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The Illinois Electronic Security Association exists to protect the private alarm industry at the local, state and national level. The IESA actively engages in government advocacy, led by Illinois-based lobbyist Dick Lockhart of Social Engineering and Edward W. Williams of Williams & Nickl, LLC. Additionally, the Electronic Security Association is represented in Washington D.C. by John Chwat of The Chwat Group.

The IESA also offers a wide-range of professional development and training courses from the ESA’s National Training School and we host five membership meetings each year. This includes a social/business event in September, as well as a Vendor Trade Show in November to coincide with our Annual Executive Board Elections.
We encourage you to join the IESA today and become active, ethical contributors to promote and protect your industry.

For those interested in becoming a member of the IESA please refer to the PDF’s below

Alarm Contractor Membership Form

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Associate Membership Form

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Recent Posts

Fiber Optics Training Class

Fiber Optics Insitute

On Friday September 23, the IESA will host a one day, hands-on fiber optic certification course at the IESA’s Des Plaines headquarters located at 999 E. Touhy Ave in the 5th floor training center.

The course will be taught by Slayton Solutions’ Dave Engrebretson, who has provided technical training to the electronic security industry for more than 20 years.

Mr. Engebretson is offering a hugely discounted price for IESA members, who will pay just $570, which covers materials for hands-on practice, testing and certification by the Fiber Optics Institute.  Non-members will pay the retail price of $695.  The class will be limited to 10 students and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and testing concludes at 4:00 p.m.

After registration and prior to the class, students should take the online practice course and take the practice test.  Once a student is registered, they will be emailed log-in credentials to have access to the course and practice test.

This course is practical training that will prepare the technician for field work with fiber optics.  Hands-on exercises include:

  • Proper installation and handling of fiber optic cables
  • Construction of a functional fiber optic link
  • Connector and mechanical splice installation
  • Optical loss testing of completed fiber links
  • Trouble shooting of common fiber optic problems

Please click here for Registration Information

Upcoming Meetings

IESA Summer Outing: Friday September 16, 2016

IESA Summer Outing

Lunch, Learn about the Internet of Things and Racing.   Alex Kim, Tyco VP, Technology & Solutions Asia, will speak about the Internet of Things and how it impacts alarm contractors not only today, but going forward. Gates to the park open at 1:00 p.m., the lunch buffet will be ready at 1:15 and the first post goes at 2:15. We hope to see you at the track!

Please click here for Registration Information

November 9, 2016: Gene & Georgetti’s Rosemont IL
Look for details and registration information soon…

NFPA Revision: VOTE NEGATIVE on Motions 72-8 and 72-9

Alarm industry participants from across the nation are encouraged to help defeat two items by voting NEGATIVE on motions 72-8 and 72-9 during the NFPA meeting in Chicago on June 25. To be an eligible voting member of NFPA, you must have been a member as of December 24, 2014. The meeting starts at 8:00 am. To register for the technical committee meeting, click here.

The defeat of these motions is necessary due to a cluster of fire-service personnel in the Chicagoland area who filed Certified Amending Motions to rescind newly proposed language written during this revision cycle for the 2016 Edition that would clearly ALLOW Listed Central Stations to provide Remote Station Service.

Specifically, within the proposed final edition – which the IESA supports – is a paragraph which reads “26.5.3.1.3 Alarm, supervisory and trouble signals SHALL be permitted to be received at a listed central supervising station.

Opponents of this code progress would remove SHALL and keep the word MAY, thus allowing the exclusion of a central station from being recognized as a remote station. This is occurring in some Chicago suburbs in which fire departments operate their own alarm-monitoring centers. In those communities, the AHJ designates a single remote station, typically operated by the AHJ itself, as “approved” under the Code and then REJECTS all forms of private fire-alarm monitoring, including monitoring via a listed central station. This eliminates all private competition and leaves the AHJ as the sole provider of a service.

It is this sort of practice that has resulted in two federal lawsuits in the northern district of Illinois.

If you will be voting at the Chicago NFPA meeting in June, please contact me.

VOTE NEGATIVE ON THESE MOTIONS

Motion Seq# 72-8

Certified Amending Motion: Accept Public Comment No. 140

Recommended Text if Motion Passes: 26.5.3.1.3 When permitted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals shall be permitted to be received at a listed central supervising station

Recommended Text if Motion Fails: 26.5.3.1.3 Alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals shall be permitted to be received at a listed central supervising station.

Motion Seq# 72-9

Certified Amending Motion: Accept Public Comment No. 192.

Recommended Text if Motion Passes: The proposed new text (26.5.3.1.3) is not recommended for inclusion in the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.

Recommended Text if Motion Fails: 26.5.3.1.3 Alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals shall be permitted to be received at a listed central supervising station.

 

Deadline to be involved in helping the Illinois Electronic Security Association

If you want to be involved in the process of helping the Illinois Electronic Security Association determine its legislative agenda for upcoming sessions of the General Assembly, sign up for the May 13 meeting at Manzo’s in Des Plaines.

Tuesday morning is the deadline to sign up for this important even that will set the tone as we move forward legislatively.

Every single licensee – especially IESA members – is encouraged to attend this meeting during which we hope to shape our position on a few legislative items, including our licensure. The IESA still intends to meet with the fire inspectors at some point (this is the group that pushed SB1685) but we first want to hear from the industry (again MEMBERS IN PARTICULAR) about the position we will take during that meeting.

In addition to legislative items, we will be discussion the various legal issues that the IESA is currently addressing, including the situations in Madison, Alton and East St. Louis.

Kevin Lehan
Executive Director
773-632-3140

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