story from news outlet the Dothan Eagle out of Dothan, Alabama reports that local school, Webb Elementary School, has been without a fully-functioning fire alarm system “for years” since the original school began expanding and adding new buildings to create a built-out campus.

Whenever the school would add a new building, the project would be put out to bid and often a new systems integrator would win the bid and put in an incompatible system that didn’t integrate with what was there previously. 

The story reports that individual buildings do sound an alarm and notify local personnel to an emergency, but that the individual buildings to not report back to a central location like the office to notify administrative staff.

No public or commercial organization should ever be without fully-functioning fire protection. It’s a matter of life-safety. Going with the lowest bid is not always the best route when it means safety or functionality might be compromised.

Capable systems integration companies like Norris make it their business to know how to make everything work together. 

Please drop Norris a line today to discuss how we can help you better protect lives and property at your school or business.


What is Norris all about?

Norris, Inc.—a South Portland, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago by two brothers, Brad and Harty Norris. The brothers remain on the board of directors today and continue to help steer the enterprise toward its goal of advancing life-safety, security, and communications while striving to grow in its status as Northern New England’s leading systems integrator. Norris provides fully integrated life-safety and security solutions, comprising disparate systems including fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, communications, and emergency notification and total systems integration via the Vigilance Systems Integration Engine and ENS.