As the President of AFSA, Bob Caputo, CFPS, is responsible for providing guidance and support to the AFSA Board of Directors while leading AFSA’s experienced team of engineers and other professionals who are dedicated to serving the membership. He will also represent the association, interacting with key stakeholders, including regulatory and other public agencies, and increase the visibility of the value of the fire sprinkler industry and those companies that operate merit shops throughout North America and globally. Caputo also will oversee the association’s efforts to provide educational advancement, promotion, and utilization of automatic fire sprinkler systems in the U.S. and around the world.
Caputo has been an important part of this industry for over 41 years and is a long-time member of AFSA and promoter of merit shop contracting. He is the chair of the NFPA 16 (Foam & Water Sprinkler Systems), NFPA 24, and NFPA 291 Technical Committees, and a member of several other NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 13 (Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems and Design/Discharge Criteria for Fire Sprinkler Systems) and NFPA 25 (ITM – Water-Based Fire Protection Systems). He is a contributor to the NFPA 13 and NFPA 25 Handbooks and the NFPA Inspection Manual. Caputo has written and presented seminars throughout the world on fire protection and life-safety systems and is a regular speaker at AFSA and NFPA conventions. He has developed AFSA education and training materials, including its Project Management Tools and ITM Inspector Development programs. Additionally, Caputo has chaired two chapters of AFSA—Arizona and Southern California.
Caputo is the recipient of numerous awards, including Fire Protection Contractor magazine’s “Industry person of the Year,” San Diego County Fire Chief’s Association’s “Fire Prevention Officer of the Year,” and AFSA’s highest honor, the Henry S. Parmelee Award. He attended Chapman College, Orange, California, and the University of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Caputo is a U.S. Navy veteran and former volunteer fire fighter.