Capital Fire Protection Co. was incorporated in the State of Ohio in June of 1963, by a group of individuals with an average length of service in the fire protection industry of approximately 20 years. They used their experience and knowledge to build Capital Fire into one of the largest independent fire protection companies in the State of Ohio, competing against very large national and international companies by providing it’s customers with quality driven projects.
About CapfireCapital Fire’s sprinkler installation crews belong to Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 of the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters. The union has a 5 year apprenticeship program designed to give each member a quality education on the job and in the classroom through correspondence courses covering all phases of fire protection rules, regulations, installation practices, etc. Safety is also very important in an apprentice’s education and is an established part of Capital Fire Protection Co.’s culture. Capital has received numerous safety awards through the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and in 1997 received the Governors Excellence Award for safety from Worker’s Compensation. Capital Fire has had two (2) Craftsmanship awards from the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio for Grant Hospital Addition (Charlie Mulholand) and Columbus City Center (Bob Brungarth).
In 1990 Capital Fire opened a sales office and warehouse in North Canton, Ohio. From its inception Capital had many projects in the Northeast Ohio area, the volume of work and the ability to service customers better were driving forces in the creation of the branch office. Capital maintains that office today with a sales staff, installers, and technicians dedicated to providing quality service to northeast Ohio customers.
installing SprinklerInsurance requirements were the driving force for the installation of fire sprinkler systems at the time of Capital’s founding and Capital built a solid reputation with the large insurance carriers for providing a quality product that met the carriers’ high standards for protection of property. As building codes added fire protection requirements to new construction and major remodeling projects. Capital Fire saw the need to maintain a quality design staff to keep up with the changing requirements and was a strong supporter of the Certification of designers in the fire protection field. With the establishment of national testing for sprinkler system design technicians Capital Fire had three (3) of the first 87 nationally certified as Level III technicians and one (1) of the first eight (8) nationally certified as a Level IV technician by the National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians (NICET).
Capfire TruckOver the years Capital Fire has continued to expand on its original product line of automatic sprinklers, fire protection underground, fire pumps, standpipes, foam systems and fire hose to now include CO2, dry & wet chemicals, extinguishers, exit lighting, Halon & alternative gas systems, detection, fire alarm systems and monitoring. Capital Fire has become truly a full service fire protection company. It has adapted with the times and provides many customers with not just new installations, but modifications to existing systems, retrofits, repairs, emergency services, and inspections of all types of systems that are required by State and national authorities.
Capital Fire has always been independently owned by its employees and in 1982 established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to include all of its employees in the ownership of the company. As the original founders retired the plan purchased their shares into the ESOP Trust. In 2007 the company decided to make the ESOP the sole owner of Capital Fire and purchased all shares held outside the ESOP Trust.The plan works as a retirement plan for its non-union employees and a profit share for all employees.
Capital Fire Protection Co. continues to seek better ways to service its customers as their full service fire protection systems contractor.