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False alarms, MNS to be features of SupDet 2014

Those are among topics of interest to installers at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual event
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02/19/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet) will take place March 4-7 this year and includes sessions useful for installers, such as ones on nuisance alarms and mass notification.

Fatal Quebec fire renews call for sprinklers in old age homes

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02/14/2014

MARKHAM, Ontario—A fire at a retirement home in Quebec on Jan. 23 that killed an estimated 32 residents has spurred renewed calls for the government to mandate the retrofit of sprinklers into existing old age homes.

Fire monitoring in Illinois trending in industry’s favor

Still, some communities won’t bow to federal court decision saying public fire districts can’t be in alarm monitoring business
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02/12/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Lemont Fire Protection District is ending its fire alarm monitoring program, citing a recent federal appeals court decision saying public entities can’t monopolize such monitoring.

Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises

It’s prompted by a fire fatality that might have been prevented if an emergency communications system had been in place
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01/22/2014

NEW YORK—The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment.

Professional smoke alarm maintenance mandated in care facilities

Ontario also passes CO legislation, was first to require sprinklers in homes
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01/20/2014

MARKHAM, Ontario—New public safety legislation will benefit Ontario residents and the fire alarm industry, according to Steve Clemens, the executive director of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association, based here.

Fike’s new president touts company’s new green solution

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01/17/2014

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.—Fike, a global fire and life safety solutions provider based here, is starting the new year with a new president: Brad Batz.

Tennessee company expands Knoxville branch

Security Equipment Co. acquires about 300 accounts, opening up fire opportunities
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01/15/2014

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn.—Security Equipment Co., based here, recently announced the purchase of the assets of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Professional Security Consulting & Design (PSCD), adding several hundred accounts to the company’s eastern Tennessee area.

Benevolence benefits business, N.Y. fire company finds

Briscoe Protective Systems says its various programs to aid nonprofits not only helps them but brings referrals
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12/31/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Being good to nonprofits is also good for business. That’s what Briscoe Protective Systems, an engineered systems fire and security company based here, has found in offering cost-effective products and services to nonprofit agencies, ranging from extended warranties to free training classes.

ADS vs. village in lawsuit

After wins in court saying public fire districts in Illinois can’t monopolize monitoring, the industry is fighting a municipality attempting the same thing
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12/31/2013

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The industry is fighting back against an Illinois municipality’s attempt to do an “end around” of a recent court ruling barring public fire districts from monopolizing fire monitoring in the state.

Firing up residential security companies

Getting into commercial fire can carry lucrative benefits for security companies but they should know the liabilities too
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12/20/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Today’s security alarm dealers face tough competition from new players like telecoms and cablecos and DIY products sold by big box retailers. So it makes sense for dealers to expand into the lucrative fire alarm market—as long as they gain an understanding of the requirements and liabilities of that code-driven business.

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