Delta Fire Systems Inc.
- Written by: Tom Faunce
- Produced by: Joe Atwood
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
With a commitment to customer satisfaction and cutting-edge technology, Delta Fire Systems Inc. has been serving Utah, Idaho and Nevada as a full-service fire protection systems contractor for more than 53 years. Located in Salt Lake City, Delta works in a variety of markets, including commercial, government, military, industrial, residential and commercial sectors and has become an industry leader in the installation of pre-action, foam deluge, ultra-high-speed and carbon dioxide systems. “We’re very diverse with our market segments,” says Jerry Allen, president and CEO of Delta Fire. “We do work for a diverse clientele, including but not limited to health care, schools, warehouse, manufacturing, government, military, power plants, mining companies and the oil and gas industry, as well as multi/single-family residential projects.”
Delta Fire was founded by fire protection engineers William A. Pickett and Nels C. Sparr in 1963.With the duo’s leadership capabilities and a talented workforce, Delta Fire has grown into one of the largest and most respected fire protection contractors in the intermountain area. Delta Fire currently manages offices in Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho, Reno, Nevada, St. George, Utah, and Salt Lake City. In 2008, the company was acquired by APi Group Inc. and since then, Delta Fire has been able to benefit from the synergy of more than 35 companies, which includes competitive manufacturer pricing, robust insurance and bonding and extensive safety and leadership training and resources.
A safe place to work
As a company that values its employees and their well-being, Delta Fire has maintained a strong safety record. “We believe our employees are our greatest asset,” says Allen. We want our people to go home after a day’s work better than when they came in.” Delta Fire was one of the first subcontractors in Salt Lake City to hire a full-time safety director.
On Dec. 31, 2015, Delta Fire Systems, Inc. reached a significant milestone working 1.2 million man hours without a lost-time incident or injury. “This milestone could only have been achieved with our employees’ dedication to keeping each other safe,” says Allen. “Safety is at the core of who we are as a company. Our commitment to each other ensures that we fulfill our promise that each and every Delta employee returns home safely to their loved ones in the same condition that they left for work that day. Reaching 1 million man hours without a lost time injury is only possible when every employee looks out for their fellow workers and makes a conscious decision to keep them safe.”
Because the company provides its team members with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training, Delta Fire employees are able to identify potential safety hazards and work around them. All of the company’s foremen are CPR and First Aid certified, so they are able to respond to any incident that may happen. Each project site is safety audited by supervisors and the company’s safety director.
The safety record that Delta Fire has maintained has been recognized on numerous occasions. The company has received the Award of Merit from the Utah Safety Council annually for the last nine years. Delta Fire also received the Platinum Award for Safety Excellence two years in a row from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The company was also the APi X-Cup Safety Award winner in 2011 and 2013.
Delta Fire is also committed to adhering to sustainable business and building practices. The company is guided by LEED requirements and compliance during both the project design and construction phases. Delta Fire coordinates with material suppliers and vendors to facilitate LEED documentation requirements, which allows the company to track recycled material, the location of the final assembly and manufacturing and certification of low-emitting volatile organic compound (VOC) products. In addition, Delta Fire has converted a majority of its vehicle fleet to natural gas-run vehicles.
Applying business practices
With such a strong safety record, Delta Fire is able to deliver quality services more efficiently than most contractors. The company was recently involved in an expansion project with The Woods Cross Refinery, which is located just north of Salt Lake City. The Woods Cross Refinery is a high-conversion oil refinery with a crude oil capacity of 31,000 barrels per day. Delta Fire was able to provide a turnkey solution for the expansion in less than three months. “Usually a job like that will take six months to a year,” says Allen. “We had two shifts of five guys working six 10-hour shifts per week in order to get the job done by the first of the year.”
Allen began his career in fire protection in 1990 working for a small fire protection company in Amarillo, Texas. Before that, he served four years in the U.S. Army as a light infantry NCO with the 82nd Airborne Division. With a passion for fire protection, Allen is focused on providing a customer experience like no other and growing a company that is successful and sustainable.
“Our success all comes down to the people that we have on our workforce,” he says. “We have amazing people working here and that is what gives me the biggest sense of pride about this company.” With its business practices, integrity and commitment to safety, Delta Fire Systems Inc. is well on its way to becoming one of the largest fire systems contractors in the western United States.
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