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www.ushalonbank.com  1.800.433.1751                                                               April, 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 2
In This Issue
Lots of Cocktail Partying at NAFED AC
The Air Up There:Its Not Just About Halon Anymore -A Hat Tip to the (Recycling) Industry
Climate Change: FSSA Update
NFPA Announces Upgrade to National Fire Codes Subsciption Service
Fire Sprinkler Water Causes Google Mayhem
Hot Technology Winner Develops a Fine Mist Water Nozzle
Get to Know Gabby, Wesco's Newest Employee
Did You Know?...
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 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 presentationhas 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.
                                                  Wesco, Dolan's F
ire Protection and Supply, and NJAFED hosted a three hour long cocktail party after the show! There's no doubt that was the place to be (at least if you wanted to enjoy cute girls and free booze) You can see more pictures here.
And last but not least, the winner of Wesco's ITou
ch raffle is (drum roll please) Mitch Shapiro of Shapiro Fire Protection Co. Congrats Mitch!
                                                                                                            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 Association (NFPA) has made significant upgrades to its National Fire Codes� Subscription Service (NFCSS) to make it easier for professionals to get up-to-code and stay up-to-code.

"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 at 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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