National Security Technician Day: Helping Customers Put the Pieces Back Together

ADT master installation technician James Brevard says his passion for security continues to grow almost two decades into his career.

James Brevard, 38, has been in the security industry with ADT Security Services for more than 18 years, rising to the position of master installation technician as he’s gained more experience.

He’s never worked with awards in mind, but he was recently chosen as one of the 2024 Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) Security Technician of the Year Award winners.

FAST, an initiative of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), will celebrate these achievements at the Security Technician of the Year awards ceremony during the closing ceremony of the Electronic Security Expo (ESX), scheduled for June 6 at 11:45 a.m. on the main stage of the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

Here’s more about ADT’s Brevard, his career path and what keeps him excited about his work at ADT:

What’s one installation at ADT that’s been particularly memorable or made you proud?

One memorable installation experience that comes to mind was when I worked at a museum that was vandalized to the point of damaged property. We had to go through the whole museum, fixing up the cameras that got destroyed including all the way up to the rooftop to set up additional ones. The smell of the fire was still lingering while we were putting in new wiring for the cameras.

Luckily, most of the historical artifacts were able to be saved. I never imagined I’d be part of something so important, protecting history that was almost lost. Adding extra surveillance made me feel like I was needed, like I was making a significant contribution to the security world.

On top of that, providing security for the museum visitors would give them peace of mind, knowing their history was being protected, and that is something that made me proud to work for ADT.

How did you become a security technician and why do you love the security industry?

When I was in technical college studying electronics, specifically in computers, more than 20 years ago, I never considered a career in the security industry. After receiving my two-year degree, a tech manager from a security company asked if I was interested in becoming an installation technician. I’ve always been interested in how electronics and mechanics work, so I took them up on the offer.

Now, for more than 18 years, I’ve been working for ADT. As the security industry keeps evolving, I also find my passion for the field continuing to grow. I have no regrets in entering the security industry as it always allows me to challenge myself as well as pass my knowledge on to other colleagues that are as passionate as I am.

If you know a security technician who deserves to be recognized for their work, please contact web editor Craig MacCormack at [email protected]. We plan to continue these Q&As throughout the year leading up to National Security Technician Day in 2025.

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About the Author


Craig MacCormack is a veteran journalist who joined Security Sales & Integration in June 2023 as digital editor. He covered AV, IT and security with SSI's sister publication, Commercial Integrator, from January 2011 to June 2021.

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