Greetings from the Academy, January 2017

Welcome to this month’s edition of Inside the Academy, the monthly newsletter from The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology for fire protection industry professionals.

All I can say is…. WOW!  The industry’s response to our newest classes has been awesome.  By the time we start our next Design Prep-school (45 days from now), we will have delivered 30 new designers to the industry.  One company has already sent five designers through the course. 

This effort has been so successful that we have had to increase our faculty and staff to enrich the new trainees’ learning and experience.   We welcome Travis Mack and Cliff Whitfield to the Academy’s Team of instructors.  You can read more about them here.  We’ve also added Rebekah Krejci and Paul Myers so we can keep giving you the service you deserve.  In this edition, you can learn more about Paul Myers in our “Introducing…” section below.

Look for even more new classes soon.  We are working on full NICET prep classes, and it won’t be long before we introduce our leadership and teamwork classes.

It is my incredible honor to work with the Academy’s Team.  I know you’ll be pleased by where we are headed.  I hope you’ll want to come with us. 


Tech Tip of the Month: 

You can use the “quick response reduction” rules when you are designing a retail or grocery store (any mercantile occupancy).  If you meet the five requirements in NFPA 13, Section, you might be able to flow around 40% less water when performing hydraulic calculations.  That may mean you could use smaller pipe sizes and a smaller water supply.  You could win the project with a lower bid.  Better yet, you may be able to save money buying and installing smaller pipe. (That last line means more profit!)

Here are the five basic requirements:

  1. Wet system
  2. A light hazard or ordinary hazard
  3. A maximum ceiling height of 20 ft.
  4. No unprotected ceiling pockets…
  5. No unprotected areas above cloud ceilings…

We teach this application to all of our students!.  Let us know if this Tech Tip is helpful for you.