The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to announce the recent rebranding of its Yankee chapter, which will now be known as the Patriot chapter in the New England area.

"I am proud to reintroduce the Patriot chapter into the AFSA family," AFSA Director of Member Services Bradley Elliott said. "We look forward to how this chapter will help members in their area access important technical and legislative information as well as open the door for great networking opportunities on a local level."

Serving the chapter as officers will be: Chairman Chad Dubuc, Rustic Fire Protection, Norton, Massachusetts; Treasurer Paul DeLorie, Hampshire Fire Protection, Londonderry, New Hampshire; Director Jack Viola, JFV Engineering, LLC, South Hadley, Massachusetts; Secretary Bill Wian, Viking SupplyNet; Membership Adam Belanger, Rustic Fire Protection, Norton, Massachusetts; and Executive Director Wendy Callahan, AFSA Patriot Chapter.

"The Patriot Chapter's leadership team is ready and able to bring information, education, new products, and networking activities to its membership.  We are excited about bringing quality programs that enhance success and profitability," Chapter Director Jack Viola said. "The AFSA Patriot Chapter is gearing up to provide what's needed to help the merit shop sprinkler contractor. We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting!"

Representing Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, the chapter's dedicated to the education and exchange of information that improves fire sprinkler awareness and safety. Its goal is to save lives by promoting educational opportunities as well as by collaborating with local agencies and organizations involved in fire safety. Learn more about the AFSA Patriot chapter by visiting

AFSA is a non-profit association representing fire sprinkler contractors. The association is dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the merit shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and authorities having jurisdiction. Currently, AFSA represents companies and individuals across the United States and throughout the world. To find your local AFSA chapter or to learn more, visit