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April 21, 2011

House Bill Would Extend TWIC Card Expiration

On March 15, 2011, State Representative Bennie G. Thompson (Mississippi) introduced a bill to extend the expiration date on current TWIC (Transportation Worker Identity Credential) cards. As overviewed in the October 2010 Fire Wire, TWICs are required of personnel who need unescorted access on secured maritime vessels and facilities. HR 1105 was introduced, in the words of the bill, "To ensure that Transportation Worker Identification Credentials held by certain maritime workers do not expire before the deadline for full implementation of electronic readers for such credentials or December 31, 2014, whichever is earlier."

Update to NFPA's Antifreeze in Sprinklers Alert

The NFPA's Standards Council has issued four Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) that address the use of antifreeze in fire sprinkler systems. The TIAs provide new requirements in NFPA standards for the use of antifreeze in both new and existing sprinkler systems. NFPA has also issued a new safety alert regarding the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems. These actions come after extensive research and standards development activities to address concerns raised by the combustibility of antifreeze solutions in sprinkler systems.

The four new TIAs apply to:

  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems (2010 edition)
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height (2010 edition)
  • NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes (2010 edition)
  • NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition)

The previous TIAs and Safety Alert issued by NFPA in August 2010 are no longer in effect. The entire NFPA Safety Alert and more information can be found at

Keystone Fire Protection Wins Award

Congratulations are in order for NAFED member Keystone Fire Protection, recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2011 Eastern Pennsylvania "Jeffrey Butland" Family-Owned Business of the Year Award. The company was selected from over 600,000 businesses in Pennsylvania. The award will be presented at a special ceremony during the annual "SBA Day at the Ballpark" on May 26, 2011. This event will include an awards ceremony and luncheon at a local sports-themed restaurant followed by the National Small Business Week-themed Businessperson's Special at Citizen's Bank Park where the Phillies will host the Cincinnati Reds.



Certification Preparation Seminar -- Engineered
Alexandria, LA
May 18, 2011

Advanced Kitchen Fire Protection Seminar
Alexandria, LA
May 19, 2011



Compensation and Benefits Survey

NAFED will soon be sending out questionnaires for our 2011 Compensation and Benefits Survey. Help us gather detailed, accurate data on salary and benefit levels at fire equipment companies nationwide by submitting your questionnaire once you receive one in the mail within the next two months. The information you submit is completely confidential and compiled by an outside research firm. Participants receive a free copy of this invaluable resource.