Be Proud of the AAF and Security Industry

Dear Readers:

Even to this day, as the summer months arrive and the Fourth of July approaches, I become patriotic. It is a time to reflect on the accomplishments our countrymen have made.

In a true test of the American legislative system at work, AAF Executive Director, Bob Neely, recaps the Alarm Association of Florida’s successful trips to Tallahassee. Turn to page 7. The efforts of all the AAF representatives involved in this year’s legislative session are to be commended.

Protecting the citizens of your community can be looked at as a contribution to America.You should feel proud. AAF President, Bob Ireland, reminds members to promote the AAF to your fellow contractors and building and public safety officials. Ireland also announces that a group of some 35 Fire Alarm Contractors from the Fort Meyers-Naples Region have decided to join the AAF. Read about it on page 5.

Helping to uphold the reputation of your profession to a high standard is also part of the American spirit. “Keeping Unlicensed Contractors Out of Security,” takes a closer look at how The Department of Business and Professional Regulation handles unlicensed contractors operating in your industry.

The interview with Michael Green begins on page 10. Your certification as a Fire Alarm System Agent (FASA) or Burglar Alarm System Agent (BASA) says you are a trained expert. You have completed the necessary education.

The requirements also point to the character of your company. The licensing means any employee in your firm engaged in the contracting or installation of alarm systems need to be certified as either a Fire Alarm System Agent or Burglar Alarm System Agent. FASA and BASA certification requires the employee to meet the following criteria:

• Is at least 18 years of age.
• Completed a minimum of 14 hours of training by a boardapproved provider.
• Has not been convicted of a crime directly related to the business within the last three (3) years.
• Must obtain from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) a completed fingerprint and background check if applying as a burglar or fire alarm system agent every two (2) years.
• Has not been committed for substance abuse within the last three (3) years.

Your customers and business contacts may not be aware that as a FASA/BASA agent you must also complete six hours of board-approved continuing education every two years including false alarm reduction.

Security involves technology. Staying up to date with training is vital. It is also part of being American. You are making your business better all the time.

Susan A. Brady