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In-Building Communications When you Need it Most

October 22, 2019

From the Chief’s Corner: What’s in a Name?

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on October 22, 2019

In the famous balcony scene in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says: 

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” 

Of course, that line went on to become one of the most famous quotes from William Shakespeare. In the story, Juliet tells Romeo that the Capulet and Montague names are basically an artificial and meaningless convention. 

I know, by this point you are wondering where you are going with this, Chief? what does Romeo and Juliet have to do with in-building communications…?

Well, in the story of Romeo and Juliet, the family names of Capulet and Montague had a meaning behind them, and that certainly lead to some unintended consequences.  Likewise, the terms “Authority Having Jurisdiction” (AHJ) and “Fire Code Official” have meanings behind them, and it’s not as simple as it might seem when it comes to in-building communications enhancement systems. 


Exciting News: Safer Buildings Coalition Download Page Is Live!

File Downloads Page

Posted on October 22, 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 will have the opportunity to download proprietary SBC content, including our popular Code Reference Card. 



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


Posted on October 22, 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. 


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

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

Posted on October 22, 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. 


Special SBC Member Discounts Available for the CCFS Campus Fire Forum

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

Posted on October 22, 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. 


Senate Introduces the School Safety Clearinghouse Act

School Safety

Posted on October 22, 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. 


SBC In Attendance at the ICC Fire Code Action Committee


Posted on October 22, 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.


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


Posted on October 22, 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.  



Dear Reader,

This month we introduce a new section of our newsletter: SBC WORK GROUP ROUNDUP. In this section we’ll bring you updates on the important work done by our Codes & Standards, Government Affairs, Education, 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

Education Work Group

Advancement Work Group


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