Fire / Life Safety


Reducing Overall Costs

Reducing Overall Costs

By design, physical security systems warn security staff of intrusions or abnormal behavior. Unfortunately, they get it wrong most of the time.

Maintaining Volunteer Security

The Town of Batavia, New York is a community of opportunity, originally established in 1802 in Western New York. After a fire occurred without any responding fire apparatus, it was determined the town needed its own fire company.

ESA Discusses Fair Repair Act and its Potential Consequences for Alarm System Companies

A federal bill was filed on March 14, 2022 that could alter the contracts and practices of electronic security and life safety companies across the country, if passed. S. 3830 is titled the “Fair Repair Act” and was filed with bipartisan sponsors (Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).

Reducing False Alarms

Reducing False Alarms

False fire alarms continue to increase in communities throughout the world. As the trend persists, numerous jurisdictions have attempted to mitigate the issue, often with less than acceptable results.

Coordinating Emergency Communications

Coordinating Emergency Communications

One of the many lessons learned from the Smart Cities movement is that you can achieve significant improvement in community safety and resilience when you use network technologies to facilitate communications and data sharing.

Generating National Headlines

Generating National Headlines

It is no surprise that tragedies on college campuses generate national headlines. Fortunately, active shooter incidents on campus are extraordinarily rare events, and campuses remain far safer than the community at large. However, shootings are not the only concern.

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Security Industry Groups Call For Alarm Response, Security Services to Be Classified as “Essential” During Coronavirus Pandemic

SIA, ESA and TMA have penned a letter to public safety officials calling for governments to exempt alarm response centers and companies that serve them from shelter-in-place orders.

CentralSquare Partners with Genetec Inc. to Enable First Responders to Connect with Cameras

Partnership will enable law, police and EMS to quickly connect with the nearest public camera and respond smartly based on the specific situation, potentially preventing more than 2,000 homicides.



House Passes Bill Creating Grant Program to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Homes

House Passes Bill Creating Grant Program to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Homes

The bill’s passage, which would give grants to elderly and low-income residents, came after the House of Representatives approved a bill that requires carbon monoxide detectors in public housing.

5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Battery Related Risks

5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Battery-Related Risks

With unexpected severe weather and natural disasters looming, one power outage can leave your customers’ businesses at risk.

Active Shooter Training: Turn Fear and Uncertainty into Courage and Confidence

Active Shooter Training: Turn Fear and Uncertainty into Courage and Confidence

Fear and uncertainty are two human emotions that prevent people from reacting or acting upon a specific event or incident.

Largest Hospital System in New York Arms Guards to Prevent Mass Casualty Attacks

Largest Hospital System in New York Arms Guards to Prevent Mass Casualty Attacks

Qualified security guars at North Shore University Hospitals will now be armed amid shooting incidents in New York.

Cut & Paste to Digitally Streamlined Credentials

Cut & Paste to Digitally Streamlined Credentials

Using a robust, web-based ID software to create credentials with high-security features for a community’s public employees

Security for Thousands of Austin Buildings Compromised Due to Stolen Master Key

Security for Thousands of Austin Buildings Compromised Due to Stolen Master Key

A master key that allows first responders easy and quick access to apartment complexes and commercial buildings was recently found in the possession of a burglary suspect.

NFPA to Fast-Track New Standard for Active Shooter Response

NFPA to Fast-Track New Standard for Active Shooter Response

The rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April 2018.

Cannes Film Festival Opens Up to Increased Security

Cannes Film Festival Opens Up to Increased Security

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday to increased security measures amid heightened security threat overseas.

Dallas EMT Shooting Raises Questions about Arming First Responders

Dallas EMT Shooting Raises Questions about Arming First Responders

Dallas PD and first responders received a call about a suicide; the shooting spree that unfolded leaves many questions to be answered.

Security Alert to All North Carolina GOP Offices after Damaged Headquarters

Security Alert to All North Carolina GOP Offices after Damaged Headquarters

A Republican Party office was tagged with graffiti and burned forcing a security alert for all offices in North Carolina.

Cleveland Police See Minimal Problems as Convention Sees Last Day

Cleveland Police See Minimal Problems as Convention Sees Last Day

Cleveland Police show planning and dedication can lead to security during a massive event.

Alternative Fire Alarm Reporting Communications Solutions for New & Old Systems:  Offer Monthly Savings & Meet New NFPA 72 Code

Alternative Fire Alarm Reporting Communications Solutions for New & Old Systems: Offer Monthly Savings & Meet New NFPA 72 Code

Under the latest 2016 edition requirements for Fire System Monitoring has changed drastically. The three options to keep current for fire system monitoring are two telephone lines requiring special, site specific AHJ approval; a single phone line plus another independent form of communications, or a Sole Path Fire Communicator or Equivalent.

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