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April 2014

PURVIS Engineer Appointed to NFPA

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PURVIS Fire Station Alerting System Principal Engineer, Scott L’Hereux, has been appointed to the Public Emergency Communication Committee by the NFPA Standards Council. The NFPA is the national fire protection standards body, and the Public Emergency Communication Committee is the arm of the association responsible for the development and revision of any NFPA documents that emanate from a Technical Committee project.

Committee Scope

The Public Emergency Communication Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents relating to the operation, installation, and maintenance of public emergency services communications systems.

Committee Responsibility

Functions as the standards body for the installation, maintenance, and use of Emergency Services Communications Systems (NFPA 1221).  This ties in directly with Fire Station Alerting (FSAS), as meeting the 1221 NFPA standards is always a requirement of an FSAS.

PURVIS is thereby taking an active role in the advancement of fire protection standards, as it relates to the role of communications systems in helping to make safer communities.

Charleston County 911 Speeds Up Fire/Rescue Dispatch

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PURVIS System is partnering with Charleston County, SC to help improve the county’s ability to dispatch fire and rescue teams in an emergency.  PURVIS’ Fire Station Alerting System has been installed in over 70 stations countywide, and enables 911 dispatch to automatically alert in-station and remote personnel with a tailored mix of audio and visual alerts.

“We have already observed a significant difference in our efficiency and speed to dispatch units to an emergency situation,” said Jim Lake, Director of the Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center. “In the 24 hours prior to implementing this new tool we were 79.41% compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards for the dispatch of medical calls. In just the first three hours of operation with station alerting, we became 100% compliant. We have seen initial indications that similar results will be achieved for the dispatch of fire units.”

Read the Charleston County, SC news release for more details.