Fire Prevention & Protection, Systems

AFSA Announces New Ohio Chapter

Adding strength to numbers, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), the nation’s leading fire sprinkler industry group, announced the recent formation of its Ohio chapter. The decision to join the national trade group as its 22nd official chapter was made at a July 21 lunch meeting in West Chester, Ohio.

“I am proud to welcome the Ohio chapter into the AFSA family,” says AFSA Director of Member Services Bradley Elliott. “Many significant achievements of our association are accomplished at the local level. The addition of our Ohio AFSA Chapter will help members in that area access important technical and legislative information as well as open the door for great networking opportunities.”

The newly elected officers include: Chairman Bill Hausman, A-1 Sprinkler in Miamisburg, Ohio; Vice Chairman Tom Doty, Craynon Fire Protection in Dayton, Ohio; Secretary/Treasurer Doug Stoeckel, ABCO Eckert Fire Protection in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Executive Director Don Eckert, AFSA of Ohio Chapter in Cincinnati. Also in attendance were Cincinnati contractors Tony Russo of RTF Fire Protection and Chris Meyer of Concord Fire Protection.

Initial efforts were focused in the southwest region near Cincinnati, but Eckert says chapter leaders are hoping to rally the rest of the state at its next meeting in October in Columbus, Ohio. Those interested in joining the Ohio chapter should contact Don Eckert at [email protected].

AFSA is a non-profit association representing fire sprinkler contractors. The association is dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the merit shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and authorities having jurisdiction. Currently, AFSA represents companies and individuals across the United States and throughout the world. To find your local AFSA chapter or to learn more, visit


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