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NFSA staff were able to sit down with Martin Talgø of Snap Drill, one of the Association’s newest SAM members. Martin, Manager at Snap Drill, was excited to talk about the history of his company and his plans for breaking into the U.S. market. The Start of Snap Drill Snap Drill was founded in September of 2020 but the concept started 4 years ago over a discussion during a Christmas dinner. The conversation, which was between brothers-in-law Tor Ole and Thomas, turned to problem solving at work. Thomas, a plumber, and Tor Ole, a machinist, were having a spirited discussion about issues that come with drilling holes in steel pipe. As the conversation grew ...
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Left to right: John, Charles & Kurt NFSA staff stopped by All State Fire & Security for a visit with President Kurt Juliano, Operations Manager John Bielecki, and Davis Ulmer Rep Charles Buckley. All State Fire & Security has grown since its founding in 2007 to include over 50 employees. In December of 2020, All State was acquired by Davis-Ulmer, and joined the APi Group. All State is a full-service fire protection shop and offers everything from fire sprinkler installation and services, to fire alarm installation and services, hood cleaning, fire extinguisher services, and CCTV installation and card access systems. All State serves all ...
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No matter what time of year it is, there is always a deadline. Food expires, taxes are due, bills to be paid, end of month/year reports to be filed, or new codes to be enforced. Some of these happen on a regular basis. Some are enacted immediately. There are some that are enacted and give time to comply due to cost or innovation. Antifreeze systems fall in the last category. Antifreeze systems have been a part of fire sprinkler protection since codified in the 1940 edition of NFPA 13 where it allowed “non-freezing solutions to be used for maintaining automatic sprinkler protection in minor unheated areas which would be otherwise unprotected during freezing ...
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CONFLAGRATION -SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST High-Rise Standpipe Terin Hopkins October 12, 2020 Conflagration is defined as, a large disastrous and destructive fire that threatens human life, animal life, health, and/or property. We have started to hear words like this, along with new ones like Megafire, a large fire devastating areas of 100,000 or more acres. Only three percent of fires reach the Megafire level, but they are responsible for fifty percent of the total burned areas on the planet. Today, we also talk in terms of Giga fires, these fires are typically classified as fires greater than one million acres. While the terms are often being ...
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WHY AREN’T ALL FIRE HYDRANTS – RED? Terin Hopkins Public Fire Protection Specialist- NFSA The consistency of color coding is widely varied by localities and jurisdictional preferences. It is also governed by many national agencies like American Water Works Association (AWWA), Occupation Safety, Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Codes council (ICC) to name a few. Typically, there are three types of fire hydrants, public, private and yard. Those hydrants supplied by public mains and water supplies are referred to as public fire hydrants. These fire hydrants are classified by their rated flow ...
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WHEN ARE STANDPIPES REQUIRED?

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WHEN ARE STANDPIPES REQUIRED? Terin Hopkins Public Fire Protection Specialist - NFSA April 26, 2021 The requirements for the installation of standpipe systems comes from locally adopted building and fire codes. The International Code Council (ICC) confirms that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New York City, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have adopted the International Building Code (IBC) for use in new construction. The International Fire Code (IFC) is adopted in 41 states and NFPA 1 – Fire Code in 20 states. The installation requirements for those standpipes can be found in NFPA – 14 Standard for ...
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In 2013, several long-time National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) board members recognized the need for a structured way to facilitate engagement with the rising generation of fire sprinkler professionals. Their passion and vision led to the creation of the Future Leadership Committee (FLC), whose charter is to, “promote and support the development of future leadership within the Association.” The chair of the FLC has a non-voting seat on the NFSA board of directors and provides valuable insight into developing trends within the industry and feedback from the FLC to board of directors. The FLC is as diverse as our industry, with representatives from each ...
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