A very Merry Christmas from Integrated Fire Protection. It is hard to believe that another year is quickly coming to a close. As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we also reflect and are grateful for the many blessings and relationships cultivated throughout the year.

This holiday season, Integrated Fire Protection wishes you and family the gifts of comfort, joy, peace and safety.

Traditionally, most homes and businesses display a Christmas tree, decorated with lights and ornaments from years past. When it comes to picking out your tree and maintaining it throughout the Christmas season, we would like to share some Christmas Tree Safety tips. (See image below)

Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association recommends turning off the tree lights when you leave your house or business, as well as before you go to bed each night.  They also caution to never use candles to decorate the tree. It is reminders like these that can help to ensure your safety and protection throughout the Holidays.

Our team is devoted to providing the highest quality, most accurate and up to date fire and life safety systems. Integrated Fire Protection is always available to answer any of your fire & life safety questions or concerns you may have.

From our team here Integrated Fire Protection, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas as well as a happy and prosperous New Year.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Integrated Fire Protection

Our family here at Integrated Fire Protection is wishing you and yours a memorable and warm Thanksgiving.

Our family here at Integrated Fire Protection is wishing you and yours a memorable and warm Thanksgiving.  From turkeys to a game of backyard football, we hope your holiday is chockfull of memories for years to come.  We’re celebrating our Thanksgiving with loved ones and a few family traditions, such as sneaking a slice of pumpkin pie before enjoying the turkey and gravy.

Whatever your tradition may be, at some point it probably involves gathering in the kitchen around whatever is cooking.  With many helping hands about the stove and oven, it is entirely possible for a burner or appliance to be forgotten or left unattended.  We at Integrated Fire Protection want to provide a few friendly reminders on how to keep your kitchen safe and protect your friends and family from injury this holiday season.

In the matter of minutes, a burnt turkey could turn into the least of your worries.  A perfect example of this is an apartment complex located in Marietta, GA, which has experienced a building fire four times in the last five years (according to CBS 46).  The most recent disaster burned 16 condominium apartments.  Luckily, no one has ever been seriously injured.  However, families have been displaced and lost irreplaceable valuables such as wedding videos and pictures.

Integrated Fire Protection, The Life Safety Professionals, wants to stress the importance of taking time to ensure your family is protected this holiday season.  “Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires during the Thanksgiving Holiday and throughout the year,” according to the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Last year we released tips on how to fry a turkey safely.  Below we are pleased to bring you our Best Kitchen Safety Practices to ensure a truly happy and safe Thanksgiving this year:

• Replace the batteries to your fire alarms and check that they are functioning normally.
• Locate the fire extinguisher in the kitchen and be sure it’s up to date.  Review the directions and feel confident about using it in case of an emergency.
• Be sure the oven and stove are thoroughly cleaned after use.  Oven fires can start and burn without detection for minutes before being noticed.
• Remember to use a timer to ensure that you don’t leave anything in the oven for too long.
• Remove any flammables around the stove top.

We encourage you to implement the tips above this Thanksgiving and year round.  Please be sure to call or email us with any questions, concerns or any fire protection or safety products you may be in need of.

Integrated Fire Protection is grateful for so much this holiday season, especially for all of our clients and employees.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Winterization Notice

Integrated Fire Protection encourages you to begin preparing for the winter maintenance needed on fire sprinkler systems.

Fall Greetings!

With fall now into its full pageantry of colors, Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away and football season into a fevered pitch, it can only indicate that sustained freezing temperatures are probably not too far away. Last year was an unprecedented year for the South with the brutal winter we all sustained. While we hope it isn’t another historic winter here in the deep South, I’m sure Old Man Winter has a few surprises for us. With that, like my grandfather use to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), all commercial fire sprinkler systems should be inspected and winterized annually.

Having your fire sprinkler system winterized is vital to preventing accidental water damage that may occur when water freezes and damages pipes, resulting in unexpected and costly leaks. For more information on the requirements to keep fire sprinkler systems from freezing, refer to the codes found in NFPA 13 and NFPA 25.

Integrated Fire Protection stands ready to provide winterization maintenance, in addition to annual/quarterly inspections, to serve you in preparing for winter and all it has to throw our way.

Preparation for winter weather should begin now! Please call Integrated Fire Protection today and allow us to dispatch a certified Integrated Fire Protection inspector or technician to help you battle the elements. Reach us today at (770) 458-8828 to check availability and find out more on how Integrated Fire Protection can assist with your winterization needs.

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Farenhyt’s 2014 Annual Distributor Conference in Dallas, TX

Integrated Fire Protection attended the Farenhyt Focus 2014 conference in Dallas, TX

In September, key management executives from Integrated Fire Protection attended The Silent Knight by Honeywell Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.  This year’s focus was on Silent Knight’s Farenhyt Line. The Farnehyt line provides advanced fire protection by offering an assortment of fire alarm and emergency  communication systems to meet the needs of large or small facilities. Farenhyt aims to offer systems that are all-in-one with combined fire alarm and emergency communication systems, easy to use, and cost effective. For more information on Farenhyt, visit or contact Integrated Fire Protection.

Events throughout the four day conference included a presentation from keynote speaker, Ryan Estis, a variety of workshops and a vendor exhibition.

The Farenhyt 2014 conference had numerous workshops, which focused on three areas: Product, Business and Industry.  Integrated Fire Protection was present for workshops that covered many topics, highlights of key workshops are listed below:

• Fire Alarm Requirements of the Model Building Codes and how they work with NFPA 72
• System Sensor New Technologies and Solutions
• New Design Requirements & New Technology
• Networking with your fellow Farenhyt Distributors
•  IFP-Net-3 Graphic Monitoring Workstation
•  Emergency Communication Applications
• New Technology and its Impact on Fire Alarm System Cabling
• Emergency Communication Applications

Integrated Fire Protection is proud to partner with Silent Knight by Honeywell as an official distributor of Farenhyt products.

At the conference, Integrated Fire Protection executives had the opportunity to network with vendors such as ADI, Honeywell, System Sensor, and Space Age Electronics. The conference was first class and provided an excellent source of training, networking with other dealers from around the nation, VIP treatment, and some local touches for fun, including a real Texas Long Horn, as well as, a hilarious armadillo race!

Integrated Fire Protection is proud to partner with Silent Knight by Honeywell as an official distributor of Farenhyt. For more information on how Integrated Fire Protection can be of service in relation to all of your fire alarm, mass notification and technology needs please call us today at 770-458-8828.

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Unveiling our refreshed design and fleet for Integrated Fire Protection

After 13 years of service, IFP is in the process of revamping our entire fleet to go into the next decade with a renewed commitment of providing our clients with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism and feel our new design underscores that commitment.

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Integrated Fire Protection Attends “The Fire Within – Igniting Passion for Ritz-Carlton Performance Excellence”

To educate and encourage Integrated Fire Protection employees to perform our broad range of services with excellence, members of the IFP management team attended a presentation by The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, “The Fire Within – Igniting Passion for Ritz-Carlton Performance Excellence” on October 1st.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle summarized the focus of the conference as, “Leaders who want to involve their employees in the planning of the work that affects them and inspire them to performance excellence will benefit from this experience.  Leaders will see how to motivate their employees to volunteer their best at work every day. This program focuses on how to tap into your emotional intelligence, thereby inspiring pride and passion in your employees.”

Topics covered during the presentation included:
• Clearly defining functions to set the foundation for Ritz-Carlton performance
• Aligning purposes to create passionate individuals
• How passion at work can be related to business results

Integrated Fire Protection is proud to share many of the same qualities as The Ritz-Carlton in that IFP strives daily to serve our clients with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism.

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FEMA: Balanced fire protection plan includes standpipes

During any fire, each moment counts towards saving lives and property.

Integrated Fire Protection is proud to offer an array of services and equipment to provide the highest safety measures, including standpipe rack hoses, a system recently highlighted by the Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Association as a recommendation for large buildings.

Fire Equipment Manufacturer's Association

A standpipe hose system is a combination of a fire hose rack, fire hose, nozzle and valve to provide fast response in fire emergencies.

The system is meant to protect people and property against initial developing fires and is critical to a balanced fire protection plan, allowing a fast response to a fire before it has time to spread.

The systems are a first line of defense because of their unique safety features, especially in an area where fire department response times are longer than five minutes.

Standpipe rack hose systems can be operated by one person and allow users to manually apply water to a fire before automatic sprinklers activate or in the event of an automatic system failure.

They can also reduce water damage in a building as water can be aimed directly at the base of the fire and shut off immediately after extinguishment, rather than waiting for a sprinkler system to go off, which sprays water indiscriminately.

Standpipe hose systems can be used to allow time for evacuation, protect a means of egress, or defend occupants who cannot evacuate the building.

It is important to note, however, that standpipe rack hoses do not take the place of automatic extinguishing systems, which are important in large buildings, and should not be activated until everyone is out of harm’s way.

The fire department should be contacted in any fire event.

Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (FEMA Life Safety) recommends standpipe hose systems for office buildings, dormitories, schools, airports, apartment complexes, hotels, elder care facilities, correctional facilities, hospitals, industrial plants, retail malls and anywhere else fire department response time exceeds five minutes.

Fire hose stations should be inspected or checked every 90 days for quality assurance to maintain its effectiveness as a fire-fighting tool.

FEMA Life Safety’s standpipe hose highlight video explains quick suppression of fires, the one-person operation of standpipe hose racks, pathway clearing for occupant rescue and occupant protection during rescue.

Check out NFPA 25-2000 ed. Tables 6.1 and 6.22 for more details about standpipe rack hose systems.

Watch the FEMA Life Safety video here.

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Integrated Fire Protection joins “In It To End It” Movement

Passion Church members IFP President John Bennett (right) and Scheduling Supervisor Taylor Carlock (left) represent the company's part of the End It movement.

With an estimated 27 million men, women and children trapped in slavery around the world, Integrated Fire Protection is joining the End It movement to fight for freedom.

The In It To End It message is one that encourages everyone to stand together to shine a light on the very real issue of modern day slavery.

By drawing an X on your hand on Thursday, Feb. 27th, you’re raising awareness and promoting discussions about slavery. The long-term impact comes from every single person being a part of the movement.

The Huffington Post reported:

  • The practice of slavery is “on the books” illegal in every country in the world, but is prevalent in an estimated 161 countries, including the United States.
  • Between 14,000 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually.
  • According to CNN’s Freedom Project, in 1850, the cost of a slave (in today’s dollars) was $40,000. Today, the average price of a slave is $90.
  • Slavery is an estimated $32 billion per year industry.

In It To End It

“When most Americans hear the term ‘slavery,’ they think of a practice that ended with the Civil War,” said coalition partner Gary Haugen, President and CEO of the human rights agency “International Justice Mission (IJM).” Sadly, that is not the case. The END IT Movement is shining a light on the darkness of human trafficking and awakening our nation and the world to the reality that slavery lives on today.”

Integrated Fire Protection’s President, John Bennett, recently attended the Passion conference where the End It message was highlighted and John was inspired to bring Integrated Fire Protection on board.

NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne's car

As the “Official Fire Protection Provider” to Atlanta Motor Speedway and following NASCAR, all of us at Integrated Fire Protection are proud of Trevor Bayne in his bold stand at The Daytona 500 for shining a light (see picture) and we encourage you to stand with us and the millions of others who believe that we can all be In It To End It.

Become part of the movement by visiting

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Sprinkler Division leads Integrated into 2014

Happy New Year and welcome to 2014!

It may not necessarily be a “warm-welcome” from Mother Nature – but, despite the cold temperatures, we are on our way to a great year ahead and certainly extend our best wishes to you!

Integrated Fire Protection is excited for another year to serve our clients while striving to provide  a superior customer service experience.

As we jump into 2014, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every client who allowed us to serve you in 2013 – we are extremely grateful as our forward progress simply would not be possible without you.

Last year was a busy year for Integrated Fire Protection as we went through many internal changes, including hiring of new key employees, training, introducing new product lines and much more.  All of our efforts were directly centered around providing the highest degree of excellence and professionalism to you – our valued clients.

Our team is united, and committed as we advance into this New Year with confidence that 2014 will be a year of even stronger partnerships and a service experience that is unparalleled.

In this blog we want to highlight our Sprinkler Division to allow you a glimpse of Integrated Fire Protection’s knowledge base. Here’s an introduction to a one of the members of our core leadership team: Ray Vance.

Ray Vance serves as Integrated Fire Protection’s Sprinkler Division Operations Manager.

Ray has 28 years in the fire protection industry and is NICET-IV certified in Water-based Fire Protection Systems. He is the current chair of the State of Georgia 4-year fire sprinkler apprenticeship program and also serves as a senior instructor.

Ray previously was a senior instructor for the Florida Automatic Sprinkler Training (F.A.S.T.) Association, having taught it 15 years and one of two instructors for the college-credit certificate course in Fire Sprinkler Systems Technologies at Seminole State College.

He’s actively involved in the fire protection industry on the national as well as local levels and has been chosen to develop and/or instruct numerous training seminars for BOMA, FFMIA, Public School Organizations, ABC Contractors, NFSA, AFSA.

Ray presently serves as the President of the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association.

We are proud to have Ray heading our incredibly important sprinkler side of the business as his experience is invaluable to us and to our clients alike.

Whatever sprinkler needs you may have this year, please know Ray and our entire Integrated Fire Protection team stand ready to serve you.

We look forward to working with you again this year and for many more to come.

Happy New Year!

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Merry Safety Christmas from Integrated Fire Protection

With decorations up and holiday music streaming throughout, Christmas cheer is definitely sweeping through the Integrated Fire Protection office.

We hope you and yours are, too, getting into the spirit of the season by trimming your trees and putting up the lights and spreading glad tidings.

And though the Atlanta area isn’t known for white Christmases, winter does bring a chill that warrants toasty fireplace fires.

While the holidays are full of joy, there are many elements involved that can be incredibly dangerous and in this blog we want to highlight the following:

It is important when using candles, strings of lights, heaters and other items as you celebrate the season to use them all with guidelines set by U.S. Fire Administration, FEMA and the National Fire Protection Association. (See photo)

Holiday safety tips

Integrated Fire Protection is a source you can depend on for credible and helpful information in this season and throughout the year.

While Integrated Fire Protection primarily serves our clients in keeping them compliant in all of their fire and life safety system inspections, testing and maintenance, we also sell a large variety of fire and life safety products, such as portable fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher cabinets, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire hose, safety signs, first aid kits, as well as a large offering of emergency response products.

We look forward to serving you so we can be of assistance in making certain you’ve got Christmas safety all wrapped up.

From the team at Integrated Fire Protection, we wish you and your family a safe and very Merry Christmas.

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