Industry News

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that John Stofa, former National Sales Manager for Honeywell Fire & Security, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Visitation will be held on December 11, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM, at:
Davis Funeral Home
619 State Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360.

John's obituary, service details and guestbook can be found here:

Join the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts (FPAM) on October 10th at 10:00AM to help celebrate their 43rd anniversary and 500th meeting at Gillette Stadium  in Foxborough, MA.

This will be the October Educational Meeting.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and Fire Prevention Week runs from Sunday, October 8 through Saturday, October 14, 2017.

This momentous occasion will not only celebrate the 43rd anniversary of FPAM, and its 500th meeting, but will also showcase Fire Prevention Week and Fire Prevention Month activities in the Commonwealth.

In addition, a "Side-By-Side" Residential Fire Sprinkler 'Live Burn' Demonstration will be showcased to promote Public Awareness that this affordable fire suppression and life safety technology can provide to residents and occupants of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings.

Invited Guests & Dignitaries will include State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey, NFPA President Jim Pauley State Senators and Representatives, Designees from the Professional Fire Fighters of MA, Fire Chiefs of MA, and the Massachusetts Call-Volunteer Firefighter Association, along with businesses and corporations involved in fire prevention, fire & life safety, detection and suppression systems and equipment, code development and enforcement.

Visit to register.

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.