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NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter Sues Tyco
UTC Aerospace Opens NJ Facility
Tyco Receives Innovator Award
Chinese Alarm Manufacturer Open in Canada
Brooks Equipment Sold
Siemens Recalls Alarms
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Jim Goerl
We just don't feel like writing much this month.


James Goerl, age 52 of Wayne, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Born in Paterson, Jim was raised in Hawthorne and North Haledon and had been a resident of Wayne for the past twenty years. He attended High Mountain School in North Haledon where, in fifth grade, he met the girl that, little did he know, he would someday marry. Her name was Patty Angelicola and she and Jim became good friends their junior year at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon. Their first date was to the movie theater in Fair Lawn. Jim didn't have his license yet so his parents had to drive them. They saw the movie Foul Play starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn and afterwards, they walked to Gino's for a snack. Jim and Patty soon fell in love and one night while at the park overlooking the Hudson River, Jim asked Patty to be his wife. Afterwards they enjoyed a delicious dinner at Tavern on the Green, followed by a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. They exchanged vows before God, family and friends at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Prospect Park and went on to share many cherished memories together.

Jim graduated from Seton Hall University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He immediately went to work in the fire protection systems industry. A true professional, Jim was a dedicated worker and, over the course of many years, he learned every facet of fire protection there was to know. In 2005, he started his own business - Metro Protection Systems, Inc. in New York City where he was currently serving as Owner and President. He was Past-President of the New York chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and currently a member of the New York Fire Alarm Association (NYFAA), New Jersey Fire Alarm Association (NJFAA), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Outside of work, Jim was a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. He was just seventeen when he and Patty went together to their first Springsteen concert at the Nassau Coliseum. Over the last thirty-five years, he's been to literally more than 100 of Bruce's concerts. He loved the Mets and Giants, and he was just at the Giant's game last week, enjoying watching Eli Manning lead his team in defeat of the Falcons. Jim also played a lot of golf and was a member of the Packanack Lake Golf Club.

No matter what, Jim's family always came first. When his two sons, Matt and Nick were younger, Jim enthusiastically coached their soccer, basketball and baseball teams in the Packanack Lake Youth League. He also volunteered as a Cub Scout leader with Pack 104 and in those early years, Jim loved to get out with the boys to go on hikes. As Matt and Nick got older, the three of them spent good times together playing golf. The family also enjoyed many summers at the beach in sunny Ocean City, Maryland and this past August, they enjoyed a beautiful vacation in Ireland. Despite all these pursuits, Jim was just as content to be home with his beloved "Buddy" - his golden retriever who sadly passed away this past June.

Jim could best be described as loving and charismatic. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a joke. Always smiling, he had a great ability to make people laugh and enjoy life. And if you needed something, you could always count on Jim to be there to help.

Surviving is his beloved wife Patricia; his two dear sons: Matthew and Nicholas; his two dear sisters: Sue and husband Tom Ploch, and Mary Ellen Goerl; his loved father-in-law Anthony Angelicola; brother-in-law Carlo Angelicola and sister-in-law Ann and husband Richard Meyer; nieces: Jessica Meyer and Hannah Ploch; and nephew: Sam Groves. Jim was predeceased by his loving parents: Martin and Joan Goerl; his dear mother-in-law Anna Angelicola; and his nephew Jordan Meyer.





Shannon Esopenko
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
West/Mid-West Regional Sales Manager
Karen Zukarfein
National Sales Manager

NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter Sues Tyco
Former receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings poses with his bust during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2013. Photographer: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Bloomberg Businessweek


Cris Carter, a former wide receiver inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame last year, sued a Tyco International Ltd. unit he said failed to fulfill parts of a 2012 agreement to buy a division of his Carter Brothers security business.


Carter and his brother John formed a strategic alliance with Tyco in 2002 in which Tyco agreed to provide project management services and manage a database of qualified subcontractors, while providing sponsorship, sales management, training, development and management support, according to the complaint in New York State Supreme Court.


Read the full article here.


UTC Aerospace Opens NJ Facility

Novus Light Today

UTC Aerospace Systems announces the opening of a new facility in Princeton, New Jersey (US) for its Sensors Unlimited business, which develops sensing and imaging solutions in shortwave infrared (SWIR) technology.

The more than 90,000 square foot facility houses a new, custom-built, state-of-the-art wafer fabrication area, along with packaging, assembly, and test labs. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corporation.

The facility focuses on the research and development of SWIR cameras, which create visibility beyond what the naked eye can see. The technology allows users to see in daylight and low light, through dust, haze and smoke. This is a key advantage in military and law enforcement applications. The imaging technology also has broad application across commercial and industrial segments.

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Tyco Receives Innovator Award


Connected product solutions enabling the company to enhance service efficiency and improve the customer experience

WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts (August 28, 2014) - Tyco SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business and longtime leader in fire and life safety, has received the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovator of the Year Award for 2014 from Axeda Corporation. The award recognizes the company for excellence in leveraging advanced Internet-connected technology to deliver smart eService fire alarm solutions that improve service delivery and provide significant value to customers.

The IoT Awards are the premier recognition program offered by Axeda, the leading cloud-based service and software for connecting, building and managing Internet of Things solutions. The Internet of Things is a cloud-based software platform that allows physical devices, such as fire alarm equipment in the case of Tyco SimplexGrinnell, to be accessed through the Internet. These connected products contain embedded technology that enables data to be turned into valuable information to optimize business processes and provide a higher level of customer service.

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Chinese Alarm Manufacturer Open in Canada


SAINT-BRUNO-DE-MONTARVILLE, Quebec -- Solutions D'alarme Incendie Maple Armor Canada Inc., one of the first Chinese companies to invest in manufacturing in Quebec, announces that it will build a plant to manufacture fire alarm systems in Saint-Bruno, on Montreal's South Shore. This $30 million investment will generate 70 jobs once the plant is operational.

Zhendong Xu, chaiman of Beida Jade Bird Group, Maple Armor's parent company, Weimin Cai, president of Maple Armor, Gelin Zhang, vice-president of Maple Armor, Jacques Daoust, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Exports, and Martin Murray, mayor of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, officially launched construction of the plant with a ground-breaking ceremony.

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Brooks Equipment Sold

Security Systems News

By Tess Macelewicz

Behrman Capital sold fire distributor BECO in 2010 but has repurchased it, seeing more growth potential

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Private equity firm Behrman Capital likes BECO Holding Company, a wholesale distributor of fire equipment based here, so much that it recently bought the company back after selling it four years ago.

"They really like the company, the team and the market that it was in," David Kennedy, a director at Harris Williams & Co., a middle market investment bank that advised BHC on the deal, told Security Systems News.

He added, "I think there's a lot that Behrman thinks they can do with [BECO], by maybe doing some additional acquisitions to make the company even larger."

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Siemens Recalls Alarms

Security Systems News

By Tess Macelewicz

Recall is result of potential problems with audible fire alarm bases, but no incidents or injuries reported

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- Siemens Building Technologies, based here, is recalling about 9,000 audible fire alarm bases because they can fail to sound an alarm, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Sept. 18.

The name of the product is the SBGA-34 Audible Fire Alarm Base, typically used in commercial facilities, not homes, company spokeswoman Allison Britt said in an email interview. It "is part of a professionally installed fire alarm system, not a self-contained product that can be purchased by a consumer," she said.

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hybridHybrid Suppression Systems Need Own Standard

Security Systems News

By Tess Nacelewicz

Part water mist, part gas suppression systems, the new technology isn't addressed by current NFPA standards, new research concludes

QUINCY, Mass. -- A hybrid fire suppression system is a combination water mist and gas suppression system, and because this new technology is a hybrid, there is no one NFPA standard that covers it. Should there be? A recently released study looked to answer that question.


The Fire Protection Research Foundation initiated the project, which is titled a "Literature Review on Hybrid Fire Suppression Systems." The foundation, based here, is an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association.


Amanda Kimball, research manager for the foundation, talked to Security Systems News about the need for the study, authored by two members of the fire protection engineering department at the University of Maryland in College Park.


"Water mist is covered by NFPA 750 and gaseous suppression systems are covered by NFPA 2001. So the big question was: If these were to be covered in the standards process, where exactly would they fit?" Kimball said. "Would they fit better with water mist, would they fit better with gaseous suppression, or are they unique enough to deserve their own document?"


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aviationClean Agents in Aviation Fire Protection

August 2014
IFP Newsletter

By Mark L Robin

For more than three decades, Halon 1301 (CF3Br) and Halon 1211 (CF2BrCl) have been widely employed for the protection of airport facilities and aircraft. The Halons are "clean" agents, leaving no corrosive or abrasive residues after their use, thus eliminating the secondary (non-fire) damage associated with extinguishing agents such as water, dry chemicals or foams. In addition, the Halons are non-conductors of electricity; hence they are applicable for the protection of electronic equipment. Halon 1211, characterised by a low vapour pressure, is most suitable as a streaming agent in flight-line applications and in portable extinguishers, whereas the more volatile Halon 1301 is best suited as a total flooding suppression agent for the protection of engine nacelles, auxiliary power units (APUs), cargo bays, control rooms and facilities housing mission critical equipment.

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globalGlobal Fire Protection Equipment Market


Transparency Market Research has added a new report titled "Global Fire Protection Equipment Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020" to its report store.

Increase in expenditure on the protection of assets from fire hazards is contributing to the growth of the fire protection equipment market. Moreover, increasing awareness in combating fire hazards along with considerable growth in building of infrastructures is also fueling this market. Therefore, this market has witness traction in the fields of the banking, retail, energy and power, healthcare, government, and mining among others. Organizations across the globe have remarkably increased their spending on fire protection to safeguard their infrastructure and also to reduce human losses. Technologies, such as smart building, human machine interface solutions, nanotechnology, and wireless sensory networks are expected to enter in the fire protection systems market. Newly innovated advanced sensors, that provide accurate data to the control units, have been developed. Intelligent sensors possessing networking capabilities, in a group of detectors and sensors can easily communicate through control units that help in achieving more efficiency in the systems. Distant users are now able to access these intelligent detectors and sensors by connecting through WAN/LAN networks.

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epoHow to Avoid EPO Disconnects


Poke around enough forums and user comment sections on IT-related Web sites, and you'll find tales concerning mishaps with emergency power off (EPO) systems-otherwise known as "disconnect" or "disconnecting means." EPOs, a mechanism that shuts down power to data center equipment in case of emergency, can certainly be a good thing if a fire, flooding, or other disaster occurs. If triggered by a disgruntled employee or even accidental bump, however, the result can mean downtime and staggering revenue loss. Thus, training, strategies, and preventive measures are vital.

About EPO's Existence

An EPO exists to shut off power to an entire room or to individual electrical equipment, thus providing safety to personnel and protecting the facility. Further, personnel can shut down equipment immediately without having to exit the facility.

Ken Koty, sales engineer at PDU Cables (866/631-4238; www.pducables.com), says there are multiple functions for an EPO, including protecting personnel against electrocution, de-energizing all electrical equipment, containing a fire and ensuring the right concentration of clean-agent fire suppressant systems, and shutting down equipment in cases of flooding or a sprinkler system engaging.

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challengesClean Agent Design Challenges for Massive Government System

Consulting - Specifying Engineer

By Corey Wallace

A government data center opted for a clean agent suppression system to protect its mission critical facility.

Southland Industries recently designed and installed one of the largest clean agent fire suppression systems in the nation. The stakes were high as the goal of the project was to protect sensitive data stored on hundreds of servers within a large government facility. The project was particularly complex not only due to its large size and stringent standards for security, but also because it needed to seamlessly integrate with a double interlock pre-action system and an energy-efficient containment method of air cooling.

The immediate challenge facing the design team centered on accommodating the agency's requirement that the building have continuity of operations. The agency needed to be able to perform system maintenance and upgrades without losing power to the system or any of its functionality. Any kind of system disruption - even one consisting of only a few minutes - was simply not acceptable.

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kentDale Kent Retires from 3M
Dale with his wife, Jeannie, and 3M CEO & President, Mr. Inge Thulin

He had breakfast with Elvis. Twice!


He shared a room with baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax when both were in the spring training camp of the Los Angeles Dodgers...


But in the long and exciting career of Dale Kent, he is perhaps best known for his influence and leadership in the fire suppression industry...


Although he recently retired from his position at 3M after a mere 51 years, Dale will long be remembered for his active participation in the FSSA during its recent period of significant growth.


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myjobMy Job As a Fire Protection Engineer


By Laura French

Colleen Raschke is a Fire Protection Engineer with Burns & McDonnell in Minneapolis.

Colleen Raschke demonstrated her potential for engineering when she was just a year old.

Sitting in her high chair, she began playing with a ballpoint pen. Soon, she had it fully disassembled; even more impressive, she also reassembled it.

In school, "I was always interested in math and science," she said. "I could visualize things in 3-D more than most people. My parents encouraged me. I was able to take an intro to engineering class in high school. It was exactly what I liked to do - use creativity, modeling things in the computer."

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fikeFike Welcomes New Managing Director for European Operations


Blue Springs, MO/Herentals, Belgium -- Frank Oosterlinck has joined the Fike Corporation as the Managing Director of Fike Europe.
"Frank's background and expertise will be a tremendous asset to Fike. He has held numerous leadership positions at globally recognized companies, overseeing commercial and business development activities," said Scott Ruland, Fike's Executive Vice President, Industrial Protection Group. "Frank has worked extensively throughout Europe and has experience managing inter-European operations in Benelux, France, Germany and the United Kingdom." Ruland said.
Oosterlinck, who has a Commercial Engineering degree and a Master's of Business Administration in Marketing, will oversee Fike's European operations. This includes a production facility for explosion protection and pressure relief devices in Belgium and sales offices in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.

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salesWesco Sales Team Attends Conferences

Karen Zukarfein
Shannon Esopenko

ARFF: September 29 to October 2, 2014, Galveston, Texas

2014 Annual Conference


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CALSAFE: October 3 - 4, 2014, San Diego, California






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  PaFED: October 14 to 15, 2014


Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
100 Ramada Drive
Greensburg PA 15601


Room Rate: $104 a night


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