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Tech Electronics becomes regional player
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05/08/2013

ST. LOUIS—Tech Electronics is a half a century old but had a growth spurt in the past three years, adding four new offices and expanding to nearby states to become a regional company.

Las Vegas installer likes ‘green’ solution

Communication Electronic Systems’ executive says Cooper Notification’s new speakers with LED strobe and hi-fi sound good for ECS and more
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05/06/2013

LAS VEGAS—A new Cooper Notification solution that combines an LED strobe with high-fidelity sound in speakers that save energy and are so intelligible they can be used not only for emergency messaging, but for general paging and background music, is a boon to dealers, according to Josh Claunch of Communication Electronic Systems.

NFPA against proposal to allow fire extinguishers in kitchens in lieu of fire sprinklers

The group says proposed change in the International Residential Code could cost lives
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04/23/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—A proposal to exempt homes with just a fire extinguisher in the kitchen from an International Residential Code requirement that all new homes have fire sprinklers is tragically misguided, according to a spokeswoman for the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative.

NFPA program ensures documents are real deal

New authenticity stamp gives assurance digital copies of NFPA codes and standards have not been altered
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04/10/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—Installers putting in a fire alarm system know that lives and property—and their own business reputations—depend on their getting it right. But they can’t do that if the documents they rely on for codes and standards are wrong.

UTC sued over employee education incentive plan

A former UTC Fire & Security engineer is among those claiming the company unfairly denied stock awards to laid-off employees
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04/03/2013

HARTFORD, Conn.—United Technologies Corp., based here, is facing a federal class-action lawsuit that claims the company reneged on stock awards it promised some employees for furthering their education.

Municipal fire-monitoring fight continues in Illinois

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04/03/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Another front in the battle in Illinois over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring opened up recently when the village of Westmont approved an ordinance requiring all businesses to connect their fire alarms to its emergency dispatch center.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act: Still pending after all these years

First proposed in 2003, Congress has yet to pass the measure, even though it has broad support
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03/25/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently launched an online letter campaign in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which is expected to come before Congress again in 2013, 10 years after it was first proposed.

More states looking at requiring CO detectors in schools

SIA says recent incident at an Atlanta school highlights need
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03/20/2013

SILVER SPRING, Md.—A carbon monoxide leak at a school in Georgia in December sent more than 50 students and staff to the hospital—and the Security Industry Association says it also has drawn attention nationwide to the need for CO detectors in schools.

NFPA show: electric car safety, expo on ADA accessibility and additional educational sessions

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03/18/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—The 2013 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be held in Chicago in June, and highlights of the show include additional education sessions and an electric vehicle safety showcase that will address safety considerations regarding t

Mammoth Fire to monitor city's non-emergency signals

The Lowell fire distributor, which has a central station, will take on fire service calls city dispatchers can't handle
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03/13/2013

LOWELL, Mass.—Mammoth Fire Alarms, based here, has won a three-year contract to monitor the non-emergency fire signals that wireless fire-alarm boxes are now sending to the city's dispatch center.

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More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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