New England Section


News events can be found in this area of the website. We will be expanding this area with more content as news worthy items come up.

Henry (Hank) Voorvaart Obituary


New Software

The new Association Management Software System is now active and people are encouraged to visit IMSA to create a new account and gain access to your IMSA profile. Once you register, you will be able to view your TARP, certifications (including expiration dates), invoices and pay dues.

IMSA has been working very hard to launch this service which is expected to make it easier for individuals and organizations to keep track of who is currently certified and when those certifications are due for renewal. Even more features are expected to be launched over the next few months, including the ability to enter your own training logs.

Traffic in the New England Section

Many municipal workers in the Northeast started off maintaining the 100 mil Fire Alarm system. As times changed municipalities figured if we could work on Fire Alarm we could repair traffic signals. Today’s traffic signals require towns to hire professional staffing with license or certified personnel. Years ago it was policy “To pass the knowledge from one employee to the next”. While this worked in some ways, sometimes those employees who where passing the knowledge did the job for 20 plus years either never received or had very little updated training. National standards, state and local laws and codes are constantly being revised. Liability is at an all time high. There is a reason for every item that is used on the roadways. Placement of Traffic signals, signs and pavement markings are not just installed because they look good or someone thinks no one else has done this - so let’s try it.

Here in the New England Section the traffic side is getting larger everyday. IMSA provides certification, training and current updates on National Standards to its membership. This is done at our annual school and our section meetings.  While the school covers National Standards (MUTCD, NEC, NESC) our section meetings hear from the membership on state and local changes. 

The Traffic Committee of this Section includes not only Traffic, (Signals and Inspections) but also has Flagging, Work Zone Safety, Roadway Lighting, Signs and Markings. We are currently looking for more members to give us a hand at our school as moderators. We have the ability to offer up to 10 classes but we need your help.  If you are interested or have any questions please contact either Jeff Knight or myself. 

Dan Michalak - Chairman, New England Section Traffic Committee

Section members who are on various National Fire Protection Association Committees:

Tim  Soverino
NFPA 72 Principle Member & Primary IMSA Representative, Technical Committee On Inspection, Testing And Maintenance.

Ray Bigelow
NFPA 72 Principle Member & Primary IMSA Representative, Technical Committee On Supervising Stations.

Jeff Knight
NFPA 72 Principle Member, Primary IMSA Representative, Technical Committee On Public Emergency Alarm Reporting Systems.

NFPA 72 Non-Voting Member & Primary IMSA Representative, Technical Correlating Committee.

NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code Liaison to the Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee.

NFPA 720 Principle Member & Primary IMSA Representative, Technical Committee On the Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide(CO) Detection and Warning Equipment.

NFPA 1221 Alternate IMSA Representative, Technical Committee On the Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems.