Acadian operators now EMD certified

Acadian Monitoring Services is now Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified at its Lafayette, La., central station. In addition to answering and dispatching on medical two-way alarms, alarm operators are now certified to provide pre-arrival instructions to its subscriber base, rendering medical assistance until EMS personnel can arrive.

Acadian Monitoring Services EMDs completed Medical Priority’s EMD Certification Course, which has become the standard for EMD training.

“Having our EMD certification gives us an advantage in responding to medical two-way alarms,” said Kenny Savoie, director of operations, Acadian Monitoring Services. “More importantly, it gives our customers peace of mind, knowing that with the press of a button immediate help is available.” Visit 183.

PERS demand hits the top of the list

The demand for Personal Emergency Response Service (PERS) in the American market continues to grow as costs of assisted living and nursing care continue to skyrocket. To provide a solution, Visonic Americas, a manufacturer of PERS product solutions, is partnering with the National Training Center (NTC) to offer a comprehensive free, 30-minute interactive online training to introduce dealers and integrators to the PERS market. Once participants register for the training, the online class is available to them 24/7 for 90 days. Visit 180.

ADI rocks it out at CEDIA Expo

ADI customers and vendors walked away entertained from this year’s CEDIA Expo 2009 held in Atlanta, Ga. More than 1,300 dealers were invited to ADI’s fourth annual customer celebration, held at the Opera Atlanta Event Center. The Audience enjoyed an evening of first-class catering and entertainment by the popular alternative rock band Soul Asylum. ADI also sponsored the CEDIA Learning Labs; attendees received some hands-on experience with the latest technology. Over 700 dealers visited the Learning Labs for an opportunity to see and test the newest products. The Learning Labs hosted 23 separate training sessions linked to 12 CEDIA University courses being offer at the EXPO.

“The Learning Labs were the highlight of my CEDIA EXPO experience,” said Ben Savage, custom installations specialist at A to Z Security and Sound, Inc. in Mary Esther, Fla. “It was great to have an environment that was conducive to one-on-one product training without the stereotypes of a traditional training environment.” Visit 182.

Fire-Lite Alarms training enrollment accelerates

Demand for training is up and Fire-Lite Alarms, Northford, Conn., is witnessing it firsthand, as it continues to host its traditional series of fire alarm systems trainings free-of-charge throughout the U.S.

Fire-Lite Alarms’ Senior Technical Trainer, Tom Rosa, continues to properly train students on fire alarm systems.

“Course enrollment is topping-out more than ever and I think it’s because of the top-notch education students receive,” explained Tom Rosa, Fire-Lite Alarms’ Instructional Curriculum Developer and Senior Technical Trainer. “The high-level of instruction combined with many hands-on labs is very unusual for a free class. Many are coming to learn more about addressable systems and move away from conventional technology. Others are looking for additional hands-on training with the panels and our new IP communicator.”

This year, Fire-Lite’s training schedule includes more than 60 courses taking place nationwide, free-of-charge, which include the three-day MiniScan Academy course; the two-day SuperLite Academy course; and an enhanced final segment on Power Supply Fundamentals. Visit 181.