CSAA Appeals NFPA’s Veto of Proposal 72-381 Regarding

VIENNA, Va.—The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is appealing the 81-80 vote against Proposal 72-381 made at the May National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) World Congress show in Minneapolis and urged industry professionals to write to NFPA supporting the appeal.

According to CSAA, the provision, which gained widespread support of many industries, including fire services associations, would have raised the standard on fire alarm systems as far as reducing false alarms, as well as other benefits to the public, fire services, and the insurance industry.

“Due to the lateness of the hour in which the vote was taken, there was much confusion in the minds of those not directly connected with the issue, which greatly affected the outcome,” the association said in a statement.

CSAA urged industry members to submit letters of support for the provision to NFPA by July 1. Some of the points the association wanted stressed were that the provision provides a higher level of service between the protected premise and supervising station. It also requires that, by having a remote station inspected by a third party, there is a method in place to ensure that the location where the signals are to be received meets a standardized minimum level of performance.

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