FAMCO succeeds for Simpson Sr. Services

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Monday, January 1, 2007

PHILADELPHIA--Paul Zarilli, director of corporate facilities for Simpson Senior Services, one of the oldest senior citizen communities in the United States, said he knew whom to call when he had problems with an old fire system in one of his buildings.
He called Ken Scott, vice president of Fire Alarm Maintenance Company in Philadelphia, who had helped him out in 2000 after a tragic fire in the center's assisted living facility, the Carson building.
In business for 10 years, FAMCO has 25 employees and does 95 percent fire protection. Its footprint extends from Southeastern Pennsylvania through Southern New Jersey and Delaware.
During the fire, a high-voltage line crossed the fire alarm circuit wire and blew up the alarm panel.
"We had an urgent need and Ken came in and took care of it," Zarelli said. "I wanted something that was fully addressable, fully automated, and something I didn't have to fool around with and something that was expandable."
Scott worked alongside contractors to get a Silent Knight IFP-1000 system installed and working within a month.
Last spring, Zarilli discovered during a routine test that the fire alarm system in the center's nursing home facility, the Flanagan building, was not working. Under Pennsylvania state law, Zarilli was required to put the building on 24-hour firewatch; someone had to walk all of the building every hour. "We were able to get the equipment overnighted," Scott said, and a separate IFP-1000 system installed over the course of a long weekend.
Prior to installing the new Honeywell systems, there were frequent service calls, requiring Zarilli's staff to be dispatched to different buildings. "I'm saving money like crazy" with the new system, Zarilli said. Len Vitale, Mid Atlantic sales manager for Silent Knight said Scott "is a longstanding dealer who runs an outstanding operation," and Silent Knight, is good at "getting the product out the door when customers need it."