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Global Fire Systems Design Group launched

Oklahoma fire company forms group to meet increasing demand for complex design of fire alarm/mass notification systems

OKLAHOMA CITY—Complex new requirements for how fire alarm and mass notification systems are designed, installed and tested, especially for military applications, led Stampsco, a fire and life safety company based here, to create a team of experts specializing in such work.

VSC Fire & Security expands to new state with acquisition

It buys Alabama company and gets into casinos

ASHLAND, Va.—VSC Fire & Security announced in November that it had acquired Fire Protection Specialists of Mobile, Ala.

Ariz. fire company: Being eco-friendly is business friendly

Company implements ‘green’ changes to meet customer demand

PHOENIX—American Fire Equipment Sales & Service, a full-service fire protection company based here, is about to install an eco-friendly fire protection system in a “green” school in its Phoenix backyard. That’s just one step in the company’s efforts to be more conscious of its environmental footprint—something that company VP and co-owner John Papuga says customers are increasingly demanding and also is “the right thing to do.”

The little fire company that could

Fire systems in 14 schools in five months? A handful of dedicated employees pull it off

TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—The Addison Safety Group is a small company with just seven employees doing installation and service, but this summer it decided to take on projects that included installing fire systems in 14 area schools—with contracts for each school averaging around $120,000. The opportunity was just too good to pass up, said company president and CEO John Ratliff.
But Addison, which is based here, had to do the work in just five months—along with completing its regular workload, which included several churches and a high-rise apartment building.

New legislation would promote college fire sprinklers

The proposed law contains incentives for Greek housing

PATTERSON, N.Y.—A bill to promote fire sprinklers in student housing, including sororities and fraternities, has just been reintroduced in Congress.

Carter Bros. donates fire systems to Atlanta college

Carter: Morris Brown College could become fire system/mass communication ‘showcase’

ATLANTA—Carter Brothers, one of the nation’s leading minority providers of fire, life safety and security, has formed a new partnership with a historically black college in its Atlanta backyard. Carter Brothers says it will donate fire, security and mass communication products and services to the 130-year-old Morris Brown College to improve campus safety as the college implements an ambitious new growth plan.

Quake shakes up thinking

New York installer predicts recent earthquake will create new demand for seismic-certified products

WESTBURY, N.Y.—Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell recently announced that its fire alarm and emergency communications systems have earned International Building Code (IBC) seismic certification. The announcement this fall came after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast on Aug. 23, and so was very timely, according to Alan Glassman, VP of Classic Systems, a Gamewell-FCI engineered systems distributor based here.

Review begins for fire sprinkler accreditation

New resi sprinkler accreditation model being beta ested

CHANTILLY, Va.—An effort to establish a national accreditation process for installers of residential fire sprinklers is being beta tested this fall—potentially paving the way for an accreditation program to be in place next year.

Potter limits new fire line to select distributors

Independent manufacturer wants to keep price competitive

ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal, which released its own new fire products line earlier this year, recently announced that its growing line of analog addressable fire panels will be available only through select distributors.

Courts side with alarm industry in Illinois

Efforts by public entities to monopolize fire alarm monitoring suffer setbacks in recent rulings

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Two court decisions in late August bolstered the alarm industry’s position in an ongoing dispute in Illinois over public entities taking control of fire alarm monitoring away from private companies.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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