TYCO Offers Free Residential Sprinkler Training at Industry-Leading Global Technology Center

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LANSDALE, Pa. — Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products (TFSBP), a category leader in fire suppression and protection products, is taking its message directly to home builders, architects, contractors and developers through free residential fire sprinkler training.

Aiming to help those become more familiar with sprinkler technology, the training provides information and hands-on instruction in a variety of home fire sprinkler-related issues. Seminars are held over a two-day period at TFSBP's Global Technology Center in Cranston, R.I. – a world-class facility opened in 2006 dedicated to sprinkler research and development. Attendees will see how fire sprinklers contain fires and how new sprinkler technologies are tested.

“We developed our training seminars to educate builders, contractors, architects and developers recognizing the powerful role they play as innovative safety features of new homes,” said Darren Palmieri, TFSBP's residential product manager. “Our own Rapid Response® system was designed to address the needs of the home builder, as well as the homeowner, in a cooperative effort to save lives and protect property.”

In 2007, TFSBP became a registered provider of training programs with the American Institute of
Architects (AIA) and the International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET). Registration is currently available for March 17 – 18, 2008, and May 19 – 20, 2008, sessions. The seminars are free and food and lodging are provided – the only cost to participants is travel to and from Cranston.

Additional topics covered include the evolution and development of the industry's residential sprinkler and residential installation standards; advantages of residential sprinkler systems to the builder and the homebuyer and fire sprinkler system components, design, installation, maintenance and testing requirements.

“Home fire safety awareness is on the rise, and consumers are demanding the latest safety features for their homes," Palmieri said. “Alarm systems, smoke detectors and now sprinkler systems will ultimately become the norm in fully secured homes.”

Those interested in the training seminars should contact Helena Hayes, TFSBP training coordinator at 401/781-8220, ext. 500. More information is available at

About Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products
Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products (TFSBP) is a strategically aligned business unit with globally recognized products sold under leading brands including ANSUL, GRINNELL MECHANICAL, HYGOOD, PYRO-CHEM, QUELL, RAPID RESPONSE, SKUM, and TYCO FIRE & BUILDING PRODUCTS.  Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products produces fire protection and ancillary building construction solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, and residential customers.  Heavy emphasis is placed on research and development resulting in innovations and global approvals covering specialized chemical and water-based fire technologies.  Key products include manual firefighting equipment, detection/suppression systems, extinguishing agents, sprinkler systems, valves, piping products, and fittings.

About Tyco International
Tyco International (NYSE: TYC) is a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers in more than 60 countries. Tyco is a leading provider of security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco completed the spin-off of its healthcare and electronics businesses on June 29, 2007 and today has annual revenues of more than $18 billion and 110,000 employees. More information on Tyco can be found at

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