Upcoming Meetings

    • March 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • San Marcos Activity Center 501 E. Hopkins San Marcos, TX 78666

    Join us for lunch and two presentations

    • If you do not have enough fire inspector staff...this presentation is for you
    • New tax law provides financial incentives for fire sprinkler retrofits - A new tool in the AHJ's and sprinkler contractor's toolbox

    Location: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 


    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Chapter Business Meeting
      The chapter will discuss/vote on our future.
    • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
    • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Programs 

    If you do not have enough fire inspector staff – this presentation is for you

       Presenter: Chris Connealy, Texas State Fire Marshal

    The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) has been doing data analysis on fire fatalities among all the occupancy classifications with a fire sprinkler system in Texas from 2003 – 2017. This research changed how the SFMO conducts inspections on occupancies protected by fire sprinklers that went into effect September 1, 2017. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy will review this analysis with attendees. Inspection programs need to be based on a risk analysis of the infrastructure in that community. How many jurisdictions have too many fire inspection staff? All jurisdictions work with limited resources and a comprehensive risk analysis drives how inspection cycles are determined to maximize limited resources. Chief Connealy will share how the SFMO has made fundamental changes in its inspection program that prioritizes inspections on structures with the most risk. He will also share how fire incident data utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) software was utilized in Irving, Pasadena, and Cedar Park as pilot projects for evaluating the fire challenges in those respective cities. The fire data in a community is a key part of an effective community risk reduction program. 

    About the presenter: Chris Connealy was appointed as the Texas State Fire Marshal on June 18, 2012. He previously served as fire chief of the Cedar Park Fire Department from 2004 to 2012. Chris has been in the fire service 40 years. He initially served 26 years with the Houston Fire Department and retired January 2004. He promoted through the ranks in Houston to fire chief. Connealy served as HFD’s Accreditation Manager while an assistant chief and the department became the largest accredited fire department in the world in 2001.

    He has associate, bachelor, and master degrees. Chris completed the Harvard University State and Local Executive program in 2003. He is accredited as a Chief Fire Officer and is a National Fire Academy EFO graduate. Chris was named a 2014 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine and was a Dallas Morning News 2013 Texan of the Year Finalist for his efforts to improve fire investigations and outreach efforts to educate first responders and local officials about ammonium nitrate in the aftermath of the West Fertilizer Plant explosion.

    He was appointed by Governor Perry and served as presiding officer on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, served on the Texas Fire Chiefs Association executive board, and received various additional awards during his career in the fire service. He is the first fire chief in the United States to have lead two cities (Houston and Cedar Park) to an ISO Class 1 rating.  Chris serves as an adjunct instructor for TEEX. He loves his profession and serving others.

    New tax law provides financial incentives for fire sprinkler retrofits - A new tool in the AHJ's toolbox

       Presenter: Cindy Giedraitis, NFSA Regional Manager

    Now is the time to invest in retrofitting fire sprinklers into existing buildings.  The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act has been pushed for years, and key provisions were finally incorporated into federal law as part of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which was recently passed by congress.  With fire protection now  included as specially depreciable assets in the tax rules, the net cost of retrofitting sprinklers has been significantly reduced.  This program will go over key provisions in the law to assist building owners, AHJs and businesses in the fire sprinkler industry in better understanding the benefits available for sprinkler retrofits.  This information will give AHJs and businesses in the fire sprinkler industry a new tool in promoting sprinkler installations in existing high-risk occupancies.

    About the presenter: Cindy Giedraitis has served as the South Central Regional Manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association since 2012.  She educates and promotes fire sprinklers for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas through industry meetings/round tables, technical training, presentations, and fire sprinkler coalition meetings.

    From 1999 - 2012, Cindy served as the Public Education Officer for College Station Fire Department, which serves Texas A&M, the 3rd largest University in the U.S. She provided fire safety and injury prevention education for all College Station residents and visitors. In this role, she created the yearly “College Station Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy," a learning program for adults who reside or work in College Station and who want to know more about their fire department. Cindy and many CSFD Academy graduates volunteer with the College Station Fire Department, by choosing to serve as Fire Corps volunteers on the Community Action Response Team (C.A.R.T.) and Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association. In 2011; Cindy and CSFD won the NFPA Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Award.

    In addition to her job position; Cindy serves as current Chair of the NFPA Education Section Board.  She has been on this board since 2003; and has also served as Vice Chair and Secretary.

    Registration Fee (includes lunch and refreshments):

    Prepaid Online - Member: $15
    Prepaid Online - Non-member: $25
    At Door - Member/Non-Member: $30

    Chapter Business Meeting Only (no meal) - Free

    RSVP DEADLINE IS 5:00 P.M. on March 26th, 2018.  Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.