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President's Message - Summer Annunciator 2017



The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is off to another great year.  At the top of our agenda, we have three (3) specific initiatives that we are currently working on:


  1. Strategic Planning

    FSSA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24 in Baltimore, MD to help guide us in prioritizing FSSA’s goals and priorities.  


    We’d love your input and encourage you to submit suggestions for your top three priorities that you would like FSSA to focus on. Please submit your ideas and suggestions by filling out this short two-minute survey no later than August 18, 2017.

  2. Collaborating with Key Trade Associations

    FSSA desires to foster a relationship with other trade associations to benefit our membership and the fire protection industry. There are ongoing discussions with NAFED and AFAA to explore if synergy exists and the possibility of collaborating with both organizations. Additional updates will be provided as progress is made.

  3. Enhancing Internal Communication

    a. Website:  enhancements to the website will be launched his month and will include discussion boards for our membership allowing Installer members the ability to communicate with each other throughout the year.

    b. Monthly Updates:  we are continuously trying to strike a balance between what to communicate and frequency.  Starting in September, we are adding monthly updates to compliment the quarterly Annunciator allowing for more frequent touch points and communication.


There is quite a bite of work going on behind the scenes at FSSA.  The organization comprises of a plethora of volunteers serving on committees and subcommittees. Without the volunteers and their countless hours of work, FSSA would not have 35 years of success. I want to highlight the FSSA committees, their respective chairs, and a brief synopsis of activity since February.


Annual Forum Program Committee – Ray Aldridge (Chair) and Team

The FSSA 2018 Annual Forum will be at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, in Rancho Mirage, CA on February 16-20, 2018. The program committee consists of 16 members with many new faces - the infusion of new ideas and energy is exciting to observe. The committee has been meeting weekly for over the last three months to bring you an exciting, educational, enlightening, and informative forum.  We look forward to announcing this information to membership soon, including information on the Supplier Expo and sponsorship!


Codes and Standards Oversight Committee - Derek Wester (Chair) and Team

FSSA is very engaged on NFPA Technical Committees and waiting to hear from the NFPA Standards Council in regards to the acceptance six representatives applying for vacancies. Review of the applications FSSA submitted will take place at the NFPA Standards Council Meeting on August 15-17, 2017, Quincy, MA. These six vacancies are our only vacancies out of the 24 seats presently held on NFPA Technical Committees. Approval for NFPA 409 would provide FSSA its 25th NFPA Technical Committee seat and the acceptance of all six candidates would provide us with a full roster for all Principal and Alternate positions. 


Educational Foundation Committee - Rick Scott (Chair) and Team

The FSSA Educational Foundation received 22 applications for scholarships this year. The educational foundation board of directors reviewed the candidates and selected the 2017-18 award recipients.  The official announcement will be distributed soon.


Marketing Committee – Jarrett Ryan (Chair) and Team

The marketing committee has several tasks to accomplish this year and has been busy working on new ways to Promote, Educate and Grow (PEG) FSSA. FSSA hosted its 4th webinar on Detection & Control for Special Hazard Systems and the participation continues to increase with each webinar. Special thanks to Todd Stevens, our webinar subcommittee chair and our two presenters, Jeff Kidd and Dan Corbett, who did an outstanding job presenting the material in a clear and concise manner. Further adding to the benefit of attending the webinar, FSSA will issue CPD points for this webinar and future webinars to attendees. We continue to fine tune the process internally and your suggestions will assist us to make future presentations even more valuable.


Membership Committee – Jonathan Ingram (Chair) and Team

Membership over the past two years has grown faster than at any other time in the history of the association and is excited to announce that FSSA will be continuing the special membership promotion for new members.  The membership committee is brainstorming a number of ideas to try and get other players in our industry involved with the FSSA, whether it be the engineering, AHJ, etc. to help enhance and round out our membership mix.

In addition, the committee continues to look for additional ideas from the FSSA membership on what other programs and benefits that would enhance their membership experience or would attract other perspectives. Your ideas are welcome!  Please contact Becca Stinner at FSSA Headquarters via email with any suggestions, feedback, etc.


Public Policy Committee – Dave Hoffman (Chair) and Team

Dave continues to keep FSSA informed of outside activity impacting our members and industry, and keeps us connected externally with other organizations to ensure FSSA’s awareness on policies.


Technical Committee–Dan Hubert (Chair) and Team

Dan Hubert has served as chair for several years. His leadership and the spirit of excellence displayed by this committee is reflected in the great work, involvement, and hours spent by all is immeasurable. From writing and updating guides, to serving on various NFPA committees and working on special projects, the FSSA Technical Committee’s knowledge and expertise is solicited by our industry.



Over the past five months I’ve have the privilege of talking to other trade associations about FSSA, its legacy, and the positive contributions and impact we have made in our industry. Leaders in our industry are impressed with how much gets done by our volunteers who recognize the need in our organization and “show up” because they care about protecting people and high-value assets. A very special thank you to our committee chairs and team members - FSSA is an industry leader because of you!


If you are not part of a team, please consider joining a committee. Many hands make light work.


Thank you for your continued support as a member of FSSA.


Respectfully submitted,

Helen Lowery





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