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A Top Rated Fire Equipment Company

What Makes a Top Rated Fire Equipment Company?

Some years ago I was told by a business consultant that the number one complaint he hears is “I can’t find good employees”.  When I told him that was not even a concern of mine, he didn’t believe me.  I have always realized just how blessed we are to have the great employees that we have.  I believe that customer satisfaction revolves around having the best service and the best products.  The fact that we Fire Equipment Services is consistently given 5 stars tells me that we are doing something right.

I believe that you can judge a top rated fire equipment company by two things.  Customer satisfaction is the first.  Employee satisfaction is the second.  Scoring high in both customer and employee satisfaction makes us a top rated fire equipment company.

Our High Customer Satisfaction Rating

Our high customer satisfaction rating is a known commodity.  We have the google ratings to prove it.  We also have a long list of customers that have been with us for a very, very long time. A signification portion of new business comes from word of mouth.  But what about our employees?

Two Employees Celebrate 20 years with Fire Equipment Services

Our service technicians are the company ambassadors.  They represent Fire Equipment Services with outstanding customer service and support.  They are empowered to represent the company and take care of customer needs.

20 year aniversery

Matthew Celebrates 20 years with Fire Equipment Services

Both Stacy and Matt have been with us for twenty years.  I think this is a great testament to our company.  It has always been our philosophy that well treated and well trained employees provide the best in customer service. At Fire Equipment Services we believe that employee retention is critical to our success.  Our employees are part of our family just like our customers.

20 year anniversary

Stacy Celebrates 20 years with Fire Equipment Services

 

 

 

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  We are experts in our field.  We believe that we have the best employees in the industry. To this end, we constantly on going training and certifications.  Many of our customers come to us from our competitors that simply can’t provide the expertise and precision that we deliver each and every day.  And remember, even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

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Federal Tax Incentives for Sprinkler Systems

Federal Tax Incentives Available

After a fourteen year effort, The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act was finally adopted by the US Congress. The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) played a large part in supporting this legislation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now includes Fire protection. This legislation insures tax incentives for fire suppression systems.

“This accomplishment for fire and life safety has been 14 years in the making. To say we are excited is an understatement,” explained Shane Ray, NFSA president. “Our NFSA team goal was to support Congressional leaders over the years who sponsored and co-sponsored the bi-partisan legislation that was first filed following the tragic Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island that claimed 100 lives in early 2003.”

Fire Sprinkler Head

A typical Fire Sprinkler Head

This legislation provides significant incentives for property owners to install fire sprinklers. These include:

  • Small businesses will now be able to fully expense installation of fire sprinklers under section 179 of the tax code up to a cap of $1 million per year. This will allow for the retrofit and upgrading of numerous businesses.
  • The interest expense on any money borrowed to pay for the sprinklers maybe fully tax deductible.  
  • Larger entities can fully expense capital expenditures over the next five years. Hopefully, this will allow high-risk occupancy buildings to improve their fire safety features.

Consult with your Tax Advisor

Like any Federal tax incentive program, the first step is to consult with your tax advisor.  Make sure everyone is clear on how the incentives work and if they are right for your business.  The next step is to seek out a qualified sprinkler company to help with the installation or retro fit of your fire sprinklers.

Fire Equipment Services Leads the Way

Fire Equipment Services designs, installs and services Fire Sprinkler Systems for both large and small businesses.  Our experts will work with you to determine the correct system for your business needs. We understand that no two businesses are alike and we design our sprinkler systems with that in mind.

Call us today at 772-461-6882 for a free quote and more information.

The Future of Communications

Communications – The Critical Link

Honeywell ipgsm-4g

When something goes wrong, you need to be able to get help as quickly as possible.  During a fire emergency being able to communicate with the proper authorities is crucial. One system in particular is getting a lot of attention.  This system is Honeywell’s IPGSM-4G Fire Alarm Communicator. It is a leading edge system for monitoring Fire Alarm Systems. Please see here for technical specifications.

Cutting Edge Fire Alarm Communication

The IPGSM-4G represents a leading edge communications solution for monitoring Fire Alarm Systems.  The IPGSM-4G employs a combination of Internet and/or GSM cellular communications. This renders the difficulties of traditional POTS phone a thing of the past. It is a fast, secure and effective alarm communications technology.  It allows for the connection to any Contact-ID fire panel and easily installs using Alarmnet. This is the system that Fire Marshals across the country have requested. It employs multi-path fire communications for faster and more reliable connectivity.  It also saves recurring job-site costs. Replacing costly dedicated phone lines means the IPGSM-4G  truly pays for itself!

Cost Effective Communications

The IPGSM-4G is a cost effective system. It will pay for itself by replacing costly dedicated phone lines (POTS).  The IPGSM-4G communicates in dual mode.  By default it uses cost-effective IP connectivity.  However, in the event of an internet failure, the IPGSM-4G switches to GSM cellular communications.  In addition it can be selected for GSM cellular only or IP only.

Your Source for the The IPGSM-4G and all Your Fire Alarm Needs

At Fire Equipment Services, we pride ourselves on being your go to source for all your Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression needs.  We can upgrade or service an existing system or we can install a new one. Please call us (772-461-6845) today for more information and a free quote.

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What Fire Extinguisher is Right for You

Different Fires Require Different Fire Extinguishers

A chart outlining the various types of fires and the extinguishers

The Various Types of Fire Extinguishers and how to operate them

Did you know that in 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. Fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. These numbers probably would be higher if not for the dedicated Fire Marshals around the country that enforce strict fire codes. At Fire Equipment Services, we not only support our Fire Marshals we help train them as well.

At Fire Equipment Services we believe that the first step to Fire safety is Fire Awareness.  This means making sure the general public has the right information about the tools available to them. According to The U.S. Fire Administration ” It’s important to help the public understand that with proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives and property. Many adults might not know how or when to use fire extinguishers.”

The first step in becoming aware of potential fire dangers and their prevention is understanding the various types of fires.   For more information regarding Fire Extinguishers please click here.

 

 

 

The Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are five primary types of fire extinguishers, each designed to put out different kinds of fires.

A Fire Extinguisher to use with ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper:                                                                                  

One Used to extinguish combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints:                                  

Extinguishers used to fight fires from electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in:       

A fire extinguisher used to combat a fire from flammable metals – usually only found in commercial applications:                 

Another commercial fire extinguisher for Vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances:                                         

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

When operating a fire extinguisher, tell residents and employees to remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Maintenance is the Critical to the Proper Operation of a Fire Extinguisher

Reaching for a non functioning Fire Extinguisher can be a fatal.  For this reason monthly inspections are mandatory.  Also an annual service by a reputable Fire Equipment Company is a requirement. There are other requirements as well – please contact us for more information.

Monthly Inspection

The monthly inspection should include a check of the following items:
1. Extinguisher is located in its designated place. Do not place it on the floor. Hang on a bracket/hanger or mounted in a cabinet.
2. The Fire Extinguisher is located in an easy-to-reach, readily visible location. Obstructions, such as equipment, should not block the extinguisher.
3. Operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and visible.
4. Tamper indicators and seals are in place and not broken.
5. Annual maintenance tag, with date punched and name of maintenance company and securely attached to the extinguisher. Maintenance date must not be over one year old.
6. The Extinguisher appears full when hefted.
7. Extinguisher shows no visible evidence of physical damage, corrosion, rust, leakage, or a clogged nozzle.
8. Pressure gauge is in the operable (green) range or position (if the fire extinguisher has a gauge.)
If all of the above are ok, initial and date the back side of the maintenance tag (for fire code requirements of written records of the monthly inspections).

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  Fire Equipment Services is passionate about providing the best in Fire Suppression Systems and other safety measures to protect your company. Our expertise is unmatched in the fire and safety industry. And our commitment to getting the job done right, combined with an honest approach to business insures the safety of your assets and personnel.  We believe that the highest level of service, our ongoing training and our relationships with the best manufacturers and distributors in the industry makes us the only choice when it comes to protecting your business.  And remember, even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

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The Mel and Lucy Folbrecht Fire Science Lab

The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College

Indian River State College

Indian River State College

The Treasure Coast Public Training Complex is located at Indian River State College (IRSC).  This 43 million training complex is the most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety training facility in the nation. The complex comprises eight buildings and is spread over fifty acres. This training complex has gained national and international attention for its proactive approach to disaster prevention, response, recovery and relief.  In addition, the Complex enables IRSC to combine numerous public safety disciplines on one campus. These disciplines include criminal justice, fire science, forensics, emergency management, humanitarian assistance, paralegal and human services. This approach allows for one place for a coordinated response to all types of emergencies.

The Mel and Lucy Folbrecht Fire Science Lab

Located within the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex is the Mel and Lucy Folbrecht Fire Science Lab.  Lucy and I built and paid for this lab to provide hands on training for Fire Protection Systems.  All the components in this lab are fully functional and operate together to simulate a real fire scenario.

The Mel and Lucy Folbrecht Fire Science Lab Located in The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex

 

The components which make up this lab include:

1) NFPA 96 Exhaust Hood

2) UL 300 Fire System

3) Fire Alarm System:

       a) Duct Detector

       b) Elevator Recall System

4) Fire Sprinkler System

       a) Metal Piping

       b) CPVC Piping

       c) Flexible Piping

       d) Tamper/Flow Devices

 

Where Florida Fire Inspectors and Building Officials Come to Learn

Mel and Lucy with the President of IRSC

The Mel and Lucy Folbrecht Fire Science Lab provides hands on training with a PowerPoint presentation for Fire Inspectors and Building Officials within the state of Florida. These officials are tasked with remaining current on the latest technology and theories regarding Fire Protection Systems.  The facility is designed to provide these officials with everything they need to remain at the top of their game.  The State of Florida recognizes the courses provided at the lab and allows for CEU hours for each participant. But not everyone can travel to our lab. That is why I will travel to just about anywhere in Florida to teach my courses.  This is just one way we give back to our community.

 

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  At Fire Equipment Services we are passionate about providing the best in Fire Suppression Systems and other safety measures to protect your company. Our expertise is unmatched in the fire and safety industry. And our commitment to getting the job done right, combined with an honest approach to business insures the safety of your assets and personnel.

We believe that the highest level of service, our ongoing training and our relationships with the best manufacturers and distributors in the industry makes us the only choice when it comes to protecting your business.  And remember, even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

Scuba Tanks waiting Hydro

Mini Season 2017

Florida’s Mini Season 2017 is July 25th and 26th

Scuba Tanks waiting for Hydrostatic Testing

Here at Fire Equipment Services we have a special relationship with Mini Season 2017.  Not everyone here will be out hunting for lobsters this mini season 2017.  Our contribution to mini season is not catching lobsters but making sure you can.  If you ever wondered who does all those scuba tank hydros – it us.  In addition we make sure your local firefighters have safe air tanks.  Most of the Dive Shops in the area send the end user’s scuba tanks here for us to Hydro.  All Hydrostatic testing in done in house at our Hydrostatic Chamber:

HydroStatic Testing

The DOT (that’s right – the Department of Transportation) requires testing of all tanks containing gas under pressure every five years.  This means that the Scuba Tank you own needs to be Hydroed every five years.  Hydrostatic Testing involves placing the scuba tank in water under a great deal of pressure.  The operator then measures how much the scuba tank expands.  Some scuba tanks do not pass.  These tanks are destroyed.  The scuba tanks that pass get a Hydro Date Stamp.  You can find your latest Hydro test date on the neck of your tank.  Hydrostatic testing ensures that scuba tanks are safe for filling.  Your local Dive Store will not fill a scuba tank that does not have a valid Hydro Date.

Have a Safe Mini Season

Just getting your scuba tanks hydro does not insure a safe min season.  But it is a start.  At Fire Equipment Services, we worry about the hydrostatic testing so you can worry about catching those bugs.  We may even provide the fire protection equipment on the boat you are taking out to the reefs.  We do a lot but your safety is always our first concern.  Have a safe and happy mini season!

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Kitchen Fire Systems

Who Regulates Kitchen Fire Systems Installation?

At Fire Equipment Services, we take great pride in our Kitchen Fire Systems.  We design and install Kitchen Fire Systems in accordance with very specific rules and regulations. These rules and regulations come from three sources.  These sources are NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Manufacturer’s Specifications via the manuals.

The Organizations and Their Standards for Kitchen Fire Systems

NFPA is The National Fire Protection Association. NFPA creates and maintains private, copyrighted standards and codes.  Local governments use these standards and codes to establish compliance guidelines.  UL is is the largest and best known independent, not-for-profit testing laboratory in the world.  The standards for the design and installation of Kitchen Fire Systems are:

  • NFPA 17A (Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems)
  • NFPA 96 (Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations)
  • UL300 (UL 300 is a fire testing standard administered by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) )

Maintaining a Kitchen Fire System

Local authorities operating under the NFPA adopt guidelines for maintaining a Kitchen Fire System.  Maintaining a Kitchen Fire System shall be done every 6 months according to NFPA regulations. Also, after performing the 6 month maintenance/service the contractor:

  • Shall document the service via a written service report
  • Shall attach a certification tag to the kitchen Fire System

The 6 month, (Semi-Annual) Service/Maintenance, is a process to qualify that the system will function as intended in the event of a Fire

This service includes the following functions:

  • Operation of the Mechanical Control Device, Manual Pull Station, Fusible Link Detection, Mechanical Gas Valve, and Bell or Fire Alarm System
  • Replacement of the dated fusible links
  • The clearing of the discharge piping and nozzles
  • The Movement or Replacement of cooking appliances has not taken place
  • Confirmation that the discharge nozzles align with their assigned cooking appliances

What Happens if Something Wrong is Discovered During the Semi Annual Service?

Discrepancies may require rescheduling to perform repairs. In this event, the contractor will forward the service report to the Local Fire Authority within 30 days from date of service.  The discrepancies include:

  • Movement or replacement of cooking appliances (we are often asked if Movement or Replacement of cooking appliances at anytime between schedule services requires a permit from the local Fire Authority.  Generally speaking the answer is YES.  To be certain please contact us or your local Fire Authority)
  • New cooking equipment
  • Failure of the exhaust or supply air fans
  • Non-operation of any mechanical part
  • Non-notification of the Fire Alarm system

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  We are experts in our field.  We provide on going training and certifications for our technicians.  Many of our customers come to us from our competitors that simply can’t provide the expertise and precision that we deliver each and every day.  And remember, even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

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Fire Suppression Systems Protect your Home and Business

U.S. fire departments responded to more than 365,500 home structure fires in 2015. These fires caused:

  • more than 2,500 civilian deaths
  • more than 11,000 civilian injuries
  • $7 billion in direct damage

Roughly 80 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2015 resulted from home structure fires.

If you were to look around your house today, would you be able to find an up-to-date fire extinguisher?  The odds are probably not in your favor.  And you are actually safer from fire in a hotel.  Why?  By law a hotel must have a Fire Suppression System.

Autonomous Fire Suppression Systems Versus Hand Held Extinguishers

A hand held extinguisher is a portable device.  They can be found under sinks, in boats, in garages and in cars. During a fire emergency someone must operate the extinguisher and hopefully control the fire.  On the other hand, Fire Suppression Systems operate autonomously.  In other words, the fire suppression system will come on by itself, put out the fire and then turn itself off. Most Building Codes require commercial operations and multi-person dwellings to have both suppression systems and extinguishers.   Click here to learn more.

Types of Suppression Systems

  • Fire sprinkler systems
    • Wet or ones that use water
    • Dry systems are used in freezing conditions, for the protection of valuable collections and other water sensitive areas
  • Gaseous fire suppression
    • inert gases and chemical agents are used to extinguish a fire.
    • Also called Clean Agent Fire Suppression
  • Wet and dry chemical agents

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  We are experts in our field.  We provide on going training and certifications for our technicians.  Many of our customers come to us from our competitors that simply can’t provide the expertise and precision that we deliver each and every day.  Even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

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Hood Systems Protect your Restaurant

For the safe and efficient operation of your restaurant a hood system is incredibly important. In fact, they are mandatory for most food-service applications. Oily residue would coat any foodservice operation without a fully functioning hood system.  This includes bistros, hotels, hospitals and concession stands.  A well-designed and maintained system will help to manage grease, odors and cooking fumes.

Our Custom Designed Hood Systems

We offer custom-built hood systems to meet or exceed your local fire and building code requirements for exhaust, fire suppression and makeup air.  We always install our systems for compliance with local ordinances.

Maintaining your Restaurant Hood System

Many restaurateurs take hood systems for granted – that is until they stop working properly!  Maintaining your Restaurant Hood System by our professional service technicians is your best bet.  A properly maintained Hood System will help avoid costly and sudden repairs.  And these repairs may interfere with operations and profitability.  You keep the outside of your Hood System clean, but that is not enough.  There are many out-of-sight areas that must be maintained, inspected and serviced.

Benefits of a well-maintained Hood System

  • Fire Prevention and less inside heat
  • Extend the life of the equipment
  • Optimal and Improved Air Flow and Reduction in Risk of Carbon Monoxide
  • Energy Savings
  • Reduced Mold and Bacterial Growth
  • Compliance with local ordinances (avoid fines)

Education and Training for Hood Systems

Kitchen and custodial staff should do the daily Hood System maintenance. Daily maintenance includes soaking filters, cleaning vents, emptying grease traps and scrubbing away grease. Staff should know how to shut the system down before doing any cleaning.  At Fire Equipment Services, our staff will train your staff to handle these functions. We take the time to explain why it is being done and answer all of your maintenance questions.

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  Even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

Misting Fire Suppression Systems

We constantly train on the latest techniques and equipment to help prevent and suppress fires. Our Training and certification is paramount to maintaining the ongoing operation of your business.  When fire strikes it can put a business out of operation for days, weeks or even months.  There is an old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  No one takes that more seriously than we do.  Our technicians are trained to make sure your suppression systems will handle a fire before it becomes an emergency.

Case Study: Fog or Misting Fire Suppression Systems

A water mist system is a fire protection system which uses very fine water sprays (i.e. water mist). The small water droplets allow the water mist to control, suppress or extinguish fires by:

  • cooling both the flame and surrounding gases by evaporation
  • displacing oxygen by evaporation
  • attenuating radiant heat by the small droplets themselves

The effectiveness of a water mist system in fire suppression depends on many things. One is its spray characteristics.  This can include the droplet size distribution, flux density and spray dynamics.  Another is the fire itself.  This includes the shielding of the fuel, fire size and ventilation conditions.

The use of water mist fire suppression has many benefits when compared to the use of gaseous agents and traditional sprinkler systems. Some of which are:

  • Immediate activation
  • High efficiency in the suppression of a wide variety of fires
  • Minimized water damage
  • Environmentally sound characteristics
  • No toxic problems

To learn more about our  partner, FogMaker- please chick here

Training On Misting Fire Suppression Systems

At Fire Equipment Services, we understand how a Misting Fire Suppression System works.  In addition, we train our technicians on maintaining these systems for maximum efficiency.

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  Even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

 

 

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