On Tuesday April 19, 2016 the AFSA Virginia Chapter held a Recruitment and Social Mixer at the Marine Corps Museum at Triangle, Virginia.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.
Fire Sprinklers Save Lives Award Presentation
Virginia State Fire Marshal – ED ALTIZER
The fire sprinkler industry is often frustrated at the negative publicity fire sprinklers get – primarily because of myths and misunderstanding perpetuated by the media.
In 1998, the American Fire Sprinkler Association created the "Fire Sprinklers Save Lives" Award to recognize individuals outside the fire sprinkler industry who help dispel those myths about fire sprinklers and help advance the use of this life-saving technology. Ed Altizer, Virginia State Fire Marshal, is a very deserving recipient of that award.
Ed Altizer has served as Virginia State Fire Marshal since 1995. He began his tenure with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 1974, where he spent 19 years in the Southwest Virginia field office as an inspector, engineer and regional manager working with both the state fire prevention codes and the fire protection and prevention aspects of the state building codes. He has for many years been an outspoken proponent of saving lives through increased use of fire sprinklers. He was instrumental in getting fire sprinklers installed in numerous buildings at Virginia Tech along with other locations, and he has been shown strong leadership and support in the effort to protect people in their homes through stronger residential fire protection requirements.
During the AFSA Virginia Chapter NFPA #13 Seminar the entire staff of the Virginia State Fire Marshals Office were re-sworn in. Here is a group photo taken at that swearing in ceremony.
At the February 9, 2016 AFSA Meeting the Virginia Chapter awarded Mike Meehan a plaque thanking him for his service to the Virginia Chapter, serving the last six years as President and a Director.
Mike Meehan has diligently supported AFSA, the Sprinkler Industry and the AFSA Virginia Chapter and we wanted to recognize him for this service.