We've said it before and we'll say it over and over again: Being a member of ESA and your state association is a good thing. It provides benefits to your bottom line. But (and this is a BIG but), YOU HAVE TO GET INVOLVED. Change does NOT happen in a vacuum.
The Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA) once again demonstrated the benefits of member engagement. Throughout Northern Illinois, local fire districts have been accepting one-stop shopping technology, and many have moved away from using central stations to monitor alarms. The fire districts are taking on this business for themselves, essentially eliminating fair competition. IESA has fought this approach on multiple fronts.
Most recently, IESA succeeded in Lombard, IL, by getting a presentation for a radio alarm network off the city council's November 17 agenda. This may sound like small potatoes, but it's not. The item was pulled after the city learned of newer technologies through IESA, and through inquiries from the public and business community that were initiated by IESA. This change will allow companies in our industry to more fully present their case, and give consumers more options regarding commercial fire alarm monitoring in Lombard. We believe this benefits customers by giving them the best choices in technology and lower costs for this service.
As IESA Executive Director Kevin Lehan pointed out, citing IESA lobbyist Dick Lockhart: "There are no better lobbyists than constituents.” We agree. Attend your city council meetings. That's where you'll find out about these types of activities. Join your state electronic security association and get involved on city and state issues.
Decisions are best made in the light of day with full information. Your role as a company in our industry is to help get that information out. It's in your best interests. If you don't step up, who will?