Day on Capitol Hill Provides Numerous Networking Opportunities for ESA

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National Association of State Fire Marshals joined as guests at annual legislative event.

"Having the state fire marshals in attendance gave our members a chance to get to know some of the most important officials from that industry," said ESA President John Knox.

Members of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 28 and 29 to participate in the association’s annual Day on Capitol Hill. More than 50 association delegates visited 110 Congressional offices, meeting with legislators or high-ranking staff members from their home districts to emphasize the industry’s concerns about legislative issues.

ESA focused on four major areas of legislation:

  • Increasing the amount of appropriations for school security technology in the 2015 budget.
  • Allowing electronic security companies to gain access to the FBI criminal database for the purpose of background checks for potential employees.
  • Measures that would promote the use of video surveillance in nursing homes as a safeguard against potential abuse of the elderly.
  • A “balanced approach” for smoke alarms and fire detection systems, in which they would be given the same consideration as fire suppression systems such as sprinklers in legislation regarding tax incentives and government grants.

On the final night, several National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) board members and staffers attended ESA’s Diamond Reception and Dinner. The dinner was sponsored by Interlogix, ESA’s exclusive Diamond Executive Strategic Partner.

ESA President John Knox said he welcomes the opportunity to build ESA’s relationship with the state fire marshals.

“Having the state fire marshals in attendance gave our members a chance to get to know some of the most important officials from that industry,” Knox said. “It’s important to have effective communication about the issues that affect not only our associations, but public safety as well.”


Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at

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