Automatic Fire Alarm Assoc. makes a move

Friday, February 1, 2008

JASPER, Ga.--The Automatic Fire Alarm Association relocated its national offices to this small town in the mountains of Georgia, just before the new year, and it's getting settled in as it plans for its April 15-18 annual conference.
"The nice thing about a national organization is that you can run it from anywhere," said AFAA president Tom Hammerberg. "I'd been living in Florida for 25 years and I just got a bug to move out of Florida and have a little change of scenery. It was a personal decision, not an AFAA decision."
"It's a nice little town about 45 minutes north of Atlanta," he said, and close to the hub of the Atlanta airport.
Hammerberg is operating AFAA out of his house right now, but hopes to open a permanent office in Jasper in March.
He's also in the planning stages of the AFAA annual conference, which will be in San Antonio at the Menger Hotel this year. "We're calling it the Annual Codes Conference and Annual Meeting this year, as opposed to just the annual meeting," he said.
Codes are a primary focus for AFAA, he said and he wanted to highlight that for the annual meeting; members will receive updates on changes and updates on relevant codes.
Educational sessions will examine changes to NFPA 72, 101, as well as the International Business Code. In addition, there will be sessions on issues of interest such as "Liability Issues for contractors." For more information visit