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Fire Smarts Presents California Residential Fire Sprinkler Seminar at PHCC West Convention

May 7th, 2010

Fire Smarts seminar presentation at the PHCC West Convention in Napa Valley, CA on May 13, 2010 will educate plumbing contractors on the recent adoption of residential fire sprinkler requirements in California.

Stephen Leyton

A live seminar has been prepared by Fire Smarts, LLC on behalf of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) to educate plumbing contractors on the recent adoption of the 2010 California Residential Code which includes the 2009 International Residential Code with fire sprinkler requirements. This seminar is part of the educational training being offered at the 2010 PHCC West Convention in Napa Valley, CA.

The “California Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements” live seminar will be presented by fire protection industry expert, Stephen Leyton, on May 13, 2010 at 10:45am PST. Mr. Leyton served as Chair of the installation committee for the California State Fire Marshal’s Residential Sprinkler Code Adoption Task Group and Co-Chair of the ICC Ad-Hoc Committee on Residential Fire Sprinklers. Mr. Leyton will educate participants on the residential fire sprinkler code changes in California and provide an understanding of the process that led to these changes. Participants will also hear from Uponor and Lubrizol representatives about the piping material options being used for one- and two-family residential dwellings.

“With the recent addition of residential fire sprinkler requirements into the International Residential Code, there is no question that these systems will become a standard component in new home construction across the country,” said Ryan J. Smith, President of Fire Smarts, LLC. “There is a need and an incredible opportunity for plumbing contractors to assist in providing these services.”

The “Residential Fire Sprinklers Market Growth and Labor Demand Analysis” published by Fire Smarts, LLC in September 2008, projects that over 7000 additional positions for sprinkler installation will be needed as residential fire sprinkler requirements are adopted and widely enforced across the country over the next decade. An adequate amount of skilled labor is essential to ensuring that residential sprinkler systems can be properly and cost-effectively installed. A growing number of industry experts agree that plumbing contractors play a critical role in the successful implementation of residential fire sprinkler code requirements.

“There is a lot of interest by PHCC members in this new market,” said Skip Pfeffer, PHCC’s National President. “We cannot afford to lose this market—especially in the current economy. I encourage all PHCC members and potential members to participate.”

Convention registration is open to all interested parties. For more information and to register for the 2010 PHCC West Convention visit http://www.caphcc.org/phcc-west-convention . This seminar is another residential fire sprinkler educational and training opportunity that is being offered by the PHCC in partnership with Fire Smarts.

About PHCC: The PHCC – National Association is the oldest trade association in the construction industry and the premiere organization for the plumbing, heating and cooling professional. Since 1883, PHCC has been the leader in promotion, advancement, education and training. Today PHCC has more than 4100 contractor members from open and union shops, who work in the residential, commercial, new construction, industrial and service and repair industry segments.

About Fire Smarts, LLC: Fire Smarts, LLC is a leading provider of fire protection educational and training resources. The company operates the home fire protection resource website, Residential Fire Sprinklers .com ( http://www.ResidentialFireSprinklers.com ), frequently publishes articles and reports on the latest industry developments and utilizes its team of Fire Smarts Faculty members to create custom training solutions for contractors, fire and building officials, and business organizations based on NFPA standards.

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Gary L. Johnson Joins Fire Smarts Faculty Team

May 5th, 2010

Gary L. Johnson, representing FBC™ Building Solutions of The Lubrizol Corporation, joins the Fire Smarts Faculty Team to contribute to the development of fire protection education and training resources utilizing his extensive knowledge of polymer technologies and the NFPA standards.

Gary Johnson

Fire Smarts, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Gary L. Johnson to the Fire Smarts Faculty as a manufacturer representative of FBC Building Solutions of The Lubrizol Corporation. With over 30 years of fire protection experience, Mr. Johnson is an internationally recognized authority on polymer technologies commonly used in fire sprinkler systems.

Mr. Johnson has operated in a variety of capacities in the fire protection industry. He began his career in 1974 as a fire sprinkler contractor with Automatic Sprinkler Corp where for nearly 20 years he was directly involved in the installation of fire sprinkler systems. In 1993 he accepted responsibility for the marketing and business development of the BlazeMaster® fire sprinkler systems product line; a responsibility he still has in his role with Lubrizol as Global Business Development Manager. In addition to his practical field experience, Mr. Johnson, has served as Chairman of the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI), on the Board of Directors for IFSA, on residential committee’s for NFSA and AFSA, and as a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 13D/13R.

“Gary has been intimately involved in the development of polymer technologies for fire sprinkler systems over the last two decades,” said Ryan J. Smith, President of Fire Smarts, LLC. “His participation further enhances the knowledge and resources available to our Faculty in the development of expert fire protection training solutions.”

The Fire Smarts Faculty is actively involved in the promotion of fire protection education and training based on model building codes and NFPA standards. Domestically, a primary focus has been on the emerging residential fire sprinkler market. In 2008 Fire Smarts, LLC published the “Residential Fire Sprinklers Market Growth and Labor Demand Analysis” to quantify the impact of residential fire sprinkler requirements in the International Residential Code (IRC). Through an alliance with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) the company has been leading the efforts to educate and train the plumbing community on residential fire sprinkler systems.

Internationally, Fire Smarts, LLC is well positioned to benefit from the increasing use of the NFPA standards. With Fire Smarts Faculty as recognized experts in the NFPA standards, the company offers a unique training solution for organizations abroad in need of this knowledge.

Regarding his participation on the Fire Smarts Faculty, Mr. Johnson commented, “I’m looking forward to working with Fire Smarts to help insure comprehensive training to qualified installers of both stand alone and multipurpose fire sprinkler installations.”

FBC Building Solutions provides piping technologies sold under the brand names of FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster® and Corzan® . Mr. Johnson’s participation will assist Fire Smarts in providing current and thorough instruction on the use of these materials when educating about the piping options available for fire sprinkler systems.

About Fire Smarts, LLC: Fire Smarts, LLC is a leading provider of fire protection educational and training resources. The company operates the home fire protection resource website, Residential Fire Sprinklers .com ( http://www.ResidentialFireSprinklers.com ), frequently publishes articles and reports on the latest industry developments and utilizes its team of Fire Smarts Faculty members to create custom training solutions for contractors, fire and building officials, and business organizations based on NFPA standards.

FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster® and Corzan® are registered trademarks of The Lubrizol Corporation. FBC™ is a trademark of The Lubrizol Corporation.