CHILI: a spicy dish of meat, onions, chilies or chili powder, and usually beans.
Used in a sentence:
His/Her favorite food is chili.
I’ve made a chili for tonight.
The staff at Code Red Consultants know how to keep warm on cold winter days. We keep it hot by holding our Annual Chili Cook Off in February. This all-inclusive contest included submissions ranging from a standard chili to chicken chili to vegan chili. It’s always fun to try new things and exchange recipes.
The winner of this year’s highly prestigious award of the Code Red Consultants Apron goes to James McLaughlin. James is an Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager in the firm specializing in Construction Fire Safety services. Not only is he a valued member of our team, but he is an excellent cook too!
The back-drop for the 2022 Code Red Consultants Holiday celebration was the rustic, yet elegant, Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. With 9 strong years in the fire and life safety industry, we have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate. We spent the evening enjoying a fine meal, festive music, and making memories with the amazing team at Code Red.
At Code Red Consultants, we believe hygiene, and keeping a professional appearance is important… especially during “No-Shave November”! But things did get a little hairy when our team set out to raise awareness on Men’s Health issues, such as Prostate Cancer, by putting down the razors. While some couldn’t “bare” the thought of a beard, others enjoyed the friendly office competition. The more days that passed, the more funds were raised. At the end of the month, we were able to meet our financial goal!
As part of our culture, Code Red is always looking for new ways to play and connect. With the amount of focus that “working” often requires, it’s easy to forget to hit pause and take time to play or learn something new.
In the spirit of play, we took to the slopes at Nashoba Valley for some snow tubing, tapped into our “inner child” by participating in National Tie-Dye Day, and organized a pub-style trivia night at Code Red headquarters. As we strived to connect and give back, Code Red volunteered at the Boston Marathon’s 3.4 Mile Hydration Station. We’re also proud to share that more than half of our office became CPR and AED Certified in the spring.
Changing up our routine keeps our team energized and increases pathways to communication. Plus, when you pepper in a friendly competition as this group often does, our time together is always well spent.
The team at Code Red Consultants took a break from their daily routines to enjoy a fun company outing at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA. The day included collaboration and team building that was orchestrated by High 5 Adventures who have helped other winning organizations such as the championship Celtics and Bruins. The activities provided opportunities for all team members to engage in problem solving and communication in preselected subgroups of individuals that cross usual service/market boundaries. The overall atmosphere of the day was to have fun, learn more about your team members and bring out everyone’s competitive spirits (never a difficult task at CRC).
Code Red is in our eighth year of business and our team has grown to 40 engaging employees, which is certainly a far cry from the “table for four reservation” we made at our first summer outing.
On October 5th, Code Red Consultants will be presenting at the New England Building Officials Education Association’s annual seminar. Carl Nelson, P.E. and Joseph Igoe will be presenting Back to Basics: Means of Egress and Caitlin Gamache, P.E. will be presenting Accessibility Scoping & Common Challenges in New and Existing Buildings. The annual seminar is being held at the Murray D Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
If you are interested in learning more about these topics, please join us for the seminar.
To learn more about the seminar, view the schedule of events or to register, you can follow this link: https://umass.irisregistration.com/Site/NEBOEA
This year the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) hosted their first-ever virtual Annual Fall Conference from September 1 – 3, 2020. There were over 250 facility mangers, business partners and esteemed speakers through the event. On the final day of the conference, Chris Lynch and Carl Nelson of Code Red Consultants hosted a Breakout Session with Rich Rybski and Kirsten Waltz of Baystate Health. The session was titled “How Complete is your Life Safety Program” and had over 50 attendees.
Healthcare facilities are faced with a daunting challenge of maintaining life safety compliance in a dynamic environment in accordance with numerous regulations enforced by multiple authorities. Most organizations look to achieve compliance through a group effort that requires coordination between multiple departments. Individuals in responsible charge of portions of life safety compliance are often wearing multiple hats and are not solely focused on monitoring their piece of the life safety program on a daily basis. Most facilities go in to “high alert” mode when they expect a survey and try to get their house in order at the 11th hour. Quite often there are holes identified and rather than focusing on maintaining compliance, resources are allocated to repairing or potentially even hiding issues.
The presentation was a case study of the life safety program developed which has helped Baystate Health evolve from a reactive to proactive compliance approach over the course of a decade. Real examples of major contributing factors including planning and construction projects, barrier management, life safety drawings, ITM, and policies and procedures will be discussed in a framework for attendees to take with them back to their organizations.
For more information on our approach to healthcare life safety compliance please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Though not physically together in our Southborough, MA office, Code Red thinks it is important during this time to stay as connected as we can. To that end, our social committee is keeping all engaged via weekly virtual get-togethers, where we share stories from home. We put most everything out on the “virtual table,” from reviewing tips to entertain the kids to DIY manicures. We hope these gabfests bring moments of giddiness and enthusiasm to this time.
Separately, we are encouraging our team to partake in some type of daily exercise to manage stress and stay healthy. Typical routines consist of walking, running, yoga, and/or You Tube workout sessions of interest.
We hope that taking time to partake in these extracurricular activities will help keep our mind and bodies sharp.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha.