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New edition of NFPA 72 to be more user friendly

The 2013 version won’t contain the dramatic revisions of 2010, but should make life easier for dealers, installers
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04/18/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Come this fall, you won’t have to flip through the several hundred pages of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, to find documentation requirements. Now, in the new 2013 edition, you’ll find the requirements all laid out for you in one chapter.

Bay Alarm expands

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bay Alarm of California, which says it is “the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the United States,” just got a bit larger, according to a news release.

Davis Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Long Grove, Ill. recently sent over the following tidbit:
 

Low Voltage Systems, located in Poway, Calif. has been acquired by Bay Alarm Company, with offices throughout California.

Doug and Kym Farkas were the owners of Low Voltage Systems. Doug Farkas will be staying on to continue to service custom-builder customers and to help grow the company.

Dorsie Mosher of Davis Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Inc. represented the sellers in this transaction.

I wrote recently here about Bay Alarm adding a new office and employees and its co-president being appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to a state board overseeing alarm companies.

I’ll try to learn more from Bay Alarm about the new acquisition.

 

Bay Alarm exec on state board overseeing alarm companies

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Monday, January 9, 2012

I’ve written about Pacheco, Calif.-based Bay Alarm before. The company, which is more than 65 years old, says it’s the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the nation. It’s certainly a competitive player in California, and now the company’s co-president has been appointed by that state’s governor to an important committee that oversees alarm companies in the state.

Here’s more from the news release Bay Alarm sent out early this month:

In one of his final appointments of 2011, California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. named Matthew Westphal to the Alarm Company Operator Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC), part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, on Friday, December 30.

Westphal, co-president of Bay Alarm Company, the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the United States, has been a board member of the Security Network of America since 2001 and the California Alarm Association since 2000, where he served as president from 2009 to 2010.

"Because of my in-depth knowledge of the industry, and the California Code of Regulations, I feel well equipped to help steward this important Consumer Affairs Committee through the years ahead," Westphal said. "I am honored to serve on the DRC, and look forward to sharing my ideas and expertise."

The five members of the Alarm Company Operator DRC are appointed by the Governor of California and include three alarm company operators and two members of the public. The committee reviews appeals of fines against alarm company operators or their employees, and denial, revocation, or suspension of licenses, certificates, registrations or permits issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

CSAA, IAFC battle false alarms, falsehoods

The groups fight misinformation as they work together in an effort to reduce false alarms
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03/03/2011

VIENNA, Va.— To combat the problem of frequent false alarms in commercial facilities, the Central Station Alarm Association has been working with the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the past year to come up with some proposed NFPA 72 code changes. Now the groups say they’re fighting a misinformation campaign about the changes, battling such claims that they’re “in bed” together and that the proposals are dangerous.

Calif. sprinkler measure lacks monitoring requirement

Sprinkler requirement for new residences is unlikely to generate revenue for alarm companies
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01/13/2011

PACHECO, Calif.—On Jan. 1 this year, California joined Pennsylvania in becoming the first states in the nation to require the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes.

SSN Newspoll results encourage, surprise

Training is important, but some say class attendance is waning
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11/10/2010

YARMOUTH, Maine—It probably comes as as little surprise that folks who do fire installation as part of their business value training. A recent SSN poll showed that they also think going the extra mile with high-level training, like NICET, is also important.
Tom Hammerberg, president and executive director of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association said he found the results encouraging. “It’s good to see there are number of people who feel training is important, because it very much is,” he said.