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New York fire sprinkler laws to help public, industry

September 10, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

PATTERSON, N.Y.—New fire sprinkler legislation signed into law this summer in New York state will not only protect the public but could lead to increased business and perhaps state licensing for sprinkler contractors, according to a National Fire Sprinkler Association spokesman.“It's a step forward,” Dominick Kasmauskas, New York regional manager for the NFSA, which is based here, said regarding the two new laws signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August.One requires landlords to include...

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Maryland mandates residential fire sprinklers

May 21, 2012Tess Nacelewicz

PATTERSON, N.Y.—New homes built in Maryland will be required to have fire sprinklers beginning this fall, the result of new legislation signed into law by that state's governor May 2.The National Fire Sprinkler Association, based here, was part of a years-long effort to get such a requirement approved. The NFSA recently announced the development on its website, saying, “Congratulations to all who worked so hard to get this legislation passed. Our hats are off to Gov. [Martin] O'Malley...

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NFSA gets new president

April 2, 2012Tess Nacelewicz

PATTERSON, N.Y.—Russ Fleming is the new president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. The NFSA board of directors voted March 2 to select Fleming, formerly NFSA executive VP and a 37-year veteran of the organization, for the post. “I am, of course, honored to be selected and entrusted with the position,” Fleming told Security Systems News.Fleming replaced John Viniello, who retired effective March 1 after 28 years on the job. A special NFSA committee formed after Viniello...

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NFSA gets new president

March 5, 2012Tess Nacelewicz

Russ Fleming is the new president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, following a vote by the organization's board. Fleming replaces John Viniello, who retired effective the first of this month after 28 years on the job. The board voted March 2 to select Fleming, the organization's former executive VP, for the president's post. A special NFSA committee met Jan. 25 to nominate him, Fleming told me at that time. I'm trying to reach Fleming to learn more about his goals for the NFSA. I'd also...

John Viniello, National Fire Sprinkler Association, NFSA, Russ Fleming


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Viniello leaving NFSA, but still passionate about the cause

January 18, 2012Tess Nacelewicz

John Viniello, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, is stepping down after 28 years on the job. In announcement on the Patterson, N.Y.-based organization's website today, Viniello writes that he'll retire as of March 1. “I will turn 70 years of age at the end of February and it's time step down. It's been a great run.” He said that Russ Fleming, NFSA's executive vice president will handle day-to-day association matters until a new president is elected. “I will work...

JoAnn McCoy, John Viniello, National Fire Sprinkler Association, NFSA, Russ Fleming, Shantel McCoy


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Incentivizing fire sprinklers in new homes

December 7, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

CAPE CORAL, Fla.—A proposed ordinance in this city would give homebuilders a break on city impact fees if they install fire sprinklers in new homes, saving lives and also saving money for taxpayers in the long run, according to the city councilor behind the proposal and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).Similar laws offering incentives for the installation of home fire sprinklers have been enacted around the country by communities and even by the state of Washington, according...

Buddy Dewar, Cape Coral, Chris Chulakes-Leetz, home fire sprinklers, impact fees, National Fire Sprinkler Association, NFSA


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New legislation would promote college fire sprinklers

November 3, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

PATTERSON, N.Y.—A bill to promote fire sprinklers in student housing, including sororities and fraternities, has just been reintroduced in Congress.The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is highlighting the bill on its web site, saying that the Stephanie Tubbs Jones College Fire Prevention Act has been reintroduced by members of the Ohio delegation: Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland.According to the NFSA, which is based here, “The act would establish...

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Review begins for fire sprinkler accreditation

October 13, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

CHANTILLY, Va.—An effort to establish a national accreditation process for installers of residential fire sprinklers is being beta tested this fall—potentially paving the way for an accreditation program to be in place next year.“In the end I'm hopeful that we will have actually developed a residential sprinkler accreditation process because I think it's very important for the industry as a whole to ensure that we have quality installers,” said Randy Bruegman, fire chief for...

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NFSA up in the air

October 13, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

A new educational campaign by the National Fire Sprinkler Association intrigued me because the organization is targeting the traveling public to push its message about the need for home fire sprinklers—and taking to the skies to do it. The Patterson, N.Y.-based NFSA is running an ad in the October issue of AirTran's in-flight magazine, Go, about the issue. It depicts a sweet little boy sound asleep in his bed. The words above his head say: “You'll sleep soundly tonight knowing that your...

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PA fire sprinkler measure under attack

March 10, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

PATTERSON, N.Y.—A new Pennsylvania law requiring automatic fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family homes as of Jan. 1 was battling for survival this week in the General Assembly. A bill that would allow builders to opt out of the sprinkler requirement and instead require additional fireproofing of floor construction if sprinklers aren't used won approval in that state's House of Representatives on March 7 by a margin of nearly 4 to 1. The bill also appeared to have strong support...

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