Fire-Lite Alarms Kicks-Off New Year with New Training!

New Online Tutorials, Videos and Blogs to Supplement Hands-On Courses Registration is now open for a new round of trainings planned up to June 2015 in a variety of locations throughout the U.S. The new schedule consists of a basic two-day course for individuals seeking more hands-on fire alarm technical training and an advanced one-day … Continue reading Fire-Lite Alarms Kicks-Off New Year with New Training!

The K-12 Fire and Emergency Communication Opportunity You May Have Missed

As of this fall, there are more than 98,300 public elementary and secondary schools operating in the United States, with nearly 50 million students and 3.1 million full-time teachers, according to the Institute of Education Sciences. At every one of these schools, fire safety and emergency response is a top priority; but with so many … Continue reading The K-12 Fire and Emergency Communication Opportunity You May Have Missed

All In: Getting Stakeholder Buy-in on Fire Safety is a Challenge and a Necessity

The threat of fire is a terrible reality that facilities of all kind face every day. For many end users, though, fire danger is “out of sight, out of mind.” Unless the threat is imminent, they rarely think of the destruction that fire can cause. That’s why on college campuses – and at other organizations … Continue reading All In: Getting Stakeholder Buy-in on Fire Safety is a Challenge and a Necessity

Campus-wide Pride: Making University Fire Safety a Priority

For facility managers and technicians at college campuses across the U.S., my story might be somewhat familiar. I came to the University of North Georgia nine years ago and took on a daunting task: Fix the campus’ broken fire safety protocol, standardize its numerous devices and systems, and do away with its long-standing tradition of … Continue reading Campus-wide Pride: Making University Fire Safety a Priority

The Basics of Public Relations: 5 Tools of the Trade

For any business owner, brand recognition is the key to continual growth. In the highly competitive fire alarm dealer market, it’s especially important to keep your brand top-of-mind – and always in a positive way, of course. That’s where public relations comes in. What is PR? Public relations (PR) refers to any activity that helps … Continue reading The Basics of Public Relations: 5 Tools of the Trade

Do Your Homework When Getting Into the Fire Business

We have seen a number of installing contractors showing interest in getting into the fire & life safety industry. It’s a noble cause to protect people and property from fire and non-fire emergencies and is a great industry to expand your business. Since its serious business, it’s important to learn about the regulations and what … Continue reading Do Your Homework When Getting Into the Fire Business

Emergency Communication Outpacing Fire

In my last post, I talked about some of the emerging trends in the fire alarm industry.  If you look at the history of the industry, some very high profile fire events in the last century led to our current code-driven, failsafe system requirements.  These systems must be inspected regularly to ensure proper operation.  In … Continue reading Emergency Communication Outpacing Fire

Markets and Technology: What’s Hot, What’s Not

The construction market continued its post-recession recovery in 2013.  So what can we expect in 2014?  From the data I’ve seen, nonresidential markets will see 7-10% growth in new construction starts, versus the 2-3% for 2013.  Looking at specific verticals: Education is still a big market, but it’s not growing at the same rate as … Continue reading Markets and Technology: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Selling IP/Cellular Reporting – Too Good to be True?

I’ve spoken to a number of dealers over the past few years for case studies, press releases and articles on various communication technologies used for fire alarm reporting, most notably IP and Cellular (GSM). And it seems like everyone I interviewed that used IP and cellular have had high praise for these new technologies. But … Continue reading Selling IP/Cellular Reporting – Too Good to be True?

Industry Forecast: 2014 a Year of Growth

Let’s all get ready to leave the last few years in the dust. As we prepare for the year ahead, several factors and trends are influencing the fire alarm industry that promise to make 2014 a year of growth and forward momentum. While commercial construction has been gradually stabilizing over the last several years, 2014 … Continue reading Industry Forecast: 2014 a Year of Growth