Don McInnes

What is your background in the industry?

I originally was going into LE and was working on my AA Police Science degree in 1972 when I faced the possibility of being drafted. I came within a couple weeks of enlisting when the draft was ended so I left a non sworn part time LE position and did not sign up for my 4th semester and did not join our military. Needing employment I took a position as a 3rd shift armed alarm investigator/serviceman with a small locally owned UL listed alarm company in Milwaukee WI. I worked that job and liked it and never pursued that LE career. In 1975 that company was sold to Johnson Controls who ran a UL FM Central Station and was going to build an alarm division to compete against Honeywell Protection Services. I took a position as an installer with JC and spent until 1978 doing that until I was promoted to Service Supervisor for a 24/7 listed alarm company. I met my wife Carol in that job in 1977 and we married in 1979 so I have this industry to thank for that as we approach our 40th anniversary. In 1981 JC sold their Milwaukee Alarm operations to a local group of investors one being Roy Longworth and Bob Shirley who was one of the original NBFAA and CSAA founders and Presidents. I took the position of Installation Manager at Central Control Alarm Corp. under their leadership and did that job for 14 years.

During that time both Bob and Roy mentored and pushed me and for that I am forever grateful. I was certified as a Level 1 Certified Alarm Technician in 1987 and became an instructor in 1988. In addition to being part of NTS I have had the opportunity and privilege of teaching just about every NTS course and have had the opportunity to be involved in the different courses and training programs development and growth. I also attained my NICET Level 4 in fire alarms in 1995 and became and Adjunct instructor in 1994 with Fox Valley Technical College in WI where I have developed and still teach both Spring and Fall semesters thru long distance learning a 3 credit college course in Electronic Security Applications. That FVTC relationship lead me to become involved with teaching the Level 1 CAT to the US Secret Service Technical Security Division thru FVTC as part of a 10 day specialized physical security BATA class from 1996 - 2006. That training then led to many other specialized training classes with different federal and military organizations including a stint teaching at FLETC the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in GA where to this day the DHS FPS has their own instructors teaching the Level 1 CAT. I even taught a Level 1 course to USMC EOD at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan in 2012.

In the late 90's I moved into a project manager role then engineered sales position at Central Control when we were then purchased by Security link then ADT into the 2000's. In 2003 I took a position as a NAM with the Federal Systems Division of ADT then moved over to Stanley Security in 2007 in the same role. In 2016 I took my current role as National Training Instructor at Stanley Security which is the best job I ever had. In addition I have volunteered for many years on the NTS Education committee and now serve as Vice Chair. I am also a Past President of the WI Alarm Chapter of ESA when it was known as the WBFAA.

What would you consider to be your specific area of expertise?

Anything associated with Fire Alarms, Life safety, Electronic or Physical security. I have also been board certified by ASIS since 2003 as a PSP Physical Security Professional and have been on their Physical Security Council since 2010 and an ASIS member for over 27 years. I am also an Instructor for ASIS as part of their PSP virtual study program.

Why have you invested your time in being a NTS Instructor?

Best decision I ever made in my life since every opportunity I have now was because of the NTS. To have the opportunity to not only share industry knowledge and experiences is the least that one can do for an industry he loves. I think of all the talented and knowledgeable people I have met thru NTS such as fellow Instructors, the late Paul Baron and my coworker at Stanley, LJ Lynes who I consider some of the finest people and instructors I have ever had met in this industry. In fact all our NTS Instructors are dedicated and passionate about teaching and sharing their skills and industry knowledge. There are all truly class acts.

What does it mean to you to teach others your craft?

I am absolutely passionate about teaching and am honored to have the honor and privilege to be an NTS Instructor. I will continue to teach as long as the good Lord allows me to and my elevator continues to work and I can still hit all the floor buttons. Remember that: Knowledge Is Power