Why Are New Homes Burning Faster?

Local firefighters are sounding the alarm about a new breed of house fire.

The amenities many home buyers love, open concept floor plans and modern furnishings, are fueling the flames faster. That’s giving residents less time to make it out alive. See the whole story here.

HalloWayne Luncheon Great for Everyone

A good time was had by all at the Ocoee HalloWayne Luncheon. There were winners in the industry specific costume contest – Mickey Ferguson, Misty Breny, Sarah Canfield and winners of the scary dessert contest- Nina Grbic cupcake with eyeballs and glass and Dana Barrett with spider cake. The WINNER of the 50/50 Common Voices Raffle drawing was Tasha Victor.

Clark Gey handing out tickets

Clark Gey handing out tickets

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WAFS supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Thursdays this October

We also had a moment of silence for our dear friend Melanie Hatcher who we lost to Breast Cancer last year.  She may be gone but never forgotten.pink-ocoee
Orlando Home Office Team
Ft Myers Team

Ft Myers Team

Jacksonville Team

Jacksonville Team

Pompano Team

Pompano Team

North Carolina Team

North Carolina Team

Tampa Team

Tampa Team

Congratulations Shane Holt

shanebest Congratulations Shane Holt for taking 3rd place in the  2014 ABC National Craft Olympics. Thank you for stepping up to the plate to represent Wayne Automatic  Fire Sprinklers, You made us proud.

WAFS 2013 Year-End Award Winners Listed

Congratulations to all of you as well as to all WAFS team members for taking care of our customers every single day.  You are all winners!

Team Member’s Name

Location

Award

Bridget Privette

Fort Myers

Team Member of the Year

Kenny Daddona

Fort Myers

Team Member of the Year

Bernie Postlethwaite

Jacksonville

Team Member of the Year

Leslie Hunnicutt

Jacksonville

Team Member of the Year

Dennis Hudson

North Carolina

Team Member of the Year

Carson Powers

North Carolina

Team Member of the Year

Bryon Kibler

Ocoee Alarm Department

Team Member of the Year

Gary Bush

Ocoee Contract

(Commercial/Residential) Dept.

Team Member of the Year

Jeremy Jarvis

Ocoee Service Department

Team Member of the Year

Brad Kreisher

Ocoee Inspection Department

Team Member of the Year

Ruth McCulloch

Ocoee Design Department

Team Member of the Year

Justin Moss

Ocoee Underground/Site Departments

Team Member of the Year

Andy Kindley

Ocoee Sales Department

Team Member of the Year

Steve Wilkinson

Ocoee G & A

Team Member of the Year

Mike Caine

Southeast

Team Member of the Year

William Pierce

Southeast

Team Member of the Year

Kate Watts

Tampa

Team Member of the Year

Robbie Gant

Tampa

Team Member of the Year

Ryan Brewer

Contract Design (company wide)

Team Member of the Year

Melanie Hatcher & Mike Reid

Ocoee

WAFS Spirit Award

Carl McQuaig

Ocoee Contract Sales

President’s Award

Brian Barton

Ft. Myers

10-year jacket

Ronald Johnson

Ft Myers

10-year jacket

Jeff Taylor

Ft Myers

10-year jacket

Mike Patterson

Jacksonville

10-year jacket

Wesley Knight

Jacksonville

10-year jacket

Bernard Postlethwaite

Jacksonville

10-year jacket

Denise York

Ocoee Accounting Department

10-year jacket

Bobby Dewar

Ocoee Engineering Department

10-year jacket

Rein Rutzebeck

Ocoee Inspections Department

10-year jacket

Petru Novac

Southeast

10-year jacket

Tom Stuckey

Tampa

10-year jacket

Allen Benton

Tampa

10-year jacket

Jerry Peeler

Jacksonville

20-year ring

Mike Reid

Ocoee Contracts Department

20-year ring

Chris Whigham

Tampa

20-year ring

Kenny Strickland

North Carolina

20-year ring

Scott Green

Ocoee Service Design

20-year ring

Chris Hampton

Ocoee Contracts Department

20-year-ring

Clark Gey

Ocoee

30-year award

Wayne Gey

Ocoee

35-year award

Dangers of new homes revisited: Your open floor plan is deadly

Citing experts who call today’s home construction methods and contents a “fire crisis” Insure.com, a consumer resource for insurance, tells readers that new methods of construction, architectural features in new homes and larger square footage are “making it harder and more dangerous for firefighters to safely extinguish house blazes and for occupants to safely escape them.” Fire sprinklers would offset these dangers. – Read more at NFPA.org:

National Fire Sprinkler Association Commends State Farm Insurance Company for Highlighting the Importance of Residential Fire Sprinklers

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., commends State Farm Insurance Company for reminding its homeowner policy holders that fire sprinkler systems are the only proactive form of fire protection. State Farm is one of the few insurance providers that are helping to educate homeowners on the life and property saving benefits of residential fire sprinklers from the ravages of fire.

State Farm recently published an article on its website titled “8 Reasons to Install a Home Fire Sprinkler System,” which provides its policy holders with the facts on residential sprinklers. The article highlights the fact that  smoke alarms are reactive by alerting people to fire but sprinklers are proactive by extinguishing the blaze, mitigating the risk to individuals affected by the blaze, including firefighters and other first responders.

Fire does not discriminate and can strike at any time and in any type of home, but working smoke detectors and fire sprinklers can help prevent potential injuries and tragedies from occurring. Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers control and typically extinguish a fire before the fire department even arrives on the scene. More importantly, the presence of fire sprinklers mitigates the
risk to individuals affected by the blaze, including firefighters and other first responders.

“State Farm’s decision to educate their customers on residential fire sprinkler systems and the protection to both life and property they provide is extremely commendable,”
said Russell Fleming, President of the NFSA. “While many insurance companies already offer discounts on homeowner policies when residential fire sprinkler systems are installed, few really champion the education of their customers on the benefits of having the lifesaving system.
State Farm has been instrumental in advocating for residential fire sprinklers with its support of The Home Fire
Sprinkler Coalition
. We appreciate State Farm’s support in
educating their policy holders on this important life safety issue.”

Posted by NFSA – National Fire Sprinkler Association, June 4, 2013 at 03:35 pm

Raising Funds for at Risk Youth

SYFfundraiser-bowlingWayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers bowling team placed third in the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) fundraiser. On June 13th SYF held a bowl-a-thon at Firkin & Kegler located in Waterford Lakes to raise scholarship funds for at risk youths. The Wayne team lead by Jerry Peeler placed third in the competition. The team made up of Sheryl Szollosy, Kevin Rhoden, Douglas Grega, Jerry Bateman, Chuck Price, II and Andy Kindley worked hard for the win!! A fun evening was had by all. To date the Central Florida Simon team has raised over $600,000.00 in scholarships and awards for the SYF. To learn more about SYF go to www.syf.org.