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How do Fire and Life Safety Companies get Acquired by Fortis?

As the business owner thinking of selling your fire and safety company, you may be asking yourself: “How does the acquisition process work? How long will it take? How will my team be supported after the acquisition?”

Interested in learning more? Read on to learn how companies are acquired by Fortis, our process, and how we support people post-acquisition. 

First, Let Us Introduce Ourselves

Fortis is the next generation of fire protection companies. We are technologically forward-thinking, flexible, and dedicated to our people. We take a long-term view, investing in our people, growth, quality of service, and innovation.

Now, let’s discuss our acquisition process.

Our Acquisition Process

Our process is designed to move at your pace and can close as quickly as eight weeks. The breakdown looks like this:

  • Week One: Get to Know Fortis
  • Week Two: Financial Evaluation
  • Week Three: Letter of Intent
  • Week Four: Due Diligence Begins
  • Weeks Five Through Eight:
    • Financial, Operational, and Tax Due Diligence
    • Site Visit
    • Legal Due Diligence and Documentation
  • Deal closed and funds transferred!

Learn more about our process here.

Fortis is People First: How We Support Your People Post-Acquisition

Supporting companies in their growth initiatives is one of our top priorities at Fortis. When new companies are acquired by Fortis we think of it as an opportunity to take the best of their culture, expertise, and experience and weave it into the shared Fortis culture.

We’re focused on providing opportunities for you and your employees, and this can be seen through our following initiatives:

Investment in People

As part of our journey to build a world-class company, we invest in training and developing our people. We provide them everything necessary to have a long, successful career in the fire protection services industry including apprenticeships, certifications and licensing.

Career Progression and Opportunity

Growth fuels opportunities to take on more complex projects and responsibilities, develop into senior roles and earn more.

Benefits and Compensation

We provide competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health and welfare benefits, income replacement options, and a retirement savings plan.

In Fire Protection and Thinking of Selling? Consider Fortis

At Fortis, we believe in stewarding you through the process of selling your business. We understand what it takes to run a successful fire and life safety business. We want to create greater opportunity and success for the business you’ve poured everything into.

Read on to learn more about selling to us.

Interested in selling your fire protection company? It doesn’t hurt to talk. Reach out to our VP of Business Development, Jeremiah Crocker, for an initial evaluation to see if selling to Fortis is right for you!

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Fortis Fire & Safety Expands California Presence with Acquisition of CJ Suppression

Fortis Fire & Safety (“Fortis”), one of the nation’s newest fire protection service companies, has acquired CJ Suppression Inc. (CJ) headquartered in Corona, CA. This acquisition expands the California presence of Fortis, anchored by the inaugural acquisition of VFS Fire & Security Services (“VFS”) headquartered in Orange County, California.

“Fortis is excited to welcome the CJ Suppression team into the Fortis family,” said Rich Ennis, Chief Executive Officer of Fortis. “CJ is a high-quality fire protection service company with operations in Southern California that will allow us to expand our foothold and significantly grow our business in California.”

“We intend to continue to invest heavily in our brands across the nation, as we build a multi-regional fire protection service company,” said Ennis. “The culture at CJ is one of customer service and innovation, which fits right into the Fortis model.”

J Moyer has seen many successful years of growth under his ownership tenure of CJ. “Partnering with Fortis was a well thought out and deliberate decision based on our shared values and people first philosophy,” said Moyer. “CJ will significantly benefit from the economies of scale that come from being part of a well-capitalized multi-regional company. We are excited to be able to ensure that our customers and our employees continue to receive the very best this industry has to offer,” he added.

“CJ Suppression strengthens the Fortis presence in California, a key element of our strategy of developing multi-regional capability,” said John Solonynko, COO of VFS. “We continue to seek opportunities to expand Fortis’ presence across the country and are excited about the other acquisition and partnership opportunities in the pipeline.”

About Fortis Fire & Safety

Fortis Fire & Safety is one of the nation’s newest fire protection service companies built on the philosophy of People First, Quality Service and Building Lifetime Clients. Fortis will position itself as the next generation of fire protection by building an industry leading company through close partnerships with regional operators and investing heavily in technology.

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Employee Highlight: Meet Jeremiah Crocker

At Fortis, we’re committed to excellence in everything we do. Our leadership epitomizes this commitment.

Our leadership team stands out for their strength of character and dedication to our people-first philosophy. Jeremiah Crocker, our Vice President of Business Development, is no exception.

Read on to get to know Jeremiah and learn more about the Fortis team.

Let’s Start By Getting to Know Jeremiah

Jeremiah Crocker is the Vice President of Business Development at Fortis. As a VP of Business Development, Jeremiah develops and leads our acquisition strategy to support Fortis’s growth goals.

What is Jeremiah’s Background?

Jeremiah has spent his entire career in the fire protection industry. He grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and went to college in Massachusetts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for Fire Protection Engineering. He started his career lighting things on fire and calling it “engineering” at Tyco Fire Protection Products. He worked in Business Development, Innovation, Product Management and Commercial Leadership roles prior to having the opportunity to join Fortis.

What Does He Enjoy When He Isn’t Working?

With three young kids, Jeremiah loves spending as much time with them as possible. Outside of chasing the kids around, he is a big sports fan, and he loves getting outside to run or golf.

What Are Jeremiah’s Top 3 Favorite Podcasts/Books?

Jeremiah has been a big podcast fan for years and his current go to listens are All-In, Business Wars and American Innovations (while mixing in whatever true crime podcast is topping the charts).

Learn more about Jeremiah by checking out his LinkedIn, here.

Get to Know Fortis

Fortis is the next generation of fire protection companies. We are technologically forward-thinking, flexible, and dedicated to our people. We take a long-term view, investing in our people, growth, our quality of service, and innovation.

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Let us tell you a little about ourselves. At Fortis, we provide industry-leading fire protection services across the United States. We are on a mission to build the premier Fire Protection company in the United States. 

To accomplish this, we know the importance of investing in our people. We take our commitment to the growth and development of our people very seriously.

Part of that commitment is manifest in the ways we foster connection, communication and personal growth and development in addition to productivity and our commitment to excellence every day. Learn more about careers at Fortis, here.

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100th Year of Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. Throughout the past century, fire prevention week consisted of children and adults learning how to stay safe in case of a fire. Additionally, firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

In this article, we’ll review the history of fire prevention week and reveal the 2022 campaign. Let’s dive in.

The History of Fire Prevention Week

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance. This makes Fire Prevention Week the longest-running public health observance in the United States. 

Why FPW is the Week of October 9th

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. According to History.com, the Great Chicago Fire “burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages.”

Fire prevention week occurs during the same week each year to honor the lives lost in the Great Chicago Fire and make efforts to prevent similar events from happening in the future. 

The 2022 “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape” Campaign 

 The campaign of the 2022 Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW) is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”™.  The campaign for 2022 strives to educate participants about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and others safe from home fires. Key focuses of this campaign include fire escape planning and practicing as well as alarms.

Why Fire Escape Plans Are so Important

According to NFPA, today’s homes burn faster than ever. In the event of a fire, you have about two minutes or less to safely escape from the time the alarm arounds. One’s ability to get out of the home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advanced planning.

How to Start Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Every home is different and therefore, every fire escape plan will be different. Consider starting with these guidelines:

  • Draw your building floor plan using a grid.
  • Label all the rooms and identify the doors and windows.  
  • Plan two escape routes from every room.
  • Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
  • Agree on a meeting place where everyone will gather after you have escaped

Fire escape plans should consider everyone in the home or building. For example, children, older adults or people with disabilities may need additional assistance. Consider assigning someone to help them in the event of an emergency. 

While NFPA is focusing on home fires, these same concepts carry into commercial fires as well. An updated fire protection system and a practiced escape plan can save the lives of people in commercial buildings. Those working or owning commercial buildings can practice fire safety by ensuring their fire escape plan is well-known and practiced. 

Let’s Talk Fire and Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before people can and should effectively alert people of danger. As a general rule, alarms should be:

  • In every bedroom
  • Outside of the sleeping areas (such as a hallway, for example)
  • On each level, including the basement 

Smoke alarms should not be installed over the stove or in bathroom shower areas. The heat from these areas may trigger the alarm. 

The requirements for commercial buildings differ from standards for homes. We urge owners of commercial buildings to research the requirements for their property. Find more information on NFPA 72, here.

For more information about NFPA’s Fire Protection Week, check out their website!

At Fortis, we provide industry-leading fire protection services across the United States. We are on a mission to build the premier Fire Protection company in the United States. To accomplish this, we are acquiring the best fire safety companies –like VFS, LSM, and MeshWrx!– and welcoming them into the Fortis family of brands. Learn more about us, here.