|T h e H a l o n H e r a l d |
| From the Editor's Desk|
Well, it's finally spring and we couldn't be more excited. It also happens to be the season where we are off attending trade shows and actually getting a chance to talk with all of you! Lucky enough John Demeter was chosen to speak at all three NAFED shows and his presentation
has been a big hit. In this issue of the Halon Herald, you'll find a lot of information regarding new policies about climate change, new technology, John's column, a fire at Google, Wesco's rockin' cocktail party and get to meet our newest employee. Don't forget to take a look at our 'Did You Know' section and try out your knowledge. We'll see you next month, Enjoy.
| Industry News:
Lots of Cocktail Partying at NAFED AC
NAFED's Sectional Conference in Atlantic City, NJ took place at Bally's on April 8th-9th.As you know, NAFED invited John Demeter to speak at all three of their
conferences. His presentation, The Future of Clean Agent
Fire Suppression, can be found here.
If you missed it in Las Vegas and Atlanic City, you have one more
chance to catch it in St.Louis, MO (May 6th-7th). NAFED, always the professional and class organization, has out done themselves this year with near record breaking attendance. We're proud to be part of this organization. |
| The Air Up There:
Its Not Just About Halon Anymore-A Hat Tip to the (Recycling) Industry
|By John Demeter
In a joint statement issued yesterday by all major
manufacturers of fire suppression chemicals including DuPont and 3M, fire
suppression equipment manufacturers including UTC and Tyco, and environmental
authorities from over 100 countries, the U.S. recycling industry was praised
for its worldwide efforts in both the responsible management of the worlds
growing bank of suppression chemicals along with the safe upkeep and
maintenance of these important systems. An EPA official said, "If there wasn't
a recycling industry, we'd have to create one!" Ok. We made that up. No one from any of these
organizations said any such thing. But sometimes we wonder why not? Read more...
| Association Highlights:
Climate Change: FSSA Update
|As reported in a previous
FSSA white paper, the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference was held in December
2009. The intent of this meeting was to address the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions, including the commitments by major developing
countries to begin emission reduction efforts. The conference also
addressed de-linkage of some of the major developing countries, most notably
China, from the "pay to play" diplomacy model. By that we mean
in order to participate in future climate change agreements that are legally
binding, large carbon emitters in developing countries, such as China and
India, expect financial incentives to be paid by developing countries,
primarily the United States. Read more...
|NFPA Announces Upgrade to National Fire Codes Subscription Service|
|New format helps professionals get up-to-code
and stay up-to-code with ease
. The National Fire Protection
(NFPA) has made significant upgrades to its National Fire Codes� Subscription Service
to make it easier for professionals to get up-to-code and stay
"Code users who depend on access to up-to-date code information to do
their jobs were the motivation behind improvements to NFCSS," said Kim
Fontes, NFPA's division manager of product development. "Based on user
feedback, we took the extra steps to fast track the enhancements and put
these valuable tools at our customers' fingertips." The National Fire Codes� Subscription Service offers access to NFPA's
300 codes and standards. Read More...
Fire Sprinkler Water Causes Google Mayhem
Google is apologizing following what started as a minor incident
one of their data centers when a CO2 handler caught fire.
Google returned 404 errors (page not found) for over an hour in many
locations around the world after a fire in one of their data centers,
but not because of the fire. According Google, the fire started as only a
small blaze caused by systems designed to reduce CO2
emissions. Ironically, the
worst damage was caused by the fire sprinklers and not the
fire. Read More..
|Hot Technology Winner Develops a Fine Mist Water Nozzle |
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
engineer Joe Wolfe, from Lakehurst, N.J., was recently selected as the
Navy's winner in the 2010 Hot Technology contest for developing the Fine
Mist Water Nozzle.
Mr. Wolfe and the Navy engineers of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
successfully developed and tested a nozzle that uses air to push water
through a restricted convergent region, followed by an expanded
divergent region of the nozzle. The rapid expansion of the water and
gases causes the water to break up and be atomized into droplets the
size of 10 to 100 micrometers, thus using a minimum amount of water to
extinguish a fire. Read More...
|Get To Know Gabby, Wesco's Newest Employee|
Hi, I'm Gisella Corrochano, but you can call me Gabby. I am
the newest member of the Wesco family. I joined the company about one month ago
as a Staff Accountant. My primary job is to assist the Vice President of
Operations in matters relating to financial analysis. I am responsible for
maintaining the general ledger system, providing assistance in completion of
annual budgets, preparing monthly, quarterly, and yearly regulatory reporting,
performing account analysis and reconciliation. After graduating high school I
joined the military and served in the United States Army for a totally of eight
years. I worked for Continental Airlines, first as a customer service
representative, and a Ground Security Coordinator after the events of September
11th. Later, I attended Saint Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ,
where I obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Accountancy and a Minor in Business
Law. Read more...
| Did You Know?|
Halon 1211 Import Tax
Did you know that while Halon 1301 may be imported into the U.S. without paying a tax, Halon 1211 whether in bulk form or in hand held fire extinguishers is heavily taxed!! This IRS imposed tax, depending on when you bought the halon 1211, can range as high as $60 per pound and is the responsibility of the buyer. So, if you suspect that the halon 1211 that you purchased - again, either in bulk form or in a hand held fire extinguisher came from outside of the U.S., check with your supplier to see if the import tax has been paid. If not, it may be your responsibility.
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