American Backflow Prevention Association
Southern California Chapter
The Fourth Annual Backflow Industry Product Fair (BIPF) was held on June 25 at Griffith Park's Friendship Auditorium in Los Angeles. By all accounts, it was a great success. The event was co-sponsored by the Southern California Chapter ABPA and the Los Angeles County Cross-Connection Control Inspectors Group.
gang at bipf
hungry testers
There were nearly 300 attendees and a record number of vendors this year. All who attended were treated to an In-N-Out Burger lunch, courtesy of our vendors. Those who attended were able to participate in a tour of the USC FCCCHR Testing Lab. USC staff provided an excellent overview of the Approval Program for assemblies.
Other highlights included a demonstration of test procedures by Henry Chang and an excellent repair seminar by Jim Purzycki. Testers present were especially interested in the SVB test procedures which will be required for ABPA Tester Certification starting January 1, 2004. Special guests included Bob Gilstrap, our newly elected Region 6 Director. It was great to see him at our event, and he plans to participate in more Chapter activities when possible. ABPA National Certification Administrator Ernest Havlina also attended with his wife, Pauline.
test procedures
Plans are already in the works for the next Backflow Industry Product Fair.

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