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CALIFORNIA AUTOMATIC
FIRE ALARM ASSOCIATION



HISTORY

CALIFORNIA AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM ASSOCIATION

ORGANIZED 1970

CHARTER MEMBERS

 FRED BARTH F.H. BATH COMPANY, INC.
 M.J. CHOJNASKI TRU-ALARM SYSTEMS
 DAN CHRISTIE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCATE
 B.J. GASIEWICZ FIRE DEVICE COMPANY
 JOHN LA GUE WALTER KIDDE & CO., INC.
 BILL LADD WELLS FARGO SIGNAL SYSTEMS, INC.
 NOEL PALM DOUGLAS ROESCH COMMUNICATIONS
 GEORGE WEINSTOCK MORSE SIGNAL DEVICES


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Supported and helped to organize technical schooling for the fire service.
  2. Participated in advisory groups and code committees to provide input on code changes and legislation affecting the fire industry.
  3. Monitored developments in the fire alarm industry and informed our membership of codes and standards affecting the automatic fire alarm industry.
  4. Provided liaison and interface between CAFAA members and local, state and national fire authorities.
  5. Promoted high professional standards among the association's membership in conjunction with the fire service.
  6. Established and administered the Fred H. Barth perpetual Memorial Fund which provides educational grants to students in the field of fire science.  The memorial fund was established in memory of Fred and Kaye Barth whose untimely end in a 1977 airplane crash in the Canary Islands.  Note:  CAFAA is in the process of reviewing this program 06/11/2020.
  7. Established a joint committee with the fire service on detector reliability.
  8. Instrumental in the success of the C-7/C-10 transition.
  9. Our members actively participate and are represented at various technical committees of NFPA72.
  10. Active in code promulgation with ICC, CA State and California State Building Standards Commission.
  11. Awards the 'ART KANE MEMORIAL AWARD' which is presented to an individual who has unselfishly dedicated him or herself to the principals and objectives of CAFAA.
  12. Instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 575 in October 2001 which requires automatic smoke detection systems in new schools.

  



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