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December 13, 2021
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            If Mr. Zwirn is truly a professional, his response to the Miami Herald, without any investigation or hesitation should be that building failure and ultimate collapse is not what a code complaint fire alarm is designed to detect. Period.
            Let's take apart the quote for a moment, what is a "distress signal"? 
            In my 40 years of operating a central station, I don't know what that means, nor do I know what would initiate a signal that is not defined in the code, such as "distress".  The known signal types are Alarm, Trouble, Supervisory, Low Battery, A/C loss and a test timer. With the technology improving all of the time, there is now an exhaustive list of diagnostic signals, but none that I have found to be "distress".
            But considering the inflammatory direction of the quoted passage about the lack of sounding notification appliances, of all the signal types that I listed that could be transmitted to the central station, only one would activate the notification appliances at the location, Alarm.  All the other possible signal types would only sound at the panel or system annunciators, and none would trigger an immediate response of the municipality.
            Mr. Zwrin prides himself on playing for both sides of the fence, sometimes for the alarm company and other times against the alarm industry. But in my opinion, with the limited statement he shared, he must be for the alarm industry so plaintiffs do not stretch the system design based on the Code to do something it was not designed to do.  This is the ultimate slippery slope for alarm companies when self-proclaiming experts begin to create duties never required, conceived or contemplated. 
            The Miami Herald is in the business of selling papers. The subscribers of this blog are in the business of providing Code complaint systems to operate as defined by the Code. Mr. Zwirn has to look past fame and compensation and represent the intention of the code or he really has no respect for the ANSI Standard creation process and in reality he will have lowered himself to chasing ambulances.
Bart A. Didden, President
U.S.A. Central Station Alarm Corp.
Port Chester, NY
Milford, CT
St. Paul, MN
Pasco, WA
            I agree that I don't see how a fire alarm would be designed for this catastrophe or could have averted any injury.  Perhaps Jeff will share his conclusions when he is done investigating.

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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
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