Warren, How's it going? Hope all is well. I've considered joining before, but it's tough to "dish out" the $115.00 or so that it takes to join. I don't buy enough stuff for it to be worth it to me. If it was around $50.00 per year for membership, I would consider joining just to help support the organization.
I am a member of the NFPA. The membership allows you to receive updates on code changes and allows you to ask code specific questions. I have used this service to clear up fire and emergency questions that have come up on certain jobs. You are allowed to vote and receive discounts on their publications too.
As I dive into larger commercial jobs, it is nice to get input from the people who write the code books. Comes in handy when your walking through with a state fire marshall.
They also send out regular newsletters and magazines that address new and changing fire and electrical codes.
Doc, it has saved me from making at least $115 worth of mistakes. The magazines haved informed me on a lot of issues. I have more Life Safety Code problems than NEC problems (you know how those design/build jobs are), so I can call them up and get the answer straight from the source.
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I am a member and enjoy it. The articles are worth while. The discount is helpful but not going to save the membership fee. My only gripe is the too many mailings of catalogs. And yes after 6 months you can vote on code changes at the meeting in which it is voted on.
I've received quite a bit of mail from NFPA. I think I'll join, thanks to good advice fom you guys. Joining the IAEI was a really long process, but in the end, it was well worth the dues. (their computers were all trashed for a long time) I'd suggest them to anyone. Really, Anything that can advance us in our field is good...just don't pay them too much...S