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February 21, 2020


IWCE 2020 is coming up. Check out the SBC agenda


Posted on February 21, 2020

The 2020 Edition of IWCE — the International Wireless Communications Expo — is around the corner, and Safer Buildings Coalition will be back in Vegas March 30th-April 3rd. We’ll have a great program that includes the Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Reception, Dinner & Meeting, as well as lectures, panel discussions, social gatherings -- and a whole new look to our booth on the expo floor! Check out what we have in store this year.


Save 20% on IWCE Registration with Safer Buildings Coalition

Save 20% on IWCE Registration with Safer Buildings Coalition

Posted on February 21, 2020

The International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is North America's most valued Critical Communications event, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada! And this year, IWCE and Safer Buildings Coalition have partnered to offer you a 20% discount on registration for this great show. 


Broward County BDA Committee Meeting on Monday, February 24th

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Posted on February 21, 2020

The BDA Committee under the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals will have its first meeting of 2020 on Monday, February 24th at 1:30pm.

Safer Buildings Coalition leadership will be in attendance for this important meeting to represent the interests of you, our members. The meeting is open to the public, so consider attending this event and make your voice be heard.


From the Chief’s Corner: A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step...

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

Posted on February 21, 2020

I’m sure many of you have heard the ancient Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” but have you ever really thought about its origin or actual meaning? Phrases associated with ancient China are often characterized as being the work of Confucius – almost by default. In reality, it’s easy for us to simply take things at face value and not truly understand the origin of writings or their accuracy.

According to research, this one isn’t attributed to Confucius; it's actually credited to the Tao Te Ching, a classical Chinese Taoist text written between the 4th and 6th century by a renowned Chinese philosopher named Lao Tzu. In fact, the original text was said to be “A journey of a thousand li [a Chinese mile] starts beneath one's feet."

In the world of public safety in-building emergency responder communications enhancement systems we have begun a new journey as it relates to the standard that governs these critical systems. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a consolidation plan to take over 100 Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) standards, guides, and recommended practices and consolidate them into almost 50 overarching standards.


Member Spotlight: T-Mobile

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Posted on February 21, 2020

The February installment of the Safer Buildings Coalition Member Spotlight puts the focus on T-Mobile – the first wireless carrier to join SBC – why the carrier joined our organization, and how T-Mobile and the Safer Buildings Coalition can work together to improve in-building public safety.

Q: Why did T-Mobile join the Safer Buildings Coalition?
A: T-Mobile subscribes to a philosophy that is very consistent with the Safer Buildings Coalition mission: Our goal is to promote and deploy wireless technologies that make tenants and visitors more connected in large commercial and public buildings. Reliance on wireless is universal, and this often includes the dependence of public safety organizations on cellular networks connecting them to people in need. We know this because, according to the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), in many areas across America, 80 percent or more of 9-1-1 calls are made from wireless devices.



Posted on February 21, 2020

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

Advancement Work Group

Government Affairs Work Group Next update: March newsletter.

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In-Building Radio Enhancement Requirements by Jurisdictionand more...

The Safer Buildings Coalition website has an extensive collection of resources to assist in understanding Emergency Responders Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) requirements and other topics. 

Visit our USEFUL LINKS Resource Page for more... 

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