MOBILE, Ala.—S&S Sprinkler Co. shut down its main office here for a day and also another office in Baton Rouge, La., for more than two days as Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast in late August, said business manager Jeff McCurley.
NEW YORK—For the first time, the City of New York Fire Department has approved the use of cellular and network communicators for primary fire alarm signaling to central stations—and Digital Monitoring Products is said to be the first manufacturer to win the approval for its network and cellular products.
OKLAHOMA CITY—With 60 percent revenue growth last year, several large-scale projects under way and a hiring increase, it’s really not surprising that STAMPSCO has been named one of this city’s top 50 fastest-growing companies. And this marks the second time in a row that the fire and life safety company has won such recognition.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The latest decision in a lawsuit brought by ADT and other alarm companies over public entities taking over fire alarm monitoring in the state contains “a lot of positive things for the alarm industry," according to the executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.
PENACOOK, N.H.—Capital Alarm Systems, a fire and security integrator based here, already had a relationship with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, doing such things as advertising the minor league baseball team on its website in exchange for free tickets it offers to its clients as promotions. But that relationship wasn’t the only reason Capital Alarm was called in to replace the damaged fire alarm system at the home stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?