Midwest Alarm Services Celebrates 75 Years

Michael L. Duffy, President/CEO of Per Mar Security Services, recently received the letter below from Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority recognizing the fact that Midwest Alarm Services has now been in business for over 75 years. That's quite an accomplishment!

Letter from Lt. Governor Reynolds
















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Successful Launch of AES Mesh Network Saves Midwest Alarm Customers Money

The successful launch of the AES mesh networks in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Madison have helped customers willing to utilize the latest in communications technology disconnect the fire alarm system from the analog phone lines. In many cases, the fire alarm system in the building is the last device to still utilize the old analog phone lines resulting in a monthly cost of $80 to $120. The AES radio interfaces to the alarm panel and transmits through 2 or more paths back to Per Mar’s award-winning central station.  While the service is not available in every part of the city each new radio added becomes a transmitter that can add new neighborhoods with every new install. Contact your local Midwest office to see if you fall within the AES Mesh network and start saving today.

Midwest Alarm Services Integrates with Honeywell


Midwest Alarm Services knows that there is more to Life Safety Systems than just fire alarms. That’s why we offer a full complement of electronic systems from Honeywell in addition to our NOTIFIER product line.  We understand the business environment and can engineer a total electronic systems solution to meet all of our customer’s needs. From access control to video surveillance the professionals at Midwest Alarm Services along with Honeywell have you covered.

Midwest Alarms Services Attends Iowa Schools Buildings and Grounds Summer Conference Trade Show

On July 8th, the Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama hosted the Iowa Schools Building and Grounds Summer Conference.  As it was last year the facility was a great venue and once again the turnout was excellent. We always appreciate the opportunity to meet with our customers at a fun event away from the office and our normal daily duties. Thanks again to ISBGA for another great conference.

Employee Spotlight - Kevin Hess

Kevin Hess recently joined the Midwest Alarm team as a Senior Technician just in time for the summer rush. Kevin worked at Simplex-Grinnell for 8 years and has a background in fire alarm, nurse call, card access and CCTV systems.

We look forward to Kevin's expertise and background making an immediate impact in taking care of our customers.

Tech Talk: Control Panel Trouble Codes

What is the difference between a comm fault and a ph1 or ph2 trouble code on the control panel? A comm fault is letting you know that a signal was not able to go through to the central station receiver. A ph1 or ph 2 is the trouble code for when the communicator is not seeing a dial tone on the phone lines. When you see a ph1 or ph2, which means phone line 1 or 2, the correct action is to notify the company that is responsible for your phone lines and have them come out to check the voltage from the demarcation to the communicator.

In case of a comm fault, I would suggest pulling a battery lead, wait 30 seconds, then attach lead back to battery giving it another minute to see if the comm fault clears. If it doesn’t I would recommend calling the local office for service.