OKLAHOMA CITY — In response to the increased demand for complex fire alarm and mass notification systems to meet Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), STAMPSCO has formed a new Fire Systems Design Group (FSDG) division.
FSDG will offer third-party NICET IV design, engineering, programming, project management, testing and commissioning of fire alarm and mass notification systems to fire alarm companies, architectural and engineering firms, and fire protection engineers.
“STAMPSCO started out as a subcontracting firm where we designed and engineered systems for other fire alarm companies, architects and engineers,” STAMPSCO President and CEO Rodney Stamps tells SSI. “After designing for different companies and dealing with the military, we realized that we needed a more focused group to address the design criteria for larger facilities. This group is just an extension of what STAMPSCO already does. It’s just more focused toward catering as a support services company for other fire alarm companies and engineering firms.”
Getting the company off the ground was not an easy feat, Stamps says, as it was difficult to find the appropriate people to join the team. Because the company would be designing mass notification and fire alarm systems for military facilities, all employees had to be CAD designers with NICET IV certification. Additionally, the prospects must have fire alarm experience and extensive knowledge of UFC requirements and NFPA 72-2010 codes.
To recruit members, Stamps took to social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook, to find the right fit for FSDG.
“We did not use a recruiting firm, which I debated about for a long time,” Stamps says. “Fortunately, though, there were some guys looking to join a team like this, so we grabbed them immediately.”
It took about a year for FSDG, which now has six employees, to get off the ground. The company is still seeking to hire NICET IV-certified individuals who have an interest in designing fire alarm and mass notification systems for the military.
Although the Oklahoma City-based FSDG just launched, are there plans to expand the company to other states? So far, Stamps has reached out to two integrators in Texas and Indiana to join the team. In the future, FSDG might begin offering training to smaller fire alarm companies.
“We don’t really have a plan for that at this point, but it is a good idea,” Stamps says. “I think companies that utilize our services will get that training by having that relationship with us.”
And, of course, Stamps, has big goals for the FSDG.
“Although we’re not very big at this point, I think that’s going to change rapidly,” he says. “We can design a system for a company and then turn it over so they can complete the installation and then actually go in and commission it. We can do this worldwide.”
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Ashley Willis is associate editor for SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. She can be reached at (310) 533-2419.