Association


5024 Campbell Blvd., Suite R, Baltimore, MD 21236-5974

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