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Trade Associations We Are Affiliated With

TC Life Safety is proud to be a member of the following organizations.

Automatic Fire Alarm Assocation, New England (AFAA)

The Automatic Fire Alarm Association was formed in 1953 and is the only national trade association exclusively dedicated to representing the automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems industry. The membership is made up of all segments of industry (manufacturer's, distributors, state and regional associations, users, AHJs, engineers, and others).

The Association is committed to influencing codes and standards at all levels to make buildings safer through the proper application of automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems. Over the last four years significant time and energy has been spent on insuring that the ICC (International Code Council) and the International Building, Fire and Residential Codes scheduled for publication in the year 2000 require fire alarm and automatic detection systems for life safety and proper protection. Members also participate in the promulgation of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code and NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code.

*Description from the AFAA website (http://www.afaa-ne.org)

Leadership in Educational Facilities (APPA)

With one eye on providing excellence in today’s educational environment, and one always trained on adapting, enhancing, and transforming the facilities of the future, APPA seeks to create positive impact in educational facilities on three important levels:
APPA transforms individual facilities professionals into higher performing managers and leaders, which…
Helps transform member institutions into more inviting and supportive learning environments, which…
Elevates the recognition and value of educational facilities and their direct impact on the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.

APPA used to stand for the Association of Physical Plant Administrators in the late 1960’s through the early 1990’s. Today, the association is known as APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, and is most easily recognized and referred to as simply “APPA.”

*Description from the APPA website (http://www.appa.org)

IMSA - International Municipal Signal Association of New England

IMSA is the oldest known association of its kind in the world. It dates back to October 1896, when a group of municipal signal men from several east coast cities met in Brooklyn, New York and organized an association called the "International Association of Fire and Police Telegraph Superintendents." Records indicate that the group met once a year thereafter and that committees were appointed which developed and submitted technical papers on pertinent subjects at these annual meetings.

The basic purpose of the organization was to keep its members and others in the profession, up-to-date on proper procedures of construction and maintenance of signal systems and informed on new products and equipment developments.

In 1900 the organization changed its name to the "International Association of Municipal Electricians" (I.A.M.E.). This name remained for the next 35 years.

*Description from the IMSA website (http://www.imsasafety.org)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. Publisher of the National Electrical Code®, the Life Safety Code®, and 300 other codes and standards through a full, open-consensus process, NFPA is currently developing NFPA 5000, Building Code™, the first consensus-based building code. NFPA also produces educational curricula, including the Risk Watch® community-based injury prevention curriculum and the Learn Not to Burn® fire safety curriculum. Membership in NFPA totals more than 75,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.

*Description from the NFPA website (http://www.nfpa.org)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) was established in 1950 and incorporated as an independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4,200 members, 66 regional and local chapters, and 15 student chapters worldwide.

The purpose of SFPE is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.

*Description from the SFPE website (http://www.sfpe.org)