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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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Message from the President

Eric Toenjes

Posted on August 30, 2021

FirstI would like to congratulate Prince Niyyar of Commdex who will be our new board Vice President.  The first time we had an integrator take that role.  Congratulations to Richard Roberts of Honeywell who will take over as Secretary from Prince.  Finally, with the newly expanded at-large role, we welcome two new board members – David Adams of PCTEL and Scott Umemoto of Day Wireless.  They will join our Treasurer Ron Schachter of RF Solutions, our new President Dennis Burns of ADRF and myself (Immediate Past President).  I can’t wait to see what this new board can accomplish. 

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Results Are in – SBC Members Elect Four New Board Members

Election 2021

Posted on August 30, 2021

The Safer Buildings Coalition 2021 Election for the Board of Directors saw a record voter turnout, with 50% of eligible voting companies casting ballots. 

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Safer Buildings Coalition Government Affairs Work Group Update - August 2021

Richard Roberts

Posted on August 30, 2021

Group Chair Richard Roberts, of Honeywell, presents the latest from the Safer Buildings Coalition Government Affairs work group.

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Safer Buildings Coalition Codes & Standards Work Group Update - August 2021

Josh Gerst

Posted on August 30, 2021

Chair Josh Gerst, RF Connect, presents the latest from the Safer Buildings Coalition Community Codes & Standards work group.

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Safer Buildings Back on the Road 

4th of July Fire TruckTampa Seminar, Wireless Oklahoma, and a full slate of upcoming events


Posted on July 29, 2021

After a year of virtual events, SBC is back on the road doing what we do best: educating and interacting with the in-building public safety ecosystem. Virtual events are very useful – but nothing takes the place of connecting live.

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From the Chief’s Corner: In Order to Win, You Cannot Jump the Start...   

Chief Alan Perdue

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

Posted on July 29, 2021

A few days ago, the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) launched the first of four tests within their In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) certification program that includes Technician Level I, Level II, Level III and Designer. Model codes and standards provide a means for the AHJ to require certification of in-building system training by an approved organization or approved school for installation and design personnel. The new NICET IB-PSC certification program can meet those requirements. When I read the announcement, I reflected on my experience as an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) and the basic principle we were taught that to require something within your jurisdiction, it must readily be available in the marketplace. One simple but thought-provoking question we often ask ourselves at the Coalition when discussing outcomes is this; “What Does Winning Look Like”.

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Vision Technologies selects the American Heart Association as their National charity for 2021 

4th of July Fire Truck

Posted on July 29, 2021

“We are really excited to highlight companies that are doing amazing things out there. This month, we are highlighting our member, Vision Technologies and their cause, the American Heart Association. Please see our newsletter for more information on the wonderful things they are doing, how you can donate and get involved. If your company has an incredible cause, we want to highlight you! Please get in touch with us so we can include you and your company in our next Safer Buildings Coalition newsletter. Together, let's do well while doing good.”

- Laurie Caruso, CEO of Safe-Fi Technologies and Community Affairs Chairman at Safer Buildings Coalition.

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