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Maine’s largest city institutes new fire rules

Industry reps say regulations are positive overall
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01/18/2011

PORTLAND, Maine—New training and inspection requirements for companies that install and service fire alarm systems here in Maine’s largest city aren’t perfect, but are a positive development for public safety and the industry, according to some industry representatives who worked with the city as it drafted the rules.

 

Calif. sprinkler measure lacks monitoring requirement

Sprinkler requirement for new residences is unlikely to generate revenue for alarm companies
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01/13/2011

PACHECO, Calif.—On Jan. 1 this year, California joined Pennsylvania in becoming the first states in the nation to require the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes.

Air-sampling technology market goes nuclear

Some of nation’s nuclear power plants plan to use early warning smoke detection systems to reduce fire risk
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01/06/2011

NORWELL, Mass.—About half of the nation’s 104 nuclear power plants plan to update their fire protection programs based on NFPA 805, a new set of risk-based fire protection standards for nuclear reactors, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced this week.

UTCFS breaks ground on new center

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12/28/2010

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—UTC Fire & Security’s new Fire Innovation & Test Center here will benefit UTCFS’s dealer network by demonstrating for dealers and their customers how the products they sell and install actually perform, according to the program manager for the test center.

New inspection format for hospital fire devices

FireScan Healthcare inspection reporting gives companies ‘edge’
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12/23/2010

SUWANEE, Ga.—BuildingReports, a web-based life-safety inspection reporting company, recently released a new inspection-reporting format specifically for health care facilities.

Toronto zero-tolerance rule raising alarm

City shocked by residents disconnecting fire alarms to avoid fines
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12/09/2010

TORONTO—A zero-tolerance false alarm regulation here is raising concerns within the industry because residents are reportedly disconnecting their fire alarms to avoid fines of more than $1,000.

Super-regional aims to increase RMR with sprinklers

Select Security adds new sprinkler division
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12/09/2010

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security, a super-regional based here, has done something out of the ordinary: It recently acquired a fire sprinkler company and turned it into Select Security’s new sprinkler division.
Company president Patrick Egan said Select Security’s purchase of Fire Systems Inc. of Ephrata, Pa. is unusual for a security company, but makes good business sense. It will lead to new sprinkler and alarm customers for Select Security, and generate additional RMR as the company takes over the annual inspections required for sprinkler systems, Egan said.

Court injunction favors ADT, other companies

Judge says fire district has ‘no express authority’ to engage in monitoring business, but decision has been appealed
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12/09/2010

LISLE, Ill.—Five security companies, including security giant ADT, recently won a positive court ruling on an issue that has been roiling the industry in this state—public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring.
The alarm companies won a preliminary injunction order in a federal lawsuit they filed against an Illinois fire protection district that passed an ordinance putting itself solely in control of the monitoring of commercial fire alarms in the district.

Gamewell-FCI makes government vendor list

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12/08/2010

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell is now an approved General Services Administration Schedule vendor. That’s good news for Gamewell’s authorized dealers because they now can provide Gamewell’s fire alarm and mass notification systems to federal agencies and an increasing number of state and local government entities that now are allowed to take advantage of the favorable pricing ensured by the GSA schedule.

Dynafire: Innovation key to dynamic business

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12/02/2010

CASSELBERRY, Fla.—Dynafire serves commercial and residential customers throughout Florida, one of the states hardest hit by the housing crisis and subsequent economic recession.

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SSN News Poll May 2014

The fourth annual Barnes Associates/SSN/CSAA Wholesale Monitoring Study found the number of monitoring accounts in 2013 was up 19 percent over the previous year. The authors believe the influx of cablecos and telecoms into the industry is behind this "unprecedented growth." What are your thoughts on the impact these big new players are having?

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