Call to Action – NFPA 72 2019

The Monitoring Association (TMA) (formerly the Central Station Alarm Association) has published a Call to Action on a threat to central station service that affects alarm companies across the entire country. 

Alarm contractors and agencies in the State of Illinois are already familiar with the practice:  AHJs that designate a single remote station, often operated by the AHJ itself, eliminate private competition and the public is left with a government entity as the sole provider of fire alarm monitoring.

Language authorizing this practice was incorporated into the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.  Efforts to oppose the addition of this language at NFPA’s 2015 Technical Committee meeting in Chicago failed by a vote of 142-80, clearly illustrating why active participation by all alarm contractors and agencies is needed.

A member of TMA submitted the following Public Inputs and Comment which propose changes to Sections and in the 2019 Edition of NFPA 72:

  • Public Inputs No. 641- and 653-NFPA 72-2016 are excerpted from the Agenda of the Supervising Station Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (SIG-SSS) Technical Committee’s First Draft Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT (July 2016).

These documents, in addition to other technical committee agendas, minutes and ballots for the 2019 Edition, are available on  NFPA’s website.  Additional information can be found in SDM’s article TMA Calls for Member Participation in Industry Processes and at TMA’s blog.

Although this latest proposal was rejected by the reviewing committee, there is still an opportunity to remove this overly restrictive language from the 2019 edition.  TMA plans to contest at the Technical Committee’s meeting in Las Vegas in June 2018.  To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of NFPA by December 1, 2017.

In order to better coordinate IESA efforts, please provide the names and e-mail addresses of NFPA members in your company that plan to attend the meeting next June in Las Vegas.  Submit via e-mail to