AFSA & THE CONNECTICUT CHAPTER

American Fire Sprinkler Association

The American Fire Sprinkler Association, (AFSA) is a non-profit, international association representing merit shop fire sprinkler contractors, dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems.

AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the merit shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. AFSA's initial goal was to establish a recognized apprenticeship training program which would be available to open-shop fire sprinkler contractors to aid in the development of skilled craft persons.  As the "voice" of the open-shop industry, membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. Currently, AFSA represents companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world.

In the growing fire sprinkler economy AFSA provides important benefits to members. By taking advantage of AFSA services, membership actually pays for itself. Visit the AFSA website to learn why Membership is right for you. 

https://www.firesprinkler.org/WWW/Membership/Membership_Home.aspx

The Connecticut Chapter: Our Mission Statement

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association is dedicated to promoting the public awareness of fire safety and the need of residential and commercial fire sprinkler systems, consulting with the legislature to improve upon or enact new fire sprinkler regulations, and creating a network of contractors and their employees to develop and promote fair and amicable business practices.

Connecticut was the first official Chapter of the AFSA. Today we have over 25 Contractor Members and 40 Associate Members enjoying the benefits of membership in our Chapter. 

Fire Sprinklers

For centuries, fire-fighting was done with pails of water and hose streams. This proved to be ineffective unless the fire was discovered early. Early versions of the spinkler system began to appear in the late 1800's. These systems consisted of a network of perforated piping installed at the ceiling. Water flow was controlled with a valve. When a fire was discovered, the valve was opened, releasing the water.

Modern systems operate automatically. They utilize the sprinkler heads located to maximize coverage. The heads consist of a heat sensitive soldered fusible link or glass bulb that hodls back water discharge. Heat from a fire melts the solder or bursts the bulb, allowing water to flow.

Today, sprinklers are available in various size, shapes and colors. They can be concealed recessed or installed along sidewalls to create a more aesthetic appearance while maintaining maximum functionality.

Membership Activities & Community Outreach

We hold 5 Chapter Meetings a year and participate in several community service projects. This includes:

*ABC Construction Career Days

*Burn Trailer Demonstrations around the state

*Legistlative and licensing initiatives 

*Fire sprinkler lab at Naugatuck Valley Community College

*State Essay Contest, which awards two graduating high school seniors $1,000 Scholarships

*Annual Charity Golf Tournament 

Board of Directors

Chairman: Rick Russo, Connecticut Fire Protection

Treasurer: Brad Viola, Fire Service Group

Secretary: Rich Lepore, Northern Windustrial

Membership: Jeff Harlow, Victaulic  Company of America

Past Chairman: Bob Hollis, Central Connecticut Fire Protection


Thank You to Our Associate Members!

Your involvement is very important to the work of our Chapter and the Industry. Our sincere thanks for your ongoing membership and support!

Advanced Power Services, Plainville, CT

Ferguson Fire Fabrication, Westfield, MA

Fire End & Croker Corporation, Elmsford, NY

Flexhead Industries, Holliston, MA

F.W. Webb Company, Hartford, CT

G.A. Fleet, Harrison, NY

General Air Products, Inc., West Chester, PA

HD Supply, Waco, TX

JFV Engineering, LLC, South Hadley, MA

K&E Fire Protection, Manalapan, NJ

NEFCO Corporation, East Hartford, CT

New Haven Windustrial Co., Hamden, CT

Northeast Fire Systems, LLC, Vernon, CT

Northern Windustrial Co., Newington, CT

Rosement Engineering, Inc., Lowell, MA

Rybak Engineering, Inc., Warren, MA

Stamford Windustrial, Stamford, CT

Sunbelt Rentals, Charlotte, NC