APi NSG Newsletter | Summer 2018


I N TH I S I SSUE : Page 2. Company Updates Tenant Vs. Provider

Distracted Driving Initiative Safety Week

Page 4. Industry Updates Kidde Alarm Recall NFPA 3000 Page 5. Technology News Trends of 2018

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company updates

helpful checklists by scope In between annual inspections from your fire protection provider, there are a few steps you can take as a facility manager/tenant to keep your extinguisher and e-light systems functioning properly. extinguisher Tenant Responsibilities (Monthly): • Confirm the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location. • Verify the locking pin is in-tact and the tamper seal is unbroken. • Examine the extinguisher for physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle. • Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full. • Make sure the operating instructions on the name-plate are legible and facing outward. • Check the last professional service date on the tag. (A licensed fire extinguisher maintenance contractor must have inspected the extinguisher within the past 12 months). • Initial and date the back of the tag. Technician Responsibilities (Annual): includes above tasks • Check mechanical parts • Replace or refill extinguisher agent • Expelling means • Recharge if needed • Hydrostatic test if applicable emergency lighting Tenant Responsibilities (Monthly): • Check that the sign/Light is not damaged or obstructed. • Perform the 30 second push button test – hold the test button for 30 seconds. • Fill out the monthly checklist on inspection report. Technician Responsibilities (Annual): • Perform 90-minute battery test. • Confirm correct location of the emergency unit lighting. • Check that sign/Light is not damaged or obstructed. • Check that bulbs/lamps/LEDs are all functioning. • Record start voltage - battery voltage reading taken with a volt meter at the beginning of the load test if applicable. • Record end voltage - battery voltage reading taken with a volt meter at the end of the load test if applicable. • Record load test minutes - time the emergency lighting was tested under simulated power failure conditions. • Record AC power on - voltage reading taken with a volt meter when the AC electrical power was reconnected. tenant vs. provider each party’s responsibilities

employee spotlight: bill meister operations team lead

no joke, he’s a great leader As a leader of the inspections team, Bill provides support and guidance on a daily basis. He serves as a point of

escalation for our customers because of his ability to think quickly and strategically. He owns it Bill takes full ownership of all that he does. He drives our operations department and organization to the next level through creative problem solving and forward thinking. He helps make APi NSG successful! eye spy...a new opportunity He has an eye for new opportunities and finding ways to capitalize on them. Bill’s solutions not only improve the level of service we deliver to our customers, but also make us a better company. fun fact Bill has a love affair with caffeine and enjoys a Venti Starbucks almost every day. If for whatever reason, Bill is not supplied with adequate caffeine, run for the hills!

company updates

distracted driving initiative to drive without distractions what we are doing Our parent company, APi Group, is working to raise awareness about the risks to yourself and others when driving distracted. In 2017, more than 40,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, with distracted driving being the leading cause. The APi Group family of companies is taking steps to lower this number through the Driving Without Distractions Initiative. To make this happen, APi will be implementing a zero use of electronic devices policy while driving in 2018 and has plans to deploy a control/ monitoring tool by 2019. Although we understand driving without distractions is not always easy and will require changing habits and routines, we strongly believe this is an important initiative that will hopefully inspire not only our organization, but those we work with.

faces in the field: eddie Gnip ifp | florence, SC

background Eddie has worked with International Fire Protection since 2014 and has held various positions such as a 669 foreman, inspector, and is currently the

service manager. Eddie previously worked with another APi company, Reliance Fire Protection, in Baltimore, MD as a 669 apprentice and journeyman/foreman. why he’s awesome Through his hard work and competitive drive, Eddie is able to provide customers with the best service and products possible. He has always worked to be the best at any role he’s worked in. Eddie credits this drive to his father, Ed Gnip Sr., who still works in the trade and always gives his best to his career and family. tid bitS Eddie’s favorite band of all time is Zac Brown Band and his favorite artist is Jack Johnson. If he could meet with anyone it would be Cal Ripken Jr., who he grew up watching every night. Eddie admired his dedication to reach perfection in his career. Eddie would have no problem picking one meal for the rest of his life, it would be Baltimore steamed crabs with mounds of Old Bay seasoning. If he wrote an autobiography it would be titled Southbound, and would highlight the contrasts between his previous life living in the north, to starting a new adventure in South Carolina.

safety week 2018 extinguisher training api nsg puts out fires

On May 7- 11th, we celebrated Safety Week which included challenges and educational activities to raise awareness. Sometimes we take safety measures for granted and choose to ignore them. It’s often not until something bad happens that we realize how important they are and why they’re in place. One activity our team participated in during safety week was an extinguisher training session. The New Brighton Fire Department came out to show us the proper way to put out a fire as quickly as possible. Our employees learned a lot, and many have thankfully never had to use one!

industry updates

kidde alarm recall First extinguishers, now alarms what you need to know

Kidde initiated another recall, but this time for smoke alarms. The impacted devices are Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms – Models PI2010 and PI9010. These smoke alarms are not tied to the fire alarm control panel and are not serviced by our team. You may have these installed at your site, but they would have been purchased and/or installed by someone other than our technicians. So although we can 100% confirm that these are not tied to our alarm system, we cannot confirm that they don’t exist in buildings. It is up to you to make sure your facility does not contain any of these faulty alarms. On a side note, if you have recently purchased a home or have changed out the smoke alarms at your home, you may want to have a look. These are commonly found at local home improvement stores and you may have purchased them prior to the recall. Why were these alarms recalled? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a yellow cap was left on during the manufacturing process that could potentially cover one of the two smoke sensors. This would hinder its only responsibility, to detect smoke and alert consumers of a fire. About 452,000 units were recalled on March 21st of 2018. Check out more information from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission or Kidde.

Not Impacted


NFPA 3000 Provisional standard for active shooter/hostile events https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com/

what you need to know For the second time in The National Fire Protection Association’s 122-year history, they have issued a provisional standard to meet a pressing public safety need. This standard focuses on active shooter/ hostile event response and includes four main concepts: Whole Community, Unified Command, Integrated Response, and Planned Recovery. Another issue being addressed is the use of fire alarm pull stations by active shooters to bring people into common areas. The discussion has began of whether to remove pull stations all together, or put protocol in place to prevent a shooter from using them to their advantage. Read more about the discussion here!

technology news

trends of 2018 how technology is making an impact this year fire service is getting an upgrade This year multiple technologies have been or are being implemented to help firefighters do their job more efficiently. Here were just a few of the most impactful innovations trending now: Fire Suppression Equipment • Hemisphere Portable Monitor: a stationary fire hose that allows you to aim and spray large amounts of water. • Flood Control Module: dewaters flood-affected areas. Firefighter Training • Virtual Reality Training: allows students to be immersed into real incidents. Cloud Based Technology • Paperless solutions • Increased mobile device usage: phones, tablets, laptops to access information on the move. • Access to digital floor-plans, critical infrastructure, etc. Drones • Now more affordable • FAA-required training and certification courses For more details on the technologies listed, check out this article!

employee spotlight: ben myran national account rep

at your service Ben is a strong member of the service team within our operation’s department and has been with us for a little over 2 years now. Throughout his time with APi NSG, he has managed several accounts at a time, while staying organized and efficient. Though managing several accounts, Ben is always sure to give each task his full attention and customers the cusomtized serivce they deserve. A GOOD FIT His positive attitude and friendly demeanor make him a pleasure to have around the office every day. Ben always makes himself available to help his colleagues and is the definition of a team player! customer-focused RESULTs By working with a sense of urgency and offering quick, knowledgable information, Ben is able to provide reliable support to our customers. He goes above and beyond, and does it with a smile. fun fact Ben is quite the baker and frequently brightens people’s days with fancy treats!

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