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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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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - December 2021

Posted on December 21, 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: Red Rock Technologies Inc., and RL2 LLC.

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First Responders and Communities Exchange Thanksgiving Gratitude...

Germantown, Tenn.  church donates turkeys to first responders

Across the country, First Responders will be working while the rest of us enjoy time with family and friends. Safer Buildings Coalition is pleased to share these stories of our communities showing love and care for our First Responders, and in turn getting the love right back.

Please enjoy these demonstrations of love and gratitude - and to our Members, the industry, and Public Safety Professionals of every stripe - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!    

  

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Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards

Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards 

Recipients for Product and Project of the Year Awards recognized for industry leadership

The Safer Buildings Coalition is proud to announce the winners of our inaugural Safe Inside Annual Members Awards. Categories included Safe Inside Product of the Year and Safe Inside Project of the Year. Submitted products and projects were required to specifically pertain to the in-building public safety market, and demonstrate an innovation that furthers the mission of improving in-building public safety. SBC is pleased to present the Product of the Year Winner to Cel-Fi by Nextivity, and the Project of the Year Winner to AFL. Additionally, Silver Awards for Project of the Year have been awarded to Fiplex Communications Inc. and Commdex respectively, while Silver Award  Product of the Year goes to Westell Technologies Inc. 

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From the Chief’s Corner: Counting Your Blessings

Chief Alan Perdue

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

Posted on November 22, 2021

For a lot of us, Thanksgiving usually means some time off from work, great food, football games, black Friday shopping, time with family and friends, etc. However, if you think back to the very first Thanksgiving it was a much different scene. It was a humble gathering that took place following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock in the year 1620. One fact of interest about that very first Thanksgiving are the uniqueness of those who participated. You see, the Pilgrims suffered a significant loss of colonist during their journey on the Mayflower losing 46 of their original 102 colonist. However, with the help of approximately 90 Indians they were able to work together and survive the harsh winter and through their collective efforts they yielded an abundant harvest in 1621. A classic example of people working together to solve a real problem.  

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - November 2021

Posted on November 22, 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: Bird RF and Olsen Wireless.

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Safer Buildings Coalition Advancement Work Group Update - November 2021   

Ray Hild

Posted on November 22, 2021

Ray Hild, Chairman of the SBC Advancement Committee Work Group, provides updates on the work group's initiatives.

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Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards

Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards 

Recipients for Product and Project of the Year Awards recognized for industry leadership

Roseburg, Oregon --- November 10, 2021. The Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), the only trade association purpose-built to lead national policy and education for in-building wireless services is proud to announce the winners of our inaugural Safe Inside Annual Members Awards. Categories included Safe Inside Product of the Year and Safe Inside Project of the Year. Submitted products and projects were required to specifically pertain to the in-building public safety market, and demonstrate an innovation that furthers the mission of improving in-building public safety. SBC is pleased to present the Product of the Year Winner to Cel-Fi by Nextivity, and the Project of the Year Winner to AFL. Additionally, Silver Awards have been awarded to Fiplex Communications Inc. and Commdex respectively for Project of the Year, as well as to Westell Technologies Inc. for Product of the Year.

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Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards

SBC Member Awards 2021 Winners, Silver Award Recipients, and Finalists

Award categories include Safe Inside Product of the Year and Safe Inside Project of the Year. Winners and Silver Awards Recipients were named Nov 10th.

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