Shane Ray
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Dear Board, Councils, Committees, and NFSA Staff,

We have been very hopeful since our Board meeting last week that this would be isolated and not cause a total shutdown of our country. Well, I am afraid our governmental intel is telling us to prepare for two plus weeks of isolation and shutdown. It is highly likely that the only allowable services to operate in America is our food and drug supply chains as well as critical community infrastructure. We are going to be requesting the fire protection contractors and our supply chains operate for any outage and repair, as well as projects related to health care and critical infrastructure facilities. We are also preparing to request that fire sprinkler contractors be considered in support of the fire department and vital to public safety.

Your team at NFSA is working diligently to make your voice heard across the country. We are taking action in every state to reach the governors and mayors. We have been successful at keeping construction services, especially fire and life safety systems as essential. Our outreach is making a difference for our members and we will continue. Our strategy has included suggestions for recovery, but we are ramping that up now so we are on the front wave back into these buildings and that fire officials are in touch with us on inspections to return to service.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me if you are a board, council, or committee member. Again, the NFSA staff is in daily contact and the chain of command is working great with all departments serving together to not only manage this disaster, but to keep normal operations going.

Take care and I hope all is well as can be,

Shane Ray
President
National Fire Sprinkler Association

514 Progress Drive Suite A
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

About the NFSA

For over a century, the National Fire Sprinkler Association has been advocating for the widespread acceptance of fire sprinkler systems throughout the United States. Our mission is simple: “To protect lives and property from fire through the wide-spread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.” The NFSA has accomplished this through a variety of means, including working closely with lawmakers on both state and local levels to pass legislation that will make homes and businesses safer, media appearances, and live fire sprinkler demonstrations.