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$40K Electrical Fire At Iowa State University Extinguished with Hand-Held Extingusher June 30, 2012

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According to press reports, an early morning fire at the Metals Building on Iowa State University campus on Friday, June 29, 2012, was extinguished with a hand-held extinguisher.

Iowa State University Metals BuildingThe Ames Tribune states no injuries have been reported in a fire that damaged electrical equipment at Iowa State University in Ames. http://bit.ly/N2Ekeq The Ames Tribune reports that firetrucks were sent to the university’s Metals Development Building at 8 a.m. Friday. Heavy smoke was pouring from a room on the second floor. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames.

Ames Fire Department Capt. Rich Higgins says the fire damaged only electrical equipment. The fire cause is being investigated.

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Fire System Contractors Advisory Board To Meet February 20, 2013 June 8, 2012

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office has announced  that a Fire Extinguishing System Contractors and Alarm Systems Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the ICN Room #122 at the Public Safety Building – 215 East 7th Street in Des Moines.

The proposed agenda includes:

  • Call to Order – Chairperson Hoover
  •  Introduction of New Licensing Clerk, Jeannie Shepherd
  •  Approve February 1, 2012 Meeting Minutes
  •  Continuing Education for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker Licensing
  •  Licensing Endorsements for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker for Pre-engineered kitchen and Pre-engineered industrial
  •  Jonathan Lund, City of Des Moines Fire Department

 a)    Underground piping for sprinkler systems

 b)   Fire alarm installation as it relates to electricians

 c)    Residential 13D systems

  •  Presentation on The Compliance Engine – Ray Reynolds
  •  Public Comment
  •  Other Business

 

For information about the Board or to contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, call 515-725-6156 or visit the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Web Site.

Protex Central Named Sammy Installer Award Finalist March 10, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc. has been named a 17th annual SAMMY (Sales and Marketing) Award finalist for Installer Of The Year in the small to midsize company category by Security Sales and Integration magazine.  The SAMMY Awards is the industry’s only program of its kind to recognize and honor installing security dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence.

Shawn Mullen, President & Chief Energy Officer of Protex Central, noted, “We’re thrilled to be honored with this nomination.  Our team is focused on the next level of professionalism and excellence for our customers’ benefit. Our envisioned future includes measuring ourselves against key industry standards.  This nomination is validation of our vision.”

Security Sales and Integration will announce the winners at an open awards ceremony in Las Vegas on March 27 — the eve of opening day at ISC West. ISC West is one of the premier security and systems integration industry gatherings.  The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Casanova Conference Room 502 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.  All are encouraged to attend.

Mullen will attend the ceremony along with other Protex Central management representatives including, Chairman of the Board, Dennis Mullen; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Brad Reiber; and Sr. Vice President – Operations, Scott Miner.

Open Letter to Iowa House Commerce Commitee February 18, 2012

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The following letter was sent to the Iowa House of Representatives Commerce Committee in opposition to HB 2035.

Representative Sodeberg and sub-committee members:

Please know that I, as a registered Iowa contractor and an Iowa State Fire Marshal certified contractor for fire alarm, fire suppression, security and nurse call systems,  am opposed to HF 2035 requiring contractors such as myself to post a surety bond.

Requiring a surety bond is unnecessary and, frankly, another attempt for government to interfere with private agreements between contractors and owners.  In fact, many owners both public and private already require surety bonds to be posted as a part of the contract.

Iowa State Fire Marshal certified contractors must currently submit an acceptable certificate of insurance along with other industry related credentials to qualify for a contractor’s certification.  The surety bond provides absolutely no additional benefit to the citizens of Iowa that the contractor is more qualified and capable of performing his or her work.

Such a requirement further penalizes the fire systems contractor by requiring yet another expense to be met with no benefit to either the contractor or the public.

I have served the citizens of Iowa as an industry representative to the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Fire System Contractors Advisory Board for six years now.  I am very familiar with the current regulations imposed by law on such contractors as I have been part of the process from the beginning.   This surety bond requirement is unnecessary and bad public policy.

I encourage you to not allow this bill to come before your full committee for a vote.

Sub-committee members and their respective e-mail addresses are:

Representative Chuck Soderberg (committee chair): chuck.soderberg@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Jeff Smith: Jeff.Smith@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Chip Baltimore: Chip.Baltimore@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Brian Quirk: brian.quirk@legis.state.ia.us

SDM Magazine Features Protex Central and Technician Travis Brandt December 23, 2011

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Protex Central and its Des Moines based technician, Travis Brandt, are featured in the December 2011 issue of Security Distribution and Marketing.

Protex technician Travis Brandt tests a customer's fire alarm and sprinkler monitoring system.

“Fire Sprinkler Monitoring: Know the Code” is an article by Linda Pohle highlighting the opportunities to monitoring fire sprinkler systems in buildings.

The article features several comments from Protex Central’s President and Chief Energy Officer, Shawn Mullen, as well as a photograph of Travis Brandt, a Protex Central technician based in its Des Moines, Iowa office.

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Iowa Alarm Assn Meeting Is Nov 17th November 14, 2011

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The Iowa Alarm Association’s next meeting will take place on November 17, 2011 at Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant just north of I-80/35 off of 2nd Ave.  in Des Moines beginning at 6:00 p.m.

President Ron Heldt has announced the following topics to be covered at the meeting:

1.    Details on the Cedar Rapids tradeshow scheduled for February 2012
2.    IAA election of officers for 2012

Persons and companies involved with security, life safety and low-voltage systems are encouraged and welcome to attend.  If possible, please RSVP to Ron Heldt at ADT Security Systems.

FESCAB Meeting Postponed Until Dec. 21, 2011 November 10, 2011

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office has postponed the regularly scheduled November meeting of the Fire Extinguishing Systems Contractors Advisory Board until December 21, 2011.

For more information, please contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office at 515-725-6156.

FESCAB Meeting Postponed Until Nov 16, 2011 October 11, 2011

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office has postponed the regularly scheduled October meeting of the Fire Extinguishing Systems Contractors Advisory Board until November 16, 2011. The October date conflicts with the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association’s annual meeting in Ankeny.

For more information, please contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office at 515-725-6156.

September 22 Is Next Iowa Alarm Assn Meeting September 20, 2011

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The Iowa Alarm Association’s next meeting will take place on September 22, 2011 at Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant in just north of I-80/35 off of 2nd Ave.  in Des Moines beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Captain Dave Murrilow of the Des Moines Police Department will provide a special presentation.

Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include:

1.    Details on the Cedar Rapids tradeshow scheduled for early 2012
2.    ISFM Alarm Contractor’s Advisory Board Update
3.    Much more…

Persons and companies involved with security, life safety and low-voltage systems are encouraged and welcome to attend.  If possible, please RSVP to Ron Heldt at ADT Security Systems.

PROTEX CENTRAL RECOGNIZED IN 2011’s TOP 100 SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS LIST July 15, 2011

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SDM Magazine has announced Protex Central, Inc. as one of the top 100 systems integrators in the county. The recognition is revealed in SDM Magazine’s July 2011 edition of the 16th Annual Systems Integrators Report.  Protex Central ranks #76th in the current listing.

According to SDM “this exclusive report ranks, by revenue exclusive of reoccurring monthly revenue, the largest firms that contract electronic security projects for commercial, industrial, institutional, government, and other non-residential markets.”

Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer of Protex Central, Inc. stated “we’re delighted  to be considered as one of the country’s top 100 systems integrators. As this is our third consecutive year in the Top 100, our continued presence in the rankings is recognition of our commitment to our core values of ethics, professionalism, and excellence. Our customers are the real winners as they’re the ones who have entrusted their safety and security needs to us. In so doing they’ve allowed us to grow and expand.”

Mullen continued, “This recognition continues to bolster our envisioned future of becoming the premiere systems integrator in our market area. This is something that we’re committed to at Protex Central because we know our core value is to strengthen our business by protecting yours.”

Protex Central, Inc. is a family-owned systems integrator specializing in fire and security related systems and services. With offices in Urbandale, Iowa and Nebraska locations in Omaha, Hastings and Scottsbluff, Protex Central provides layout, installation, testing and maintenance services throughout upper Midwest.