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BEARACADE Door Control System

March 02, 2015 08:00 ET

BEARACADE® Door Control System Not Part of the Board of Building Appeals Ruling, Inaccurately Depicted

HUDSON, OH--(Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - BEARACADE® Door Control System, the only lockdown solution selected by Campus Safety Magazine as the 2014 Best Physical Security Equipment, has been inaccurately identified in several media reports as violating Ohio's building code and party to an appeal called before the State of Ohio Board of Building Appeals. 

The ruling issued in Columbus on February 23rd 2015 was 4-1 against The Bilco Company's Barracuda Intruder Defense System and the Southwest Licking School District. 

"BEARACADE and National School Control Systems was not a party to the appeal or summoned to Columbus, and has not been contacted in any way by the Board of Building Appeals, the Department of Commerce, or the State Fire Marshal's office," says Bill Cushwa, Founder and CEO, BEARACADE® Door Control Systems. "Due to the similarity of brand names, we are experiencing 'guilt by association' and dismissal of our due diligence and exhaustive attention to code, other school safety concerns (fire, tornado, bullying, harassment, assault, etc.), and development of a barricading element that allows for quick reversal as circumstances might change."

"It is not a violation to purchase, prepare to use, or store BEARACADE units," says Dave Soulsby, President, BEARACADE® Door Control Systems. "We have worked with our elected officials to provide a sense of clarity and common sense to the door barricading marketplace without jeopardizing safety or ignoring the importance of the Ohio Administrative Code, life safety codes, and the fire code. As the State Architect informed us in July 2013, we are not an operating mechanism or architectural component of the building or the door. We are an aftermarket piece that is more effective and reliable than desks, chairs, and human shields. BEARACADE® can be deactivated in one motion and defaulted by administrators and safety forces from the ingress side of the door."

No schools or institutions have been cited for purchasing and storing BEARACADE® Door Control Systems.

About the BEARACADE® Door Control System and National School Control Systems, LLC:

The BEARACADE® Door Control System deploys in seconds to effectively barricade any classroom or office door. BEARACADE® allows room occupants to get away from the door quickly and prepare for next steps. BEARACADE® was selected by Campus Safety Magazine as BEST 2014 Physical Security Equipment -- the only lockdown solution to receive this designation. Based in Hudson, Ohio, National School Control Systems, LLC was founded by Bill Cushwa and Dave Soulsby, both parents, who invented BEARACADE® as safer, more cost conscious, easy-to-use, and accessible option for school safety. For more information, visit:

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