Fire chief to break ice


Security Systems News is based in Maine, so the term “icebreaker” makes me think of the Coast Guard cutters that break up the ice on tidal rivers here so the floes don’t jam up in the spring melt and cause flooding.

But a different kind of icebreaker event will take place at the Electronic Security Expo in June—a kind of icebreaking very important to the industry because it focuses on building relationships between security professionals and public safety officials.

Jon Hannan, fire chief and homeland security director for Charlotte, N.C., will be the Industry IceBreaker Speaker at the Industry IceBreaker Luncheon on June 7.

Hannan said in a statement that he’s looking forward to speaking at the event. “I believe the relationship between security professionals and public safety officials is incredibly important,” he said. “I applaud and support any opportunity that allows us to come together to educate and empower each other so that we can become a proactive force for public safety.”

ESX, which is put on by the Electronic Security Association and the Central Station Alarm Association, is the education and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies. It will be held this year from June 6-10 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Also given out at the luncheon will be the SIAC William N. Moody Award. That Security Industry Alarm Coalition award acknowledges individuals who give of their time and talents to alarm management issues.

In addition, the Police Dispatch Quality Award will be given to the alarm installation/monitoring company team that achieves the highest police dispatch quality in a North American city/county. The deadline for submission is next Monday, Feb. 28. For more information, click here.