CSAA Calls on Industry Support to Appeal Vote on Proposal 72-381

VIENNA, Va.

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is appealing
the 81-80 vote against Proposal 72-381 recently made at the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) World Congress
show in Minneapolis and is urging 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.

Some of the grounds CSAA is urging supporters to put in writing include the premise that 72-381 provides that remote station systems shall be either certified or placarded, providing for a higher level of service between the protected premise and supervising station. In addition, requiring 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.

Supporters must write letters, using their own company letterhead, or send E-mails to Casey C. Grant, P.E., Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA Int’l, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269. Fax: (617) 770-0700. E-mail: mmaynard@nfpa.org. Letters and/or E-mails must be received by the Standards Council no later than 5 p.m. Monday, July 1. For more information, visit www.csaaul.org.

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