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OCFL Update | OCFR and Habitat for Humanity Partnership

By |April 27th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates, Public Education|

Talk about a perfect pitch. All it took for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando to fire sprinkler its first home was a phone call by Floridian fire service members. "It all started with a phone call about a concept to put fire sprinklers into Habitat for Humanity homes," says Chief Otto Drozd III with Orange [...]

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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Honors Florida Fire Service Award Winners

By |April 12th, 2017|Industry, News & Updates|

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater honored the winners of the 2017 Fire Service Awards during a reception hosted Monday evening at the Florida Capitol. The annual award ceremony honors those in the fire service community who have shown excellence in their profession. Award winners were also [...]

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Naples Fire Protection celebrates 20 years in business

By |April 6th, 2017|News & Updates|

Congratulations to Naples Fire Protection celebrating 20 years in business. Naples Fire Protection, Inc. is a full service fire sprinkler and fire alarm company that has been operating in Southwest Florida since 1997. Formally doing business as Naples Fire Sprinkler Inc., our company expanded in 2009 to offer a full line of fire protection services [...]

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Chris Johnson – 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board

By |April 6th, 2017|News & Updates|

Congratulations to Chris Johnson our 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board. Chris Johnson is the President and CEO of Piper Fire Protection. Chris is a NICET certified fire protection engineer who has attained Level III certification in Fire Sprinkler Design, and is waiting certification as Level II in both Special Hazards and Fire Alarm Engineering. Chris holds [...]

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Building Code Adoption

By |March 10th, 2017|Codes & Standards, Industry, News & Updates|

SB 7000 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/07000 and HB 091 by Rep. Stan McClain http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00901, supported by the homebuilders, reverse the process for revising the Florida Building Code. Current law requires the Florida Building Commission to automatically adopt the International Code Council (ICC) codes every three years, and the Commission then may make Florida-specific modifications. Instead, the bills [...]

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Workers’ Compensation

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|

Several Florida Supreme Court decisions in the past year, especially related to attorney fees, have resulted in a 14.5 percent current year average increase for workers’ compensation insurance premiums. AFSA-FL is a committed partner to the larger business community that is working to restore the stability and low premiums Florida has enjoyed since the 2003 [...]

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Hi-Rise Retrofit

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|

Condominium association interests are taking aim at the hi-rise sprinkler retrofit law that finally took effect December 31, 2016. HB 653 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00653 and SB 744 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00744 would extend the opt-out and installation deadlines two years each to December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2022, respectively. The bills also [...]

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The 2017 Florida Legislative Session

By |March 6th, 2017|Industry, Legislative|

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session officially gets underway on Tuesday, March 7th. The Session lasts 60 calendar days, and unless extended will adjourn on May 5th. AFSA-FL set three top legislative priorities during the joint Board meeting in January: preserving the hi-rise retrofit requirement, preserving the current building code adoption mechanism, and restoring workers’ compensation [...]

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Quarterly Meeting

By |March 3rd, 2017|News & Updates|

Our next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 24 in Ft Myers and is open to members in good standing, RSVP is required.  Karl Thompson, CFPS, will be presenting classes for contractors and AHJs after which all are welcome to join us for dinner, cocktails and an evening of fun off property.  Registration opening soon.  Vendors [...]

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Make the trip to Tallahassee

By |March 3rd, 2017|Legislative, News & Updates|

Relationships.  Our lives and livelihoods are built upon them.  People form bonds with strangers over a hometown, an alma mater or favorite sports team.  It is surprisingly easy to become fast friends over such topics.  As an industry, we know our friends and we really know our enemies.  Our enemies are those who fight against [...]

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