What is your background in the industry?
As an apprentice electrician in a civilian position on a U.S. Navy installation I was exposed to fire alarm installation and repair and with a back ground in electronics from my service in the U.S. Army, the electronics of fire systems was easy to understand. After a major government down sizing on the Navy base I was hired as a journeyman electrician by RCA Service Company and assigned primary responsibilities of fire alarm and air field lighting maintenance. In 1985 I accepted a Fire Alarm Technician position at the Guantanamo Bay Cuba Navy Base where I remained until 1987. Upon transfer back to the U.S. I was assigned the position of Telephone Systems Mechanic at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Having a desire to remain current on my knowledge of alarm systems I accepted a part time position with a small alarm company where I serviced and installed residential alarm systems. In 1989 I partnered with a friend to form Brevard Security And Fire Systems which specialized in commercial fire systems but also installed and serviced residential alarm systems, I remained with this company until 2008. I am currently a Compliance Manager for Vivint Inc. licensed as alarm contractor in over 15 jurisdictions. I have completed NTS courses in Alarm Technician I and II as well as FAIM, CCTV, and Access Control. I have completed and received AA and AS Degrees in Industrial Electricity, hold a NICET IV Certification and am registered as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer By BICSI, a Telecommunications Association.
What would you consider to be your specific area of expertise?
Since the beginning of my career I have enjoyed installing and servicing commercial fire systems. In my early days while working on U.S. Government facilities there was not a great emphasis on NFPA Codes but after I began working in private industry codes books and rules are a major part of the profession. I have spent the last 10 years learning and studying NFPA and ICC codes and though I am always learning I feel very comfortable maneuvering the codes.
Why have you invested your time in being a NTS Instructor?
With the advancement in technology alarm systems have become much easier to install and one would not need an in depth knowledge of electronics or code requirements to make a system operational. But operational is not good enough, installers need to know code requirements and though knowledge of electronics is not always a necessity, understanding electronics theory can be an asset when those unusual problems occur.
What does it mean to you to teach others your craft?
Though some newcomers in our industry are satisfied with the minimum requirements, there are still others who are hungry to learn. They want to understand how systems operate, how they communicate alarm signals and how these signals are processed, and they want to know the proper, code compliant methods for the installations. It is always exciting for me to meet that student and see the hunger for knowledge in their eyes.