Western States Fire Protection - New Mexico
The Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque, New Mexico office services all of New Mexico, lower Colorado, and the eastern border of Arizona. The WSFP Albuquerque office was established in 1985 to handle the fire protection system needs and requirements of Intel Corporation facilities in New Mexico. Ralph Parks is the current Area Manager. Ralph has been with Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque since 1999, and has over 41 years of experience in fire protection systems; he began his fire protection career as a sprinkler fitter.
There are 54 employees in the WSFP Albuquerque office, with 9 office and support staff and 45 field personnel. Field staff includes fitters, service technicians, foremen, alarm and detection (A&D) technicians, and inspectors. Along with Ralph Parks, key personnel include Area Manager Ray Clayton; Service Manager/Division Manager Fred Bazan; Inspection Manager Mike Salazar; Designer Brad Vokes, who played a key role in the Intel Fab 11X project; Salesmen Rudy Saucedo and J.D. Strickland, both with extensive fire protection experience; and Field Superintendent David Roger, with 25 years of experience in the fire protection trade. Ralph Parks has a NICET Level 2 Certification.
The Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque office has worked with a wide variety of clients and industries, including movie studios, high tech semiconductor fabrication facilities, hospitals, general contractors, universities, government contracts, building and property managers, assisted living facilities, homebuilders, private residences, and many others. Some of the many high profile design projects that WSFP Albuquerque is involved in are Intel Fab 11X, Albuquerque Studios, the UNM Pavilion, LANL RLUOB, and CMRR Replacement Facility at the Los Alamos Complex (successfully completed the second phase; awaiting start of the third phase).
The Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque office and/or staff are members of the following professional organizations and associations:
- American Subcontractors Association (ASA - Past Board Member)
- Build New Mexico (Board Member)
- American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
WSFP Albuquerque is involved in various charity work, such as YMCA food pantries, Presbyterian Hospital (Healthcare Services) Rachel's Courtyard, Children's Cancer Research Fund, charity tenant improvement work, along with math and reading tutors at local schools.
Ralph Parks can be contacted at the Albuquerque office, as well as through LinkedIn:
Ralph Parks believes that an important goal for the Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque office is to get the WSFP salesmen to closely work with the general contractors, forming alliances and long-term relationships - in many cases, offering fire protection consulting services at no cost to establish potential project opportunities for the future. By providing outstanding fire protection value to current and prospective clients in terms of protecting lives and property, WSFP Albuquerque focuses on being dynamic and growth oriented.
Services offered by the Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque office include inspections, service, sales and maintenance of all types of fire protection systems, such as dry fire protection systems, wet fire protection systems, pre-action fire protection systems, fire pumps, standpipes, foam fire protection systems, diesel and electric; also handling fire extinguishers, clean agent systems, A&D systems, special hazards, and corrosion management. WSFP Albuquerque is truly a one-stop shop - no work is subcontracted. The Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque office prides itself on coming up with fire protection solutions for any client.
When asked about future fire protection trends, Ralph Parks mentioned several topics. First, Ralph expects that radio monitoring systems will be in demand in the near future. WSFP Albuquerque currently has 4 accounts utilizing radio monitoring. With the use of dedicated radio frequencies and backup power supplies, radio monitoring is more dependable than conventional wired alarm systems relying on telephone lines and utility-supplied electrical power. Western States Fire Protection Albuquerque has its own monitoring stations, which ensures immediate response. A radio monitoring system can handle a variety of A&D applications, such as burglar/security and fire situations. Ralph also predicts that fire extinguishers - service, sales and inspection of all types - will be an important segment of the WSFP Albuquerque office's work. Other areas of expansion in work that Ralph foresees include growing the Inspection and Service Departments, along with the A&D technicians.