Welcome to SILSA
SILSA is the association representing the Life Safety & Integration Industry of the Pacific Northwest.
WAESA is now SILSA NW
Security, Integration, & Life Safety Association of the Northwest
We have evolved from WBFAA to WAESA and now SILSA
In 1985, the Washington Burglar and Fire Alarm Association was incorporated as a non-profit association in the State of Washington. We were a state charter chapter of NBFAA, the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. The purpose of the association (as it remains today) was to deliver the resources to promote Professionalism, Ethics, and Technical Expertise within the Electronic, Life Safety, and Security Industry.
Around 2010, NBFAA changed their name to the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and asked the state chapters to modify their name to evolve into the new name. We became WAESA, the Electronic Security Association of Washington.
In 2019, ESA decided that they no longer wanted to have state chapters and ended their relationship with each state chapter. At that time, they had filed a copyright on the name Electronic Security Association. With that copyright, we were required to change our name.
In May 2021, the WAESA Board of Directors voted to change our name. The Board entertained several different names and re-branded WAESA to SILSA NW – Security, Integration & Life Safety Association of the Northwest. We wanted our name to encompass the different facets of our industry and also a larger geographical foot print as we have members not only in Washington but in other states in the Northwest
What benefits does SILSA NW offer? Along with the SILSA NW Benefits (which include discounts on event registration, information on legislative issues, and access to The Northwest’s premier educational events) the SILSA Board of Directors voted to maintain a relationship with ESA. This will enable SILSA NW the ability to offer our members a discount on all NTS classes, including CFAT, the state approved equivalent to the NICET II certification, and to offer a 10% discount on the SARRG Insurance Program. .
SILSA NW will continue to advocate for our industry. We will continue to promote strong relationships with the fire and police departments. We will continue to provide events that cover the most current issues in our industry.
Please bear with us as we update our website and contact information.
The Board of Directors invites you to support SILSA NW through membership and attendance at our events. We have listed our upcoming events below. Details will follow soon.
- 8/10/21 SILSA Annual Golf Tournament – SOLD OUT!! Thank you! – Sponsorships Still Available
- 9/28/21 Fall Fire Update
- 10/26/21 Annual Fall Security and Integration Event
- Jan 2022 Monthly Meeting
- Feb 2022 Legislative Update
- Mar 2022 Fire Symposium
- May 2022 Annual Meeting
WAESA is pleased to offer the NTS CFAT Level II and Level III Certification that are approved as the alternative to the NICET requirement in Washington State Effective July 1, 2019. CLICK Here for More Information >>
Become a SILSA Member
Dues help support the day to day operation of the Association. This allows us to provide educational events, legislative, industry, and ordinance information and our youth scholarship program for the children of Police and Fire personnel.
Your membership gives you access to our members only page on our website which has information on governmental affairs both at the state and national level, new ordinance information, and important industry announcements.
Regular SILSA Membership is defined as follows – (Voting) shall be open to any company, partnership, firm or corporation primarily and currently in the business of design, installation, maintenance or monitoring of burglar alarms, fire alarms, cameras, access control, structured cabling, AV, integration, door locks and any other low voltage systems and in the possession of appropriate and current licenses and/or certificates as required by law.
Associate SILSA Membership is defined as follow – (Voting) shall be an individual, partnership, school, firm or corporation who is engaged in supplying services or products to the industry or who is acceptable to the association but is not otherwise qualified for regular membership. This membership will enjoy the same privileges and voting rights as a regular membership.
Who We Are
- We are composed of 40+ members
- We are THE #1 SOURCE of information for consumers
- We facilitate the exchange of valuable industry information amongst our Membership
- We promote & support legislation that directly benefits the public
- We provide training and trade shows to keep abreast of the latest in technology
- We promote professionalism in the fire and security industry
Our Mission Statement
- To deliver the resources needed to promote professionalism, ethics, and technical expertise within the electronic life safety and security industry.
- Inspire Our Members to Be Industry Leaders
Thanks for your Support
We would like to thank our Members and our Associate Members and Gem Partners who have supported SILSA in 2020 and we invite you to renew your membership for 2020. We are looking forward to a great year and encourage you to review the member benefits.
You’re Invited To Join SILSA
For those of you who are new to SILSA, we invite you to partner with us as well! There are many levels to choose from, including Gem Partners, who are featured on all marketing materials. Please download the SILSA Membership Application (pdf) and/or the SILSA Associate Member Application & GEM Partnership (pdf) or all online HERE.
Thank you all again for your past support, and we look forward to working with you in the new year!