Training at Local 550 for the Boston Area

On March 5, 2020, the National Fire Sprinkler Association delivered training on Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25, for J.C. Cannistraro engineers, Sprinkler Fitters from UA Local #550, Boston Area Fire Inspectors, Property Owners and Facility Managers.

Ray Vance, an NFSA Instructor and Principal at Fire Design Concepts, LLC in Sugar Hill, Georgia, provided the attendees with a comprehensive overview of the updated information, additions, and changes to the NFPA 25, Standard on Inspection, Testing & maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.

Mr. Vance spoke about inspection, testing and maintenance of pumps and sprinkler systems, reporting of impairments and deficiencies and notification of owners, responsible parties and compliance officials.

Stephen Churchill of J.C. Cannistraro coordinated and sponsored the training for their employee engineers and sprinkler fitters, who are signatories with Local 550, and extended invitations to the Fire Prevention and Inspection Officials at Boston Fire Department and MASSPort Fire, which has responsibility for fire and life safety at Logan International Airport. Also in attendance were property owners and facility managers that have customer/contractual relationships with J.C. Cannistraro.

NFSA extends a Thank You to Peter Gibbons, Business Manager at UA Sprinkler Fitters Local # 550 Boston Area Union, for graciously donating the use of their Apprentice Training Facility, located in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, for the training program.

The exchange of information and questions raised and answered demonstrated the value of continual training and education in order to maintain proficiency and productivity as well as functionality, reliability and safety of fire protection and suppression systems.

This educational session was a great example of collaboration among the various disciplines within our industry and organizations: from Labor, UA Local 550; Contractors, J.C. Cannistraro; Property Owners, Business & Facility Managers; Code Compliance Officials and Fire Service Inspectors; and the NFSA.