Western States Fire Protection - Texas (San Antonio)
The current Western States Fire Protection San Antonio, Texas office servicing San Antonio and the surrounding areas was started by Jay Finucane and Brian Popham. At the time, Jay and Brian were field personnel, and were part of the Austin, Texas branch office. Jay Finucane went door-to-door to San Antonio area businesses, handing out business cards, and the area blossomed into a successful, stand-alone branch. Tim Martinez is the current Area Manager, and has been with Western States Fire Protection for 21 years and is very appreciative of the opportunity to continue what Jay started several years back.
The WSFP San Antonio office is comprised of office and field personnel, including sprinkler fitters (commercial and residential), alarm technicians including 1 licensed electrician, and inspectors. A large number of the fire protection management staff have risen through the ranks (as fitters and service technicians). In fact, Tim Martinez started as a sprinkler system fitter as well. This gives the WSFP San Antonio office management the field perspective to all the fire protection work being done. When the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office first started, Jay Finucane would drive around town looking for dumpsters, figuring (correctly!) that companies were renovating existing buildings - and then going after that fire protection work. Service work was initially (and still is) about 50 percent of the WSFP San Antonio offices' fire protection work. Contract work includes a significant amount of long-term, large accounts. Government work is also an important segment of the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office portfolio of fire protection system clients.
Saving lives and making a difference are words that the WSFP San Antonio office truly believes in. As Tim Martinez observes, "we have a purpose, and that is to save lives. We feel strongly about this industry." Tim also noted that Western States Fire Protection company leadership strives to be the best at fire protection service and installation, and instill in the staff to work every day to be better than the competition. There is a strong pride among the staff in WSFP and its reputation.
One of the ways that the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office is serving the public better than the competition is through education. WSFP San Antonio has obtained trailers from their fire protection equipment and parts vendors, and the service teams go out to fire departments, property managers, and others, training on how to do various fire protection systems. The Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office offers no-charge consulting, answering questions, and providing assistance for prospective and existing clients.
To this end, WSFP San Antonio is building a training center, which will be opening in the first quarter of 2012. The training center will include 2 backflows, a 500 g.p.m. fire pump and 8 risers equipped with different types of valves used in the industry. The training center will also be equipped with 4 different fire alarm panels. The reason for the training center is to educate fire departments as to how Western States Fire Protection fire equipment and fire systems operate. Working with fire departments, the WSFP training center facility will show the top 3 items to look for:
- Identifying the correct pressures and gauges
- Valve locations
- Overall condition of the fire protection/sprinkler system
WSFP San Antonio has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including a time sensitive, fire sprinkler retrofit project for University of Texas Health Science Center. The work required detailed and extensive scheduling, custom scaffolding, and a 30-day time frame involving night work to complete the project. The Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office was up to the task, even handling client requested changes and modifications resulting from the Texas State Fire Marshall Inspection. WSFP San Antonio has worked for a wide range of other customers, including shopping malls, automobile plants, energy companies, general contractors, property managers, and government and military facilities, to name a few.
Social media is an important online communications venue for the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office. WSFP San Antonio staff members, including Tim Martinez, have Facebook and Twitter signatures in their emails - another way to connect with prospective and existing clients. Additionally, the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office is in the process of creating YouTube fire protection training videos.
WSFP San Antonio is focused on resolving potential and current clients' fire protection and equipment problems, including installing and servicing sprinkler systems and fire suppression systems the correct way. By emphasizing the overall quality of the Western States Fire Protection San Antonio office, this team believes WSFP can meet anyone's fire protection needs.
Our in-house experts offer installation, service and inspection of the following life safety systems and components:
- Fire Sprinkler
- Fire Alarm
- Fire Extinguisher
- Fire Pumps
- Backflows Preventers
- Clean Agent Suppression
- Special Hazards
- Underground/Fire Hydrant
Tim has 21 years experience in Fire Protection, 20 years with Western States Fire Protection. Tim spent 15 years in the field installing, servicing and testing Fire Sprinkler and Clean Agent Systems. His knowledge of several different types of systems, including Fire Alarm, has armed him with the knowledge to lead San Antonio as a One Stop Shop and World Class Organization.
Amanda has excelled quickly with Western States Fire Protection. She assists everyone in the office and the field with a wide range of issues. Amanda greets our visitors cheerfully and tends to all of the customer's needs. She is organized, motivated, energetic, and does her job with a smile.
Brian is a Fire Protection expert with over 25 years experience. Brian has shown strong commitment to this industry, this company and his customers. Brian has achieved his NICET II Certification and has successfully passed the UA Star Exam. Contact Brian for any fire protection need.
Shirley has 15 years experience in Fire Protection and holds one of the most crucial roles in our organization. She is the hinge-pin for the Inspections and Service Department. Contact Shirley to add services to your current inspections contract, schedule an inspection, request and electronic inspection report or questions about your invoice.
Kris has 10 years experience in Fire Protection. He has accomplished his NICET II Inspections and his NICET II Layout. Kris has the qualifications to estimate projects of all types, sizes and disciplines. Contact him for all of your Residential and Multi-family needs.
Don has 21 years in Fire Protection and currently holds certifications in Foam, Gas, and Extinguishers. He also holds a NICET II in Alarm and Detection. He is our Alarm expert and has a full staff to assist with all of your fire Alarm, Extinguisher, Monitoring and Clean Agent needs.
Mike has over 19 years experience in Fire Protection and has achieved his UA Star Exam and NICET II for Inspections. His role is critical to this operation and always offering field development, sales assistance, troubleshooting of systems, assisting customers, driving safety and much more. Mike is our Hands-on Instructor for our Customer Training Events.
Trent has accomplished so much in the 5 years he's been in Fire Protection. He has reached his NICET III Layout, RME-G, and his NICET I Fire Alarm. Trent manages most of our Government projects and most difficult projects. He also assists the sales team with business development.
Carl has 25 years experience in the trade with a range of responsibilities including Installation, Construction Management and Design. His staff delivers quality design for all types of projects including Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Underground, BIM 3-D Modeling and Clean Agent Suppression. Designers on Carl's team includes: Chris Tandy - Daniel Gutierrez - James Sonnen.
Luis has the ability to bundle bids and services to combine Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm services in one. His strong architectural background helps him deliver conceptual plans pre-bid, giving his customers and team a jump start on the project. Contact him for this pre-bid layout, you won't be disappointed.
Pete has over 22 years experience and can provide an estimate for a wide range of projects including Special Hazards, Foam Systems, Clean Agent Suppression, large and small ground-up construction, existing retrofits and service work including adds and relocates. Pete has accomplished the UA Star Exam, representing that he is an expert in Fire Protection.
James enjoys being in front of his customers. Face time is very valuable to James and his strong commitment to customer service shows. He will handle all of your Fire Protection needs including Inspections, Monitoring and Service work, Fire Alarm and/or Fire Sprinkler. He is also a driving force leading our training efforts. Contact James to schedule your organization for one of our Free Fire Protection Training Sessions.
Cory has fire protection in his blood. He was part of a family business and has a passion for this industry. Cory holds a NICET II Certifications and can assist with any area of the business including service, inspections, fire alarm, monitoring and new construction. He also educates customers on how to best use their TXMAS benefits.