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Tom Wysocki Honored at NFPA Annual Meeting

Kerry Bell (right) presents Committee Service award to GSI's Tom Wysocki.


June 16, 2016  The National Fire Protection Association awarded GSI's President and Senior Consultant the prestigious NFPA Committee Service award.   In presenting the award (above), NFPA Standards Council Chairman Kerry Bell noted:  "The Committee Service Award is given to a technical committee member for continuous and exemplary service on one or more committees over a substantial period of time, and in recognition and appreciation of distinguished service to the NFPA in the development of NFPA Codes and Standards."


Wysocki has served on a number of Technical Committees for over 39 years.  His service  record includes the Technical Committees on Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems (1979 - 2005) (this Technical Committee was discharged in 2005 and became part of the Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems committee), Halogenated Fire Extinguishing Systems (1979 – 2005; Chair 1991 - 2005) (this Technical Committee was also discharged in 2005 and became part of the Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems committee) Electronic Computer Equipment (1988 – Present ; and Chair 2000 - 2009), and Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems (2005 – Present).  Tom Wysocki also received the Standards Council Special Achievement Award in 2003.


Fire Protection News/Highlights 


February, 2016  The NFPA Technical Committee on Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Systems has met twice to develop a first draft of the new standard.  The next meeting is scheduled for late September/early October of 2016.  The standard has been assigned a number of 770.


December 12, 2014   NFPA has published a request for persons to serve on the technical committee to write a new standard on Hybrid Fire Systems.  This new standard was authorized by the NFPA Standards Council at their October 2014 meeting.  If interested in applying for membership, go to the NFPA website to submit an application.


April 15, 2014  The Fire Suppression Systems Associations (FSSA) announced publication of their latest guide for special hazards fire extinguishing systems: The FSSA General Information Guide for Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems.  The guide is the fourth and final book in the series of CO2 system guides.  Previously published guides covered total flood, local application rate by area, and local application rate by volume design.  The general information guide contains a wealth of information on various aspects of carbon dioxide system design, installation, maintenance, and safety as well as physical and thermodynamic properties of carbon dioxide.  These guides, as well as a number of other documents pertaining to special hazards fire protection, are available through the FSSA website:


December 31, 2013  Cold weather increases the odds of fire during refueling of cars, trucks and other vehicles.  The Petroleum Equipment Institute has a video of such a fire (girl involved does not appear to be hurt) and some safety tips on refueling practices.  To access the PEI website, click here.  



November 15, 2011  One of the most common questions regarding Carbon Dioxide system design using NFPA 12 is the meaning of the NFPA 12 nozzle codes.  GSI's Tom Wysocki has prepared a video lesson to help answer the question in a very practical manner.  AHJs, system designers, fire protection engineers and others who work with CO2 systems may the find the presentation worthwhile.  For more information or to stream the video, please click here.


September 1, 2011

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, announced a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies.  "Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel."  For more information, please click here to go to the announcement on the CPSC website.



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Guardian Services is a world leader in special hazards fire protection for Industrial and Marine Fire Hazards.   GSI offers consulting services, fire safety seminars, expert witness services and training courses related to fire and explosion, and fire suppression systems.   GSI specializes in research and development, specification, design, startup, review and investigations related to fire extinguishing systems for special hazards.  GSI is a leader in the development and use of systems containing Halon alternatives such as FM-200, FE-13, FE-25 and Novec.   GSI provides expert direction in development of inert gas systems such as Inergen and Argonite.  GSI likewise has done research and development on water mist systems.  Traditional agents including carbon dioxide, foam and dry chemical complete the arsenal of fire protection systems which GSI has developed in the laboratory, obtained 3rd party approval, and applied in actual field installations.


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