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FSSA Annunciator April 2017
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FSSA Annunciator Quarterly Issue: Spring 2017

President's Message

Helen Lowery
President, FSSA

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The FSSA 2017 Annual Forum was monumental and commemorative in many ways.  This year, FSSA celebrated its 35th anniversary, honored Roger and Carolyn Bourgeois and George Keeley for perfect attendance at FSSA Annual Forums, logged record attendance, and had its First Annual Whiffle Ball World Series game. 

In recognition of its 35th anniversary, coral was chosen as the celebration emblem.  This was quite appropriate for our 35th anniversary given the correlation between coral reefs and FSSA.  Coral reefs start small and grow larger because of groups added overtime.

A Look Back at the FSSA 35th Annual Forum

The FSSA recently held its 35th Annual Forum in Naples, FL.  With record-breaking attendance of over 200 attendees, this year’s meeting was outstanding!

FSSA welcomed to the stage our keynote speakers Tom Burgoyne, the Phillie Phanatic and Michael Allosso, Communications and Awareness Specialist, as well as all the fantastic presenters. While the attendees weren’t participating in the educational sessions, FSSA hosted its 1st Annual Wiffle Ball World Series. Over 100 attendees came out to play some ball to support the FSSA Educational Foundation.

A huge thank you to our volunteers, who helped make this year’s Annual Forum a success. We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds in store for FSSA.

If you missed out on the Annual Forum this year, the presentations are posted here.

Welcome 2017-2018 Board Members

Congratulations to the board members elected to serve for the 2017-2018 year.

President: Helen Lowery | The Chemours Company
Vice President: John Lawlor | Keystone Fire Protection Co.
Secretary/Treasurer: John Demeter | Wesco HMB
Immediate Past President: Ray Aldridge | Orr Protection Systems, Inc.

Katherine Adrian | Tyco Fire Protection Products
Scott Bailey | Koorsen Fire & Security
Pamela Boyer | BFPE International
att Euson | 3S Incorporated
Mike Kiamanesh | Waysmos USA Inc.
Paul Rivers | 3M Company
Jarret Ryan | ABCO Fire Protection, Inc.
Brad Stilwell | Fike Corporation

Installer Division:
Todd Stevens (Chair)|Cannistraro
Steve Foulk (Vice Chair)| Comprehensive Fire Technologies

Manufacturers Division:
Joachim Gensel (Chair) | Minimax USA LLC
Dick Bauer (Vice Chair) | Honeywell Fire Systems Group

The FSSA hopes that the board members find their board service fulfilling as they lead the association and champion industry issues on behalf of our membership.

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The FSSA Educational Foundation is Accepting Scholarship Applications

Annually, the Fire Suppression Systems Association Educational Foundation awards scholarships to talented and worthy young people within the fire suppression industry.

Any student or college-bound individual affiliated with the fire suppression industry is eligible to apply. Candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who will be participating in the fire protection programs at their Universities. Students already enrolled in one of these colleges are also eligible to apply. Previous winners are eligible for a second award.

The deadline for application is July 1 2017. 

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Save the Date for FSSA's 36th Annual Forum

February 16 20, 2018
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, California 92270

Registration coming soon!

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FSSA 2017-2018 Membership Dues

It's that time of year again to renew your dues. If you haven't already renewed, be on the lookout for your renewal invoice as we send them this month. Questions about billing or payment? Please contact Jason Dumm, FSSA Financial Coordinator, for assistance or Becca Stinner, Associate Director, for general membership questions.

Welcome New Members!

FSSA welcomes the following new members to the association:


  • Encore Fire Protection
  • Northstar Fire Alarm & Suppression System, LLC


  • Det-Tronics

FSSA Member Receive Discounted ChemTel Subscription

ChemTel, Inc. is a federally and internationally recognized 24/7 Emergency Response Service supplier who has been providing reliable and accurate emergency mitigation services to the hazardous materials transportation industry for over 28 years.

FSSA members receive a discounted subscription fee to ChemTel’s (ERS) Service to keep your organization in compliance with 49 CFR 172.604 (DOT), ATA, IATA, IMDG as well as all international regulations requiring 365/24/7 response contact information on shipping documents and SDSs.

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Check out FSSA on Social Media!

Engage and connect through the FSSA social media channels. This is a great place to ask questions, get involved in discussions, and learn about the latest news in the fire suppression industry! Joint he discussions today:

   Like us on Facebook @firesuppressionsystemsassociation.
   Follow us on Instagram @firesuppressionexperts.
   Connect with us on LinkedIn.

Technical Director Report on Harc Meeting

It was announced that Steve Taylor (BP) has retired as Chairman of HARC. Steve had been chair of HARC for a very long time. A dinner to honor Steve will be held on Sunday June 4th in Boston in conjunction with the next HARC meeting and the NFPA annual meeting.

Dr. Joe Senecal (UTC) was elected new Chairman of HARC. Congratulations to Joe.

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The Importance of School Bus Fire Suppression Systems

Brette Fraley had a curiosity about fire prevention. As executive director of transportation at Kanawha County Schools, West Virgninia’s largest school district, he researched thermal events on his bus fleet and surprisingly found at least four fires incidents in the past five years.

No one was injured, but Fraley was alarmed enough to campaign for more than $100,000 to install 40 fire suppression systems (ten now and thirty later) on the Charleston district’s Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2s for special needs students. The district transports 252 special needs riders per day, 24 of them in wheelchairs.

“It makes sense to protect students and the investments that taxpayers have made for school buses. It’s like having insurance,” said Fraley.

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  FSSA Design Guides Will Help Strengthen Your Team's Fire Safety Knowledge

Among the countless educational offerings it provides, the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) develops countless guides designed to improve industry standards and educate fire suppression safety professionals.

FSSA guides were designed by our Technical Committee to improve the efficiency and safety of individuals in the industry. If you have not purchased or looked into any of our publications, we highly recommend doing so as they are very important and helpful tools designed specifically for your field technicians. 

FSSA Members receive special member pricing at 50% off the published rates.  Sign in to your member profile to receive this discount.

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FSSA's Online Training Program - Get Your Training Today!

FSSA's Online Training Program is designed to educate and train personnel within the fire suppression industry. If you are new to the industry or have been working with fire suppression systems for years, you will learn something new from the courses.

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) has approved the FSSA and its Training Program as a recognized Training Provider.

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Consider Submitting Industry-specific Educational Articles to the FSSA

The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is the leading industry source for special hazard fire suppression information. But, we need your help maintaining this status and assisting in its growth. We are looking for articles that highlight procedures, practices and knowledge about fire suppression that we can feature on our website and via our social media channels. If you have anything you would like contribute, please e-mail FSSA Association Coordinator, Megan Stewart.

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