Mark Simpson

Gamewell-FCI Earns Approval as GSA Schedule Vendor

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell is now a GSA (General Services Administration) Schedule No. 84 supplier of advanced fire alarm and mass notification (a.k.a. emergency communications) systems.

Under GSA Contract No. GS-07F-0087X, Gamewell-FCI can supply government entities with state-of-the-art fire protection products, supported by its nationwide network of Platinum Associate Engineered Systems Distributors.

According to Steve Birdsall, the company's vice president of sales, the recently signed Local Preparedness Acquisition Act paved the way for more state and local government agencies to take advantage of the GSA Schedule.

"This could not have come at a better time, considering our challenging economy," stated Birdsall. "Many government facilities are either in need of a new system that's code-compliant or a required addition such as a mass notification system."

The breadth of the company's commercial fire alarm and mass notification products offered through the GSA Schedule fit virtually any size application, including small to high-rise buildings and large campuses such as military posts. Its E3 Series(r) Expandable Emergency Evacuation system's module design provides each job a custom fit with easy expansion, reconfiguration and networking capabilities.

For retrofit installations requiring updated fire alarm capabilities, the E3 Series can often repurpose existing fire alarm components, such as wiring, notification appliances, speakers and more.

Mass notification systems have become a major requirement for many large-scale government properties. The Department of Defense outlines requirements for mass notification systems throughout U.S. military installations in its Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) document 4-021-01. A combined fire alarm/mass notification system is described in the UFC as "the simplest and most economical approach."

"Becoming a GSA supplier was a very intricate process, but I think it will benefit both local and federal agencies," Birdsall said.

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