Fire Protection Engineering is not a sideline activity for Harrington Group. It is our specialty. Our mission is to provide our clients with creative solutions to their Fire Protection needs, while optimizing the relationship between cost and benefit. We specialize in commercial fire protection engineering for various types of facilities including high-rise offices, warehouses and distribution centers, data processing operations, manufacturing facilities, hotels, educational facilities, aircraft hangars, and telecommunication hubs.
Harrington Group is a small firm, with intimate client relationships, that cares about providing quality fire protection engineering services. We successfully deliver measurable value to our clients through an innovative design and problem-solving approach. We continually fuel our innovation engine by staying abreast of the continual developments in building and fire codes, fire protection engineering techniques, and fire protection equipment technology. We are not affiliated with any contractor, insurance company, or vendor, so our fire protection engineering consulting services remain independent of any associated bias.
We are trusted advisors to such leaders as Turner Properties, Inc., Cox Enterprises, Macgregor Associates Architects, Bullock Tice Associates, and the University of North Carolina. Our performance on complex projects for agencies such as GSA, VA, DOD, COE, and FAA has earned us repeat assignments and accolades.
“Harrington Group helped me with a difficult situation convincing a client who thought in-rack sprinklers for mattress storage wasn’t necessary. Their professional and dedicated approach produced the required sprinkler design documentation in a very short time frame. The reviewing code official was very impressed with the results and Harrington Group’s knowledge of the code and code interpretation. I would not hesitate to go to Harrington Group in the future.”
— Steve White
Our specialized expertise in fire protection engineering has taken Harrington Group throughout the hemisphere, literally. The firm has active projects in 25 states, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. Harrington Group is growing and changing to keep pace with the technical advances in our profession and to meet the diverse needs of our clientele. Our simple and clear Core Ideology, consisting of a Core Purpose and Core Values, however, remain unchanged. It guides the actions of all our employees and distinguishes the firm in the fire protection engineering industry.
Our Core Purpose is:
To create an atmosphere of client intimacy and deliver results in fire protection engineering that consistently exceed the client’s own expectation of value through the application of creativity, innovation, and technical excellence.
Our Core Values
Service, Competence, Honesty, Integrity, and Respect – serve to support Harrington Group’s Core Purpose in day-to-day activities and are best expressed as:
- Satisfy the needs of others to a high degree through providing exceptional service
- Continually strive for a high level of professional competence
- Honesty and truthfulness in all things
- Conduct all affairs with integrity, with sound moral and ethical principle
- Treat others with respect
Jeffrey L. Harrington P.E., FSFPE
President & CEO
Jeff Harrington, President and founder of Harrington Group, is a registered fire protection engineer with over 41 years of experience in fire protection design, property loss control, and code consulting. He is a frequent author and lecturer on a wide variety of fire protection engineering topics and has served in a leadership capacity for several technical committees of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), including the Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, which is responsible for three separate NFPA standards: NFPA 12, Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems; NFPA 12A, Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems, and NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. He is also the current Chair of the NFPA Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems Techncial Committee (HYB-AAA). In addition to NFPA, Jeff has served as a leader in many activities of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), both locally and internationally.
James M. Rucci, P.E.
Principal Emeritus & Executive VP
Jim Rucci, Principal Emeritus & Executive Vice President of Harrington Group, is a registered fire protection engineer with over 41 years of experience. He has become a nationally recognized expert in fire alarm system design, carbon dioxide and clean agent gaseous extinguishing system design, building and fire code analysis, foam fire suppression, and electric power generating facility fire protection. Jim is a member (alternate to Jeff Harrington) of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, which is responsible for three separate NFPA standards: NFPA 12, Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems; NFPA 12A, Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems, and NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. He is also an active participant in the activities of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
Dale C. Hansen, P.E.
Dale Hansen is a registered fire protection engineer with more than 22 years of engineering, building and fire code consulting, and construction contract management experience. He previously served in the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer, where he fulfilled positions as a resident engineer, hospital facility engineer, and contracting officer. His areas of expertise include combustible dust explosion and prevention and protection systems, fire sprinkler and fire suppression systems, fire pumps and water supplies, hazardous materials, high-piled combustible storage, and smoke control systems – with a special emphasis on the development of innovative and risk-based fire and explosion solutions for industrial storage and manufacturing facilities. Dale is an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, both locally and nationally, and formerly served as President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter. He also serves as a Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Technical Committee on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts (CMD-FUN).
Phillip A. Friday, P.E.
Phil Friday, Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Fire Investigator, is a registered fire protection engineer with more than 21 years of experience in the industry. He is an expert in fire protection system design, building and fire code analysis, fire origin and cause determination, forensic fire reconstruction and computer fire modeling, and fire protection system failure analysis. Phil currently serves as an officer on the Executive Committee of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) and is also an active member of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), serving as a voting member of the NFPA Hazardous Chemicals Committee. In 2009, Phil was named as one of Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine’s “40 Under 40”, an award given annually to 40 building industry engineers under the age of 40 who shine in their academic, professional, personal, and community achievements.
Angie Fuqua is a licensed Professional Engineer that has been working in the fire protection industry since 1994 with a focus on risk management and risk reduction strategies for complex, high value properties. She is an expert at developing property loss prevention and control strategies for a variety of exposures, including combustible dust, to help clients control risk exposures and mitigate loss.
Angie earned her MS in Fire Protection from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and her BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. She is an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Angie serves as an Alternate Member of the NFPA’s Technical Committee on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts (CMD-FUN). She has also served as a Principal Member on the NFPA Technical Committee on Aircraft Maintenance Operations (AIM-AAA) and the NFPA Technical Committee on Hyperbaric & Hypobaric Facilities (HEA-HYP).
Nolan McCarthy is a registered fire protection engineer who has been working in the industry since 2007. Before coming to Harrington Group, he served as a Fire Protection Engineer for AMEC and a Fire Protection Designer for MPW, Frankfurt Short Bruza, and Ryan Fire Protection. He specializes in developing fire protection solutions for various facility types including office buildings, aircraft hangars, distribution centers, industrial plants, high-rise buildings, and data centers. Nolan’s area of expertise include system design, calculations, drawings and specifications, submittal reviews, and construction administration.
Nolan earned his MS in Fire Protection Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, as well as his BS in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from Oklahoma State University. In addition to being a licensed fire protection engineer in the states of California and Montana, he has also earned Level II certification from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) in the area of Fire Protection Engineering Technology, Water-Based Systems Layout.