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SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

Texas school district uses FSD

HURST, Texas - Fire Systems Design has won a contract to supply the Garland, Texas, school district with a Notifier fire alarm system that will support the districts more than 80 schools and support buildings.

With a student population of more than 55,000, the Garland, Texas, Independent School District, the 13th largest district in Texas, has set a five-year upgrade schedule.

Kidde 2004 outlook bright

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

COLNBROOK, U.K.

Simplex taps ADT vp for new chief

Seavers takes over fire service group during period of change
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02/01/2004

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Officials at Tyco International have tapped an up and coming ADT vice president to serve as the new chief of SimplexGrinnell, Tyco’s integrated fire alarm and fire sprinkler business.

City to reduce cost of fire sprinklers

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

NEW ORLEANS - City officials here have approved a plan to reduce the cost of tying into the water system for a fire sprinkler system, a proposal designed to encourage the use of sprinklers after the fatal nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I.

Delaware institutes false fire alarm law

The law standardizes rules for alarm companies across the state
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02/01/2004

DOVER, Del. - Beginning this year, fire alarm systems here are subject to new rules that state officials hope will trim false fire alarms in the state.

More layoffs in Tyco safety division

The recent layoffs are part of a massive restructuring of Tyco’s Fire & Security unit
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02/01/2004

tructuring of Tyco’s Fire & Security unit

WESTMINSTER, Mass. - Manufacturing and administrative personnel at a Tyco Fire & Security location here were cut by about 75 jobs in January, reductions that stem from a corporate edict issued last fall to slash more than 5,000 employees.

Sprinkler official charged with fraud

Plan reviewer rubber-stamped designs from his own companies
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01/01/2004

MIAMI - A former Miami-Dade county fire sprinkler official arrested on fraud charges in early 2003 was awaiting trial in early January on charges that he improperly owned two sprinkler companies and accepted bribes from others while he worked as a sprinkler inspector.

Istvan “Steven” Fazekas, a former engineer for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, will answer a litany of charges, including bribery, money laundering and perjury that stem from his tenure as the sole sprinkler design reviewer in the Miami-Dade County.

Technology gives fire firm agility

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01/01/2004

BURNABY, British Columbia - A fire firm here is seeing efficiencies, including significant advances on its competition, by adopting new technology for its field service personnel and back office functions.

Over the last year, Bartec Fire Safety Systems has seen savings of about one to two hours per days for each of its 15 technicians and sales staff by implementing Tablet PCs, used as virtual workstations, said company president Rob Barrett.

Fire bill: UL alarm inspections needed

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01/01/2004

AUGUSTA, Maine - Fire alarm installers here are advocating the introduction of a bill that would require third-party inspection and certification of certain fire alarm systems and would standardize the inspection process throughout the entire state.

The proposed bill, which is yet unnamed, would relieve the burden of system inspections from the fire marshal’s office by naming a third party to conduct inspections of fire alarm systems, according to Harty Norris, president of fire alarm firm Norris Inc.

Copperstate Technologies rebounds with GSA listing

Fire firm emerges reinvigorated from bankrupt parent Intellisec
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01/01/2004

GLENDALE, Ariz. - A fire protection firm here has become one of only a handful of fire companies in the Southwest to secure what company officials expect will be a lucrative General Services Administration schedule, less than a year and a half after being bought out of bankruptcy from its failing parent company.

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