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CISCO is now accepting applications for the 2015 Scholarship Program
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Program.  One additional program category was added last year to enable a wider range of the children of both building trade union members and union contractor employees to apply. 

CISCO now offers (2), four-year scholarships ($2,000/year) to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards ($1,000/year) for seniors planning to attend community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees.

Applications for each of the three categories of scholarships are available now at www.cisco.org/scholarships or by calling CISCO at 630-472-9411.  The program was established in 1994 in order to provide educational support for CISCO members and their families. 

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by Friday, February 27, 2015 to be eligible for consideration.  Winners will be notified by March 31st and awards will be presented at CISCO's Annual Luncheon in April, 2015.  For judging criteria, application information, and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application forms.

Best of luck to all!

Welcome to Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we're responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It's no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.

Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinklered properties.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in building with sprinkler systems than those without. What's more, the water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.

With so much riding on the skills of our Sprinkler Fitters, it is critical that our journeymen receive the best training available. In addition to a rigorous apprenticeship program, many UA Sprinkler Fitters choose to expand their skills by voluntarily participating in advanced training programs.  Some even go on to become instructors through the United Association International Instructor Training Program.

The members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are committed to providing quality installation, service and repair to the piping and fixtures used in sprinkler systems.  They know that when human lives are at stake, there is no room for error and there might not be a second chance to get it done right. That's why the Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 do the job right, the first time, every time.