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November 22, 2019

A Message From the President: Let's Talk About Our Mission

Patrick Lau

Posted on November 22, 2019

Greetings, Safer Buildings Coalition members. In this, my first President's Message, I would like to talk about the Safer Buildings Coalition’s mission.

You see, our mission has evolved. Some of you may still think of SBC primarily as a first responders' advocate. We very much remain a first responders' advocate, but today, the Safer Buildings Coalition’s mission, messaging and activities are much broader than that. As our new tag line "Feel Safe Inside" evokes: This is about public safety – We are dedicated to making everyone feel safe inside.


The FCC Adopts Rules Designed to Locate 911 Callers Inside Buildings

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Posted on November 22, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to adopt rules that will help first responders pinpoint the floor level of 911 callers inside multi-story buildings. The ability to locate emergency callers with this level of accuracy should reduce response times and, ultimately, help save lives.

These new rules relate directly to the first of the Safer Buildings Coalition's 3 Pillars of In-Building Public Safety Communications, which SBC President Patrick Lau discussed in his column:

Mobile 911 Calls Must Get Out With Location Accuracy

Safer Buildings Coalition Managing Director John Foley was in attendance in Washington D.C. to cover this crucial FCC vote.

See link below for's full writeup on this important development.

Safer Buildings Coalition Member Spotlight: GLD Group, Inc.

Posted on November 22, 2019
This month, we put the spotlight on GLD Group, Inc.

About GLD Group:
GLD Group, Inc is a Design, Engineering and Distribution firm headquartered in Sterling Heights, MI, with branches in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida. GLD Group’s services team offers complete infrastructure design, data center designs, A/V design, Wi-Fi designs/optimization and surveying, third party testing, distributed antenna system testing, design and commissioning.  

Why GLD Group Joined Safer Buildings Coalition:
GLD Group joined the Safer Buildings Coalition because we believe in their mission. Working to make sure all buildings have proper communications is a goal we both share. One of our employees is a Reserve Police Officer in Michigan. He often states that if your prep radio is not working to contact Dispatch or your fellow officers, that is a huge problem.  We stand with the SBC in helping to educate and to be a leader in the industry to make sure buildings are safe for First Responders.  



Posted on November 22, 2019

Dear Reader,

In this section we’ll bring you updates on the important work done by our Codes & Standards, Government Affairs and Advancement Work Groups.

Our Work Groups are the vehicles by which:

  • Members’ voices are heard as SBC develops new public policy, codes, and standards (Government Affairs, Codes and Standards)
  • We develop Training Programs and Educational Content (Education)
  • Members tell us how to improve the Coalition to better serve them and the mission (Advancement)
  • Members can hear first changes in the industry involving all of the above
  • Each Work Group is guided by a Chair and a Vice Chair. The reports below will provide monthly updates from the Chair of each Work Group.
  • Participation in Work Groups is one of the best ways to realize value form your Safer Buildings Coalition Membership. Work Group participation is open to all Members of every type.

If you are interested in participating in a Work Group, please contact the Chair of the group.

Work Group Updates:

Codes & Standards Work Group

Gov't Affairs Work Group

Advancement Work Group

2019 Campus Fire Forum Interview: CCFS President Justin Daniels

Posted on November 22, 2019

The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS), a valued member of the Safer Buildings Coalition, last week hosted its annual Campus Fire Forum in Atlanta. The Forum kicked off with a special 3-hour presentation by SBC Executive Director Chief Alan Perdue and followed up with an extensive list of engaging and educational presentations that addressed issues important to fire safety on the nation’s college campuses. In addition to Chief Perdue’s presentation, the Safer Buildings Coalition participated in the Campus Fire Forum as both a sponsor and exhibitor. 

We had a chance to catch up with CCFS President and University of Oklahoma Fire Marshall Justin Daniels for a chat about the Campus Fire Forum and how the CCFS works to make campuses safer. 


From the Chief’s Corner: Close, But No Cigar...

CCFS Announces a Special 3-Hour Safer Buildings Coalition Program at the 2019 Campus Fire Forum

Posted on November 22, 2019

I’m sure many of you have heard the expression “Close, But No Cigar.” Some of you may even use it from time to time. But have you ever thought about its origin? Research shows that this popular idiom dates back to the late 19th century and most likely originated at popular fairgrounds.  

Fairgoers would test their accuracy, strength and other skills at booth games set up at the fairgrounds – hoping to win a prize.  Every now and then a participant would indeed win, which would keep others interested in taking their turn. During that time period, the winning prize would be a, yes, a cigar!  And so, game operators would often say to those who didn’t win: “Close, But No Cigar...” Since then, the phrase has been used in connection with narrow losses related to sporting events, political races, etc.

So, here’s the question you often ask when reading one of my articles: What do these anecdotes – in this case the origin of “Close, But No Cigar” – have to do with in-building communication?


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