South Central Region: Area 8 (AK, LA, OK, TX)

The South Central Region of NFSA includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. According to Forbes Magazine; four of the “Twenty Fastest Growing Cities in America” (in 2014) are located in the South Central Region. These cities are:

Austin (Number 1)
Dallas (Number 4)
Houston (Number 10)
San Antonio (Number 20)




The South Central Regional Manager- Cindy Giedraitis and NFSA Area Director- John Kauffman, work throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana to be a resource for the fire sprinkler industry. Cindy Giedraitis works closely with fire officials, legislators, and other community leaders to advance the industry and protect lives and property.

For more information on membership, training, and fire suppression events, please contact Cindy at

South Central Regional Managers
Cindy Giedraitis
South Central Regional Manager
PO Box 10403
College Station, TX 77842

John Kauffman, III
NFSA Area Director & Contractors Council Chair
Kauffman Company
13225 FM 529, Suite A
Houston, TX 77041

The NFSA South Central Region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Your NFSA Regional Team includes NFSA Area Director, John Kauffman, NFSA Regional Manager Cindy Giedraitis, and the North Texas Chapter Board of Officers



In 1976 John H. Kauffman III started in the fire sprinkler industry working at the same company as his father and uncle. In late 1977 he moved to Houston and has been in the fire sprinkler business here ever since. His background in design, sales and management has been across several companies. He was a founding member of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association, served as an instructor at the Texas A&M Fireman’s Training School, been an adviser to the State Fire Marshal, served on the Advisory Board of the Houston Chapter of the AGC, is now currently serving as the South Central Area Board of Directors of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and works continuously to promote the life safety aspects of fire sprinklers across our community. Email John at



Cindy has served as the South Central Regional Manager for NFSA since November 2012. Cindy promotes Fire Sprinklers – as a partner to the Fire Service — in four of the BIGGEST and BEST States of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas through area interest trainings, presentations, coalitions and the NFSA North Texas Chapter!

From August 1999 – 2012, Cindy served as the Public Education Officer for College Station Fire Department that serves Texas A&M, the 5th largest University in the U.S. She provided fire safety and injury prevention education for all College Station residents and visitors. Additionally, she created the yearly “College Station Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy”- a learning program for adults who reside or work in College Station and who want to know more about their fire department. Many of the CSFD Academy graduates have grown more committed to the College Station Fire Department, by choosing to serve as Fire Corps volunteers on the Community Action Response Team (C.A.R.T.) and Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association. Email Cindy at or call 979-324-8934

Fire Sprinklers in Texas

2018-2019 NFSA North Texas Chapter Board of Officers

Chair – John Pecot, Design Manager, JCI: Johnson Controls
Vice Chair – Tate Hitzeman, South Central Regional Manager, Globe Sprinkler
Secretary – David Welcher, Project Sales Manager, Automatic Sprinkler of Texas
Treasurer – Daniel Merritt, Regional Sales Manager, Reliable Automatic Sprinklers
Officer At Large – Dale Payne – Branch Manager, Northstar Fire Protection of Texas
Officer at Large – Aaron Wilson – Outside Sales, Ferguson Fire & Fabrication
Regional Manager– Cindy Giedraitis
Not Pictured– Tate Hitzeman
The NFSA North Texas Chapter is dedicated to advancing the fire sprinkler concept throughout the North Texas area. The NFSA North Texas Chapter represents the largest metroplex within the South Central Region, comprising 6,700,000 people.

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South Central Region News



Fire fatalities and injuries still occur for existing non-sprinklered multi-family buildings in Texas. After a fire, many times the rebuild does not include fire sprinklers as existing building codes for rebuilding are unclear and ambiguous where the threshold lies for “bringing it up to code”.

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Fire Sprinkler Licensing – EZ Button or Not?

NFSA South Central Region hosted NICET, NFSA Training, and the Texas State Fire Marshal in a live discussion of Fire Sprinkler Licensing & Certification in Texas on June 17,2020.

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