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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

 

ECABC SPONSORS FIRE ALARM TECH TALK!

Burnaby, British Columbia - Sign up for the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia’s April 29, 2015 “Tech-Talk on Fire Alarms” at the BCIT Electrical Trades Building Theatre on the Main Burnaby Campus.   I’ll be presenting and answering questions about Fire Alarm/Life Safety Systems Verification and Commissioning.  For more information and to book your seats, go to:

http://www.eca.bc.ca/pages/events_calendar#id=143&cid=669&wid=1&type=Cal

 

A CFAA TECHNICAL SEMINAR EVENT!

New Westminster, British Columbia - Mark your calendars for April 15, 2015 and make sure you attend the BC Chapter’s Technical Seminar.  There’s a thrilling array of speakers lined up:  Arkady Tssiserev, Gord Morrison, Mark Smitton, Dave Owens, Victor Smart, Chris Sterling, Costa Vlachias, and yours truly.  It’s going to be the fun-filled, educational event of the year.  DON’T MISS IT!  Register at:

http://www.cfaa.ca/Seminars/67-2015-cfaa-british-columbia-technical-seminar-understanding-the-changes-and-updates.aspx

 

ASTTBC PUBLISHES MINUTES FROM THE FIRST EVER RFPT MEETING!

Surrey, British Columbia - On the night of April 14, 1912, a ship by the name of RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, struck an ice berg and sank taking the lives of over 1500 souls with her.  The Captain deliberately ignored (even scoffed at) the warnings of other ships that had sighted “growlers” and ice flows in the area.  The sea was calm and smooth as glass.  The lookouts were sent aloft without binoculars, and couldn’t discern the horizon from the sea.

Fast forward to March, 2015.  John Leech, AScT, CAE, the Executive Director of ASTTBC, has been listening to a chorus of warnings for over fifteen years while blithely allowing the good ship to steam along, telling all and sundry that she’s crewed by the finest technicians you’ll ever encounter.  Professional.  Accountable.  Trained.

And the band is playing the Limbo!

 

ONTARIO’S ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUTHORITY IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN (AND WOMEN)!

Mississauga, Ontario - The Electrical Safety Authority is looking for some passionate, knowledgeable individuals to serve on their Consumer Advisory Council.  If you live in Ontario, and wish to contribute positively to the safety of it’s citizens, then please visit:

http://www.esasafe.com/assets/files/esasafe/pdf/Advisory%20Councils/Recruitment-Backgrounder-CAC-ESA.pdf

I came “this close” to moving to Toronto a couple of years ago, too.  Drat!

 

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MASSIVE HOTEL FIRE IN DUBAI - EVERYTHING WORKED!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - In an horrific apartment fire in one of the highest residential towers in the world, the life safety systems performed flawlessly and all of the residents were safely evacuated.  The fire started in the early morning hours and quickly spread up the outside of the structure.  The full story is featured on the Toronto Star’s website at http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/02/21/fire-at-86-storey-dubai-highrise-forces-hundreds-onto-streets.html. 

 

BOB FURLONG APPOINTED NEW MANAGER, ASTTBC FIRE PROTECTION REGISTRATIONS

Surrey, British Columbia - February 19, 2015 - The long wait is over!  Bob Furlong has been appointed to manage the Fire Protection Registration Program at ASTTBC.  Bob brings a wealth of experience to the position.  Congratulations, Bob!  I’m confident you’ll be able to steer ASTTBC’s ship back on course.  Let’s hope they commit the resources necessary to do so!

 

NEW STORIES FROM THE “WILD-WILD-WEST”!
ASTTBC PUBLISHES TECHNICIAN COMPLAINT HISTORIES!

Surrey, British Columbia - Just when you thought you’d never get to read another good Western, ASTTBC’s new Fire Protection website introduces a bold new “twist” with the publication of official complaint outcomes for several of their Registered Fire Protection Technician Members.  These range from improper tagging of fire protection equipment to bogus testing, and even include two stories involving technicians from rival service companies “facing off” in front of customers.  Follow the new Complaint Outcome link from our ASTTBC page!  Yippee-kai-yay!

 

A POWERFUL ADVOCATE FOR SPRINKLERS IN THE HOME SPEAKS OUT!

Watch burn survivor Jeff Jordan talk about his experience.  Caution!  This video may be disturbing for some to watch.

 

 

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