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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IFP and IDenticard: Partnering to provide the best products and services

In a time where advanced security measures are vitally important to any organization, Integrated Fire Protection is pleased to be an authorized dealer of IDenticard Systems products.

“Being partnered with IDenticard affords us new opportunities to support our clients and their needs for a safe working environment with manufacturer support that is nearly unmatched,” said Integrated Fire Protection’s Senior Sales Executive, Marty Carr.

IDenticard, a $1.5 billion organization with small-company values and the stability of a major corporation, manufactures identification products for customers across the United States and Canada.

The company’s diverse product line is unrivaled and continuously evolving, including access control systems, visitor management, photo ID cards with security features and photo ID badge software. Integrated Fire Protection and IDenticard’s team of industry experts stand ready to help you design your next security identification program.

As an authorized dealer, Integrated Fire Protection brings IDenticard products to our clients, adding an extra safety measure to an extensive lineup of fire and life safety products and services.

Marty Carr said utilizing biometric technology – unique characteristics of fingerprints, voice, facial and iris patterns to prove a person’s identity instead of a proximity card or keyfob – is top of the line, yet an affordable security feature that proves very dependable.

This technology solution is available for manufacturing and distribution facilities, K-12 schools, college campuses, medical centers and office buildings through Integrate Fire Protection.

For more information about IDenticard, contact Marty Carr at 770-458-8828 or visit

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Thanksgiving safety and blessings from Integrated Fire Protection

As we begin our Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, Integrated Fire Protection is counting our many blessings.  We are especially thankful for our clients who trust in our fire and life safety services.

Owner John Bennett said he is “extremely grateful and humbled for the incredible relationships and friendships that we are so fortunate to have.”

Our wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving would be lacking if we didn’t mention that the threat of household fires actually triples on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2009 to 2011, there was an average 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day. This is more than three times the average daily rate of about 400 cooking fires a day.

Firefighters in Beaumont, Texas demonstrate how quickly a turkey fryer can go up in flames if not used correctly. Photo courtesy of Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise

Add to those numbers turkey fryer fires and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Since 2003, there have been more than 125 turkey fryer-related fires, burns, explosions, smoke inhalations, or laceration incidents reported to Consumer Product Safety Commission staff.

Georgia ranks among the top seven states for turkey fryer fires, a recent State Farm survey concluded. Between 2005 and 2012 there were 16 turkey fryer related claims in Georgia.

Texas topped the list with 38 claims related to turkey fryer fires in that same time period.

“Turkey fryer fires can be explosive and result in serious burns,” said Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration (USFA). “Only use a turkey fryer outside and away from your home. Never use it in a garage or on a porch. Don’t overfill the oil or leave the turkey fryer unattended.”

Cook outdoors at a safe distance from any buildings or trees and keep the fryer off any wooden structures, such as a deck or patio.

And always have a fire extinguisher approved for cooking or grease nearby.

On behalf of every employee here at Integrated Fire Protection – we wish you and your family the very best this Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day!

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Integrated Fire Protection honors and thanks all veterans

Today and every day Integrated Fire Protection is thankful for United States veterans who have served our great country, for their sacrifice and willingness to fight for and uphold the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans.

We are pleased to also have veterans on our staff, people whose experiences and skills make Integrated Fire Protection a top quality business. They are leaders within our company and we are grateful for what they’ve given to our country and our business.

Marty Carr served as a medic in the Army from 1983 to 1986, joining right after high school.

He trained in Alabama and served in Texas and Germany before being transferred to Georgia. He earned the rank of Specialist.

Marty is the Senior Sales Executive for Integrated.

John Gray was a Communications Operations Manager in the Air Force from 1978 to 1988. He trained in Texas, went to school in Mississippi, served in Majorca, Spain, Abilene, Ismar, Turkey and New Hampshire. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.

John is the Systems Operations Manager for Integrated.

Al Switzer was a Radio Man in Communications for the Navy from 1986 to 1989 in San Diego. He earned the rank of E3.

Al is the Special Hazards Division Manager for Integrated.

Jason Burford served in the Coast Guard from 1995 to 1999.

Jason is the Lead Extinguisher Technician for Integrated.

Waylon Bailey served in the Navy.

Waylon is the Sprinkler Inspector Superintendent for Integrated.

Dustin Henley served as a Senior Airman in the Air Force from 1999 to 2005.

Dustin is a Fire Alarm Technician for Integrated.

Bobby Gilmer served as a Sergeant in the Army from 1996 to 2000.

Bobby is a Sprinkler Foreman for Integrated.

Thank you to all veterans.

Happy Veterans Day.

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Simulated fire at Kennesaw State University underscores importance of fire and life safety systems

Just how quickly can a small fire destroy a bedroom?

Kennesaw State University News

Students at Kennesaw State University got a firsthand look last week when a simulated dorm room was set ablaze to show how fast a fire can catch and spread when it comes in contact with bedspreads, curtains, paper products and other common items.

Kennesaw State created a special room built with donated materials from Home Depot and situated on the campus green for all students to see. The room was engulfed within minutes, according to information from the university, highlighting the danger even a small flame can pose if not used safely.

As the weather gets cooler, people are more likely to want more heat in their homes and will use space heaters and other devices to provide that warmth increasing the risk of fire-related accidents.

Playing it safe and knowing fire tips are half the battle. The other half is having the right equipment to put out a blaze.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services were on hand at Kennesaw State University to extinguish the simulated blaze and the university’s housing is well-built with fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall in case a real fire starts.

Just as important as having the right equipment is ensuring fire sprinkler systems and portable fire extinguishers are up to code and working properly.

As a provider of inspection, testing and maintenance for fire protection equipment and a member of the National Fire Protection Association, Integrated Fire Protection understands the importance of ensuring these life safety systems are always maintained to provide maximum assurance that they will operate as intended in the event of real fire incident.

Our professional staff stands ready to assist with any code or inspection related questions associated with National Fire Protection Association 10 (Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers), 25 (Standard for Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems) and 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling code).

Call Integrated Fire Protection at 770-458-8828 for top-of-the-line service.

Click here to watch a YouTube video of a simulated dorm fire provided by Kennesaw State University’s Public Relations Department.

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