In 1988, Robert English ‘Lanny’ incorporated his fire protection business after purchasing some sprinkler inspection contracts from his father. With that, Fire Protection Services was officially born. Even back then, the FPS philosophy was to inspect and service all of the client’s fire and life safety equipment including fire extinguishers, kitchen hood suppression, and fire alarms. As one of the first full-service companies in the State of Georgia, we were not only able to save our customers money, but we also protected property, and maybe somewhere in the process we’ve also saved a few lives.
Our measure of success is partially based on how long our customers stay with us and the fact that many of our original clients from back in the early days still call us for service means we must be doing something right. In fact, many clients that go to the market to try another provider end up coming back to us, which we think says it all.
In 2015, an Atlanta Entrepreneur, Christian Dodder purchased the business. It was then that the current structure of Fire Protection Services began to take shape. With new colors, a new logo, a fleet of wrapped vehicles, an office in Atlanta, and more staff, FPS began to provide services across the state. By early 2019, Christian, along with partner Adam Heiser, had made the commitment to the Atlanta marketplace with a formal long-term lease. Now, with two flagship locations in Perry and Atlanta, a friendly competition for growth had begun. With so much opportunity in both locations, it is hard to say where the third location will be!