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News From Wesco
Dubai, Honeywell Ink Fire Safety Deal
Firetrace Receives LPCB Approval (UAE)
IT Glitch Leads to Fire at NASA
Cintas Fined $1.3M for Unpaid Overtime
Boeing Fined Over Safety Issues
HFC Phasedown Could Lead to Dangerous Alternatives
Massive Data Center Eyed for Nebraska
Fire Causes Major Outage in Australia's Largest Telcom
138,000 Sq. Ft. Data Center Planned for Virginia
Most Popular Stories from January 2017
People In The News 
hfcTrump Supports Obama HFC Crackdown
Then-Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks about the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda, last fall. (Photo by U.S. Department of State, courtesy of Flickr.)

A window into the administration's support of Kilgali Amendment to phase-down HFCs and whether or not EPA will continue to change the SNAP status of HFCs?


By Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter
E&E News

The Trump Justice Department defended an Obama administration rule for phasing out potent heat-trapping chemicals.

Two manufacturers of the chemicals, hydrofluorocarbons, have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to kill the rule.

President Obama's 2013 Climate Action Plan called for cutting HFC use at home and abroad. The 2015 U.S. EPA regulation at issue eliminated some uses for HFCs, which were previously accepted as alternatives to ozone-depleting substances, and approved substitutes for the chemicals.

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News From Wesco
Six years ago we wrote about the decision made by Brianna Lozano, daughter of Wesco's Karen Zukarfein to enter the U.S. Air Force.  How time flies! We were so proud of her then and even prouder now that she has completed a six year stint with the Air Force - including two years in Turkey. Brianna is, without doubt or hesitation, the positive answer to the age old question, "What is happening to today's youth?"
Welcome home Brianna!!
Brianna entered the Air Force's Basic Military Training on December 14, 2010 and graduated basic training on February 11, 2011. She began Phase 1 of Surgical Tech training at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX and continued with Phase 2 training at Travis AFB, California, gaining much hands-on experience in the operating room. Brianna returned to San Antonio to complete Phase 3 training, specializing in becoming an orthopedic technican. She graduated 2nd in her class and was assigned to Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, where she performed various Orthopedic specialty duties at Wilford Hall and Brook Army Medical Center.

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Brianna in 2010
Brianna in 2016

Dubai, Honeywell Ink Fire Safety Deal
Dubai Civil Defence and Honeywell's MoU is aimed at reducing the agency's response time to fire incidents. [Representational image/Getty]

By Neha Bhatia

Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) and Honeywell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce systems for fire safety and prevention in Dubai.

The MoU is part of DCD's strategy to strengthen the infrastructure for smart operations and advanced telecommunications services that will help reduce response time to fire incidents.

Under the MoU, the two parties will share knowledge and knowhow in safety solutions and techniques, especially fire incidents.

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Firetrace Receives LPCB Approval (UAE)

By MDM Publishing Ltd
Gulf Fire

Global fire suppression manufacturer Firetrace International has just been granted the prestigious LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) approval for both its 3M™ Novec™ 1230 and FM-200 direct low pressure (DLP) systems.

Firetrace is the only global manufacturer to have achieved this approval, which is the first of its type for a tubing system, and covers 1kg, 2kg and 5kg systems for electrical panels up to 2m3 in volume.

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IT Glitch Leads to Fire at NASA

By Mark Rockwell

A security patch that shut down monitoring equipment in a large NASA engineering oven resulted in a fire that destroyed spacecraft hardware inside it. Since the computer reboot to accommodate the software upgrade also crippled fire alarm activation, the fire in the oven wasn't discovered for three and a half hours.

This is just one example of how a lack of coordination between IT and industrial control systems can wreak havoc, according to a Feb. 8 report from the space agency's inspector general.

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Cintas Fined $1.3M for Unpaid Overtime

By Julia Cheever
Bay City News

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that a subsidiary of Cintas Corp. has paid $1.3 million to compensate 81 fire sprinkler testers and installers for allegedly unpaid overtime.

Cintas, based in Cincinnati, provides work products and services, including uniforms.

The wage case investigated by the Labor Department concerned overtime pay for workers based in the San Jose office of the company's Cintas Fire Protection Services subsidiary.

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Boeing Fined Over Safety Issues

The Virginian-Pilot

SEATTLE (AP) -- Newly released documents show that Boeing paid $12 million in late 2015 to settle Federal Aviation Administration investigations into safety issues.

Though it was revealed in 2015 that Boeing paid the settlement, documents The Seattle Times obtained this month reveal the investigations came after a pattern of ignored procedures created quality issues on the production lines of Boeing and its suppliers.

The FAA found that Boeing repeatedly failed to follow protocols designed to guard against production errors that put safety at risk. Some paperwork was falsified in that it was signed off as completed and checked when they were not. Other work was done without authorization.

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HFC Phasedown Could Lead to Dangerous Alternatives

By Casey Grant
NFPA Journal

In October, the gavel fell on a landmark climate change agreement, reached in Kigali, Rwanda, to phase out a specific family of manmade chemicals used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. While eliminating these chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, makes sense for the environment, the alternatives that have been offered have the fire protection community on alert.

Unlike last year's Paris Agreement and other efforts to cut back on carbon dioxide from the use of fossil fuels, the new Kigali Agreement is a legally binding accord focused on the reduction of a single family of chemicals. Government representatives from more than 170 nations worked together to forge the agreement, with the ultimate goal of reducing the warming of the planet by at least half a degree centigrade by the end of this century-the United Nations target to prevent dire environmental climate-change consequences.

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Massive Data Center Eyed for Nebraska


The Papillion City Council has approved a significant data center project in Sarpy County, Nebraska. But the company behind the 146 acre Sarpy Power Park, which will feature four 610,000 square foot (56,670 sq m) data center halls, has yet to be revealed.

Andrew Rainbolt, executive director of the Sarpy County Economic Development Corp, told the Omaha World Herald that project organizers are hoping for a spring groundbreaking at the new site set on both sides of Highway 50, just north of Capehart Road.

He added that he hopes the company building the data center will make an announcement in early 2017. Records show that the company is currently being represented by Olsson Associates, an infrastructure engineering and design solutions company.

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Fire Causes Major Outage in Australia's Largest Telcom


Australia's largest telecoms company, Telstra, has suffered a major outage throughout its network after a core exchange near Sydney caught fire.

The issues started on January 5th, affecting fixed line and mobile services across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The incident disrupted nearly 30 percent of overall Telstra traffic, causing delays for flights and train journeys. Some government offices and schools had to be closed, and digital businesses lost their revenue.

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138,000 Sq. Ft. Data Center Planned for Virginia


Globalinx Data Center has reached an agreement to purchase 10 acres in Virginia Beach's Corporate Landing Business Park for $2 million. The company plans to build a 138,000 square foot (12,820 sq m) carrier-neutral data center, with marketing and leasing handled by Five 9s Digital.

"The Globalinx Data Center will offer highly designed and resilient data center space options to a multitude of telecommunications content providers, social media, data center cloud solutions and data center operators desiring access to this new international connectivity point," Greg Twitt, CEO of Globalinx, said.

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solbergSolberg Appoints New Asia-Pacific Sales Manager

MDM Publishing Ltd
Asia Pacific Fire

The Solberg Company, the world's foremost innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware announced today the appointment of David Phoenix as Regional Sales Manager covering Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Mr. Phoenix entered the fire protection business in 2002 serving in various sales, business development, product management and service capacities.

David joins Solberg from Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment (Perth, Australia) where he most recently served as manager of equipment and specialized vehicles.

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jensenJensen Hughes Announced Management Changes

Yahoo! Finance

BALTIMORE -- Jensen Hughes announces the retirement of three key leaders and the addition of two new strategic hires.

Martin 'Mickey' Reiss announced his retirement effective December 30, 2016. Mr. Reiss served as the President of International Operations and led operations for 12+ offices throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mickey will continue to actively serve the company as Advisor to the CEO, Paul Orzeske.

During Mickey's 50-year career, he founded, managed and served as President or Chairman of companies, which he either owned or operated for others. Prior to the merger of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. and Hughes Associates, Inc. in 2014, his experience included CEO/President of The Gamewell Corporation and CEO/President of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

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techTech Electronics Acquires Fire Detection

PR Newswire
Yahoo! Finance

ST. LOUIS -- United by a common business culture, Tech Electronics, has acquired Fire Detection Systems, LLC. Both companies are privately-owned manufacture-certified installers of Notifier fire alarm systems with strong presences in the construction industry.

Tech Electronics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading provider of life safety and communication technology solutions now with seven locations throughout the United States. The company's strategic growth goals include achieving 100 million in revenue by the year 2022 through continued geographic expansion, innovation and expanded service offerings. The purchase of Fire Detection Systems LLC, based in Denver Colorado, extends Tech Electronics' service coverage and contributes to the goal of becoming a super-regional technology services organization.

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marloweMarlowe PLC Acquires BBC Fire Protection (UK)

By Bethany Whymark
Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury

Norfolk company BBC Fire Protection Ltd has been taken over by critical maintenance services provider Marlowe PLC in a £4.1m deal.

The Wymondham-based business, founded in 1979, employs around 100 staff and operates across the country, providing fire protection services to more than 700 customers in the retail, banking, education and social housing sectors.

Key members of BBC's operational management team will be staying with the business.

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red_hawkRed Hawk Completes Two Acquisitions

By Paul Ragusa
Security Systems News

Deals expand company's footprint and capabilities in key areas

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Red Hawk Fire & Security LLC, a leader in fire, life safety and electronic security services based here, acquired two companies within a week, expanding its geographic footprint and capabilities in key areas of Florida and the mid-Atlantic region. Terms of both transactions were not disclosed.

On Jan. 31, Red Hawk acquired Integrated Systems of Florida, strengthening the company's existing fire, life safety and integrated security services operations in Central and North Florida.

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Most Popular Stories from January 2017

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