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MBFAA wants better enforcement of fire alarm inspections

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03/25/2014

PORTLAND, Maine—When this city instituted a new inspection sticker program for fire alarms in commercial businesses and multi-unit residences a few years ago, the industry supported it as a way to ensure public safety and create a level playing field for local fire alarm companies.

But now the Maine Burglar & Fire Alarm Association says the city is not properly enforcing the inspection requirements, creating a disadvantage for companies that do follow the regulation, which Portland was the first city in Maine to require when it was put place since 2011.

CO poisonings in two states may lead to expanded detector requirements

Ensuring safety with CO detectors need not be costly, fire alarm companies say
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03/12/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Calls to expand mandates for carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings in New York and Maine have resulted from recent cases in those states of poisonings by the deadly gas—one of them fatal.

Mice and men: False alarms and blame in rural Maine

Sheriff’s office targets alarm companies over false dispatches
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04/03/2012

PARIS, Maine—A sheriff’s office frustrated by the cost of responding to false alarms is taking a tougher line with alarm companies. But the companies say they are being unfairly singled out for a problem that is typically the fault of residents—human or otherwise—at rural Maine addresses.

Maine’s largest city institutes new fire rules

Industry reps say regulations are positive overall
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01/18/2011

PORTLAND, Maine—New training and inspection requirements for companies that install and service fire alarm systems here in Maine’s largest city aren’t perfect, but are a positive development for public safety and the industry, according to some industry representatives who worked with the city as it drafted the rules.