- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vienna, VA, March 25, 2015—The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) International is pleased to announce that Fire Monitoring of Canada, Inc. – St. Catharines, ON has renewed the prestigious “CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification.”
This Certification testifies that 100% of their central station operators have achieved proficiency and certification by passing the CSAA Central Station On-Line Operator Training Course. These courses cover virtually all phases of central station communications with customers, law enforcement, fire and emergency services communications centers. This critical area of communications is the life-saving link between the residential or business properties and the law enforcement, fire and emergency services in local areas.
In order to achieve the “Five Diamond Certification,” each and every operator must have not only passed the course, but demonstrated:
Proficiency in alarm verification, which helps reduce false alarms;
Proficiency in communications with the Public Service Answering Points, such as the Emergency 911 centers;
Knowledge of electronic communications equipment, including radio;
An understanding of the codes and standards of such organizations as Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual, the National Fire Protection Association and others; and
Proficiency in the area of emergency preparedness under a wide scenario of possibilities.
In addition, these Five Diamond companies have demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of responsibility to their local community and their customers through the investment of time, money and commitment to 100% quality operator training.
Of the central stations nationwide in Canada, which communicate and interact with the law enforcement, fire and emergency services agencies, fewer than twenty central stations have the “Five Diamond Certified” status.
The Central Station Alarm Association International (CSAA) is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies that are listed by a CSAA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as FM Global, Intertek/ETL or UL. CSAA is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry. Since its incorporation in 1950, CSAA has served its members’ interests through education, online training, meetings and conventions, certification, insurance, and industry standards.