IMSA is dedicated to providing quality certification programs for the safe installation, operation and maintenance of public safety systems; delivering value for members by providing the latest information and education in the industry.
The IMSA objectives are to improve the efficiency, installation, construction, and maintenance of Public Safety equipment and systems by increasing the knowledge of its members on traffic controls, fire alarms, radio communications, roadway lighting, work zone traffic control, emergency medical services and other related systems.
Through its International Committees, the IMSA successfully represents its members by undertaking and completing many important Public Safety projects. For example: working in an advisory capacity granted by the Federal Communications Commission IMSA provides coordination of public safety radio frequencies for the fire, emergency medical service and public safety pool including 800 MHz.
IMSA maintains and appoints chairmen to the following International Committees:
- Traffic Signal
- Signs and Markings
- Roadway Lighting
- Work Zone
- Radio Communications
- Public Safety
- Fire Alarm
- Cable Specifications
The IMSA Journal is published by the International Municipal Signal Association. It is written and edited to inform members of new products, new tools, technological advances, new applications and new ideas in the Public Safety field. It also furnishes current Section News, activities, and information on the local, regional, national, and international levels. The magazine is published bi-monthly.
IMSA offers educational and certification programs in Traffic Signals, Signs and Markings, Work Zone Traffic Control, Municipal and Interior Fire Alarm systems, Public Safety Dispatcher and Flagging. To assist the governmental agencies in lowering the likelihood of unnecessary legal actions and to increase the quality of public safety personnel, it is the deep conviction of IMSA that a certification program is warranted in each area of public safety operations.
The IMSA Certification Programs are primarily concerned with the evaluation of expertise. However, IMSA realizes that not all agencies have access to standardized training materials and therefore make available Certification Review Programs for its level examinations. These Review Programs are not intended to teach an individual all that he/she needs to know in order to pass a particular examination. They are intended to present the fundamentals of particular areas and overview of subjects that participants should already be familiar with based on national standards and regulations.