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Safer Buildings Coalition WORK GROUP ROUNDUP - February 2021 

Please watch this month's video updates from the Chairs of the Safer Buildings Coalition’s five work groups on their group’s activities, achievements and needs.

Click on the links or images to watch the video messages below:

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In-Building Public Safety Coverage at the Crossroads of Conflict

In-Building Public Safety Coverage at the Crossroads of Conflict

Posted on March 4, 2021
Things are about to get a lot better – if we choose the correct path together
By John Foley – Managing Director, Safer Buildings Coalition

“In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity“ - Albert Einstein

Safer Buildings Coalition has made a lot of “noise” about our No-Noise Task Force [see related article this issue].

But it may be that we’ve focused too much on the Task Force’s what and the how, but maybe not the why.

To put it succinctly, Radio System Operators / Administrators / Managers – i.e., the FCC License Holders, have had it up to here with the incidences of harmful noise and interference on their public safety radio networks caused by improperly deployed BDAs.

And they have begun to act. Recently, an FCC complaint was filed on a building owner out west as a result of an interfering BDA. Rumor has it that more violations are forthcoming. Battle lines are being drawn.

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From the Chief’s Corner: The Temptation of Low-Hanging Fruit

Chief Perdue

Posted on January 27, 2021

For years, I’ve sought to approach things based on Habit #2 from Stephen Covey’s book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Begin With the End in Mind.” This is about having a clear vision about the purpose of a particular task. In other words: What exactly are you looking for? What are you trying to accomplish? Another important life principle I always tried to practice and reinforce when making decisions during my career in emergency service is “What’s best for those we are here to serve?”

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Safer Buildings Coalition Helps Members Be Seen and Heard

Bullhorn

Posted on January 27, 2021

Dear Safer Buildings Coalition Members — 

Did you know that the SBC offers you a variety of ways to highlight your organization and amplify your messaging through our digital platforms?

The SBC bullhorn that can help spread the word on your organization, your products, services, thought leadership - anything you'd like to share with your fellow members and Safer Buildings Coalition's broader audience.

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Tessco-SBC Public Safety DAS Event Series

Relive the Tessco-Safer Buildings Coalition Event Series

Posted on January 27, 2021

From early autumn through the first week of January, Safer Buildings Coalition and Tessco - a valued SBC member and partner – put together and presented a four-part In-Building Public Safety DAS virtual event series. To everyone who attended our events: Thank you. We hope you enjoyed the shows. And now, we have made all four events available for you to watch or relive.

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SBC Members & Followers: Review and Verify Your Account Information

Review and Verify Your Account Information

Posted on January 27, 2021

Dear Safer Buildings Coalition members & followers –

Periodically, we ask you to review your Safer Buildings Coalition information and preferences to ensure your name, title, organization, communication preferences, etc. are up to date. 

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SBC Community Affairs “Forces for Good Spotlight”: Operation Gratitude Shows Love to the NYPD

Spotlight

Posted on January 27, 2021
New SBC feature gives an important voice to our members

The Safer Buildings Coalition Community Affairs Work Group this month begins a new program to recognize noble causes – brought to our attention by an SBC Member. Our program is dubbed “Forces for Good Spotlight.”

In our very first Forces for Good Spotlight, the SBC Community Affairs Work Group has selected Operation Gratitude, as suggested by SBC Managing Director John Foley.

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members

SBC Newest Members 2021

Posted on January 27, 2021

The Safer Buildings Coalition continues to grow. We now have more than 140 members 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: ECD Systems, Fire Science Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, OnAir Solutions, SYM Technology & Whoop Wireless.

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Remembering January 23, 2005

January 23, 2005

Posted on January 27, 2021
By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), Executive Director, Safer Buildings Coalition

During many of my presentations across the country, I play an audio clip from a horrific fire that took place on this date 16 years ago. I do this to highlight how important in-building emergency responder communications are for public safety.

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Update: SBC No Noise Task Force

Update: SBC No Noise Task Force

Posted on January 27, 2021

On December 21, the Safer Buildings Coalition rolled out our "No Noise" Call to Action and Position Paper. www.saferbuildings.org/no-noise.

The goal of the Task Force is to focus on the problem of harmful interference caused by improperly deployed Signal Boosters. The scope of the Task Force is to address the past, present, and future of public safety in-building communications.

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Update Jan 27 - SBC NICET Certification Program and In-Building Reference and Study Guide

Chief Perdue

Posted on January 27, 2021

The NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications Certification Program, and the accompanying Reference and Study Guide, are making great progress!

Certification Program

NICET is currently in the question writing phase for certification tests for the Design and Tech I certifications. These should be completed by May. Work on Tech II and Tech III exams should begin shortly, with tests available early 3rd quarter.

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