The Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA) is a trade association that promotes the use of reliable electronic life safety and security systems.    “Welcome,” to the PBFAA website!



Technical Seminar Sessions

8:00am –  Engineering Happiness – Tools and Techniques to Ensure Rock-Solid Networks and Surveillance Systems

A fun, interactive training session to help you install and troubleshoot networks and surveillance systems at the speed of light. Okay, well maybe slightly slower than the speed of light... But we promise it will be fun, interesting, and helpful whether you are a newbie or a seasoned tech!


Anne Tremblay is an experienced network technician and technical trainer. She is currently the Technical Product Specialist for Triplett Test Equipment and Gem Electronics.

Bill Pitcher has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been developing connectors and wiring components for the CCTV industry for over 30 years. He is currently the CCTV Wiring Infrastructure Analyst for Gem Electronics.


8:00am - NICET Fire Protection and Security Certifications

Discover the role of NICET certification in developing a qualified workforce. Including a brief discussion about credentialing, training and career development. Learn about NICET Fire Protection and Security System specialties, how to complete the applications, and what to expect in the process.


Chip Hollis is responsible for internal and external communications, and communication systems at NICET. He promotes the value of NICET certification to technicians, employers, contract specifiers, AHJs and other stakeholders. He strives to create a customer friendly environment and improve processes while preserving the rigor and integrity of NICET certifications.


3:00pm - Smoke Detection Systems (NJ CEU Accredited - TECRF-13(9)-C005 - 3 CEU Hours)

"A licensee seeking renewal of a (NJ) Burglar Alarm License shall have. . ."  a minimum of three (3) credits of continuing education in Smoke Detection Systems.

Residential fire alarm systems are installed every day. Are they being installed correctly? This course covers everything you need to know and is also required to maintain your (NJ) burglar alarm license. A number of steps need to be followed to correctly install, maintain, and monitor these systems. This course is excellent for all levels of experience.


Lise Vanderlaan, has over 25 years of extensive industry experience. For the past 3+ years she has served as NAPCO's Mid-Atlantic Manager. Prior to that she ran Digital Results (Mfg Rep Firm) for over 22 years - providing dealers with extensive CCTV and video expertice.

3:00pm - Ambush, Holdup, and Panic Alarm Systems (NJ CEU Accredited - TECBA(7)C018 - 3 CEU Hours)

This course provides the attendees with the proper methodologies which must be followed when recommending, designing, installing, placing, inspecting, servicing, maintaining and monitoring ambush, holdup and panic buttons systems for residential, commercial, industrial, and high risk, high robbery exposure applications.

Forensic case studies will be presented and nationally recognized industry standards and best practices, and UL standards will be analyzed and reviewed in order to help protect your subscribers and minimize your loss potential as an alarm contractor providing these mission critical systems.


With over 40 years of specialized education, skill, knowledge, training, experience and credentials in the alarm and security industry, and being personally involved in over 3,000 three thousand security alarm and life safety installations, Jeffrey Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, DABFET, CHS-III, SET, CCI, President of IDS Research and Development, Inc. is Licensed in Three States as an alarm contractor, including in the State of New York; he is a Certified Protection Professional, Board Certified in Security Management, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the NFPA, was appointed and serves on (22) twenty-two UL Standard Technical Panels, and was formally appointed to serve for eight years in the Special Expert category for NFPA 72 of the National Fire Alarm Code, and NFPA 72 of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. 

In addition, Mr. Zwirn is NICET Level IV Certified in Fire Protection Engineering Technology/Fire Alarm Systems, and is NICET Certified in Sprinkler Systems. Jeff is a nationally recognized court qualified forensic alarm expert, and active designated expert instructor to the New York City Police Department for over 17 years, the Nation’s leader in Law Enforcement. Further, Mr. Zwirn is an expert instructor to the Technical community of the alarm industry, the security industry and law enforcement, including the Joint Terrorist Task Force. Mr. Zwirn has also provided expert instruction and training at higher institutions of learning, including John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University, The New York Institute of Technology, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of New Haven.

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