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How I Use My System: Talking panels and keypads with Phil Yereck of Future Security Controls


Phil Yereck, project coordinator and senior technician at Mississauga, Ontario-based Future Security Controls, entered the security industry after stints in the data and communications fields.

Virginia company growing its fire business


WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—A former candle factory in this historic city is so large and rambling and houses so many different types of businesses that installing a new fire system in it was challenging.

Florida fire company acquires, adding sprinklers to its mix

With its new sprinkler division, Advanced Fire & Security offers customers everything ‘within the life safety realm’

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Advanced Fire & Security, based here, has purchased Action Fire Sprinklers in nearby Oakland Park.

New guidance for cloud ceiling fire protection

Under certain conditions, a sprinkler system isn’t needed on both the cloud ceiling and the structural ceiling, a new study finds

QUINCY, Mass.—Cloud ceilings—drop ceilings that don’t extend all the way to perimeter walls—are increasingly popular in commercial and industrial buildings. But for fire protection, is a sprinkler system necessary on both the cloud ceiling and the structural ceiling above it?

Potter: 'Finally, a fire alarm panel designed specifically for sprinkler monitoring'


ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal Co. has just introduced what it believes is a first: a fire alarm panel designed specifically for sprinkler monitoring.

TriTek: Service, specialized jobs spur 10 years of growth


COLUMBIA, S.C.—Ten years ago, TriTek Fire, Security & Communications, based here, was “basically two men and a truck,” according to Eddie Stevens, one of its co-founders. Today, it has 50 employees, annual revenues in the multimillions and three offices—with plans for a fourth office by the end of this year.

Fire company helps school with low-cost security solution


ESSEX, Conn.—After the shootings last year at a school in Newtown, another Connecticut school district wanted to increase security but had only a limited budget. What to do?

Statewide residential fire sprinkler effort derailed in Illinois

'Misinformation' campaign in Chicago leads to withdrawal of proposal, a sprinkler advocate says

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Illinois this summer appeared poised to become the third state in the nation to adopt residential sprinkler requirements statewide, with the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommending the state’s first update of its fire code in 11 years.

Decision in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case 'significant' for industry

The ruling says public fire district monitoring services 'less safe' than those offered by private market

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A federal appeals court has upheld a previous court ruling favoring ADT and other alarm companies in a case involving public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring.

Silent Knight offers MNS, CO detection training


NORTHFORD, Conn.—Silent Knight by Honeywell recently announced that its nationwide series of fire alarm training courses has been expanded to cover IntelliKnight’s mass notification and carbon monoxide detection capabilities.



SSN News Poll November 2015

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