July 17, 2013

2013 Conference Highlights

This year's conferences were a celebration 50 years in the making. A big thanks to all our members who made it out and celebrated our 50th anniversary at the conferences. View photos from the conferences here.

Getz and Nardini Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

NAFED's lifetime achievement award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution or has had an identifiable and recognizable impact on the fire protection industry. In honor of the 50th anniversary, two individuals who have been with the association since the very beginning were given this distinction at the gala on May 24. The recipients were charter members Mel Getz of Getz Fire Equipment and Ralph Nardini of Nardini Fire Equipment.

Mel Getz founded Getz Fire Equipment in 1957. The company is now in its third generation of ownership and has grown to include branch offices in Illinois and Iowa. In addition to being a founding father, Mel was also an industry innovator. His fire extinguisher filling equipment and mobile recharging vehicles revolutionized the fire protection industry.

Ralph Nardini bought into the fire distributor business in 1949. Since then Nardini Fire Equipment has expanded to include multiple branch offices in Minnesota and North Dakota and is now run by Ralph's son, Tom. In 1963, Ralph along with a handful of other distributors was at the initial meeting with FEMA's steering committee to discuss the formation of NAFED. Two months later, NAFED was founded with Ralph writing the second check for membership.

Farruggia Receives Founders Award

During its 50th anniversary gala, NAFED presented Tom Farruggia, president of charter-member Illinois Fire & Safety, with the Founders Award. The Founders Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals making outstanding contributions to the association.

Tom Farruggia has been extensively involved with many important industry groups throughout his 44-year career in the fire protection industry. He has served as president of the United Fire Equipment Service Association and sits on the fire equipment distributor and employee advisory board to the fire marshal�s office in Illinois. He serves on the NFPA 10 and fire hose technical committees and also on the UL 219 and UL 19 technical panels. He served on NAFED's board of directors as vice president from 1990-93, and was chairman of the federal regulations committee and on the membership committee. NAFED congratulates Tom on receiving this honor.

2014 Tags Now on Sale

Save money with NAFED and buy your tags on our fire program! Make sure you have your 2014 tags stocked and ready to go before the new year hits. Deadlines are as follows:
  • October 4, 2013 for delivery by November 15, 2013
  • November 3 2012 for delivery by December 15, 2013
  • December 1, 2012 for delivery by January 5, 2014
Please submit orders by fax to 312-461-0777 or email to chantalm@nafed.org. Place your order today!



50th Book

Want a piece of history? In honor of its 50th anniversary, NAFED created a 64-page commemorative book. Order your copy now.

Members in the News

Roger Bourgeois won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA).

Bison Fire Protection made the Profit 500 list of fastest growing Canadian companies.

Iowa Fire Control was featured in The Messenger.