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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.

ISC West features new partnerships and acquisitions

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04/07/2011

LAS VEGAS—What was new on Day 1 of ISC West 2011? As usual, there were a number of partnership announcements and a couple of acquisitions; new this year was lots of talk about physical security information management systems. PSIM announcements abounded on the show floor.

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.