FireCon19 Registration Now Open

At FireCon19 – there’ssomething for everyone! Golf Tournament and welcome reception | Sept 23rd. 32-hour Fire Protection Contractor Conference | Sept 24th – 27th. 16-hour Water Based Inspectors Conference | Tuesday, Sept. 24th – Wednesday 25th.  Classes for AHJ’s on Wednesday, the 25th. Don’t miss the Tuesday Tradeshow Expo featuring the industries top suppliers (with CEU credit). To become a tradeshow … Read More

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

Change of Occupancy

A member asked, “There has been a change of occupancy in a manufacturing facility’s loading dock.  It is no longer being used as a loading dock, but instead is being used for storage of combustible liquids like acetone and oil.  The standard calls for a green tag, but that doesn’t seem quite right to me.” After reviewing NFPA 25 and … Read More

Condo Fire Protection Bill Clears House Panel

January 30, 2018 NSF Staff Seven months after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a similar measure, a House panel Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would ease fire-protection requirements for older high-rise condominium buildings. The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee voted 8-7 to approve the bill (HB 1061), filed by Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale. Backers of the measure say it … 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

Bad Hi-Rise Retrofit Legislation Refiled for 2018

Members, Attached please find the recently released HB 1061 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale), relating to the hi-rise retrofit. Rep. Moraitis sponsored last session’s similar bill, HB 653, that Governor Scott ultimately vetoed. HB 1061 mirrors the vetoed legislation by: Clarifying that in no case does any retrofit requirement apply to buildings less than 75 feet in height. Including … 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

Statewide WBI Classes

September 1st, 2017 The Academy Exams state certification program for Florida water-based fire protection system inspectors was acquired by Recertifire and is under new ownership.  There is no disruption of status for current certificate holders; 16-hour renewals are still due June 30, 2018. The Academy Exams is offering Level I and Level II exams on the Friday following the three-day … Read More