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Government Affairs Work Group February 2022 Update

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on February 24, 2021

The Safer Buildings Coalition Government Affairs Work Group met on Thursday, February 17th 2022. Updates were given on several issues, in addition to updates Safer Buildings Coalition leadership team, and the introduction of new members Mark Crosby of EWA. During the January meeting it was also reported that SBC submitted an official public comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that recommends numerous steps that will enable greater public safety use of the 4.9 GHz band, including leveraging this band for improved and expanded in-building wireless coverage for public safety, while protecting public safety communications from harmful interference.

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - February 2022

Posted on February 24, 2022Meet 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: CBN Solutions Group, Inc, HD and Associates LLC, Industrial Communications, and RF DAS Systems, Inc.

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SAVE THE DATE! SBC Annual Member’s Reception, Dinner & Meeting 2022  

the Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Reception, Dinner & Meeting

SBC Annual Member’s Event Returns @ IWCE in March
Updated on February 24, 2022

The 2022 Edition of IWCE — the International Wireless Communications Expo — is around the corner, and the Safer Buildings Coalition will be back in Vegas March 21st - 24th. We’ll have a great program that includes the Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Reception, Dinner & Meeting on March 21st from 5PM to 9PM, as well as lectures, panel discussions, social gatherings -- and a whole new look to our booth on the expo floor! Check out what we have in store this year.

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2022 Seminar Update and Calendar

Seminar Schedule Flyer

Posted on February 24, 2021

Safer Buildings Coalition is back on the road all year long in 2022. In fact, we’ve already held five seminars in five different states!  Hosted by SBC leadership, with subject experts from our sponsor members, our interactive seminars are based on model codes regarding in-building public safety communications systems.

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From the Chief’s Corner: Thoughts in the Wake of Recent Tragedies…

Fireman

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

Posted on January 28, 2022

Over the past several weeks there have been numerous headlines related to different tragedies across the United States. From significant fires and building collapses resulting in loss of life of both public and firefighters in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Florida, to law enforcement officers being gunned down while on and off the job. While we do not have all the final investigation reports on some of these current events yet, what we do know from experience is that the perception of something in one’s mind - let’s call that attitude - can impact the way one views and forms opinions about a particular issue. That attitude can then lead one to take action, or a lack thereof, that can impact both theirs and someone else’s life. Sounds confusing right? Not really, I’ll try to explain from a former fire chief’s point of view.

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - January 2022

Posted on January 28, 2022Meet 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: Advanced Wireless Communications, Alive Telecom, and FirstNet Built with AT&T.

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Advancement Work Group January 2022 Update

Ray Hild

Posted on January 28, 2022

The Advancement Work Group is in the process of our annual evaluation of our objectives and adjusting as needed for 2022. Our prime directive is to attract new members, advocate for the existing ones and bring measurable value to our existing membership base.  

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Codes and Standards Work Group January 2022 Update

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on January 28, 2022

The Codes and Standards Work Group held our monthly meeting on 1/7/22. We are outside the current national model code cycles, but working on additional input for multiple code issues and are standing up several subcommittees to document and define problems, and provide potential solutions to the larger workgroup for input and recommendation to SBC leadership. 

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From the Chief’s Corner: The Present…

Chief Alan Perdue

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

Posted on December 21, 2021

When one hears the word “present” especially during the Christmas season it is often referring to something thoughtfully given from another as in a gift.  But this month, I want to take a moment to talk about a phrase that originated in ancient English in the 1400’s and that is “there’s no time like the present”. In this context, but the present is an opportunity to provide input to help shape a very important aspect of the in-building public safety communications industry. So, what is this opportunity you ask? 

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A Shifting Focus of Public Safety Communication Heading Into 2022

A Shifting Focus of Public Safety Communication

 

By Dennis Burns, President of the SBC Board

Posted on December 21, 2021

Public Safety communication goes through many changes each year, but 2022 marks a major shift in what it means when we talk about public safety, in-building communications, and even the core focus of the Safer Buildings Coalition. Older versions of code included the term Emergency Responder Radio Communications Systems (ERRCS). Current code now refers to Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES). A small distinction with major impact.  The change recognizes that Emergency Responders use many forms of communication today, including cellular, LMR, DMR, and SMR. And the future looks to add private networks, Bluetooth, 5G and other technologies. Since the public uses many of these technologies, there is more and more synergy between the communication needs of the public (like being able to call 9-1-1) and those of public safety. 

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Government Affairs Working Group (WG) November and December 2021 Update

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on December 21, 2021

Richard Roberts – Chair
Jason Davila – Vice Chair 
Alan Purdue - Sponsor

2022 Florida Legislative Session: HB 785 and SB 1190 have been filed that seek to exempt apartment buildings that are 75 feet or less in height from complying with the minimum radio strength requirements by the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC). If signed into law these bills would jeopardize the safety of emergency responders and occupants in apartments buildings. The Government Affairs WG is currently reaching out to numerous public safety and industry stakeholders to develop a strategy to oppose these onerous bills. 

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