Kevin Lehan, executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), recently
emailed their members asking them to get involved in the fire alarm monitoring
process at the local level. We couldn’t agree more. It’s vital that our
chapters remain vigilant and engaged in both state and local monitoring issues.
When we stop
paying attention, a detrimental piece of legislation can move forward, as in a case
from northern Illinois. ESA is here to help prevent that, as are chartered
chapters like IESA.
Lisle-Woodridge district, which consists of the suburban Chicago towns of Lisle
and Woodridge, had been pushing to create government monopolies for commercial
fire alarm monitoring by forcing businesses to use their services. IESA brought
attention to the issue and was able to stop the legislation.
A recent court decision in the form of a modified permanent injunction barred
the Lisle-Woodridge district from "prohibiting the transmission of signals from
fire alarm systems … to a NFPA compliant subsidiary, such as a UL listed
central station.” This ruling invalidates monopolies by municipalities.
now, I urge all licensed alarm contractors to become involved in that process -
not only in the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District - but in every
community in which you do business.”
Good job, IESA, and a great
message from Kevin.