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Determining intelligibility of emergency messages—not so simple anymore

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05/16/2012

BURLINGTON, Mass.—The traditional way of deciding whether an emergency message is intelligible is pretty simple, but now technology and other factors are making determining intelligibility more complex, according to a fire protection engineer at a recent emergency management seminar here.

Industry wins court case where municipality limited fire alarm business

Massachusetts’ high court says a city can’t require use of just one fire system when the state building code allows four
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05/09/2012

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—After a three-year legal battle, the industry emerged victorious in a case in which the city of Springfield was mandating that commercial and other buildings have a municipally-connected fire alarm system that uses a radio box instead of other types of systems allowed by the state’s building code.

New combined fire/CO detector is ‘what the industry needs’

A N.Y. fire company predicts the cost-effective solution will appeal to building owners in light of new CO laws
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05/02/2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— A new combined fire/carbon monoxide detector recently introduced by Gamewell-FCI has already netted Syracuse Time & Alarm several jobs because the product saves money and has high functionality, according to Mark Simpson, sales manager of the systems integrator, which is based here and whose business is about 60 percent fire.

Georgia integrator helps IP and cellular fire alarm communicator get OK for government building use

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05/02/2012

SUWANEE, Ga.—Brian Sheely, president of Innovative Life Safety Solutions, a Georgia-based integrator, was instrumental in getting Honeywell’s IP and cellular fire alarm communicator evaluated and found compliant with Government Services Administration security policies.

Fatal fire shows need for sprinklers in new homes

NFPA challenges claim by building industry that smoke alarms are enough
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05/02/2012

AUBURN, N.Y.—A fatal fire in a new home here tragically underscores the falsity of a claim by home fire sprinkler opponents that the devices are not needed in new construction, according to Maria Figueroa, regional director of the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Field Office.

NICET training pays off in Wisconsin

Having the certification helps companies qualify for jobs that increasingly are requiring it, one fire company says
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04/25/2012

WAUNAKEE, Wis.—It pays in this state to have NICET training, according to Carter Rierson, president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, based here.

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.

Report: Sprinklered buildings save water, yet pay more for its usage

New NFPA study urges rethinking of fees for properties with fire sprinklers
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04/18/2012

QUINCY, Mass.—A new report shows that less water is needed to fight fires in sprinklered properties than in unsprinklered ones, yet it’s typically only sprinklered buildings that are charged for the water usage.

Mapping CO legislation—and business opportunities

A new interactive map by System Sensor tracks CO laws as they’re enacted state by state, helping dealers identify new markets for the devices
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04/17/2012

ST. CHARLES, Ill.—Dealers and installers: It’s now easier than ever to keep up to date on new carbon-monoxide detector legislation that can lead to increased business, thanks to a revised interactive CO map developed by System Sensor.

Modern System Concepts likes communicator

IP and cellular communications growing in popularity
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04/11/2012

LAS VEGAS—Phone lines were causing problems on a project that Modern System Concepts undertook to upgrade a utility provider’s fire systems, said Mark Popkowski, company owner and president. That’s why Popkowski said Modern, based in Katy, Texas, is turning to Fire-Lite’s IPGSM-DP fire alarm communicator as a solution.

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