Robert G. (Bob) Caputo Named AFSA President

Industry Veteran to Lead Fire Sprinkler Industry’s Largest Trade Association The Board of Directors of the Dallas-based American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has announced the unanimous selection of Robert G. (Bob) Caputo, CFPS, as the association’s President. Established in 1981, AFSA and its federation of 31 chapters serve as North America’s largest fire sprinkler industry organization. Caputo’s tenure will begin on November … 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

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

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

Just released-Irma Insurance Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 Gov. Scott Directs DBPR to Make it Easier for Floridians to Rebuild Following Hurricane Irma MARATHON, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott directed Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Secretary Jonathan Zachem to suspend certain regulations and fees that may prevent, hinder or delay necessary response … 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 for … Read More

NFPA News Release Regarding Grenfell Tower

NFPA President Jim Pauley addresses Grenfell Tower fire as evidence of shortfalls in addressing today’s global fire problem   June 21, 2017 – In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, where 79 people died or are presumed dead and many more were injured, serious concerns and questions around flammability of exterior cladding, the lack of fire sprinklers and … Read More

Legislation would make major changes to Florida's building code

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislation making major alterations to Florida’s building code got bundled with more than a dozen other changes in construction law this past session. Now, a coalition of building officials and people tied to the insurance industry fear the legislation could lead to a patchwork of requirements and higher insurance costs. When Hurricane Ivan stormed into the Panhandle … Read More

AFSA FL unites in support of the statement issued by the IFSA

LONDON, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Grenfell Tower residential high-rise fire that killed at least twelve (12) residents on June 14th and injured more than 70 others reinforces the need for fire sprinklers in high-rise buildings including the retrofit of these existing fire hazards. While all the details of the fire tragedy are not yet known, the International Fire … Read More

AFSA-FL is proud to support the Build Tampa Bay Foundation

The Build Tampa Bay Foundation was established to encourage high school students to explore career opportunities in construction-related fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skilled worker shortage is expected to grow to 1.6 million workers in the construction industry by 2022. Moreover, more than four out of five Associated Builders and Contractors member companies nationally are … Read More