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Exhibiting at State or National Fire Marshal Events? Help Us Put the ERCES Handbook Into the Hands of AHJs 

Sponsor a Book

Posted on March 21, 2024 

Are you planning to attending, exhibit at, even sponsor a State or National Fire Marshal event in the new year? If so, we invite you to join our special ERCES Handbook Sponsorship Program, which allows SBC members to purchase one or more boxes of books (eight books per box) at a deep discount, affix their own labels and hand out the book to local AHJs and Radio System Staff. This is a great way to spread the enforcement message, educate jurisdiction staff, and build a relationship based on gratitude and value with book recipients.

 

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Member Advocacy Work Group Update - March 2024

Member Advocacy

Posted on March 20, 2024

The Member Advocacy Work Group did not meet this month, but will regroup in April — after IWCE — to plan for the rest of the year and continue preparation for the next SBC Town Hall meeting. 

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2024 SBC Seminar Season Hits 27 Cities — Sponsorship Slots Still Available

Alan presenting

Posted on March 20, 2024

SBC’s 2024 Seminar series will visit 27 cities. We filled most sponsorship slots in Round One, but opportunities remain open. Here's how you can still get in!

 

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SPECIAL IN-BUILDING WIRELESS WORKSHOP AT IWCE 2024 - Florida In-Building Public Safety Communications – Improve What Works, Fix What Doesn't

A unique opportunity to directly engage with the Florida Public Safety community

IWCE

Posted on March 21, 2024

The Safer Buildings Coalition, in collaboration with the Florida Fire Marshal & Inspectors Association (FFMIA) and IWCE, is proud to announce a very special, interactive session at IWCE 2024 in Orlando: Florida In-Building Public Safety Communications – Improve What Works, Fix What Doesn't. This innovative and collaborative session is part of a full-day in-building public safety wireless track at IWCE developed by the Safer Buildings Coalition.

 

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IWCE 2024 Hits Orlando March 25-28 – Check out What the Coalition Has on Tap for the Show

IWCE

Posted on March 22, 2024

The 2024 installment of IWCE hits Orlando next week! The Safer Buildings Coalition, as always, will be on site, with a strong educational program, a large — supercool — booth on the Expo Floor and – of course – our ANNUAL RECEPTION, DINNER & MEETING. Check out what we have for you at IWCE 2024. 

 

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2024 SBC Seminar Season Is Underway — Tickets & Sponsorship Slots Available

Alan presenting

Posted on April 24, 2024

We are well into the 2024 Safer Buildings Coalition Feel Safe Inside Seminar Series, which hit Boston and Fairfax, VA this week. Sponsorship slots are still available for several events, and tickets are currently on sale for six cities.

 

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From the Chief’s Corner: Fostering Connectivity and Collaboration: Uniting Safer Buildings Coalition and the Community of Practice

Chief Alan Perdue

By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), SBC Executive Director

Posted on March 22, 2024

In the realm of public safety, connectivity is not just a convenience; it's a matter of life and death. The SBC stands at the forefront of ensuring seamless wireless communication within buildings for both the public and our invaluable public safety responders. By fostering a community of practice that unites stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, the SBC endeavors to create safer environments where communication failures during emergencies are a thing of the past.

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FCC Commissioner Anna M. Gomez to Headline ’24 Wireless Tech & Policy Summit

Summit

Posted on March 20, 2024

More than 200 Public Safety Officials, decision makers, thought leaders and industry representatives congregated in Washington, DC for the inaugural Safer Buildings Coalition Wireless Tech & Policy Summit last May.

With many more high-profile speakers from across the industry to be announced soon, we are delighted to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Anna M. Gomez.

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Government Affairs Workgroup Update - February 2024

GA WG

Posted on March 20, 2024

Chair: Jim Loftus, Product Manager, Siemens
Vice Chair: Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs, Honeywell
Sponsor: Alan Perdue, SBC
Co-Sponsor: John Foley, SBC 

The group's March meeting covered:

  • State Level highlights- 
    • Florida- current legislative session is completed, no bills introduced affecting  SBC interests
  • National highlights:    
    • Continuing to Monitor FCC 4.9 spectrum
    • NFPA 1225 Code 
    • Instances of Mobile Repeater vs. ERCES
    • First Net Re-authorization
    • Nationwide Band Manager
  • IWCE
  • SBC Annual Meeting March 26th

 

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Government Affairs Workgroup Update - February 2024

GA WG

Posted on February 23, 2024

On a state level, we continue to monitor the Florida Legislative session, watching for any addition of amendments for anything of interest to the SBC.
On a National level, we continue to monitor for any indication of any forth coming FCC announcements around the 4.9GHz spectrum and NG911 Legislation.

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From the Chief’s Corner: The Error of One's Ways 
Compliance with FCC Rules is MANDATORY

Chief Alan Perdue

By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), SBC Executive Director

Posted on February 23, 2024

Non-compliance with all Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules regulating the utilization of signal boosters can severely compromise the effectiveness of the public safety communication system. Indeed, the importance of adhering to FCC regulations, specifically Rule 47 CFR Part 90.219, which mandates obtaining express written consent from the frequency license holder before operating a public safety signal booster, cannot be overstated.

Alas, failure to comply with current regulations is all too common. How do we rectify this?

 

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