www.ushalonbank.com  1.800.433.1751                                                       April 2012 - Vol 2, Issue 19  
In This Issue
DuPont Updates Industry on FM200 Delivery Status, Offers Industry Update Webinar
FSSA Elects Officers Board; Pizzarello is President
FSSA Honors Clemons with Lifetime Achievement Award
FSSA Conference Presentations
Exclusive Photos of 2012 FSSA Conference
NAFED to Celebrate 50th in 2013
PAFED Spring Conference is April 17-18, 2012.
Illinois Fire and Safety Receives Award
Mike Brand and Darrell Hefley Receive CALSAFE Awards
International Aircraft Systems Fire Protection Working Group Plans May Meeting
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From the Editor's Desk

Welcome to the April issue of The Halon Herald!


In this issue, there is an update on the delivery status of FM200, the FSSA board of directors listing, the recipient of the FSSA Lifetime Achievement Award and the recipients of the CALSAFE awards, and information on an upcoming NAFED conference.

Also, check out the presentations from the FSSA forum that took place in February. 


As always, please feel free to direct to me any questions, comments or suggestions as they are always welcome!


- Kari



DuPont Updates Industry on FM200 Delivery Status, Offers Industry Update Webinar 


2011 was a challenging year for our industry. Learn important insights from 2011 and what's ahead for the clean agent fire suppression industry in 2012 at this DuPont Fire Extinguishants webinar April 10, 2012 at 1 pm EST.


To register for this 45-minute update on the latest industry news and a regulatory outlook, please click here


Presentations include:


  • Al Thornton, Global Market Manager, DuPont Fire Extinguishants Industry News, Market Trends, Supply/Allocation Status and State of the Business
  • Mack McFarland, Environmental Fellow, DuPont Chemical and Fluoroproducts 

Regulatory and Environmental Outlook


Presentations will be followed by a live question and answer exchange.


Read the letter from DuPont regarding the update on FM200 delivery status here



FSSA Elects Officers Board; Pizzarello is President  


 PRESIDENT: Carla Pizzarello | Advanced Safety Systems, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT: Dale Kent | 3M Company
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Eric Burkland | Healey Fire Protection Inc.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Larry Grodsky | Siemens Fire Safety


DIRECTORS:   Matt Euson | 3S Incorporated
Roddy Bieber | APi Systems Group, Inc.
Steve Foulk | Comprehensive Fire Technologies
Helen Lowery | DuPont Fluoroproducts
Jeff Moore | Fike Corporation
Tim Pope | Janus Fire Systems
Gerry Connolly | Kidde-Fenwal
Steve Carter | Orr Protection Systems, Inc.


INSTALLERS DIVISION:   John Lawlor (Chair) | Keystone Fire Protection
Bill Blanchard (Vice Chair) | Great Lakes Building Systems, Inc.


 MANUFACTURERS DIVISION:  Paul Harris (Chair) | Honeywell Fire Systems Group
John Demeter (Vice Chair) | Wesco HMB


FSSA Honors Clemons with Lifetime Achievement Award

BALTIMORE, MD, March 2012 - The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) presented Cal Clemons with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The FSSA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Clemons' commitment and outstanding contributions to the association and fire protection industry.

This is the first time this award has ever been presented by FSSA. The inaugural award will recognize fire suppression industry persons who, during their lifetimes, have dedicated their career, through personal and business accomplishments, to the industry.


"We're excited to have this opportunity to have Cal Clemons as the first honoree of the Fire Suppression Systems Association Lifetime Achievement. He has served our industry well for many years," said FSSA Immediate Past President Rick Scott. "Cal truly deserves our recognition and more. Throughout his career, he has been a friend to many and earned our trust and respect."

Clemons began working with a group of individuals in 1982, along with George Keeley, to found the Fire Suppression Systems Association. From a handful of pioneering companies, FSSA has grown in to a recognized entity in the past 30 years.


Clemons received the Lifetime Achievement Award at a special Awards Dinner on February 27 during the 2012 FSSA Forum at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.


For additional information about Fire Suppression Systems Association, please visit http://fssa.net/.

FSSA Conference Presentations

Exclusive Photos of 2012 FSSA Conference

Here are a few pictures from the recent FSSA conference. Be sure to check out the rest here!


























NAFED to Celebrate 50th in 2013

NAFED logoHow time flies. NAFED will celebrate it's 50th Anniversary in 2013. A gala celebration will take place on the evening of May 25, 2013. So mark your calendars for what's sure to be a fantastic, fun event that celebrates NAFED history and the valuable contributions made by members over the years.


50th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Conference


May 24-25, 2013

Swiss˘tel Chicago


PAFED Spring Conference is April 17-18, 2012

The PAFED Spring Conference will take place in Gettysburg, PA on April 17-18, 2012. It is being held at the "historic" Gettysburg Hotel. This year's event continues the "business" theme of the last several Spring Conferences. Seminar sessions at the conference will focus on such issues as:
  • technology trends and how you can use your wireless devices for improving communication and keeping track of expenses/costs,
  • customer service programs and how to identify the tools necessary to review and improve the elements of customer service, and
  • financial strategies and the hows and how not's in relation to both business and personal investing.
Not a distributor member of PAFED? Then please consider this your personal invitation to come and see what your industry peers are doing to weather the current economic storm and identify strategies which may help your business improve your profitability.

For our industry vendors and suppliers, while this conference does not include a table top display area, it does however afford numerous networking and sponsorship opportunities where you can meet, interact and discuss business opportunities with the many distributors in attendance. Please review the enclosed registration form to see what participation/sponsorship opportunities may suite your business.

Whether you are a fire equipment distributor, or an industry vendor and supplier, business is all about meeting people with common interests and challenges and working together to develop a "win / win" business relationship.

2012 PAFED Spring Conference Registration Form is available on the PAFED Website: www.PAFED.com.


Illinois Fire and Safety Receives Award

Illinois Fire & Safety was presented with the prestigious "Corporate Award" by the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association at their Fire Prevention Week annual awards luncheon. The award is presented to a company that has provided outstanding support of the association or a fire department which significantly improved a public education program or caused a change in the community that resulted in a greater awareness of life safety and fire prevention awareness. Ben Speer and Matthew Diefenbacher accepted the award at the luncheon on behalf of the company.


Earlier in the year, Illinois Fire & Safety donated a large, three-panel, free-standing trade show display that will be used at a variety of safety functions, including the Illinois State Fair. The display brings awareness to the public about fire extinguishers and their proper use.


In years past, Illinois Fire has provided technical training to the association's members on various topics such as kitchen hood fire suppression systems and fire systems for paint spray booths.


Congratulations to Illinois Fire & Safety on receiving this award!


Mike Brand and Darrell Hefley Receive CALSAFE Awards

Past NAFED board member Mike Brand and past president Darrell Hefley received the Lowell Schuck Honorary Award from CALSAFE (California Association of Life Safety and Fire Equipment) at its October 2011 meeting. The award is given to individuals who strive to better the industry whose hard work often goes unrecognized. According to Randy Dysart, CALSAFE president, "Their countless hours of volunteer effort ensures that CALSAFE, as an organization, continues to function for the betterment of our membership and the industry in general." Congratulations to Mike and Darrell on this honor!


International Aircraft Systems Fire Protection Working Group Plans May Meeting


The spring meeting will be hosted by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at their headquarters in Cologne, Germany, on May 23-24, 2012.

The Meeting Details, Preliminary Agenda, and Meeting Registration are now available on the FAA Fire Safety website at http://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/meetings/meetings.asp.

Please note that room capacity for this meeting is 50 people. It is necessary that you register via the FAA Fire Safety website on-line registration system in order to receive the security instructions for this meeting.


Did You Know?
  • If you are doing a "Puff Test" on a Fike System using an Impulse Valve, make sure the cylinder is pressurized to 120 psi. If not, the burst disc is unlikely to rupture.

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