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Fighting Fires Before They Start
Fire and Life Safety America

June 2017

Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes has been fighting fires for most of his career. He spent 22 years with the Baltimore County Fire Department, 12 of them as a Chief Fire Officer. Now, Barnes is taking on fires before they start. In his new position at Fire and Life Safety America, he is supporting commercial customers with full-service installation of fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire pumps, fire extinguishers and more, along with comprehensive testing, inspection and repair services.

Fire & Life Safety America
1340 Charwood Road, Suite P
Hanover, MD 21076


Test, inspect, install, service, repair and monitor:
• Fire alarm systems
• Sprinkler systems
• Fire pumps
• Fire extinguishers
• Kitchen hood systems
• Emergency and exit lights

• Health care
• Education including higher education
• Hospitality including hotels and casinos
• Retail
• Commercial
• Industrial
• Multifamily residential
• National accounts
• Federal, state and local government
• Property managers

FLSA is:
• UL Listed
• NICET Certified
• ISO 9001 Certified
• GSA Schedule
• ISNetworld

Member Contractor
• Members of
o National Fire Protection Association
o American Fire Alarm Association
o American Fire Sprinkler Association
o Building Owners and Managers Association
o Hunt Valley Business Forum
o Property Management Association
o Institute of Real Estate Management

According to Barnes, the flexibility and resources of Fire and Life Safety America (FLSA) are what drew him to the business. The company offers customized solutions for its clients, based on needs and objectives. FLSA has the depth and breadth of talent on its team – with personnel in 16 offices nationwide, including Maryland and Virginia, whose background ranges from initiating and testing to inspecting and repairing fire protection systems. “We have a well-trained staff and a particularly strong inspections department,” Barnes explains. “Our depth of personnel results in quick mobilization to respond to customers’ needs, including after normal working hours.”

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) records show that there were 1,345,500 fires reported in

A comprehensive sprinkler system (left) and alarm panels are just two of the many fire prevention components Fire and Life Safety America

2015 in the United States. Nearly 40 percent of them were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths and $10.3 billion in property damage. Joining the commercial retail side of the life safety business, Barnes communicates the importance of thorough testing, inspecting and repair solutions that meet codes, and the consistent maintenance of all fire protection systems. “Low-cost solutions are likely to cut corners and fall short of fire code requirements, placing life and property in harm’s way,” he says.

In its 20-year history, FLSA has built long-term relationships with clients who trust and respect its services. Barnes said the company works closely with property managers to create customized solutions for anything from a single building to multiple buildings or properties – as many as 2,900 in one portfolio. Barnes notes that FLSA can provide all of the customer’s fire safety needs, including testing and inspections. Its professional, NICET-certified inspectors have solid knowledge in the life safety field, and they instill confidence by consistently using Lifeguard Reporting Services. This high-technology system provides the exact numbers and locations of every life safety device on the premises. Barnes says it electronically identifies bar codes on every device and provides an inspection date and time stamp when each inspection is completed. “Customers always know which devices have been tested and which have passed the inspection process. They are always prepared for those unannounced visits from the Fire Marshal,” he says. All fire system testing and inspection reports are accessible by the customer online 24 hours a day.

Barnes also attributes open and honest communication to the company’s success. “We communicate prior to inspection, during the inspection and we follow up the inspection with repair solutions,” Barnes says. “Customers have confidence that the system will work in case of fire.”

Headquartered in Richmond, Va., FLSA has over 900 employees in its 16 locations from Maryland to Florida to Texas. FLSA has earned both International Standards Organization (ISO) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certifications. Barnes said the core of the company’s Baltimore business is south of the city, but he is striving to become the top-of-mind provider of choice for life safety in the entire Baltimore region. He said his customer-focused, ethical business practices will lead the company as it continues to foster long-term partnerships with customers and provide the highest quality fire protection services available in the marketplace. I95 Content Marketing