SUBMITS COMMENTS TO NFPA ON PROPOSED STANDARDS
On April 22, 2013, FSSA submitted comments to the NFPA’s
request for comments (which
may be found here) on the Proposed New Standard for The
Application Of Hybrid, Gas, And Fine Water Droplet Systems. The
FSSA supports the development of a new NFPA standard covering fire
extinguishing systems that use a combination of inert gas and very
fine water droplets, known as “hybrid systems’, as a number of our
member companies are involved in either manufacturing such systems or
installing such systems. FSSA members have an opportunity to comment to the
Standards Council regarding the need for a new standard to address
the hybrid system technology. Comments may be emailed to the
Standards Council in care of the Secretary of the Standards Council, firstname.lastname@example.org The
deadline for sending comments is May 30, 2013. To view the comments submitted by FSSA, please
Read Standards Council agenda item 13-3-20
for additional background.
FSSA TRAINING PROGRAM
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regarding the training program please contact Vince Mullhausen at FSSA HQ.
ON BEHALF OF PAUL HARRIS
The time is near for the next board of dirtectors
meeting. Following our division meeting in February in Bonita
Springs, I presented the topics and concerns that we discussed at
length to the board. Do you have any new or updated concerns that you
would like me to present on your behalf at our June board meeting?
The success of the association is predicated on addressing each
members concerns. Let me know if there are any subjects you would
like me to raise at the meeting. Please email any topics or concerns
to FSSA Headquarters and I will present on your behalf.
Best Regards, Paul Harris
2013 FSSA ED SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHING
Education Foundation is now accepting applications for 2013-14
scholarships! For more information please click here.
The deadline to submit applications is June 17, 2013.
NFPA ANNUAL TECHNICAL SESSION JUNE 12 &
As part of the NFPA Annual
Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, the Association Technical meeting will
be held on Wednesday June 12 and 13. During this two day
session, amendments to pending revisions of NFPA standards will be
proposed. NFPA members who have registered for the Technical
meeting will have opportunity to vote on the proposed amendments.
Motions on the following NFPA standards have been authorized and are
expected during this year’s meeting:
NFPA 25Standard for the
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection
Systems NFPA 58Liquefied
Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 70 National Electrical CodeÒ NFPA 96Standard for
Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking
Operations NFPA 130Standard for Fixed
Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems NFPA 502Standard for Road
Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways NFPA 1123Code for Fireworks
Display NFPA 801Standard for Fire
Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials NFPA 1061Standard for
Professional Qualifications for Public Safety Telecommunicator NFPA 1851Standard on
Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for
Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
FSSA representatives on NFPA 75 Standard for the Fire Protection of
Information Technology Equipment report that the NFPA 75 Technical
Committee intends to make a motion to change a requirement in the
2011 edition of NFPA 70 Article 645 which affects the interface
between computer room HVAC systems and fire alarm control
panels. NEC Article 645.5 E (4) requires that airflow be
stopped upon detection of fire or products of combustion in the
underfloor space in data centers installed using the methods of
Article 645. Many data centers use the methodology permitted
under Article 645 for electrical installation.
The NFPA 75 technical committee has submitted proposals to the NEC to
delete the requirement to shut down airflow upon detection of fire or
products of combustion in an underfloor space. Maintenance of
cooling airflow is essential in most modern data centers to prevent
overheating of operating IT equipment and consequent damage to the
equipment and possible loss of data. Immediate shutdown of
airflow in a data center upon activation of a detector could cause
irreparable damage to equipment and loss of data. The proposals
to the NEC made by the NFPA 75 technical committee have been rejected
by Code Making Panel 12 responsible for Article 645. Hence the
NFPA 75 technical committee has filed a notice of intent to make a
motion on this matter.
The FSSA has directed its representative to NFPA 75 to support the
motion of NFPA 75 on NEC 645.5 E (4). FSSA recommends that
member companies represented at the 2013 Association Technical
session consider the motion which will be made on behalf of the NFPA
75 technical committee.
In order to vote at the Association Technical meeting, one must be a
member in good standing of NFPA for at least 6 months prior to the
data of the meeting.
The technical committee on gaseous fire extinguishing systems met
during the week of April 22nd. FSSA was represented at the
meeting by John Spalding of Healey Fire Protection, Inc. Over
200 pages of public proposals were discussed during the three day
meeting. Most of the proposals were editorial in nature.
Presently, no major changes in the way gaseous systems must be
designed, installed or maintained are anticipated for the 2015
editions of NFPA 2001, 12 or 12A. The formal report on the
technical committee’s actions will be published for public comment by
September 6, 2013.
SPRING 2013 TECHNICAL
The next FSSA
Technical Committee meeting will be held on June 5, 2013 at the
Hilton Chicago O' Hare Airport. All FSSA members are invited to
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 30 online using the
The FSSA 32nd
Annual Forum location is confirmed. Mark your calendar for
February 22 - 25, 2014.
Book your hotel
reservations now at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort by calling
1-800-815-6397 and just mention the FSSA Room Block. FSSA has a
special group rate of $219/per night.
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION, is a not-for-profit trade association,
drawing members internationally. FSSA is a unique blend of
designer/installers, manufacturers and suppliers working together to
share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression
systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of
safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire
of FSSA is to promote the use of, and be the leading recognized
authority on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing
existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets
and the environment.
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