NFPA 72: Action Needed Now from Alarm Industry

A Message from CSAA Standards Committee Chair Steve Shapiro:

Steve Shapiro

Steve Shapiro

One of the most important challenges facing CSAA members in the near future is the issue of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. In 2015, language favorable to our industry was removed from the 2016 code revision.

Our next chance to affect change in the code is the 2019 revision. That seems a long way away, but in fact, activity is already happening on this revision, and CSAA members need to take action now so that our concerns are heard. The deadline for submitting public input for the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 is June 29, 2016.

Please review the 2016 edition (it is free to read online, though you need to create a profile if you are not an NFPA member) and send feedback as soon as possible to Dr. Shane Clary, chair of the CSAA Public Sector Liaison Committee subcommittee on Fire, at and to me at , with a CC to We will review your suggestions and propose recommendations that members should submit via the NFPA web portal by June 29.

Your action is needed now! Thank you.

Steve Shapiro
Chair, CSAA Standards Committee

ADT’s Steve Shapiro Appointed to CSAA Board of Directors

Steve Shapiro, vice president of industry relations for ADT — a leading provider of home and business security and automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada — has been appointed to the CSAA Board of Directors beginning in October.

“Every volunteer organization depends on the participation and contributions of its members. Steve has been heavily involved in our Alarm Industry Communications Committee for years and has long been an active supporter of CSAA,” said Jay Hauhn, president of CSAA. “We are pleased to welcome him to the CSAA Board, and I look forward to the contributions he will make as a board member.”

Steve Shapiro

Steve Shapiro

As vice president of industry relations for ADT, Shapiro is responsible for the planning, execution and management of the company’s strategic relationships with key North American security and automation industry organizations, alliances and initiatives.  Prior to assuming this role, he led ADT’s product strategy and engineering initiatives for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including the company’s revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse®, as well as intrusion, fire, and home health care systems.

In 2014, Shapiro was elected to represent ADT as a Board member to the Z-Wave Alliance and in 2013, he was appointed as a Board member to the Security Industry Association.

“I am honored to join the CSAA Board of Directors,” said Shapiro.  “I’m eager to begin working with CSAA and fellow Board members to address the rapidly changing technology environment in communications, net neutrality, and first responder response requirements.”

Prior to joining ADT, he was a consultant to Sirius XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable devices.  His career in product marketing and product management began at Motorola, where he was responsible for many communications products and marketing plans over 20 years that included two-way radios, pagers and mobile phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones.

Shapiro graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded eight patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.