AFAA names new executive director
LAKEÃ‚Â MARY,Ã‚Â Fla. - Thomas Hammerberg, former vice president, education for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, has been named president/executive director of the association, following the death of the groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive director, Larry Neibauer, in late June.
Hammerberg, who has been with the association since 1994, represents the AFAA on a variety of National FireÃ‚Â ProtectionÃ‚Â Association commitees and is AFAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s representative to the International Code Council Industry Advisory Committee.
Certified by NICET Level IV in fire alarm systems and a certified fire protection specialist by the NFPA, Hammerberg is also president of Hammerberg & Associates Inc.
City to refund erroneous false fire permit fees
HOUSTON - Some Houston residents found out in August that city officials had charged them a $50 fee for a fire-alarm permit, based on an ordinance that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist, according to Houston-based television news station WKPRC.
Nearly 1,000 residents paid the fee after receiving a letter describing an ordinance passed by the city council that required homeowners to have a fire-alarm permit in an attempt to reduce the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expenses in responding to false alarms.
Lexent managers buy out company
NEW YORK - Infrastructure provider Lexent Inc., which has operations in the fire alarm systems and power systems installation, announced in July it would accept a merger proposal by a corporation owned by its management.
Led by Chairman Hugh J. OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Kane Jr. and Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Kane, the management group agreed to pay $1.50 per share.
Lexent was most recently contracted to install fire alarms at the American Airlines terminal at JFK Airport.