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Exciting News: Safer Buildings Coalition Download Page Is Live!

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Posted on October 21, 2019
Download and Share Proprietary Code Reference Card and Other SBC Content According to License Agreement

The Safer Buildings Coalition is very happy to announce that we created a content download page on our website. On this page, our Members ONLY will have the opportunity to download proprietary SBC content, including our popular Code Reference Card. 

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Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Members Meeting & Dinner at IWCE 2020 – It’s Going to Be Bigger & Better!

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Posted on October 21, 2019
Clear your calendars for Monday March 30th

The Safer Buildings Coalition will be back in Las Vegas for IWCE 2020, and we're bringing our "A" game. We'll have a cool new exhibit, cannot-miss presentations and educational programs, and our entire team will be on-site – ready to spend quality time with current and prospective members.

And yes: We are once again having our Annual Members Meeting and Dinner at the beginning of the conference.

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Special SBC Member Discounts Available for the CCFS Campus Fire Forum

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Posted on October 21, 2019
Event takes place in Atlanta, Nov. 11-15 

The 2019 Edition of the Center For Campus Fire Safety's Campus Fire Forum will take place in Atlanta, GA Nov. 11-15, and the Safer Buildings Coalition and CCFS have partnered to bring special member pricing for this important event.

Campus Fire Forum is the only national conference that focuses exclusively on campus fire and life safety issues and continues to offer you the opportunity to learn from the experts and interact with campus fire safety professionals. 

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Senate Introduces the School Safety Clearinghouse Act

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Posted on October 21, 2019.
Bi-Partisan bill focuses on best practices for school safety design

U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) in September introduced the School Safety Clearinghouse Act a -- bi-partisan bill that focuses on best practices for school safety design and allocates a funding source to put those plans into motion.

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SBC In Attendance at the ICC Fire Code Action Committee

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Posted on October 21, 2019
Chief Perdue in Chicago to represent the interests of the Coalition’s members

On October 1-2, the Safer Buildings Coalition’s Executive Director, Chief Alan Perdue, attended the International Code Councils Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC) meeting in Chicago. The committee met to discuss certain code proposals in the current code cycle that are being evaluated by the Existing Buildings Code Action Committee. Additionally, the committee began high-level discussions on potential code changes related to the 2024 edition of the International Fire Code.

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Code Update From Chief Perdue: NFPA 1061& NFPA 1221 to Be Combined to Form a New Standard: NFPA 1225

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Posted on October 21, 2019
NFPA 1225 is open for public input

I know that most of you reading this are familiar with NFPA 1221: The Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems. The 2016 ​and 2019 editions of that standard contain the requirements for public safety in-building communications enhancement systems.

Well, an important change is taking place in the future that will make NFPA 1221 as you know it to no longer be in existence. 

As part of the consolidation plan at NFPA, Standards NFPA 1061 and NFPA 1221 will be combined to form a new standard known as NFPA 1225. 

 

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Dead Zones Persist in Las Vegas Strip Buildings Two Years After Mandalay Bay Massacre

Dead Zones Persist in Las Vegas

Posted on October 21, 2019
Local media turn to the Safer Buildings Coalition for insight

Two years after the mass casualty incident at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, the wireless dead zones that hampered first responders on the scene still plague many of the buildings on the Strip. 

On the night of the massacre, several Las Vegas Police Department officers reported problems with radio communication once they entered the casino. Indeed, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department later cited Mandalay Bay’s limited radio coverage as the department’s “biggest challenge” that night. If you attended IWCE in March, you may recall that the Clarkson Brothers – of the LVPD – talked at length about these issues during their presentation.

As Las Vegas marked the second anniversary of those harrowing events, local news outlets turned to Safer Buildings Coalition Managing Director John Foley for expert comment on the situation in Vegas. 

 

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From the Chief’s Corner: One and Done, But Not When Public Safety Is Involved...

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on September 19, 2019

Many of you have heard the common term "One and Done" used in everyday life. But have you ever thought about its origin? “One and done” became a popular term when the National Basketball Association introduced a new controversial draft rule in 2006. The rule stated that recruits needed to be 19 years old by the end of the draft year and one year removed from their high school graduation before they were eligible to participate. The effect was that high school players who might have gone directly into professional play instead spent a single year playing at the collegiate level; they were not interested in a collegiate career. They would basically play one year of college and then be done with their college play.

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New Safer Buildings Coalition Board Is Ready to Get to Work

Safer Buildings Coalition Elects New Board

Posted on September 19, 2019
2019 Election sees Eric Toenjes & Dennis Burns join the Board, Kevin Persing moves to At-Large role

With the 2019 Safer Buildings Board of Directors Election in the books, our new board is in place. New members Eric Toenjes, Graybar and Dennis Burns, ADRF join the board as, respectively, the Coalition's next Vice President and Secretary. Kevin Persing, Cobham Wireless, who was serving as Board Secretary, will take on the role of At-Large board member during the next cycle.

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The Safer Buildings Coalition Submits its Comments to the FCC

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Posted on September 19, 2019
Filing is part of our organization’s important work on behalf of our members. 

The Safer Buildings Coalition, on August 30th submitted its comments on FCC Proceeding: Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments Docket 17-142.

Please see our filing here: Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments Docket 17-142

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SAFER BUILDINGS COALITION SPEAKER'S CORNER – A City Full of Heroes

Lisa Jardine

Posted on September 19, 2019
By Lisa Jardine

Director Of Communications at RF Solutions LLC

Although my title at RF Solutions is Director of Communications, I would prefer it was Chief Story Teller. I love a good story; I think most people do. Before this job, my writing experience focused on travel, culture, and global adventures. So, when an opportunity to work for a firm that installed in-building wireless solutions came about, I made sure there was a story to tell. And, after digging a little deeper, I found there were many. 

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