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Dept. of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

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Posted on March 24, 2020

So Many Safer Buildings Coalition Members are part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Essential workers must be permitted to keep critical infrastructure in place and operational.

The US Department of Homeland Security has provided guidance on the definition of the ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE.

Read important guidance from DHS here:


Safer Buildings Coalition Launches Online Training Hub

Safer Buildings Coalition Launches Online Training Hub

Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear Members & Readers,

The current crisis forces more and more workers to work from home. While this is a new reality for many, it is also a great opportunity for these remote workers to build competency via online training. And for you, our members, to showcase your online training programs. 

That's why we created the Safer Buildings Coalition Online Training Hub. 

Check it out here:


A message from the Safer Buildings Coalition President

Patrick Lau

Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear Members & Readers,

First of all, as you may already know, IWCE 2020 has been rescheduled for August 24-28. Accordingly, we have moved our Annual Reception, Dinner and Meeting to August 24th to coincide with the new IWCE time frame. Much more information will be forthcoming, but for now, please mark your calendars for these new dates. 

These are difficult, perhaps even scary, times for all of us, and I want you all to know that we at the Safer Buildings Coalition are dedicated to helping you get through this crisis. As a Coalition, we can and will help each other work through this crisis. With that in mind, our Board of Directors, Staff, and Advancement Work Group will be collaborating to brainstorm ways to help you, our members, continue to advance the mission and your goals within the industry.


Broward County Approves Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems Guidelines

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Posted on March 24, 2020

The BDA Committee under the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals has approved and posted its Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems Guidelines.

See the approved guidelines here:


From the Chief’s Corner: When Leadership Matters Most...

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

Posted on March 24, 2020

With many years of service in public safety, I have witnessed and been a part of many forms of crisis. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster can have a profound impact on the daily lives of those effected. Today’s environment of uncertainty with COVID 19 is very significant, and it brings back some vivid memories of the initial days following the events of 9/11.

Those memories include many hours spent planning and preparing for what was often referred to as the “unknown” and the “new normal.” We had no idea what that really meant, but we knew the world as we had known it would change. The uncertainty of what was to come would impact not only the lives of first responders, but the lives of all Americans. We didn’t have time to do much reflection. It was time to move forward, develop plans, procedures, secure proper equipment, train personnel, etc.


IWCE 2020 Rescheduled for August 24-28, 2020


Posted on March 24, 2020

IWCE 2020, which was originally scheduled for next week, has been rescheduled for August 24-28, 2020. 

Please see the IWCE website here:

Read the full announcement from the organizers below:

We are excited to announce that IWCE 2020 will take place on August 24-28, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Halls 1-2) in Las Vegas, Nevada. ETA’s Education Forum will also be rescheduled to take place at this time.


March and April Safer Buildings Coalition Seminars Postponed- New Dates to Be Announced

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Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear Members & Readers,

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all Safer Buildings Coalition Seminars scheduled for March and April due to concerns about COVID-19 and recommendations by community and health officials, expressions of concern from our guests and members.



Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear Members & Readers,

In this section we’ll bring you updates on the important work done by our Codes & Standards, Government Affairs, Advancement & Public Safety Technology 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

Public Safety Technology Work Group



Helping Our Industry During Challenging Times

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Posted on March 24, 2020

In times like these, we need to come together to do our part. As a leading distributor that works in an essential critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Federal Government, Graybar is doing everything we can to support you and your business during the COVID-19 crisis. We know you need someone you can trust, which is why our business will continue to stay open and serve our customers through these challenging times. Our national footprint allows us to have a contingency plan to support customers in case any of our individual locations become impacted.


Meet DragonSkin™: The Ultimate Fireproof Communications Cable

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Posted on March 24, 2020

DragonSkin is a world-first in public safety and mission-critical communications. This coaxial cable is the only in-building communications cable to survive 2 hours under fire conditions with no additional protection measures. Complete fire protection is built into the revolutionary DragonSkin design. No extensive wrapping, metal conduit, or fireproof enclosure is required.

DragonSkin cable continues to support cellular and public safety radio communications after it’s been exposed to temperatures up to 1000 °C (1832 °F) for two hours then suddenly cooled down with water from a fire hose.


Public Safety Codes and Signal Booster Solutions

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Posted on March 24, 2020

Before obtaining certificates, licenses, and permits for occupying commercial buildings and property, several building codes must meet federal requirements and/or municipal zoning laws.

In general, these guidelines range from structural, electrical, mechanical, fuel/gas, plumbing, drainage, landscaping, accessibility, health, and fire safety. Failing to comply with these requirements may lead to rejected building permits, a re-approval process, and even penalties if the building is occupied for use while failing to address the prerequisites.


That's An E-Wrap!

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Posted on March 24, 2020

Some of the most challenging projects in the public safety arena involve older, occupied buildings, and the planning and implementation of bringing them up to code. These retrofit installations are even more challenging when it comes to healthcare facilities.

RFS recently implemented an ARCS project at a top-tier medical research facility located in the medical corridor of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. This facility was undergoing an extensive renovation, which triggered the requirement for an FDNY ARC system. The RFS engineering team was able to overcome some of the cable installation challenges on the upper floors with a unique design that allowed for overlapping antenna coverage. This plan negated the need for two-hour fire rating prot

ection of the horizontal cable runs.


Newmar Introduces Annunciator Panel for Public Safety Battery Back-Up Applications

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Posted on March 24, 2020

Newmar announces the release of the Annunciator Panel, model AP-8000A, designed to meet NFPA 1221 standards for a dedicated BDA and BDA battery back-up annunciation panel. 

Contained in a compact NEMA 4 enclosure, the audible and visual alarm annunciator is a companion to the PE Series power enclosures and features eight Form-C alarm relays. The first five alarms are wired for NFPA mandated alarms: AC Power Failure, Low Battery, Charger Failure, BDA Failure and Antenna Failure.


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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... 

Want to Know Who Can Perform In-Building Public Safety Work?

The purpose of the Safer Buildings Coalition Member Showcase is to provide visibility to the organizations who have demonstrated this commitment through Safer Buildings Coalition participation in this specialized community of practice.

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