June 24, 2009, Baltimore, Md. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and the Central Station Alarm Association outlined their many accomplishments at a "Meet the Presidents" briefing held in conjunction with the ESX Show. The briefing was hosted by NBFAA President Mike Miller and CSAA President Bud Wulforst. Also present were CSAA Executive Vice President Steve Doyle and NBFAA Executive Director Merlin Guilbeau.
The NBFAA's many accomplishments include:
- Successfully injecting security and life safety language into HR 2187, the Green School Act
- Recent studies by the organization which cite that more than 90 percent of its members are engaged in access control and video surveillance – dispelling the notion that NBFAA members are solely focused on burglar alarm systems
- A highly successful Day on Capitol Hill, now an annual event garnering support for the industry's various legislative concerns
- Recognition of the National Training School by state licensing agencies
- A federally recognized apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor in October 2006, as well as the launch of an official apprenticeship committee
- The creation of the new Young Security Professionals, a networking and best practices group, with some 140 signed up for the program designed for ages 25 to 45.
Some of CSAA's highlighted accomplishments include:
- A growing membership base, especially in the proprietary central station category, which now comprises 22 percent of membership
- A move to the international ground in monitoring services,
- Creation of standards to benefit the monitoring industry
- A new award category anticipated for the central station which will include those companies who have done the most innovative and creative methods in marketing the Five Diamond Certified program.