FSSA News – May 2013

FSSA Annunciator

May 2013



Installer International Fire Protection Inc.
Harrison, TN



On April 22, 2013, FSSA submitted comments to the NFPA’s request for comments (which may be found here) on the Proposed New Standard for The Application Of Hybrid, Gas, And Fine Water Droplet Systems.  The FSSA supports the development of a new NFPA standard covering fire extinguishing systems that use a combination of inert gas and very fine water droplets, known as “hybrid systems,” as a number of our member companies are involved in either manufacturing such systems or installing such systems.

FSSA members have an opportunity to comment to the Standards Council regarding the need for a new standard to address the hybrid system technology.  Comments may be emailed to the Standards Council in care of the Secretary of the Standards Council, stds_admin@nfpa.org. The deadline for sending comments is May 30, 2013.

To view the comments submitted by FSSA, please click here.

Read Standards Council agenda item 13-3-20 for additional background.



The FSSA Training program is live and operational.  If you reserved a spot at the forum invoices will be sent shortly. For questions regarding the training program please contact Vince Mullhausen at FSSA HQ.




The FSSA Education Foundation is now accepting applications for 2013-14 scholarships!  For more information please click here.  The deadline to submit applications is June 17, 2013.


JUNE 12 & 13, 2013

As part of the NFPA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, the Association Technical meeting will be held on Wednesday June 12 and 13.  During this two day session, amendments to pending revisions of NFPA standards will be proposed.  NFPA members who have registered for the Technical meeting will have opportunity to vote on the proposed amendments.

Motions on the following NFPA standards have been authorized and are expected during this year’s meeting:

NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
NFPA 70 National Electrical CodeÒ
NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations
NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems
NFPA 502 Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways
NFPA 1123 Code for Fireworks Display
NFPA 801 Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials
NFPA 1061 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Safety Telecommunicator
NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.

The FSSA representatives on NFPA 75 Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment report that the NFPA 75 Technical Committee intends to make a motion to change a requirement in the 2011 edition of NFPA 70 Article 645 which affects the interface between computer room HVAC systems and fire alarm control panels.  NEC Article 645.5 E (4) requires that airflow be stopped upon detection of fire or products of combustion in the underfloor space in data centers installed using the methods of Article 645.  Many data centers use the methodology permitted under Article 645 for electrical installation.

The NFPA 75 technical committee has submitted proposals to the NEC to delete the requirement to shut down airflow upon detection of fire or products of combustion in an underfloor space.  Maintenance of cooling airflow is essential in most modern data centers to prevent overheating of operating IT equipment and consequent damage to the equipment and possible loss of data.  Immediate shutdown of airflow in a data center upon activation of a detector could cause irreparable damage to equipment and loss of data.  The proposals to the NEC made by the NFPA 75 technical committee have been rejected by Code Making Panel 12 responsible for Article 645.  Hence the NFPA 75 technical committee has filed a notice of intent to make a motion on this matter.

The FSSA has directed its representative to NFPA 75 to support the motion of NFPA 75 on NEC 645.5 E (4).  FSSA recommends that member companies represented at the 2013 Association Technical session consider the motion which will be made on behalf of the NFPA 75 technical committee.

In order to vote at the Association Technical meeting, one must be a member in good standing of NFPA for at least 6 months prior to the data of the meeting.

NFPA GFE (2001, 12, 12A) Technical Committee Meeting

The technical committee on gaseous fire extinguishing systems met during the week of April 22nd.  FSSA was represented at the meeting by John Spalding of Healey Fire Protection, Inc.  Over 200 pages of public proposals were discussed during the three day meeting.  Most of the proposals were editorial in nature.  Presently, no major changes in the way gaseous systems must be designed, installed or maintained are anticipated for the 2015 editions of NFPA 2001, 12 or 12A.  The formal report on the technical committee’s actions will be published for public comment by September 6, 2013.




The next FSSA Technical Committee meeting will be held on June 5, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago O’ Hare Airport.  All FSSA members are invited to attend.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 30 online using the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/June5thTechCommMtgRSVP.


                          NFPA CONFERENCE AND EXPO

NFPA’s Conference & Expo will take place June 10 – 13, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Click here to view details on the conference and to register.


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