By Jeff Harrington I paid tribute to my parents in my previous blog post and let you know some details that explain how important they have been to Harrington Group’s success over the past 30 years. This post will tell you about the woman who loves and supports me, and therefore, Harrington Group, unconditionally. I […]
How Jeff Harrington Stumbled Into Fire Engineering
Written by Jeff Harrington, CEO/Founder of Harrington Group, Inc. Some think of me as the father of Harrington Group, Inc., since I founded the company. Well, I am here to tell you that Harrington Group also has a grandpa and a grandma; my folks, Dean and Barbara Harrington. As I was turning 30, back in […]
Getting to Know Harrington Group Part 3: How Did You Know You Wanted to be a Fire Protection Engineer / Consultant?
It’s been so much fun sharing the stories of how our fire protection engineers and consultants ended up choosing their career paths. I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 and Part 2. The journey continues on: Nolan McCarthy, Fire Protection Engineer, with Harrington Group for over four months: My path wasn’t one always directed at […]
Getting to Know Harrington Group Part 2: How Did You Know You Wanted to be a Fire Protection Engineer / Consultant?
As I mentioned in the last post, I thought it would be great to give the opportunity to our engineers and consultants to share their stories of how they found the fire protection engineering industry. If you’d like to read the stories from the first installment, you can find them here. Ready to learn more […]
Getting to Know Harrington Group Part 1: How Did You Know You Wanted to be a Fire Protection Engineer / Consultant?
I thought it would be fun and instructive to share stories from our engineers and consultants about how they found this niche career of fire protection engineering. I’ve included a brief synopsis of my own journey, as well, but if you’re interested in reading the full-length version of my story, please visit the first installment […]
Most large companies feel like they are in a delicate position with their property loss insurance company. These companies are under the impression that in order to have insurance there is no choice but to do whatever the insurance company tells them. If they don’t comply, the arrangement can be jeopardized. With an independent fire safety engineer, there is a choice. The problem is that these large companies don’t realize that somebody like Harrington Group exists. Somebody that can advocate for them and maintain the relationship with their insurance company.
After making a decision that helped save a client thousands of dollars while still ensuring fire safety, my boss came into my office and nearly fired me. He said that my, “decision was 180 degrees away from conventional wisdom.” and I also, “went against another fire engineer’s recommendation and our prescriptive solution for oven fire protection.” By helping a client save money and ensuring safety, I was nearly fired just because I did not fall in line.
After two and a half years in Montgomery issuing prescriptions to reduce fire risks for over 250 different buildings, I wasn’t learning anything new anymore. My employer understood that I needed to move on, or move out. If they had something for me to do, great. If not, I was going to seek employment elsewhere. Fortunately, they moved me to Atlanta as a supervisor in 1980. I was one of five supervisors in the Atlanta regional office. There were five engineers under me to handle the Atlanta metro area.
Issuing Fire Insurance Prescriptions was my first job right after graduating from WPI. I was in a year long formal training program in Montgomery, Alabama. Up to this point, the engineer training me was the sole occupier of the Montgomery territory. He wanted to go into a new territory and do something bigger, broader, and all-around different. The insurance company had told him, “As soon as you train a replacement, you can leave.” – I was his ticket out.
I developed an approach to evaluate the sprinkler system for our MQP. It was graphical and statistical – and remember – this was way before the use of computers was common.