AFSAFL Announcement

Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of your Board of Directors, I am excited to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director to manage the Florida Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association.  Jessica Cox has many years of fire sprinkler industry as well as association management experience.  Her most recent post was the Membership Director for the Gulfcoast … Read More

After contentious election, Ed Hooper lays out Senate priorities

Newly-elected state Sen. Ed Hooper has a lot of plans for his term in office, but the first order of business is finding an office. While hunting for real estate is a necessary first detail, the Pinellas Republican is still laying the groundwork to implement some of his priorities. The former state Representative bested Democrat Amanda Murphy Tuesday. He’s planning his first trip to Tallahassee Saturday … Read More

AFSAFL Executive Director quoted in Florida Politics

“Senate passes ‘resign to run’ bill” via Florida Politics – The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require state and local elected officials to resign their current seat in order to run for federal office. Under SB 186, candidates would need to put in their resignation 10 days before the qualifying period opens in a federal race if the … Read More

AFSA Applauds the Inclusion of Sprinkler Provision in New Tax Law

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) applauds the United States Congress for passing and President Donald Trump for signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) recently, a comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code. AFSA members are poised to benefit from several aspects of this monumental legislation, including particular language that directly affects the fire sprinkler industry – … Read More

IMPORTANT OSHA & WC UPDATE

OSHA has decided to implement the new Electronic Record-keeping requirement, effective December 1st, 2017. This will affect all employers who are required to keep OSHA 300 Logs. If you keep an OSHA Log of injuries, you are required to file your information ONLINE. Here are the new reporting requirements which will be phased in over two years: By December 1st, … Read More

By Order of the Governor

Here is the Executive Order just executed by Governor Rick Scott suspending certain statutes, rules and orders due to Hurricane Irma.  Governor’s EO Also, he has suspended all government state travel for conferences.  As government employees are an integral part of our conferences, both as instructors and panelists as well as registrants, I will be reworking the entire training schedule … Read More

Conference Update

The AFSA-FL Fall Conference was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. We are currently working to reschedule the conference to a new date and time. All registrations will automatically transfer; you will not have to re-register and you will receive event reminder emails. Should the new date not work with your schedule, your registration will transfer to one of the two … Read More

Digital Wrap Conference hosted by ServiceTrade

ServiceTrade, one of our favorite PIEs, is hosting the Digital Wrap Conference in November on Isle of Palms (near Charleston, SC) on November 5-7. “We’d like to offer your members our lowest registration rate of $600 per person. The coupon code AFSA will get them A $150 discount off the regular rate of $750 at digitalwrapconference.com. We work really hard … Read More

Footage shows fire climbing up the 86-storey The Torch, a residential building popular with expats in Dubai

Wealthy residents of Dubai’s Torch Tower have revealed how they fled from the burning 1,100ft building in just ten minutes thanks to its smoke free escape routes – in stark contrast to victims of London‘s Grenfell Tower disaster. Fire ‘spread rapidly’ through one of the world’s tallest residential towers sparking panic among terrified residents – including dozens of Britons – … Read More

BOAF Calls for Veto of House Bill 1021

Sanford, Fla., June 21, 2017 – The Building Officials Association of Florida have asked Governor Rick Scott to veto House Bill 1021. Building Officials, building inspectors, plans examiners, and building code compliance professionals across the state of Florida have asked Governor Scott to veto a bill that would drastically change the way the Florida Building Code is developed and maintained. Calling … Read More