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FSSA Special Edition
In This Issue
Steve Hein Joins Fike as Executive Director of Facilities Protection Group
UTC Aerospace Systems Employees Go Red for Women
State Association News
Upcoming Events
A Pictorial Review of the FSSA 2013
Most Popular Stories from December 2012
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From the Editor's Desk

Welcome to the March issue of The Halon Herald!


Hope at least some of you are getting warm weather. We are still looking for some signs of Spring around here!  

In the meantime, catch up on some of the latest industry news. We have a nice piece on Steve Hein joining Fike, some news about FSSA members, a lot of state association news and more.


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


- Kari




FSSA Annunciator
February 2013

FSSA announced the launch of a new Online Training Program designed to educate and train personnel within the fire suppression industry. This new initiative, according to Shawn Mullen, Protex Central, FSSA Training Committee, "will enable member companies and others to take advantage of on-line training at a very reasonable cost. We are very enthused about the benefits of the Training Program and what it means to many people in their career educational path."


The Training Program is a result of several years work and effort of many people. It is divided in to four work areas: two basic and two advanced.

Click here to read all of the information. 



FSSA Annunciator
February 2013


The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) elected officers and directors to lead the organization. Dale Kent, 3M Corporation, was elected president and will serve a one-year term. Eric Burkland, Healey Fire Protection, was elected Vice President, while Tim Carman, Tyco Fire Protection, will serve as Secretary Treasurer, also for one-year terms. Carla Pizzarello, Advanced Safety Systems, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.


For a full listing of the new officers, click here.

FSSA Welcomes New Members

FSSA Annunciator
January 2013

The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) welcomed two new members to its organization:


Sullivan Named FSSA Honorary Member


FSSA Annunciator
January 2013  


The board of directors approved John Sullivan for FSSA honorary membership and he will join the prestigious list of currently recognized honorary members. Sullivan served several terms on the FSSA Board of Directors and was an active member, as well as regular participant at FSSA conferences. Other FSSA honorary members include: Jim Kidd, George Krabbe, Carl Jewell, Charles B. Ford, Marv Charney, Daniel Moore, George Grabowski, Harry Newell, Lee Applegate, Charles Willms, Bob Yellin, and Jim Suarez.


To read the full article, click here



Representatives for FSSA on NFPA Committees


Applications Due to FSSA by March 15, 2013  


FSSA Annunciator
February 2013   


FSSA is currently accepting applications for the FSSA Principal positions on the following NFPA Committees:

NFPA 18 - Water Additives for Fire Control & Vapor Mitigation - WAB-AAA
NFPA 33 & 34 - Finishing Processes FAA-AAA
NFPA 170 - Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols - FIS-AAA
NFPA 318 - Semiconductor and Related Facilities - Cleanrooms - CLR-AAA
NFPA 2010 - Fixed Aerosol Fire Extinguishing Systems


For information on other positions and how to apply, click here.

Technical Committee Meeting Minutes
FSSA Annunciator
February 2013

The FSSA Technical Committee held their meeting on Friday, February 22, 2013 during the FSSA Annual Forum in Bonita Springs, Florida. There were over 30 people in attendance.

Click here to view the minutes from the meeting.



Perfect Attendance

FSSA Annunciator
February 2013

Roger and Carolyn Bourgeois, Bourgeois & Associates, Inc, Houma, LA, score a 100% rating for attending EVERY FSSA Annual Meeting and Forum since 1982. Roger and Carolyn have not missed one meeting since FSSA's founding!! Bourgeois & Associates, Inc. is a Charter Member of FSSA, and Roger Bourgeois is a past president of the organization. Congratulations Roger and Carolyn!! 



Voigt and Mary Jean Lenmark

 Lenmark Receives FSSA Leadership Award


FSSA Annunciator
February 2013

The award is generally presented at the Fire Suppression Systems Association's Annual Meeting, but since Voigt and Mary Jean were vacationing in Maui during the meeting, the FSSA Board of Directors voted unanimously to present this special award during his retirement party on November 17, 2012, during his retirement party.


For the full article, click here.




FSSA 2014 Annual Forum - San Diego


FSSA Annunciator 
February 2013

The FSSA 32nd Annual Forum location is confirmed.  Mark your calendar for February 22 - 25, 2014. 

Book your hotel reservations now at the
Loews Coronado Bay Resort by calling 1-800-815-6397.  FSSA has a special group rate of $219/per night.


Steve Hein Joins Fike as Executive Director of Facilities Protection Group
Steve Hein

January 22, 2013

Chuck Kopoulos, President & CEO of Fike Corporation, was pleased to announce that Steve Hein joined Fike on January 28, 2013 as the Executive Director of Fike's Facilities Protection Group. In this role, Steve will be responsible for leadership and guidance for the commercial and managerial strategies, policies and priorities of the Facilities Protection Group. Further, he will lead market strategy, business development, product evolution and financial performance within the strategic business unit. As part of Fike's Global Leadership Team he will work collaboratively with the team to drive the strategic direction and performance of the corporation.


"We are delighted to have Steve on board," said Chuck Kopoulos. "With his knowledge and experience in the industry, we are very confident in his abilities to develop the strategic direction for Facilities Protection and lead the group forward."


Steve comes to Fike with more than 25 years of experience in the fire and life safety products industry. Most recently the Vice President of Global Product Management at United Technologies/Fire & Security, Steve set the strategic direction of the global fire detection products business and led profitability and growth through innovative global platforms and customer segmentation. He was awarded the UTC Chairman's Award for "Product Innovation" and the Frost & Sullivan Award for "Market Strategy and Growth Improvement."


In 2010, United Technologies acquired GE Security where Steve was the Vice President and General Manager of Global Fire & Communications. During his tenure at GE, he led the global fire group to become the most profitable segment within GE Securities. He implemented successful programs that linked key business initiatives with the customers' voice to drive product sales on a global scale. While at GE Security, Steve received the 2009 Security Industry Association Award for "Most Innovative Product."


Steve's experience also includes executive marketing roles in which he led strategic marketing objectives including competitive analysis, business metrics, channel segmentation and product development, to name a few. As Vice President of Marketing at Edwards Systems Technology, his innovative strategies helped increase sales consistently throughout his thirteen year tenure.


"We are very pleased to have Steve join the Fike family and we anticipate great things to follow," said Chuck Kopoulos.



About Fike

Fike is a globally recognized supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion, and over-pressurization. With over 65 years of experience manufacturing safety solutions, Fike offers a complete line of proven, reliable products to customers around the world.


Fike Facilities Protection Group offers a full range of fire detection, suppression and monitoring systems for industrial, commercial and special hazard applications. Fike Facilities Protection Group provides effective, easy to use systems that are safe for people, key assets, facilities and the environment.


UTC Aerospace Systems Employees Go Red for Women

February 17, 2013

United Technologies

Employees and members of the UTC Aerospace Systems Wellness Team in Charlotte, NC wore red and Jeans for a $10 donation to benefit the American Heart Association. The one-day event raised hundreds of dollars for the worthy cause.
UTC Aerospace Systems employees across the globe supported the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign.  Many of our employees and sites supported the cause through participation in National Wear Red Day on February 1. The campaign raises awareness of the risk factors and prevention of heart disease and stroke in women.


State Association News 

PAFED Spring Conference 2013
  • April 23-24
  • Room Cut-Off is March 22, 2013
  • Ramada Inn & Conference Center   
  • 1450 South Atherton
    State College, PA 16801
  • Overnight Room Rate: $78.00 

NJAFED Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspection Courses


NJAFED Members may be interested in the following courses being held here in the State of New Jersey - NJAFED

Members are eligible for discounted member rates for these courses.


  • 8 Hour Required Courses for Licensees and Applicants - Tuesday March 26, 2013
  • Basic Fire Alarm Systems - Wednesday March 27, 2013
  • Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspection - Thursday March 28, 2013 

Course(s) Location: 
Hanover Manor, 
16 Eagle Rock Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Visit http://www.afaanj.org for directions, additional forms and a map.

Forms are also available at http://www.njafed.com/page/news.



NJAFED Winter Meeting  

  • February 27, 2013
  • Meeting Location: (NOTE NEW LOCATION)

Radisson Hotel - Freehold 

50 Gibson Place
Freehold, NJ 07728

  • Schedule of Events:

    5:30-6:30pm - Reception
    7:00pm - Buffet Dinner / Program

    Meeting Program

    Lobbyist Update provided by Paul Bent, Pathways Government Relations LLC

    Meeting Presentation

    GPS Tracking AND Fleet Management Solutions

    Global Positioning System (GPS) technology can transform the way you manage your business by providing real-time visibility into what's happening in the field. GPS has the potential to help improve the safety of your fleets, improve the efficiency of your techs and ultimately your bottom line! The presentation will provide time for questions and answers at the conclusion. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


    New GAFSED Board Members elected to serve 2013-2014


    The following 5 Active members were elected by the membership to serve a two year term 2013-2014 these members will be installed at the January 2013 Board meeting.

    • Daniel Laughlin, Pro-Tec Fire Protection, Loganville, GA
    • Johnny Crawley, Superior Fire Equipment Thompson, GA
    • Scott Lewis, American Fire & Safety, Ocala, FL
    • Lanny English, Fire Protection Services, Perry, GA
    • Chris Hendrix, Hendrix Fire Protection, Statesboro, GA

    GAFSED Portable Extinguisher Training


    Our featured portables trainer for 2013 is Bruce Carter with North American Fire Sales in Cincinnati, OH. Last year, GAFSED portables training focused on the "nuts & bolts" of the state adopted NFPA10, giving you the knowledge base to do your job. This year, Bruce is going to build on that, focusing on taking your knowledge and applying it to provide your customer with the best fire protection in a professional manner. Bruce's "FIRE IT UP" program will give you the skills and successful strategies to turn you into a High Performance Fire Equipment Professional.


    See why over 100 fire and life safety companies each year across North American benefit from the outstanding sales and service skills taught in FIRE IT UP!


    • March 20, 2013 (Wednesday) - Register Here
      Location, Georgia Dept. Corrections Tift College Campus, Roberts Auditorium, Forsyth, GA
    • July 18, 2013 (Thursday) - Registration begins June 10th
    • Location, Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Forsyth, GA 

    • September or October  TBA - Registration begins August 19th   

      Location TBA



    FEDOT President's Letter


    By Phil Foster, Beck Distribution  


    Well it's that time of year again. Spring is not totally upon us, however, it is
    coming soon and it is time for the FEDOT Spring Meeting. It is time to prepare for the year ahead with hope that our economy and business in general will improve during the coming months.  


    Speaking of preparing for the year, let me take a little of your time to tell you about our upcoming meeting. It will be held at Service Group Academy, Austin, Texas. First of all, on Friday, March 1st, we will have a DOT Train-the-Trainer Seminar for transportation of hazardous materials brought to you by NAFED in cooperation with FEDOT.  


    Read the whole letter here


    FEDOT Fall Meeting Minutes


    9:00 a.m.: Meeting opened by Travis Jolliff, FEDOT vice president, with introductions of board members. President Phil Foster was unable to attend due to a death in his family. The new Texas State Fire Marshal, Chris Connealy, introduced himself.


    Read the full meeting minutes here.


    Upcoming Events
    Shannon Esopenko
    Karen Zukarfein

    NAFED 2013 Conference - Las Vegas

    Date(s): March 7, 2013 - March 8, 2013 
    Location: Monte Carlo Casino & Resort, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 
    For more info, click here.

    Wesco will be represented at the NAFED 2013 Conference in Las Vegas by Shannon and Karen. Stop by and see them if you get the chance!

    NAFED 2013 Conference - Atlantic City

    Date(s): April 4, 2013 - April 5, 2013
    Location: Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    For more info, click here.

    NAFED 2013 Conference - Chicago

    Date(s): May 23, 2013 - May 24, 2013
    Location: Swissotel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
    For more info, click here.

    NFPA 2013 Conference - Chicago

    Date(s): June 10 - 13, 2013
    Location: McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616
    For more info, click here


    A Pictorial Review of the FSSA 2013 Conference
    Coming in for the banquet.
    The hotel was very picturesque
    Click here to see more pictures from this conference!


    Most Popular Stories from December 2012 


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