This month, I want to talk about ESA's Chartered Chapters, formerly called Chartered State Associations (CSAs). The chapters commit to supporting ESA and require all member companies of that state's association to be a (hopefully active) member of ESA.
The Chartered Chapters often have their own training and education schedule, while working with ESA and NTS on courses. Chartered Chapters may have a training coordinator who is assigned to coordinate and schedule NTS training and assure that each class is maintained with certified instructors. This person is the lynch pin that connects NTS to the Chartered Chapter.
This task can generate income to the chapter for other budgeted activities or to enhance chapter events. In this manner, the states can structure and direct their training according to the wishes of their members.
Some states prefer to have NTS schedule and coordinate all training in their states directly. In this case, Howard Sanders and Pat Allen at ESA will schedule, advertise and coordinate training in those states. NTS will than forward a per student remuneration for each seat filled.
In those states that have no ESA affiliation, NTS will schedule, coordinate and conduct training at hotels, distributers or other suitable facilities. These courses help deliver the training to those who need it.
I have a good friend in a non-Chartered Chapter state that is in the process of raising funds for legal fees and court expenses for a crisis in their state. It seems their industry is under attack by regulatory authorities in an ill-thought, ill-timed and reactionary move to take over monitoring the municipality by ordinance. States are attacking the alarm industry because they think we are a cash cow waiting to be milked.
I reminded my friend that when ESA put out a national mailing to members nationwide about a crisis in California, the money flowed in and California prevailed against 900 number dispatch.
There are obviously a number of benefits of being involved with ESA as both a member company and as a Chartered Chapter. As Benjamin Franklin said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Joel Kent is a senior NTS Instructor and owner of Windsor, CT-based FBN Security Company.