Industry News

April 25, 2017 thru April 28, 2017

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This year, AFAA National has scheduled over 15 presentations on hot industry topics. Their focus is offering some of the best fire protection and code training from some of the top engineers and code professionals from across the Country.

As a bonus, they are offering a free one year membership just for registering for the conference, participating in quality training, and learning more about who they are and the wide range of benefits we provide to the Fire Alarm Industry.

Click here to view the Schedule of Events and Educational Program Descriptions for the 2017 AFAA Annual Meeting.

From the Board of State Examiners of Electricians:

Due to a technical problem, some licensees may not have received a license renewal form. We are working to resolve this issue quickly and expect to send out renewal forms during the week of July 17, 2016 to those licensees who did not receive them. In order to expedite the renewal process, please register online through our ePLACE Portal, by using the authorization code found on your renewal notice. Late fees will be waived for those licensees who did not timely receive a license renewal form.

Please be aware that the Board’s main phone number is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. We are working to setup an additional hotline for licensees to call and will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible. In the interim, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue.

Good morning,

The Division of Professional Licensure’s (DPL) parent agency, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR), will be holding a series of five (5) public hearings in July-August 2016, to solicit ideas for possible legislative reforms to be introduced in the next legislative session starting in January 2017.

On behalf of OCABR, DPL invites any interested stakeholders, industry and professional associations, consumers, schools and members of the public interested in the work of the agency or who regularly work with our boards and offices, to participate in any or all of the hearings. As it relates to DPL, the agency is seeking ideas and suggestions for possible legislative reforms to the licensing statutes administered by our 28 boards of registration, as well as the Office of Private Occupational School Education. Hearings will be held in: Boston, Lowell, Plymouth, Springfield, and Worcester.  Ideas and suggestions from both the consumer and business perspective are welcome.

Please note that other OCABR agencies, including the Division of Banks, Division of Insurance, Division of Standards, and the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, will also be participating in the hearings. Attendees are welcome to offers ideas for statutory changes to those agencies, or programs administered by them, as well.

Please refer to the attached flyer for additional information and details on the hearings. An electronic copy is available on DPL’s website, as well as each board of registration’s homepage.

Thank you.

Division of Professional Licensure
Board of State Examiners of Electricians

1000 Washington Street Suite 710 Boston, MA 02118
Tel:  617.727.9931 Fax: 617.727.9932


Interesting article from Ars Technica yesterday, showing how off-the-shelf radio jamming equipment (or software-based deauthentication attacks on the ZigBee protocol itself) could allow burglars to break into homes "protected" with a Comcast wireless security system.