I got an alert through Linkedin this morning through my NBFAA group membership from co-member Jason Smith, NBFAA communications specialist. It looks like the NBFAA has extended the deadline for entry in their First Line of Defense Awards competition. The old deadline was March 14, 2009. Interested entrants now have till April 10 to get their story considered. I wrote about the call for entries from the NBFAA back in our February issue. The original brief is below.
IRVING, Texasâ€”The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association wants to know if your company's electronic security system helped save a life, avert property damage, or prevent a crime. The NBFAA is soliciting entries for its 2009 First Line of Defense Award, which recognizes a security companyâ€™s actions in a specific incident in which the right response saved a life, prevented property damage or loss, or otherwise prevented a crime. If your story is selected, you and your customer will win a free trip to the awards ceremony. Plus, your story will be featured in NBFAA publications and your company will receive a local and national publicity campaign. â€œThe First Line of Defense awards a company that represents what our security industry is all aboutâ€”protecting people and property,â€ said Brinkâ€™s Home Security spokesman Dave Simon, who is NBFAA public relations committee chairman, in an email interview. â€œThe winner each year is selected based on a number of factors, often for having saved the life of a homeowner.â€ Interested security companies can write their story and send it to the NBFAA for a chance to win the 2009 award to be given at the 2009 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Baltimore, Md. Applicants must be current NBFAA members in good standing, or apply for membership at the time of the award submission to qualify for the award. The incident must have occurred between October 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008. All entries must be postmarked by March 14, 2009. â€œIn a typical year, we tend to get five to ten entries,â€ Simon said. â€œWe'd love to see that number increase.â€ A copy of the complete rules, judging criteria, and additional required forms can be downloaded at the NBFAAâ€™s website www.alarm.org. Questions on the contest rules can be directed to Laurie Knox at (888) 447-1689 or by e-mail at email@example.com.