Thursday, January 16, 2014


FSSA is accepting nominations for the following positions on the 2014-2015 Board of Directors:  Three (3) Installer Director Positions; One (1) Installer Division Chair and One (1) Vice Chair; Three (3) Manufacturer Division Directors Positions; One (1) Manufacturer Division Chair and One (1) Vice Chair.  Directors serve two-year terms; Division Chair & Vice Chair serve one-year terms.
FSSA's Board of Directors requires a "Declaration Statement" which outlines what can be expected of all elected representatives. If you wish to be considered for nomination to the Board of Directors, please read and sign the Declaration Statement and email to Vince Mullhausen or fax to (410) 931-8111. The deadline for nomination recommendation is February 5, 2014.

Installer Declaration Statement - please click here to view, print, read and sign the Statement.

Manufacturer Declaration Statement - please click here to view, print, read and sign the Statement.

Elections and committee appointments are scheduled for the Installers and Manufacturers Division Meeting, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the FSSA Annual Forum in San Diego.

Questions on nominations can be referred to Crista LeGrand, FSSA Headquarters (410) 931-8100.

Please note that the cutoff date to reserve a room under the FSSA room block for the Annual Forum is next Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  If you have not made a reservation with the hotel please do so ASAP.  Call 800-815-6397 and request the special Fire Suppression Systems Association room rate of $219/per night or reserve online by clicking here. 

The cost to play golf in the FSSA Annual Golf Tournament is now reduced to $135.00 per person.  This fee includes green fees, cart fees, practice balls, a box lunch and transportation to and from the course.

The FSSA Annual Golf Tournament is being held at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, which opened in 1957, and is rated as one of the best public golf courses in the nation.  Coronado is a best choice located just minutes from downtown San Diego and the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The course measures 6,590 yards from the blue tees and is a par 72. Immaculate greens, wide inviting fairways and dramatic views coupled with incomparable weather, make Coronado a must-play for all golfers year round.  There are golf holes adjacent to San Diego Bay.

By the way, several years ago, President Clinton spent time  in San Diego. He took in the California sun at the Coronado municipal golf course with his bodyguards in tow. Wearing a straw hat, black shirt and black shorts --  at least he was in black --- the president was seen getting out of a sand trap and then dropping a second ball on the green. He waved to the person with the video camera and lamented on his inability to score well. Then, he climbed into the golf cart, marked his card and drove to the next hole. He is reported to have scored his first ever below 80 round with a 79.
To register for the Annual Forum or add golf to your existing registration please click here.
NOTE:  For all those golfers who registered at the higher fee, you will receive a refund for the difference.  Thanks!!

FSSA sadly informs you of the recent passing of Stuart L. White, Jr. , age 84, of Stratford, CT,  husband of Lois Dunphy. White passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
He was born in Milford in 1929 and was the son of the late Stuart and Gladys Evans White. He was employed by The Stuart L. White Company of Milford for over 60 years serving as secretary, vice president and president. Stuart was active in the Bridgeport Safety Council and was the president in 1965. He was a member of America St. John’s Lodge No. 8 and served as Master of America Lodge No. 132 in 1967 as well as being a trustee for both lodges. He was a member of The First Congregation Church in Stratford and a former trustee.
In addition to his wife Lois of 61 years, Stuart is survived by his son Charles R. White and his wife Patricia of Milford, two daughters Deborah Baker and her husband Gene of Goshen and Kimberly Sembiante and her husband David of Bethany; five grandchildren Gene Baker, Jr., Jennifer Baker, Charles R. White, Jr. and his wife Lauren, Sarah White DeChristoforo and her husband Ryan and Alexandra White; one great grandson Jackson Charles White and his lifelong special friend Robert S. Keane of Trumbull.
A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, January 8th in Milford, CT. 
In lieu of flowers, Stuart White contributions may be made to The First Congregational Church, 2301 Main Street, Stratford CT 06615.

NICET has a few spaces available in the upcoming Special Hazards Level III test score-setting workshop on January 27 and 28 at NICET in Alexandria, VA.
To set the passing score for the Level III exam, NICET will use a "modified Angoff" procedure.  This involves gathering a group of technicians; having them rate each of the exam questions in relation to the job knowledge expected of a baseline candidate for Level III certification; and analyzing the aggregated ratings to determine where to draw the line between pass and fail.
The participating technicians must:
  • Be certified in Special Hazards Systems Layout or Special Hazards Suppression Systems at Level III or Level IV and have at least one year of design experience
  • Be currently performing special hazards technician work
  • Not be involved in preparing or conducting formal training courses with the purpose of preparing individuals for NICET testing
  • As a group, be reasonably representative of various types and sizes of companies, work objectives and environments, and geographic considerations
The workshop is an opportunity to network with other special hazards technicians from around the country.  Participants will earn 4 CPD points toward NICET recertification for participating.
Space is limited.  If you would like to attend, please submit a résumé or any questions to NICET Certification Program Development Manager, Mellissa Campbell.

March 4-7, 2014
University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Florida
Featuring 30 presentations and a special workshop “SMART Buildings and Fire Safety”
Keep your knowledge at the leading edge through 30 presentations including:
  • Latest in sprinkler and other suppression solutions including recent developments of environmentally friendly fire suppression agents, sprinkler protection of high hazard challenges, and oxygen reduction systems.
  • Latest in detection and signaling research related to nuisance alarms, new fire test sensitivities, mass notification, computer modeling, and more.
Free half-day workshop on “SMART Buildings and Fire Safety” is open to all attendees! (Wednesday, March 5)
This workshop is a “bridge event” between the Suppression and Detection sessions which all SupDet registrants can attend. Exciting new possibilities for addressing unwanted fires are being realized, based on: (1) available data gathered from an increasingly sensor rich environment, (2) the comprehensive ability to analyze and process this data, and (3) new ways of delivering and using this data.  The smart buildings of tomorrow and their sensor rich environments offer great fire safety potential to building owners, occupants, emergency responders, and all other participants in our built environment.  The goal of this workshop is to establish a needs assessment for the use of systems in SMART buildings for fire safety.
Register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection and Signaling Program. All registration options entitle you to attend the “SMART Buildings and Fire Safety” workshop on Wed., March 5.
SupDet 2014 has been co-located with the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference (ICRC Conference), which is hosted by the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF and being held March 3-5.


The FSSA Training program is live!  If you reserved a spot at the forum invoices were emailed in May. For questions regarding the training program or to reserve your space, please contact Vince Mullhausen at FSSA HQ.

FSSA, the 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 suppression.
The mission 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.

Interested in passing along information on
FSSA to prospective members? FSSA has printed cards proclaiming "WHY Join the FSSA" with information on member benefits. If you would like a stack of cards mailed to you so that you can distribute them to your colleagues, please contact FSSA Headquarters.

Crista LeGrand, CAE, CMP
- Executive Director
Vince Mullhausen - Meetings & Member Services
Donna Liberto - Financial Manager
Jason Dumm - Financial Coordinator
(contact Jason for all membership dues & meeting registration payments or invoicing)
The complete archive of The Annunciator is available on the FSSA website. Click here to view.
 Please contact Vince Mullhausen at FSSA Headquarters if you would like to have a colleague added to the mailing list.

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