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Session at the National Association of Counties annual conference to focus on industry best practices, provide actionable takeaways

WESTMINSTER, MA, July 19, 2016 – Later this month, Tyco SimplexGrinnell will moderate a panel on preparing for an active shooter situation, at the 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition. Held in Long Beach, CA, the five-day conference brings together county officials and experts from across the country to exchange best practices and help shape NACo’s public policy agenda for the upcoming year.

Alongside a panel of experts from the University of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania’s Chester County and Oklahoma’s Cleveland County, Tyco SimplexGrinnell will share insights on the implementation of best practices used in an active shooter situation. Drawing from first-hand experience, panelists will discuss key learnings, instrumental technologies, and how to manage collaboration between federal and state officials to best diffuse an active shooter situation and protect citizens.

Additional panel details are included below:

What:              Best Practices in Active Shooter Preparedness Panel

Who:               Moderated by Thomas Connell, Senior Product Manager at Tyco Fire Protection Products, with the following panelists:

 - Robert Kagel, Director of Emergency Services for Chester County, PA

 - James Overton, Chief of Police & Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston

 - Darry Stacy, County Commissioner, Cleveland County, OK

Where:            NACo Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA

When:             July 24, 2016 10:30-11:45 a.m. PT

Tyco is working through its North America businesses, including Tyco Fire Protection Products, Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Tyco Integrated Security, to bring visibility and expertise to the critical issue of active shooter preparedness.

The panel is open to credentialed members of the media. Credentials will be distributed from NACo’s media office, in Hall B of the Long Beach Convention Center. For more information about NACo and registration, visit the event website.

About Tyco SimplexGrinnell

Tyco SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business, is a longtime leader in fire and life safety as well as healthcare communications, with over 400,000 customers and a history that dates back to the mid-1800s. Tyco SimplexGrinnell is advancing safety and security with a comprehensive array of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, healthcare communications, emergency communications and integrated security solutions and services. Headquartered in Westminster, Massachusetts, Tyco SimplexGrinnell has over 8,000 employees in the United States and serves customers through 130 company-owned offices. For more information, visit

About the National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. For more information, visit


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Anne Lines

Matter Communications



Chris Woodcock

Tyco SimplexGrinnell


Tyco SimplexGrinnell