The New York Fire Sprinkler Council is a division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc., an organization comprised of 120 member firms employing Local 638 Steamfitter Union Labor. Our members are responsible for the installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire-suppression systems in tens of thousands of high-density residential and commercial buildings, including, hospitals, universities and industrial facilities.
NYFSC Fire Suppression Contractors have installed the majority of the city’s life-saving fire-suppression systems and remain at the forefront of helping to protect the public through educational events and outreach. The work of our members over the course of recent decades has made a significant contribution to the reduction in civilian fire deaths in New York City from 1973 to 2016.
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers, age 14-43 perished in one of the most deadly fires ever to occur in the United States at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. This fire would be a turning point in workers’ rights and safety in the workplace. As a result of this fire, New York State created the Factory Investigating Commission. Beginning with fire safety, the Commission’s finds led to thirty-eight new laws regulating labor in New York State including requiring a requirement for installation of alarm systems and in certain occupancies automatic fire sprinkler systems.
Since then, our City, State, and members have made tremendous strides in protecting the lives of our residents and visitors.
Support for Industry Initiatives and Programs
The NYFSC and Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local 638 also provides financial support for local not-for-profit organizations that recognize, educate and further the life-saving message of the importance of proper fire protection, including The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Kerry Rose Foundation, and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.
Fire Sprinkler Facts
Fire sprinkler systems are the single most effective tools in protecting life and property, while controlling the spread of deadly flames and toxic smoke. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sprinklers:
*Detect changes in room temperature and then automatically respond to control, suppress or extinguish fires
*Function individually, requiring just one sprinkler to control a blaze in 90% of home or apartment fires
*Reduce the chance of dying in a home or apartment fire by about 80% and property damage by 70%
*Reduce firefighter injuries by about 65% when present in home structures,
*Use 10x less water flow per minute than typical fire department hoses to control the high heat, flames and smoke in a structural fire, as they can pinpoint the source of the fire exactly where it is needed most
*Save building owners on insurance policies, with discounts averaging 7% off homeowner policy premiums and up to 13% for full sprinkler protection.