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

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

Just released-Irma Insurance Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 media@eog.myflorida.com 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