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Part II of II - Crisis in Plain Sight: In-Building Public Safety Radio Coverage in Schools 

Law enforcement personnel work at the scene of a mass shooting in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022. (Nuri Vallbona/Reuters)

By John Foley, SBC Managing Director
Posted on November 3, 2022

We of the Safer Buildings Coalition mourn with the Uvalde community the tragic loss of life resulting from the assault on Robb Elementary School on May 25th and all mass-casualty events, especially in our schools. In Part I of this report, we cited after-action report information from the recent Uvalde, TX mass-shooting. Primarily, we examined a crucial element of this tragedy: Poor in-building public safety coverage. 

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From the Chief’s Corner: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk…America’s Safe Schools Week Proclamation

Chief Alan Perdue

By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), SBC Executive Director
Posted on November 3, 2022

For most of us, school safety is ever present on our minds with so many of the headlines we see through various news outlets. So, when I became aware of the fact that October 16-22 was “America’s Safe Schools Week” I began reflecting on the Phrase “Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk”. In fact, I have a book titled Walk the Talk written by best-selling authors Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura that has been part of my leadership collection for many years. Although “Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk is a common English phrase, the concept of actually doing it can be challenging. Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk requires us to live the values we have identified within our life such as the Golden Rule that many of our parents taught us growing up. Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk is more than just a catchy phrase, it is a value statement that means we should support what we say, not just with words, but also through our actions regardless of any activity we are involved in at a given moment be it faith, family, work, community involvement, sports, etc.  In all situations we have a responsibility to “Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk”.

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - November 2022

Posted on November 3, 2022Meet the Newest members

The Safer Buildings Coalition continues to grow. It’s our pleasure to introduce you to some of the newest additions to our member base: Intelibs and Maven Wireless Inc. Welcome to SBC!

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SBC Making Progress on NFPA 1225 Improvement
Codes and Standards Work Group Approves New TIAs for NFPA 1225, Appoints New Chair

Codes and Standards

Posted on November 3, 2022

During the past month, the Safer Buildings Coalition Codes & Standards Work Group continued to provide input on code issues as well as move forward other projects. Here are the highlights: 

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SBC 2023 Seminars and Events: Seeking Member and Sponsor Input

Seminar Planning

Posted on October 26, 2022

Dear SBC Members and Prospective Sponsors,

As we begin to plan for 2023, we seek your input on the seminar and event series, such as:

  • What cities are of interest to your organization?
  • How many events can you commit to sponsoring in 2023?
  • Proposed SBC Technology and Policy Summit – Date and Sponsorship Interest?
  • Your feedback and suggestions based on 2022’s series
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Eagles Cowboys Oct 2022

SBC Managing Director John Foley, and RF Connect (and SBC Board Member) Josh Gerst, have had a (mostly) friendly rivalry going back years.

This Sunday, Oct 16th at 8:20p ET, The Birds and the Boys meet
to battle for first place in the
NFL's hottest division, the NFC East.

Says Foley - "The Cowgirls are going to find out they've been beating second-tier teams - they are about to be served a dose of reality at the Linc this Sunday".

Says Gerst - "This is Dallas' year... our D is devastating, and they can't stop our running game."

The Stakes: Gerst has selected the American Red Cross Disaster Relief as his charity,
Foley has selected the Florida Disaster Fund
LOSER will make a hefty donation to the WINNER's charity.

Don't wait for the outcome!
Please click one or both of the links above
to support these important causes!

John and Josh say: "We invite everyone to talk trash in the LinkedIn comment section, and join us in supporting both of these great charities to help the folks in Florida come back from Hurricane Ian."  

 

  

 

From the Chief’s Corner: The ERCES Annunciator - What Do Emergency Responders Need to Know & When?

Chief Alan Perdue

By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), SBC Executive Director

Posted on October 6, 2022

When assessing the value of Information, we may not always have an accurate understanding of what information should be collected, who needs to know what and how much collecting that information will cost. Let’s explore this concept as it relates to the information associated with transferring data from the ERCES annunciator to the building’s fire alarm system. 

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Message from the President

Prince Niyyar

Posted on October 6, 2022

Dear Safer Buildings Coalition Members,

After serving on the Board of the Safer Buildings Coalition for the last two years, I am honored to have been selected to serve as the President this year and for the opportunity to work with a highly experienced and passionate Board of Directors and SBC staff.

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Meet the Newest Safer Buildings Coalition Members - October 2022

Posted on October 6, 2022Meet the Newest members

The Safer Buildings Coalition continues to grow. It’s our pleasure to introduce you to some of the newest additions to our member base: Gamma Electronics, PMC Wireless, and Stanford University. Welcome to SBC!

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Evaluating the Impact of Florida SB-1190
Government Affairs Work Group forms Florida SB-1190 subcommittee, elects new Chair, and more...

Government Affairs

Posted on October 6, 2022

The Safer Buildings Coalition Government Affairs Work Group met on September 16 to discuss several important topics. A couple key highlights:

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SBC Takes On NFPA 1225 Improvement
Codes and Standards Work Group launches 1225 TIA subcommittee, and more...

Codes and Standards

Posted on October 6, 2022

During the past month, the Safer Buildings Coalition Codes & Standards Work Group continued to provide input on code issues as well as move forward other projects. Here are the highlights:

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