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American Fire Sprinkler Scholarship Program



About AFSA

An association is a service organization, and at AFSA we never forget that our sole purpose is to serve our members. We listen to you, our members, to identify new problems to be solved, or new projects to better serve you.

The American Fire Sprinkler Association, (AFSA) is a non-profit, international association representing open 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 open shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence.Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction.

Currently, AFSA represents approximately 750 companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world.AFSA believes that the installation of fire sprinklers could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars lost to fire each year. Increasingly, public officials are realizing this.

AFSA acts as a liaison with other national associations involved in fire safety. Working together with government agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, the Residential Fire Safety Institute, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, AFSA helps to create an awareness on the dangers of fire.

Convention and Exhibition
AFSA holds the largest fire sprinkler industry convention and exhibition in the world. Besides presenting the latest in products and technology, the convention includes a variety of industry-related seminars.

AFSA publishes Sprinkler Age, the most widely read and respected monthly magazine covering the fire sprinkler industry. The SprinklerNEWS weekly email newsletters covers current news about fire sprinklers around the country. ContractorNetwork, an email newsletter for contractors, brings labor and legislative news to your inbox each quarter.

Technical Services
AFSA provides technical services to members, including representation on all applicable codes and standards committees, informal interpretations of codes and standards, and TechTalk/SprinklerNOTES fax and email newsletters covering technical issues.

To assist fire sprinkler contractors in maintaining a quality workforce, AFSA offers the Contren Learning SeriesĀ© of correspondence courses. This four-book series is designed specifically for training apprentices in the fire sprinkler trade.

In addition, AFSA offers the following specialized schools: a two-week Fire Sprinkler System Planning School offers a comprehensive practical approach to preparing a fire sprinkler system drawing; an Advanced Fire Sprinkler System Planning School assists the experienced planner with the comparison of system planning using ESFR heads and extended coverage heads; the newly developed Hydraulic Calculations Seminar teaches students how to prepare hydraulic calculations the old-fashioned way.

The Fire Sprinkler & Standpipe System Plan Review and Inspection Seminar was recently developed to update fire department personnel, building officials, architects and engineers on the latest technology in fire sprinklers.