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Public Safety Updates

  • Report: Staffing is “most severe challenge” for 9-1-1
    8.24.22 – American City & County – 9-1-1 centers face challenges including cybersecurity, outdated equipment and a lack of government support and understanding, but the worst by far is “a nationwide personnel shortage that has reached a crisis stage,” according to a new report by Mission Critical Partners. The report recommends having dedicated recruiters who understand the particular needs of emergency call centers.
  • TX: Austin police shrink 9-1-1 teams to alleviate stress
    8.25.22 – KXAN – The Austin, Texas, Police Department has reduced the minimum required number of calltakers and dispatchers for each shift to reduce mandatory overtime, retain staff and relieve stress on overworked employees. Lt. Ken Murphy acknowledges that the move will increase call hold times but says it’s necessary for health and safety.
  • CA: San Ramon Residents & Businesses Must Register Alarms By …
    8.29.22 – Patch – San Ramon, CA – San Ramon residents and businesses have until Thursday, Sept. 1 to register existing alarms, per a new city ordinance. The city …
  • PA: Local Business Cited for Failing to Control False Alarms
    8.31.22 – Explore Clarion – Police say Aldi grocery store, located along Route 68, in Monroe Township, Clarion County, was cited for failing to control false alarms. PSP …
  • Uber expands availability of 9-1-1 texting function
    8.30.22 – The Verge – Uber is now allowing users in 60% of its markets to text 9-1-1 via its app, up from the initial three markets in 2019. The company also has upgraded the app’s safety toolkit to let users contact an ADT safety agent, who may then call 9-1-1 if necessary.


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Fire & Life Safety News

  • RI: Failed fire alarm battery to blame for Pawtucket school delay
    8.31.22 – WPRI – The back-up battery didn’t work when tested by the city’s fire safety and building code compliance teams Tuesday, which caused the school to fail inspection less than 24 hours before the first day of class. The school committee said the battery has since been reprogrammed and will be retested Saturday morning.
  • TN: Carbon monoxide alarm reported on Scenic Mountain Way in …
    9.3.22 – News Channel 9 – Dunlap, Tenn. – The Dunlap Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide fire Thursday night. Crews were dispatched around 5:20 p.m. to Scenic Mountain Way for a carbon monoxide alarm. Firefighters arrived and found that a propane-fueled hot water heater in a camper was malfunctioning.

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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Seven state associations are part of NESA – Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association (LLSSA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Mississippi Security Association (MSA), Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA) and Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA).  For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

NESA Board of Directors

  • President – Chris Russell
  • Vice President & – Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Craig Bober
  • Secretary – Kathleen Schraufnagel
  • Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
  • Past President – Jordon Brown
  • Kansas Electronic Security Alliance Director – Vacant
  • Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Director – Dera DeRoche Jolet
  • Mississippi Security Association Director –  Jack Torrence
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Steven Brekel
  • Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – John Helweg
  • Associate Director – Brian Villari
  • False Alarm Reduction Association Director – Kerri McDonald
  • Executive Director – Brad Shipp
  • Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Alternate – Amy Fuselier
  • Mississippi Security Association Alternate – Shelley Pettit
  • Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate –  Jim Emerick
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Danna Fowble
  • Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate –  Kelly Ryan
  • False Alarm Reduction Association Alternate – Alicia Vela