On May 17th, the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund held its 51st Scholarship Reception. For the first time since the program started, the Promotion Fund surprised the winners with an increase in the award amount. The winners will be receiving $10,000 towards their college education. Including the 2018 winners, our Promotion Fund has to date awarded over three hundred scholarships, at a total value of OVER ONE POINT 5 MILLION DOLLARS! This is a truly outstanding achievement for our industry.
On June 9th, the New York Fire Sprinkler Council sponsored a sold out one-day seminar on fire pumps at the Chubb Loss Control Training Center located in Warren, New Jersey. Attendees spent the day obtaining a working knowledge of automatic fire pumps.
The seminar included lecture instruction, demonstrations, technical exercises, group discussions and hands-on activities, including identifying fire pump accessories and critical components, activation of electric and diesel fire pumps, performing an annual fire pump test as specified by NFPA 25, verification of fire pump performance using a digital voltmeter and ammeter and evaluating and graphing fire pump test results. Review of the seminar were overwhelmingly positive. The Council will look to hold additional seminars at the Chubb facility in the near future.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office has released its’ summer and fall 2016 Certificate of Fitness test dates. The test dates are August 23, September 20, October 18, November 22 and December 20. Applicants can register for either the Certificate of Fitness Type 1 Test (for Installing Contractors) or Type 2 (for employees performing inspection, testing and maintenance).
There is limited seating for each test date. Applicants must pre-register to take any of the above tests. To register, send an email to: NCFMTesting@nassaucountyny.gov You must include your name, the date of the test you wish to take and the COF TYPE of test. You will receive confirmation by return email.
Registered users of DOB NOW: Inspections can now bring a USB drive to any Borough Office and upload files to the system for inspection requests, certification of objections, and self-certifications. Through in-Borough support kiosks, registered users will have the ability to upload files to DOB.
NOW: Inspections for all of their inspection requests. In each borough, signage will be posted to assist in locating the kiosk. Department staff will be available to assist users with uploading files from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Assistance is limited to customers with Silverlight browser incompatibility issues seeking help with uploading files.
As per a New York City Department of Buildings Service Notice dated May 2017, the After Hours Variance form (PW5) has been revised with a new statement and signature section. Effective, June 1, 2017 only the updated AHV (PW5) application form will be accepted at Borough Offices for manually filed Fee Exempt jobs.
The 2018 Golf Outing has sold out in RECORD TIME! A waitlist is available for those who were not able to register in time. You can still support the FDNY, our selected Charity, with flag and tee sponsorships.
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The MCA held its 10th Foreman Training this January. Twenty-five lucky students were granted the opportunity to learn the best skills and advice first-hand from or Industry’s finest.
The Department of Buildings recently issued three Buildings Bulletins relevant to our industry. The first, Buildings Bulletin bb_2017-009, supersedes bb_2012-009 and clarifies the requirements for sprinkler and standpipe systems in existing buildings undergoing alteration, including compartmentation requirements and FDNY notifications. The second, Buildings Bulletin bb_2017-017, explains the reporting and extension application process to comply with the sprinkler requirements under Local Law 26 of 2004. The third bulletin, Buildings Bulletin bb_2018-001clarifies the water supply requirements for building standpipe system zones serving floors higher than 300 feet above the lowest level of Fire Department vehicle access.
On February 26, 2018, the New York Fire Sprinkler Council testified at a New York City Council Joint Oversight Hearing held by the Housing & Buildings and Fire & Emergency Management committees regarding the recent residential fires that have taken place in New York City. This was the first hearing regarding fire safety held in 2018 under the direction of the two new Council committee chairs. Robert Cornegy (D) from the 36th District that encompasses portions of Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights is the new Chair of the City Council Housing & Buildings committee. Joseph Borelli (R), whose district covers much of Staten Island’s South Shore is the Chair of the newly created Fire & Emergency Management committee. The hearing also addressed proposed legislation that would require all stoves, when not in use, to have knob safety covers. Legislation was also introduced to require all apartment building doors to be self-closing. The NYFSC testified regarding the efficacy of fire sprinklers and urged the Council to consider legislation that would require existing residential buildings to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems. A full copy of The New York Fire Sprinkler testimony can be found MCA Testimony Feb 26_Fire and Housing and Buildings.
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Following deadly year, New York continues to underscore its home fire problem. Is your state doing the same?
By Fred Durso January 19, 2018
We recently published commentary from Jerry DeLuca, a New York safety advocate, about two home fires in two days that killed eight people in his state. Other advocates have been equally vocal about similar tragedies occurring there this month.
A Bronx residential fire killing 13 people in December was deemed the deadliest fire in New York City within the past 27 years. “There has never been a multiple loss of life in any structure protected with a properly installed and maintained fire sprinkler system,” stated John A. Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, in a recent letter to the editor. “This omission [of fire sprinklers in residences] continues to result in lives lost. The city’s fire department…was on the Bronx fire scene within three minutes, yet people died.
“How much higher does the body count have to get before proactive fire sprinkler legislation is enacted? These deadly fires will continue unless wisdom prevails and the codes are updated.”
Fire fatalities last year in New York City rose 35 percent when compared to fire deaths in 2016, reports the New York Fire Sprinkler Council, an advocacy group that’s a division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York. While the city has consistently expanded sprinkler requirements, “it is clear the city still has a long way to go in protecting all residents with fire sprinklers,” says Anthony Saporito, executive vice president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York. Per the council, New York City hasn’t passed a law improving fire sprinkler safety in residential buildings since 1999.
Are you and the sprinkler advocates in your state just as vocal about your home fire problem? Help raise awareness–constantly–about these tragedies by writing your own letter to the editor or commentary to your local media outlets. Just a couple paragraphs will suffice. Use NFPA’s data or statewide data (if available) to back your reasoning for home fire sprinkler requirements.
The MCA – Local 638 Steamfitters CBA, effective July 17, 2017 – June 30, 2020, has been finalized. Please contact Shane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mischa (email@example.com) for a PDF version. Agreement books will be printed and mailed when ready. Thank you for your patience.
The PDF version of the MSCA – Local 638 Metal Trades Branch Agreement is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
The MCA held its regular Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at the LaGuardia Marriott. Following a cocktail hour, the contractors and associate members were given a brief update on the latest safety developments in our industry. James Hunt, Safety Manager at Durr Mechanical Construction discussed the new OSHA Silica Standard in effect as well as a few pending and enacted pieces of legislation sure to impact safety for NYC construction companies. Frank Heidinger, MCA Senior VP and Vice President of Operations & Safety at Durr Mechanical, then gave an overview of the BTEA’s “Zero OSHA Recordables” initiative. Members were also made aware of the many resources available at www.mcaa.org to help contractors stay on top of the latest developments in construction safety.
Following the MCA Holiday Party in December, our next MCA Membership Meeting is expected to take place in January 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!