Fire Sprinkler Save

Fire contained to a single mattress in a discount mattress outlet ~ Temecula, California.  Article

In other news; Brown County, Nebraska is seeking a fire sprinkler contractor to retrofit the courthouse in Ainsworth (article).  Design must be submitted to the State Fire Marshal and approved before final acceptance of bid.  Via the Ainsworth Star Journal.


Take Seriously ‘Buy American Act’

This article on Petersburg News out of Virginia reports a man sentenced to 5 months for the use of foreign material in a government project.  The article states the guy directed his employees to “grind off the foreign-made markings.”  Seems to me that it would have been cheaper to buy the American made materials after you take into account the time spent grinding off the markings.  Must’ve been real, real cheep foreign parts.

Unusual Valve Indicator

The pictures are of an FDC and a device next to it that says, “Fire Dept. Indicator Valve.”  I’m assuming that there is a valve somewhere. The site glasses have lights (I guess they are lights) indicating whether the valve is open or closed.  The site glass on the left has condensate on the inside so it is hard to see in but I imagine it’s just like the right side.  There is no valve in close proximity.  This device sits about 50′ in front of the building that it belongs to.  I saw it in passing and did not have a chance to do a whole lot of digging into exactly what it controlled or was an indicator for.  I found it odd that it was right next to the FDC but thinking about it I don’t think it has anything to do with the FDC.  If you’ve seen this device or are familiar with it’s function drop in the comments section and share.


Fire Sprinkler Academy

A colleague of mine sent me the following information regarding college credits that are going to be offered for training in the fire sprinkler business.    The great part is, you can take these classes at you’re home computer.  If you’re interested let them know.

Subject: Fire Sprinkler Academy

Could you send this on to EVERYONE you know that might be interested? We already have people from six states and the country of Portugal participating!

With much thanks,

Cecil Bilbo
Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology, Inc.

We are pleased to bring you a chance to earn COLLEGE CREDIT for online classes offered by the Academy and Parkland College. Please see the announcement below for more information. If you have any questions, send an email to info[at]sprinkleracademy[dot]com,  or visit

Fire Sprinkler Academy – College Credit classes ONLINE
Receive college credit towards the Sprinkler System Technology Degree on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings

Price: $250 per credit hour
Date: Begins Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: From your computer and phone
Phone: 217.649.0344
Email: info[at]sprinkleracademy[dot]com

Earn College Credit on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm beginning AUG 25, 2009. Six hours of credit will be available through live online classes during the 2009 fall semester.
Register at

SST 001 Basic Hydraulics – Step-by-Step Fridays 1-3pm Central
Live Online Training in Sprinkler System Hydraulics (5 week class)

Price: $500 per student (ask about single site/multi-user discount)
Date: Begins Friday, September 11, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Online with your computer and phone

Phone: 217-649-0344
Email: info[at]sprinkleracademy[dot]com

Five Week class to learn all of the fundamentals of hydraulic calculations for fire sprinkler systems. This class will meet five times on Friday afternoons from 11 SEP to 09 OCT 2009. Everyone welcome.

Register at