Any active contractor in good standing with the Association, who performs fire sprinkler installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance work in New York City and Long Island and is properly licensed as required to be, is eligible to participate with regard the New York Fire Sprinkler Council programs and meetings. If you are a contractor who employs Local 638 labor and you are interested in joining MCA, , the standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Our Council ensures that our contractors are apprised of jurisdictional requirements regarding the inspection, testing, and maintenance of sprinkler syst
Fire Prevention Infrastructure Saves Lives
When you pull the fire alarm you are helping both notify the authorities and you are beginning the process of extinguishing the fire. However, the fire suppression sprinkler system does not wait for a fire alarm to be pulled and will activate automatically.
Deutsche Bank Fire
In August 2007, a fire erupted at the vacant Deutsche Bank building located at 130 Liberty Street. The building was under demolition after being heavily damaged in the 9/11 attacks. More than 100 firefighters rushed into the building to fight the fire, including and , both of whom died of cardiac arrest from smoke inhalation.
Following the fire, an investigation led to the finding of numerous safety violations. It was discovered that while under demolition, the building was not inspected as required. In addition to closed off stairways, fire marshals found pieces of standpipe unattached in the tower’s basement, and the standpipe valve was discovered to have been turned off, resulting in a lack of water to fight the flames.
Under the leadership of Executive Vice President Lou Coletti, members of the MCA-NY served on the committee to make recommendations that would change the way the city looked at future construction, alterations and demolition sites, including the passing of four new laws: Local Law 58/09, Local Law 60/09, Local Law 63/09 and Local Law 64/09. These laws strengthened requirements for the inspection and maintenance of standpipes and sprinklers.
In addition, the implemented several changes to enhance the effectiveness of its inspections, including developing an enhanced computer program for reporting inspections of buildings over 75 feet that are under construction or demolition.