Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Manitoba CFAA Technical Seminar

I attended the Manitoba CFAA (Canadian Fire Alarm Assn.)  Technical Seminar yesterday held here in Winnipeg. As you can imagine it was centered on the technicians in the Fire Alarm Industry, and had a number of great speaker addressing the current hot topics in fire alarm.

The Manitoba Chapter of the CFAA has been very active over the last number of years, but I was pleased to see the accomplishments that have been achieved over the last year. They include;

  • Having a Booth at the Red River College Job Fair to attract students to our industry
  • We gave a presentation to BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Assn.)
  • Obtained Clarification from the OFC (Office of the Fire Commissioner) on MBC regarding fire alarm interconnection with Carbon Monoxide detectors.
  • Successfully lobbied the OFC for support for codes and standards updates for all Manitoba CFAA technicians.
  • Participated with the OFC for the implementation of inspection labels.

The seminar covered topics ranging from ULC commissioning of a building to addressable systems, False Alarm reduction strategies, Liabilities, Responsibilities & Ethics, and many other great topics. I was very disappointed that every local AHJ, Government body & related industry declined to give a presentation. We have a lot of local nuances that don’t occur in any other jurisdictions. These people would have added a lot of value. I find it hard to believe some companies chose not to invest in there staff, buy sending them to an event like this in our own backyard.

I believe the seminar was a success, based upon the feedback of my staff, and having spoken with others in attendance. These types of seminars raise the level of quality of each technician that was present, and makes our province a safer place to live.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!




2014 CFAA Technical Seminar

Bison Fire attended the CFAA Seminar

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bison Fire Speaks to U of W Students

The University of Winnipeg has had tremendous growth over the last several years expanding the campus and the programs it offers. Their ability to produce the next generation of professionals is something that we as Winnipeggers, and Manitoban’s should be proud of because they will be the people that drive us forward in the not so distant future.

When I was asked to speak to a class on entrepreneurship I was both humbled, and a little nervous after all these are some sharp people, and they demand a quality program. They didn’t disappoint me asking very good questions, and confirming that our future will be safe in their hands.

I certainly don’t mind offering my time for these kind of events having even the smallest hand in helping shape tomorrow’s business leaders can be very gratifying. I think it’s a good idea to stay in touch with what’s going on in our city because you never know where my next top executive will come from.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!


Rob Read of Bison Fire speaks to a U of W class about Entrepreneurship

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bison Fire Launches Fire Safety Plan Division

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After almost a year of planning and development we are pleased to launch a new product to enhance the great services we already offer. Fire Safety Plans have been a part of business for a very long time, and when created, and maintained in a professional manner they will save property, and most importantly lives. Our Fire Plans also fit well with the fire extinguisher training programs we offer.

Ryan Fraser has been with us for over 6 years and has many more years in the fire protection industry. When Ryan found he was no longer able to work in the field as a service technician, instead of moving him along to a new career in a different industry we felt that his experience was too valuable to lose so we invested in retraining him creating a new career within our company. Our industry is small, and experience very hard to come by. Ryan has worked exceptionally hard to get where he is and we look forward to seeing him flourish in his new role.

Fire safety plans are designed to protect, people, property, and prevent emergencies.  All buildings today that require a fire alarm, care or detention facilities, demolition and construction sites, specific storage areas, areas where flammable and combustible liquids are handled, and areas where hazardous processes or operations occur require fire safety plans.

Our Fire Safety Plans are built to today’s strict requirements, and have been approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and the requirement of the National Fire Code. Each Fire Plan is developed to fit the specific building it’s written for, and includes;

•           Training of selected supervisory staff that will act out their specific duties in an event of a fire or emergency evacuation.

•           Customized plans according to the building description, safety features of the building, and operation of the fire protection equipment.

•           Simplified, easy to read and understand material.

•           Floor plans, occupant instructions, and maintenance records are some of the areas covered.

We at Bison Fire Protection can and will provide all necessary training needed to execute the fire safety plan effectively. For more information on developing your safety plan, or if you want to ensure your existing plan is current in an ever changing business environment contact Ryan Fraser. Ryan will be glad to discuss how we can develop a plan that will protect you today, and into the future.  From evacuation to extinguishment, let Bison Fire Protection be there for you at your time of need.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Siemens Introduces Intelligent Voice Communication

Siemens has really upped their game this year with the announcements of a large number of new products and devices. It’s an exciting time to be one of their partners, a relationship that has had many benefits for both companies. We’ve both enjoyed the availability of products that can be shared locally and the benefits of service support when either of us needs it. This translates in customer support and service which is the key to any strong business.

I had talked about Cerberus Pro Voice back in February when they rolled it out for the distributors to see while we attended the Partners Summit in Florida. I’m very pleased to see this fantastic product now on the market and ready to save lives!

Intelligent Voice Communication system highlights include:

  1. Digital voice technology - the industry's best intelligibility - communicates clear messages
  2. Customized messages reach specific areas at the same time
  3. Fire and voice (VoIP) networking over the same copper or fiber connection for simpler installation and high quality audio distribution
  4. Meets requirements as both fire alarm system and emergency communication system (UL 864 and UL 2572)

If you are interested in learning more about these cutting edge fire alarm systems feel free to contact Phil Pickering our Sales Manager. He’ll gladly set a time to come down, and show you the many features and benefits the Cerberus Pro Voice has to offer.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

Siemens Cereberus Pro Voice by Bison Fire Protection

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Red River Students Shine

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Our community has been growing with many new people moving into Manitoba the need for more and better trained staff members has never been higher. I started working with Red River College a few years ago in their Co-op Student Program and have had some very good success bringing high quality students who had never considered, or even heard of the fire alarm industry into our company.

We just concluded this year’s group of students, and as usual were very happy with the work they had done, and the quality of training they come to us with. Kevin Lawrence our fire alarm supervisor took the time to complete their reviews as required in their course out lines and was pleased to see the response given back. It’s always easy to talk a good game, but to have someone put it in writing truly reinforces that belief.

I’m looking forward to seeing the beginning of several new careers in the fire alarm industry when their last courses are completed and these people are available full time. I also anticipate more high quality students next year!

Keep up the great job Red River College!

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

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