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.
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 marshalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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.
Builder, city team for sprinklers in housing development
WILSONVILLE, Ore. - A home builder and city officials here have struck an agreement for a new development that would include indoor sprinkler protection in each home in the development.
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“StevenÃ¢â‚¬Â 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.
WASHINGTON - Massachusetts will be the recipient of a Department of Veterans Affairs grant that has been conditionally approved to outfit the Chelsea SoldierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home with a new fire alarm system.
The grant will pay for 65 percent of the fire alarm systemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s total cost, which is about $10.
WASHINGTON - Dignitaries visiting Washington as the official guest of the President will have little idea of the whirlwind fire installation project that a local fire design firm recently completed to upgrade the life safety system at the Blair House.
The project, which was conducted by Antronnix, was completed in three days with two shifts of 16 installers each, normally a job that would have taken three to five weeks.
NORTHFORD, Conn. - Engineered systems distributors that carry Notifier products were contacted in late October that two of the fire product manufacturerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mostÃ‚Â popular panels were in need of a crucial software upgrade to keep the units operating at maximum functionality.
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?