SIAC broadens into fire alarms

Ordinance advocacy organization brings aboard former Charlotte fire chief as it expands focus


Industry organization SIAC, the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, has modified its mission statement to expand beyond burglar alarms. The organization, which has served as a vocal advocate of collaboration between law enforcement and the alarm industry in the development of fair burglar alarm ordinances, now expands to fire alarms.

With the change in mission statement that gave SIAC the ability to focus on fire alarm ordinances, the organization has appointed Luther Fincher as the organization's National Fire Liaison. Fincher brings 21 years of experience as fire chief with the Charlotte (N.C.) Fire Department, and his goal is to "actively work with communities nationwide to assist in their development of effective fire alarm ordinances tailored to meet their needs and overcome their challenges."

Stan Martin, executive director of SIAC, said the wider focus created an exciting time for the organization. He added that Finchers' "knowledge, experience and network of contacts will help SIAC find cooperative solutions to local fire alarm issues." Martin said the time was right for SIAC to offer a focus on fire alarm ordinances, especially with "an increase in the number of onerous ordinances starting to surface." One of the concerns, noted Martin, were changes that could impact response times to emergency fire signals.

Fincher started with the Charlotte Fire Department in 1966. He rose to Battalion Chief, was the department's first Hazardous Materials Coordinator, became Emergency Management Director in the 1980s, where he merged the Emergency Management Office into the Far Department. He became the Charlotte's Fire Chief in 1987.

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