New Association Aims to Give Greater Voice to 5 States

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A coalition of five state alarm associations has formed what it says is a new electronic security association. Those behind the formation of the National Electronic Security Alliance (NESA) say it has been formed to provide a greater voice to state associations and communication between them, as well as promote federal legislation that benefits the alarm industry.

Bylaws, officers and committee chairs were approved for the formation of NESA on Dec. 17. Among the five founding state associations are the burglar and fire alarm associations in Virginia, Texas and Maryland.

New associations are being formed in Arkansas (Arkansas Security Alarm Association [ASAA]) and Kansas (Kansas Electric Security Association [KAA]) to join the new association. They will be separate from the chartered burglar and fire alarm associations in those states that will continue to be part of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA).

Jordon Brown, who represents Arkansas on NESA’s newly formed board, says the formation of NESA isn’t necessarily meant as a condemnation of the NBFAA. “We just want to give state alarm associations an alternative,” says Brown, with Fort Smith, Ark., company Guard Tronic Inc. “NESA is geared at everything being handled at a state level. This is the Libertarian party of alarm associations.”

In a press release outlining its formation, NESA says it was formed with two purposes in mind: “To monitor and influence federal legislation and regulation and to facilitate the exchange of information between state associations.” State associations that are in NESA will pay $50 per regular and associate member to fund the new association and make up its membership. NESA says it will only accept state associations as members and will not be offering membership to individuals or companies.


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