INDUSTRY OUTREACH

Chapter Meetings

Meetings are held five times a year at Dakota Steakhouse & Tavern, located at 1489 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, 860.257.7752


Learn about the latest technology, standards, code changes and legislative news, as well as network with your industry peers. 


ABC Construction Days

Held in early May, this annual event is an action-packed, hands-on, ground-breaking event for the Construction Industry in New England. In 2017, over 1,300 high school students attended. Features include a Construction "Career Day", hands-on "Trade Show" exhibits both days showcasing the following trades: Plumbing, HVAC, Sprinkler, & Electrical, plus our chapter's Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer activations both days of the event.


Congratulations to the 2017 Winners of the Rodeo's Apprentice Competition. Pictured above, with Chapter Chairman Rick Russo, is:

  1st Place: Zachary Harbec, AL Fire Protection

2nd Place: Brandon Nye, AL Fire Protection 

3rd Place: Dave Pappas, Central CT Fire Protection  


In 2018, ABC Construction Career Days 

will be May 2-3.




Burn Trailer Demonstrations

Held throughout the state, the Chapter hosts its Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer several times a year. 


State Legislative & Licensing Advocates

Our Chapter Members participate in several licensing and legislative boards in Connecticut State Government, keeping up with code and licensing issues, as well as advocating or the fire sprinkler industry. Bob Hollis, pictured above, has served on the State Licensing Board for twenty years.


Naugatuck Valley Community College Sprinkler Lab

Located in Naugatuck Valley Community College, the AFSA CT Chapter designed and built a fully functional fire sprinkler lab. Through donated time and materials, members have created a learning environment to further the education of students, apprentices and fully licensed fitters alike. The Lab offers a full array of valves and sprinkler heads.  There is the ability to start an actual fire in the burn room and extinguish it with several different systems. The lab offers exposure to how sprinklers work from the "inside", and it is a multi-disciplinary tool benefiting the students, firefighters  and fire marshals who train there. 

Annual State Essay Contest for High School Seniors

For several years our Chapter has held a state-wide essay contest for high school seniors, with two $1,000 awards given for students moving onto higher learning institutions.