The fifth annual False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) conference held April 24-27 in Kansas City, Mo., was considered a successful event since it offered of a variety of training classes, workshops and seminars to choose from. Some of the training classes were videotaped so the association’s board of directors can distribute copies to interested parties.

The association also conducted its first False Alarm Jeopardy, which was met with competition, strategy and fun. “We wanted to provide training opportunities at this conference that were unique and not strictly lecture,” says Norma Beaubien, FARA president. “False Alarm Jeopardy gave us the chance to teach about alarm equipment, the alarm industry, FARA and what it has to offer members without the structured classroom.”

Other nonstructured training included “How Would You Handle This?”, a roundtable where small groups, made up of law enforcement and alarm industry representatives, were able to talk about various scenarios and describe to the group how they would handle the situation.

The association also elected new officers during the event and presented its Member of the Year award to James Cogswell, alarm coordinator for the Leawood Police Department and FARA’s conference committee chair.

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