Fire / Life Safety

Stress Response in Police Officers May Indicate Risk for PTSD

Stress-related disorders are often linked to people working in the line of fire.

Wildland-Urban Interface Fires are Costly Natural Disasters

One of America's most costly natural disasters are wildland fires, and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires rank among the worst of these. WUI is the threshold where wildfires consume not only the landscape, but also infrastructure. Once that threshold is crossed, flames can spread – well, like wildfire.

Bosch Launches Website for Security Specifiers

The new site features product specifications, CAD drawings and vertical market information, including proven installation examples.

Comark Announces Availability of 19-inch In-wall, Building Alarm Touch PC

The UL 864 ninth edition specification meets the NFPA requirement for equipment installed in life safety applications, such as fire alarms, smoke control and mass notification systems.

Tyco to Separate Into Three Independent, Publicly Traded Companies

Tyco International Ltd. announced today that its board of directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into three independent, publicly traded companies.

How to Choose a Mass Notification System

Given the myriad options businesses have when choosing mass notification systems, we set out to find what factors system managers should take into account when they select a solution.

Trendy Protection

Trendy Protection

Beverly Hills, Calif., has been glamorized in countless film and television depictions as the home of the wealthy and famous. Beyond the glamour, though, it has municipal management issues much like those any city faces.

Got Intelligibility?

For the life safety community, mass notification is a relatively new concept. It arose from emergency management personnel’s inability to communicate with and direct building occupants during emergencies. Since the publication of the Unified Facilities Criteria, many U.S. military facilities throughout the world have installed mass notification systems. The criteria outlined the design, operation and interfaces required for mass notification in military facilities, and the Defense Department approved the final version for mass notification in 2008.

PSA Security Network Announces VES Fire Detection Systems as Newest Vendor Partner

As a PSA vendor partner, both member companies and distribution customers are able to purchase VES products and become certified on Elite networked systems.

Here's the Know-How

The term mass notification originated with the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) document 4-021-01, titled Design and O&M: Mass Notification Systems, created by the Department of Defense (DoD). The UFC outlines the design, operation and maintenance of mass notification systems (MNSs) required on all DoD properties, including posts for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Makes BOMA Commitments

The company will serve as BOMA 360 ambassador and on the building codes and voluntary standards committee.

Silent Knight Continues Fire Alarm Technology and Code Seminar Tour

Half-day seminars for fire alarm specifiers and designers offer Continuing Professional Development units.

Security Products 2011 New Product of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.

USFA Releases University Housing Fires Report

FEMA’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued a special report focusing on the causes and characteristics of fires in college and university residential buildings that include dormitories and fraternity and sorority houses.

Bosch's Safe & Sound Tour Truck Wins 2011 Event Design Award

Featuring video surveillance, access control, intrusion and fire detection, critical communications and audio systems, the 53-feet long, double-expandable trailer features 1,000 square feet of product display space.

Monitronics Begins Program to Reduce Emergency Response Time

Monitronics is one of three monitoring companies selected nationwide for the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) pilot program.


Anthrax Detection? Pathogen Identification? It’s in the Bag.

Two Cornell University researchers have developed a device that can detect anthrax and other pathogens, as well as provide basic genetic information from human samples, and it it all fits in a container no bigger than a small suitcase.

4D Security Solutions Expands Urban Management Capabilities

The company, in partnership with Microsoft, improves the safety and efficiency of cities and municipalities with its new capabilities.

IQ Recertifies 13 Companies in July

The goals of the voluntary program are to raise the overall installation quality of electronic security and life safety systems and reduce the burden and risks false alarms place on local, national and international police forces.

Utah Fire

Case Study: How A Utah Fire Authority Keeps Medications Safe

Each of the 22 fire/paramedic stations is now provided with a secure drug box/safe fitted with a battery-powered iLocker lock.

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