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Fire jobs ‘starting to come back’ for Northwest company

Improving economy and mass notification projects are helping to rebuild life safety business after recession
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08/01/2012

LYNNWOOD, Wash.—Fire and life safety previously made up about half of ABSCO Alarms’ business prior to the recession, when that percentage waned to about half that and the company turned its focus on growing the video surveillance and access control part of the business instead.

Companies fired up about social media

Experts say a successful social media plan has specific goals, and time needs to be divided between listening, creating and engaging
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08/01/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the one year that Stampsco has been active on social media, staff at this small but busy fire company has had to carve out time to figure out how to best use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Typically,” said Rodney Stamps, president of Oklahoma City-based Stampsco, “we have normal business activities during the day, and in the evenings come in and discuss what we’re going to do on social media.”

Fire sprinkler expo to make history

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07/27/2012

PATTERSON, N.Y.—The National Fire Sprinkler Association, the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and the new Mexican Fire Sprinkler Association plan to make history next year by partnering to host what is being billed as “the first-ever North American Fire Sprinkler Expo.”

PSAP problems in Illinois raise safety concerns

Industry group: Municipal monitoring not ‘inherently safer’ than central stations
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07/25/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A PSAP that controls emergency communications for numerous municipalities around Chicago is reportedly having such problems with delayed response times that dispatchers recently voted “no confidence” in the agency’s management.

CSSC in right place for success

Southern Colorado fire company thriving on big contracts with military, hospitals and more
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07/18/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Location, location, location—and being the only authorized Notifier integrated systems distributor in southern Colorado—has helped Commercial Specialists of Southern Colorado (CSSC) land such fire alarm contracts as one for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Cooper Notification solution weathers storm in nation’s capital

More than 4 million emergency messages help residents in region during severe thunderstorm and aftermath
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07/17/2012

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—A rare and unusually destructive thunderstorm complex hit the nation’s capital and surrounding communities on June 29, causing a mass outage of 911 systems in some areas.

Illinois home fire sprinkler initiatives under way

Two-pronged effort in the state aims to increase residential fire sprinkler requirements
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07/11/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Whether it’s through a town-by-town adoption of new residential fire sprinkler requirements or via a new effort to require sprinklers in homes statewide, Illinois is making progress toward mandating the life safety devices in more and more homes, according to Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB).

Fenway Park turns 100, with help from AFA

AFA Protective Systems updates historic park’s life safety systems
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06/27/2012

BOSTON—Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and one of the oldest and best-known ballparks in the nation, turned 100 years old in April. Timed with the anniversary was the completion of a 10-year renovation plan for the ballpark—a job that included the design and installation of an emergency voice/alarm communications network throughout Fenway Park and its associated buildings by AFA Protective Systems.

SimplexGrinnell: ‘Our business will thrive’ with Tyco split

Reorganization will allow SimplexGrinnell to focus on life safety
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06/22/2012

LAS VEGAS—At the National Fire Protection Association’s annual Conference & Expo, held here in June, SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin said Tyco International’s pending split into three publicly traded companies on Oct. 1 will benefit SimplexGrinnell.

Fire companies in NYC will need certificate to inspect and service

The industry says measure will ensure high standards
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06/20/2012

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—By August, anyone who inspects, tests or services fire alarm systems in New York City must be officially certified to do so by the city’s fire department.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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