SentryNet hosts interstate ESA meeting

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—SentryNet recently hosted a joint meeting between the Tennessee Electronic Security Association and the Mississippi Alarm Association, according to a news release.

Organized by TNESA western region VP Patrick Hurley, the meeting was designed to provide alarm companies in both Tennessee and Mississippi with information regarding recent changes to the Mississippi Electronic Protection Act brought on by recent amendments that became effective July 1.

Guest speaker Brandon White, a senior attorney with the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office, fielded questions from the group, while outlining some of the key changes to the law, which include:

•    Any company installing security systems in the state of Mississippi will have to be licensed
•    CCTV installation companies will have to be licensed
•    Companies installing access control systems must be licensed
•    Class H classification for “helpers”
•    Enhanced verification will be implemented by central stations

Other important stipulations to the bill—SB 2697—include various applicant classifications, fingerprinting, educational requirements and background checks, according to the release.

“I thought Brandon White from the State Fire Marshal’s Office did an exceptional job answering all of the questions,” Ed Trim, president of the Mississippi Alarm Association, said in a prepared statement. “I know change is a tough thing for some people, but they have to be able to adapt and rewrite their business game plan when change comes up.”