Chicago, IL—April 11, 2013—The National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) is happy to announce the celebration of its 50th anniversary year. Founded in 1963, NAFED started with 82 member companies primarily from the Midwest and East Coast and now represents over 1,000 companies in all 50 US states, Canada and several foreign countries.
NAFED was formed to improve the economic environment, business performance, and technical competence in the fire protection industry. In 50 years, the association has made significant gains by:
- pushing for the regulation of fire extinguisher sales and service;
- promoting safety by taking dangerous extinguishers and service practices out of the field;
- educating and certifying service technicians;
- disseminating fire extinguishment data to code inspectors, fire officials and other authorities having jurisdiction; and
- bettering the fire equipment industry overall by keeping distributor companies on top of the latest codes and standards.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment to celebrate anything that has survived and endured for fifty years,” said Ken May, NAFED president. “NAFED’s endurance comes thanks to the strong, solid foundation of an active membership base that wants to see the continued success of the association and its accomplishments in the fire protection industry.”
NAFED’s 50th anniversary celebration will culminate in a celebratory gala at the Swissôtel in Chicago on May 24, 2013.
The National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) is a trade association serving companies that sell, distribute, and service fire equipment. Members sell and service portable fire extinguishers in addition to a full range of fire protection services including the installation and/or maintenance of pre-engineered kitchen systems, industrial systems, fire alarms, security systems, sprinklers, fire hose and standpipes, and emergency and exit lighting. NAFED members work in commercial, industrial, and residential settings making buildings safe and giving individuals the tools they need to fight early-stage fires.