Getting the Most out of Your Central Station Monitoring


Fire alarm monitoring is a critical component of protecting the lives of occupants and your valuable investments. What many building owners or managers often overlook is the capability of an addressable fire alarm system to monitor critical environmental systems as well as the obvious fire emergency. As most of Midwest Alarm customers are feeling the effect of the recent cold snap many of you have experienced frozen pipes that have resulted in building damage and down time. Automatic sprinkler companies have been reporting that the average service call for a burst pipe is about $1500.00, with some calls being over $15,000! A temperature sensor in a sprinkler riser room can be set to trip at any temperature and send a signal to your central station to call building managers right away. Not only can you monitor temperature, but water on the floor, power loss or carbon monoxide just to name a few. Before making a major investment in new systems think of your addressable fire alarm system and your central station monitoring service.

New Product Spotlight: Leading the way with Advanced Detection

Advanced Detection

The Midwest Alarm Services sales staff recently attended a seminar on Advanced Detection which highlighted products designed to help our customers that have unique or challenging fire detection needs. Each type of advanced detection technology is designed to respond rapidly to incipient fire signatures while significantly reducing the occurrence of nuisance alarms. From the IntelliQuad PLUS –Combination Smoke and CO Detector to the FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detector, Midwest Alarm Services has the expertise, knowledge and product line to help you with your fire detection needs. Contact your local Midwest Alarm Services sales representative for more information.

Fire Marshal Meeting Highlights New Technology

Multi-Criteria Detection

The Des Moines office hosted Des Moines metro area Fire Marshals and representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s office to introduce and highlight Multi-Criteria detection and directional exit sounders.

Dave Myers from System Sensor first highlighted their Acclimate, Intelliquad and Intelliquad Plus Multi-Criteria detectors that utilize photoelectric, heat, infrared and carbon monoxide sensors in a cooperative method to achieve high sensitivity with high false-alarm immunity.

The topic leads to a discussion of other technologies that could be used to promote better fire safety in residential and commercial occupancies. Dave introduced System Sensor’s ExitPoint directional sounders that can be utilized to innately draw occupants to the closest exit in a fire emergency. The video demonstration leads to the Fire Marshals wanting to see a real-life demonstration of the technology…..We will keep you updated on those results.

New Employee Spotlight - Aaron Kiley

Aaron Kiley

Aaron Kiley has recently joined the Midwest Alarm Services team as a Service Coordinator based out of the Des Moines office.  He is responsible for scheduling service and inspections.

Aaron previously was in sales in the commercial lighting business.  Due to Aaron’s background in construction sales, he is a natural fit for our business.

Aaron is married with two children that attend school in Urbandale and is a big Hawkeye fan.