Our Fire Prevention Month video series continues with a discussion with Darren Palmieri for Viking Group, a 15-year industry veteran serving product manager for residential CPVC products. Darren played an instrumental role about a decade ago to get fire sprinkler requirements into codes to make it easier for state and local jurisdictions to adopt rules for residential sprinkler systems. For this and many other achievements, he has been a Fire Protection Difference Maker throughout his career.
Next in our Fire Prevention Month video series, I talked with Marlene Garrett of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). As Vice President of Program Operations and Education Services at AFSA, Marlene works tirelessly to organize events and programs, such as the AFSA annual conference, that bring our industry together to share ideas that make us all better at what we do. Marlene is a great example of what it means to be a Fire Protection Difference Maker.
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Next in our Fire Prevention Month video series, here’s my conversation with another Fire Protection Difference Maker: Mark Fessenden, Director of Industry Relations for Johnson Controls. Mark has played an important role in our industry since the early 1990s. After all these years, he’s still excited about his work in an industry where we all have a positive impact on people’s lives. During Fire Prevention Month, he’s especially passionate about driving awareness of fire safety among youths.
We’re kicking off our Fire Prevention Month blog series by featuring a conversation with President Shane Ray, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Shane has seen the fire protection industry from a wide range of roles from volunteer firefighter to fire chief, state fire marshal and more. As President of NFSA, he works on a variety of fronts to promote broader acceptance of life-saving fire protection systems.
A bill recently introduced in Congress seeks to encourage building owners to invest in fire sprinkler retrofits by accelerating the depreciation rate for high-rise residential and non-residential buildings to 15 years. Current depreciation rates are 39 years for non-residential buildings and 27.5 for residential properties.
More communities across the nation require residential fire sprinklers in new home construction than ever. That is definitely a positive step in terms of safety for homeowners and first responders.
I’m often asked how new construction materials may be used in conjunction with BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. Today, we’ll discuss cross laminated timber (CLT), one of the most popular new products in use today for homes, multifamily and high-rise office buildings.
It’s my pleasure to welcome Lainey Liotta and Sean Pearce to the BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems team of industry professionals. I am always proud of the fact that we are able to attract such talented individuals.
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-September 11th veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
One of the best things about working with BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is the opportunity to be a part of the constant innovation that takes place in our industry. I’m always enthused to learn about new offerings from our manufacturing partners that will help designers, contractors and installers to sell and install fire sprinkler systems both in commercial and residential settings.