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MEMBERS ONLY: Join us for the SBC Annual Meeting & Dinner and a great program at IWCE 2020

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Posted on January 20, 2020
SBC will be back in Vegas with an even stronger program than in 2019!

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to clear your calendars for the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Member Meeting & Dinner, which goes down on Monday, March 30th, at the IWCE Conference in Las Vegas. This is the SBC event you simply don't want to miss! Stay tuned for more information. 

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Get Ready for the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Seminar Season

Seminars 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020

The 2019 Safer Buildings Coalition seminar series was a great success, and this year, we’ll be stepping up our game another notch. We’ll host more events and hit more cities than ever before. 

First up: Tallahassee, FL, on February 25th, with many more dates to come shortly.

We’ve built a webpage that lists all of the locations we’ll cover this year. Check it out and plan accordingly: https://www.saferbuildings.org/seminars-2020-public

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the road this year!

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NICET and Safer Buildings Coalition Announce New ERRCS Certification Program

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Posted on December 20, 2019
Program will go live in 2020

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and the Safer Buildings Coalition will initiate development of a new engineering technician certification program for Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems (ERRCS), with expected launch of the program in 2020.

This collaboration between NICET and the Safer Buildings Coalition is expected to quickly establish the value and credibility of proper training and certification with the goal of increasing competency across all industry stakeholders.

Read the full press release here

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Happy New Year From the SBC President

Patrick Lau

Posted on December 20, 2019

As 2019 winds down, I would like to reflect on the year that passed and share some thoughts on what 2020 has in store for the Safer Buildings Coalition.  

2019 has been an exciting year for our organization. Our member base keeps growing, both in numbers and diversity. As of December, we've hit a new record, with more than 110 organization members and over 650 individual members.We started several important initiatives in 2019, including the creation of an External Affair Team, which works to make SBC more relevant in the public safety industry. We also expanded our stakeholder base by inviting companies that are not part of the wireless industry to join the Coalition. 

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Our OEM BDA Matrix is live!

BDA Matrix

Posted on December 20, 2019
The new tool allows you to comparison shop, while OEMs can list and describe their offerings

Following countless requests from members of the AHJ community and the end-user market, the Safer Buildings Coalition's Codes and Standards Work Group has developed a feature-comparison matrix tool for BDA systems. The tool is now live on our website, and you can check it out right here: https://www.saferbuildings.us/bda-directory

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From the Chief’s Corner: The Gift...

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on December 20, 2019

During this time of year there’s a lot of hustle and bustle around year-end activities, such as strategic planning, financial reports, sales quotas, social events, traditions and, most importantly, time off for the Christmas Holidays.  As a part of the Christmas season, many will have a keen focus on a unique gift for that someone special in their life.  So, what is a gift? Well, according to Webster’s, it is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.”

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Stroke Victim Called 911, But Couldn’t Get Help Without Address

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Posted on December 20, 2019
Vital time lost as first responders could not locate emergency caller

Mobile 911 Calls Must Get Out with Location Accuracy. Thus reads the first of the Safer Buildings Coalition’s Three Pillars Of In-Building Public Safety Communications. And a recent incident in Chicago proved, with tragic consequences, the importance of this, and what can happen when first responders cannot pinpoint the location of an emergency caller. As a result, vital time was lost before the victim, who was having a major stroke, received help. 

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Join us for the SBC Annual Meeting & Dinner at IWCE 2020

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Posted on December 20, 2019
SBC will be back in Vegas with an even stronger program than in 2019!

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to clear your calendars for the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Member Meeting & Dinner, which goes down on Monday, March 30th, at the IWCE Conference in Las Vegas. This is the SBC event you simply don't want to miss! Stay tuned for more information. 

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Safer Buildings Coalition Profile Updates

Profile Update

Posted on December 20, 2019
SBC members: Please review and update your current profiles

In an effort to ensure that all of our records are up to date, we would like for all of our members to take a look at their current member profiles and make any updates you see fit. 

By updating or verifying your profile, you'll ensure that your name, title, organization, contact info, social media handles, point of contact type and organization type are up to date.

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MGM Settles With Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Agrees to Pay up to $800 Million

Las Vegas

Posted on December 20, 2019
Wireless dead zones, which hampered first responders, may persist two years after tragedy

Two years after the worst mass shooting in US history, MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, has agreed to pay up to $800 to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by victims of the tragedy.

On the night of October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire at a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Using an arsenal of high-powered weapons, the shooter was able to continue his rapid-fire assault for more than 10 minutes before police reached his room. 58 people were killed and more than 850 injured.

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FCC Issues Notice on Part 90 Signal Boosters

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Posted on December 20, 2019
Read this important reminder right here.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on December 11th, issued a Reminder Of The Obligations Of Non-Licensees That Operate Part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio Signal Boosters.

You can read the complete notice here

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