Even though ESA includes companies that monitor security systems, we're more often known for our members who install alarms and integrate the various services that go along with installation. However, since many of our member companies include monitoring, when an issue arises that deals with this service, we get involved.
We've talked before about the issue in Illinois where multiple communities are monitoring fire alarms, taking business away from our industry. The Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA) is actively involved in fighting this battle to retain a competitive environment for private enterprise. We support their efforts.
There are integrators and monitoring companies working with IESA on their campaign. What we'd like to emphasize in this blog is how important it is for monitoring companies to join the fight. We need to integrate. We have a common foe. We have a common objective. Joining together, we're stronger, smarter and better prepared to educate and inform elected and appointed officials in northern Illinois.
Over the years, ESA and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) have joined hands to work together on mutual threats, as well as developing future growth plans like the annual Electronic Security Expo. When our industry is challenged by communities like McHenry, Woodstock and Crystal Lake, IL that are engaging in municipal fire monitoring, we must make it our business to get the message out to others. This includes companies that are not members of IESA or ESA, as well as alarm monitoring companies.
Much of what we do here at ESA involves sharing information, educating, and working to resolve issues for the benefit of the electronic security industry. Because our industry is very diverse, we must all join hands and work together for maximum success.