Fire install company gets into monitoring

Ahern uses wholesale central COPS Monitoring
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOND DU LAC, Wis.—Ahern Fire Protection, a fire installation and service company based here, has started offering fire alarm monitoring along with its other services.

“It’s a pretty natural fit when you’re doing sprinklers for 35 years and where we’ve developed an incredible customer base,” Jace Hierlmeier, executive vice president for Ahern Fire Protection, told Security Systems News.

“Our goal here is to have a full-blown fire and life safety solution for our customers, and, of course, part of that solution would be monitoring,” Hierlmeier said.

Hierlmeier said that the company will start by focusing on existing customers located in Wisconsin, the heart of the company’s footprint. Ahern currently monitors for accounts “in the hundreds, but the potential for the thousands.”

Ahern Fire Protection is a division of J.F. Ahern, which has more than 1,000 employees and 13 locations across six states in the Midwest. In addition to its fire-related business, J.F. Ahern also does HVAC and plumbing.

Ahern Fire Protection has “dabbled” in monitoring for a few years at the request of some customers, Hierlmeier said, but the company announced a new focus on the offering in early November. Monitoring for these accounts will be handled by COPS Monitoring.

J.F. Ahern started in 1880 as a plumbing company; it is a fifth-generation family-owned business.