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Safer Buildings Coalition and National Electrical Manufacturers Association Partner to Promote Building Safety 

SBC and NEMA

Partnership to improve and enhance awareness of emergency wireless communication in buildings

Arlington, VA --- October 21, 2021. Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), the only trade association purpose-built to lead national policy and education for in-building emergency wireless services, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI-accredited Standards developing organization made up of business leaders, electrical experts, engineers, scientists, and technicians, announces the formation of a partnership to improve emergency communications in buildings so that critical communication can happen at all times.

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SBC Digital Showcase Schedule @ IWCE   BOOTH 615

SBC Digital Showcase @ IWCE 2021 Wed

 

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SBC Digital Showcase to unveil at IWCE Las Vegas!   

SBC Digital Showcase IWCE

Immerse Yourself! Massive Public Safety Comms Digital Showcase by SBC at BOOTH 615!

Posted on September 23, 2021

Visit Safer Buildings Coalition’s 20’ wide Public Safety Communications Digital Showcase in booth 615 at IWCE! The SBC Digital Showcase is a massive 10’ diagonal digital display featuring the latest in In-Building Public Safety Communications technology, testing, concepts, and materials.

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IWCE IS ON – 100% and so is the SBC Annual Member’s Reception, Dinner and Meeting   

SBC Annual Member’s Reception, Dinner and Meeting

Members-only event has a few seats left – Don’t miss out! – AND, visit SBC Digital Showcase on the Expo Floor at BOOTH 615

Posted on September 23, 2021

No need to speculate – we are well-connected and in the know – IWCE is 100% on, no doubt!

The evening kicks off with a networking reception, followed by a sit-down dinner. Our keynote this year is Michelle Geddes - [SBC No Noise Task Force Chair] Chief Information Officer at City of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. There will be some additional surprise guests in attendance that will make networking even more valuable.

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From the Chief’s Corner: Stick a fork in it...   

Chief Alan Perdue

New NFPA 1225 Standard for Emergency Services Communications officially issued 

Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.), CFO, FM,
Executive Director – Safer Buildings Coalition

Posted on September 23, 2021

For many of us when it comes to receiving information or news about a particular issue, its common to hear someone say something related to the phrase first used by King James I of England in 1616 who said “No news is better than evil news” or as later modified “No news is good news”. But that is not always the case. I am pleased to report some great news and that is the fact that the 2022 edition of NFPA 1225 Standard for Emergency Services Communications has been completed and officially issued. So, what does that mean for the Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement System (ERCES) stakeholder community? 

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Message from the President

Eric Toenjes

Posted on September 23, 2021

Dear Safer Buildings Coalition Members, 

Over the last two years I’ve been honored and proud to represent the Safer Buildings Coalition with the roles of Vice President and President of the Board of Directors.  This year I will serve as Immediate Past President where I can provide guidance and experience to our leaders who follow in my footsteps. 

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - September 2021

Posted on September 24, 2021Meet the Newest members

The Safer Buildings Coalition continues to grow. We now have more than 150 member organizations across several categories. We value each and every member, and it's our pleasure to introduce you to a few of the latest additions to our member base: BDA Systems of Texas, Columbia College, CritComm Insights, Duke University and Health Systems, MP Nexlevel, and University of Central Florida.

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Can we do any less? What 9/11 taught us about the importance of public safety radio 

“On Sept. 11, 2001, as firefighters rushed into the smoldering twin towers, their radios went dead." AP Story
Posted on Sept 9, 2021

We’re only two days away from the 20th anniversary of 9/11. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, radio problems prevented many public safety personnel from hearing the eventual evacuation order. "The main problem, the FDNY says, was the damage done to infrastructure called repeaters, which made radio signals work at the Twin Towers. That left many commanders and firefighters unable to talk to each other. Firefighters in the stairwells couldn’t hear the evacuation order, and as a result, 343 died."

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - August 2021

Posted on August 30, 2021Meet the Newest members

The Safer Buildings Coalition continues to grow. We now have more than 150 member organizations across several categories. We value each and every member, and it's our pleasure to introduce you to a few of the latest additions to our member base: ATS, Communications International, ECSite, H2 LLC., Mobile Communications America, and Source 1 Solutions.

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APCO generates excitement – industry is back on the road   

APCO

By John Foley SBC Managing Director

Posted on August 30, 2021

The industry (and Safer Buildings) is back on the road, and the energy is a much-needed shot in the arm after more than a year of Zoom calls, webinars, and virtual networking.  

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From the Chief’s Corner: The Value of the Unexpected...   

Chief Alan Perdue

Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.), CFO, FM,
Executive Director – Safer Buildings Coalition

Posted on August 30, 2021

Current seasons have certainly changed the way many of us conduct our personal and business lives. In talking with our members, many have stated their desire to get back on the road. Today, I want to discuss the value of Safer Buildings events as it relates to your professional development and business relationships. Often when people attend an educational event such as the SBC training seminars and other industry events, they simply look at the course outline to determine if the event has something of interest to them. In fact, early in my career, I frankly did the same thing. My initial belief was that if there wasn’t something interesting on the schedule, there was no need for me to attend. I soon realized that assumption was a critical mistake as it related to developing relationships related to my personal and professional development. Why you ask? Because I had neglected to factor in the Value of the Unexpected, the value of the being introduced to people I didn’t yet know, the important discussions I would have that I didn’t plan on having or the new products I’d learn about that I didn’t even know existed outside the actual educational session during what I often refer to as water cooler time.

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