LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) was proud to participate at various levels this week at the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. On June 14, NFSA joined the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) for a side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration for attendees to celebrate HFSC's 20th anniversary. The demonstration was held at Desert Fire Protection, a local sprinkler contractor and NFSA member.
NFSA, proud founding member of the HFSC, applauded the group for its proactive leadership and its quality educational resources about the life-saving technology of fire sprinklers.
"We are especially happy to see Ron Hazelton present at the 20th anniversary celebration," explained Shane Ray, NFSA President. "Seeing is believing and Ron has helped educate many by providing his play-by-play narration of the side by side burns and sharing his home improvement expert role with everyone. It also helps that he can share about the retrofit of his own home with fire sprinklers."
NFSA was also active throughout the week teaching workshops and with an interactive "Spin the Fastest Water Wheel" at the Expo. Networking with members and non-members alike provides NFSA team members the opportunity to share information as well as learn from colleagues in the life safety field. NFPA's annual Conference & Expo is the largest global exhibition directed to fire safety standards, services and products. Joanne Genadio, NFSA's Manager of Marketing & SQ led the rallying cry at the #fastestwater booth and provided information to attendees throughout the Expo hours.
"Sharing information about fire sprinklers is easy because our NFSA team is passionate about this life-saving technology," added Larry Thau, NFSA Board Chair. "It is exciting to see so many NFSA staff actively engaged in this codes and standards conference, and it's important for everyone to know we are here to help at multiple levels. NFSA is focused on member service and value and we are looking to embrace our allies in life safety."
NFSA's Director of Public Fire Protection Jason Webb shared "How to Coordinate NFPA 25 and NFPA 72 – Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Requirements."
NFSA's Director of Outreach & Government Relations Vickie Pritchett joined Peg Paul of HFSC, Fred Durso of NFPA, and Jeff Norton of Viking in a workshop that focused on the importance of using media to promote the positive news about fire sprinklers.
NFSA's Associate Director of Field Operations Bruce Lecair and Southwest Regional Manager Eric Gleason shared information about "Water Discharge, and the EPA."
NFSA's Director of Engineering Victoria Valentine moderated a panel on "In-Rack Sprinkler Design Options for Warehouse Locations: A Case Study."
NFSA's South Central Regional Manager Cindy Giedraitis was active throughout the week with NFPA Education Section activities. Suzanne Mayr, Northwest Regional Manager, and Jim Archer, NFSA Technology Services Manager assisted with the booth and committee meetings. Jim Lake, Vice President of Training & Field Operations and Mark Hopkins, newly appointed Vice President of Engineering rounded out the NFSA team on hand for the conference.
Networking and learning is key as we focus on our mission, embrace the latest information and technology, and cooperate with other national organizations that are committed to life safety. As the NFPA conference concludes, we are reminded of the many reasons we engage and participate at these events.
About the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA): NFSA was founded in 1905 and wants to create a more fire safe world, and works to heighten the awareness of the importance of fire sprinkler systems from homes to high-rise and all occupancies in between. The Association is an inclusive organization made up of dedicated and committed members of a progressive life-saving industry. This industry manufactures, designs, supplies, installs, inspects, and services the world's most effective system in saving lives and property from uncontrolled structural fires.
For more information about fire sprinklers, how they work and access to additional resources and information, visit www.nfsa.org for the latest material, statistics and a dedicated team of fire safety advocates ready to serve all stakeholders in order to fulfill the vision of a safer world.
Contact: Vickie Pritchett
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