Central Stations Face Off Against NFPA On Fire Monitoring

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Sep 18, 2018

Central stations are facing off against the NFPA over what they call anti-competitive language in NFPA 72, the standard [link no longer available] that covers fire alarms. The central stations say the NFPA is unfairly favoring municipalities but the NFPA contends it is following an established democratic process.

In this note we examine:

  • What Happened
  • Contested Language
  • NFPA Speaks Up To IPVM
  • What Central Stations Say
  • Alleges Eliminating Competition From Private Industry
  • NFPA Rebuts, AHJ Still Needs To Approve
  • The Effect On Central Stations
  • Next - TMA Targeting 2022

******* ******** *** ****** off ******* *** **** over **** **** **** anti-competitive ******** ** **** 72, *** ******** [**** no ****** *********] **** covers **** ******. *** central ******** *** *** NFPA ** ******** ******** municipalities *** *** **** contends ** ** ********* an *********** ********** *******.

** **** **** ** examine:

  • **** ********
  • ********* ********
  • **** ****** ** ** IPVM
  • **** ******* ******** ***
  • ******* *********** *********** **** Private ********
  • **** ******, *** ***** Needs ** *******
  • *** ****** ** ******* Stations
  • **** - *** ********* 2022

[***************]

What ********

******* ******** *** ** The ********** *********** (***) [link ** ****** *********] wanted ** ****** ******** from **** ** **** requires *** ******** ** UL-listed ********** ******* ** monitor **** ******. *** NFPA ******* ** ****** voted *** ******** ******* down. ********** ********* *** there ** *********** ******* for ***** ****** *** NFPA **** *** ********* was ******** *** *** language ** ************** ******.

Contested ********

** ****, **** ******* the ****** **** ******** generically *** '********* *********' to ********** '****** ******* supervising ********' ** ***** in *** ****** ********* below:

*** ****-*********** **** ** the **** **** *** TMA ***** *******.

NFPA ****** ** ** ****

*** **** **** **** the ***** ******* *** democratic *** **** *** code ****** ***** ** it *** ***** ** by *** *********** ********. IPVM ***** **** ******* Roux, ***** ******* *** NFPA **.

*** ******* ** * consensus-based *******. ** ** came *** *** ***** way, ***** ****** ***** have **********. *** ********* is *** ***. **’* been ** ***** *** 6 ***** *** *** is ***** ** ******** practice ***** *** ***. It **** ****’* *** it ******** **** ****... It’s ****** **** **** way, ** **** *** spells ** *** ** folks *** *** ** trouble *** *** ****** the *** ***** *** monitoring.

What ******* ******** **** ** ***

TMA Executive Director & CEO Jay Hauhn

*** ***** [**** ** longer *********], ********* ******** and *** ** *** said *** ******** ***** on ******** *** ******** was ************** ** ***** of ***** ********. *** vote *** *** ** 128** ******* *** ***-********* ******* during * ***** **** of ***** ********* *** NFPA ********* ******* ** Las ***** ** **** 14.

*******, **** ******** */* of *** ******** **** council's ***** ** **** and, ********* ** *****, the ********* ***** ****** unanimously (** ** *)********** ******** ******.

******** *** **** ********* *** **** ********* Council. ************ ******* ***** ******* the ******.

Alleges *********** *********** **** ******* ********

***'* ***** **** *** real ******* ***** ****** denying ********'* ******* *** to *** ************** ** creating * ****-******* ******** that ********** *********** **** private ********.

*** ***** *** ***** much **** *** ***** over ******* ** *** central ******** **** ******* to ******* **** ****** everywhere, ***** *** **** language **** *** ***** to **** ********** ******** UL-listed ******* ******** **** monitoring **** ******. **** was ********* ****** ** Chicago-area ************** ******* ** their *** ********** *******. They’re ****** ** *** the ******** ** ***** free *** **** ***********.

**** **** ** ****** between ************** ******* ** monitor *** ******* ********* has **** ***** ** for * ***** (*.*.,*** * **** *******).

***** ******** ************ ** ********** *** Innovation ****** ****** [**** no ****** *********] **** the ***** **** ** much ****** **** *** NFPA ******* * ************ to *** * ******** code ** *** * local ******* ** *********** for ********* ********** *******.

**** ** ************** ******** input **** *** ***** industry. *** **** ** the **** *****. ** I ** * **** alarm ********* * *** go *** *** **-****** fire ***** *****, ******* or **** * ******* back *** *** * don’t **** ** *** specific ******** **** ** AHJ ******* **'* ****** for *** ******** ***** by **. *** ****** central ******** ** *** different? ** ** ******* all *** ************** *** testing ** ****** ** can ** *** ****. We ****** *** **** to **** *** ********** approvals. *** *****, ****** bigger, ***** ** *** way *** ******** ** written. *** *********** ****** that * ***** **** to *** ******** ********** from ***** *** ** the **? *** *** imagine **** ***** * would **** ** ** through ** *** *** maintain ****+ *******/********?

NFPA ******, *** ***** ***** ** *******

****'* **** **** ******* out **** **** ******, it ** **** **** a **** ***** ********** can ****** *** **-****** smoke ******** ** **** station ** ** *** wants, ******* ***** *** to *** *** ****** specs *** ******** ** a ***** *** ******* it ** *** *** so ** ** *** can ********** ****** ******. ** ** *** the **** *** ********** centers, **** *******.

The ****** ** ******* ********

******* ******** **** **** at ***** **** ******** due ** *** ******** language ** **** ** and *** ** *** supreme ***** ** *** AHJ **** ** ***** to ********* **** ***** design *** **********. **** asked, ***** ******** **** it *** **** ********:

*** ** ****. *** only ********** ******** *** whole ******* ******* ** could *** ******* ***** accounts. ***** *** ******* areas **** **** ************ like "******* ****** ***** the ***** ** ******" or ** "*** ** be ** **** ******* "or **** "******** **** the **** **********."

Next - *** ********* ****

*** ******** ** *** set *** *** **** 3 ***** *** *** is ****** ** ****** this *** *** **** edition, **** **** ****.

*******, ****'* **** ********* the ******* *** ******** the ******** ** *** standards **** ****** *** life-safety *** ******** ******** are *** **** **** after **** *** *** dependable:

****** *** ** ** appeal ** ********* **** reference ** *** *** and ** *** ***** to **** ** ** there. **** *** ** a ***… **** **** to *** ******* ** June ****. ** ****** and **** ** **** back ** *********. *** tech ********* ***** ** wasn’t *********** *** ***** it ****.

******* **** ******* *** situation ******* ** ** seen *** *** ********** companies **** **** ** determine **** *** ** overcome *** ******* *******.

Comments (3)

**** ** ** *** 2016 ****? *** *****. We’re ***** ** **** in ** *****! 😂 no *** ****** *** latest ****. **’** ** a ****** ****** **** even ******* *** ** then ** **** ** changed. 

* **** **** ** varies **** ************ ** municipality. * **** ** my *****, **'** *** up ** **** ******. However, **** ** *** contested ******** *** **** in ***** ***** ** least ****. * **** that ***** **** **** had **** ******** *** to *** ******** *** TMA **** ***** *********** members *** ****. * suppose ** ******* ** where ***'** ******* *** what *** *** *******.

**** ******* ** ** Stu ******* *** *** years ***.  * ******* the ******** ***** ** if *** ******** ** Regional ********** ******* *** UL ** ** ********, it ****** ** ****** acceptable ** *** *************. 

*** ********** ******* *** municipalities *** **** *********** entities ** ******* ***** own **** ****** **** just *** ******** ** the ***.  ***** **** and ****** ***** *** many ****** **** ****** to **** ******** ****** the *******.

** ****, *****'* *** tax ******* ** ****.

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