HGI’s “Think Upstream”: Occluded Outlets

When performing an installation review, HGI also reviews the condition of the material not yet installed. There are some jurisdictions that still perform an outlet inspection of all delivered material. When fabricating welded…

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NFPA Celebrates 100 Years of Fire Prevention Week – Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape

Have you heard of the Great Chicago Fire? It started on October 8, 1871, causing catastrophic destruction and loss. Because of this tragedy, Fire Protection Week (FPW) is observed annually during the week of October 9th. The…

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HGI’s “Think Upstream”” Roof Top Equipment Shipment

A nationwide roof top unit manufacturer has made a change to how they ship their roof top equipment. When equipped with an economizer (think fresh air intake), they are not factory installing the duct-type smoke detector, but…

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Gigi and Husband

New Hire Spotlight: Gigi Soukaria – Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technician

Ghazal Soukaria, who goes by Gigi, joined Harrington Group as a Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) technician in early April. Her background is in architecture — in 2014 she earned a bachelor’s degree from Al-Ba’ath…

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Matt Graham

New Hire Spotlight: Matt Graham, Fire Protection Consultant

Matt Graham (left) with his brother at the Golden Gate Bridge Matt Graham has been on both sides of fire protection: first as a firefighter, and now as a fire protection consultant for Harrington Group. A local career center…

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Alex Ataiyan Family

New Hire Spotlight: Alex Ataiyan, Fire Protection Engineer

Alex Ataiyan is proud to come from a family of engineers. His father started out as a civil engineer before switching his focus to fire protection, and he always encouraged Alex and his brother, Zach, to pursue the field if…

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Antlhony Capuano

New Hire Spotlight: Anthony Capuano, Fire Protection Engineer

Like a lot of college freshmen, Anthony Capuano entered Worcester Polytechnic Institute unsure of what he wanted to study. It wasn’t until an open house session about the university’s fire protection program that he first…

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New Hire Spotlight: Craig Sider, Fire Protection Consultant

As the son of a firefighter, Craig Sider has always been interested in fire protection. But while he admired his dad’s role first as a volunteer and then as a career firefighter in southern Ontario, Craig knew that the…

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New Hire Spotlight: Fernanda Navarro, Property Loss Control Consultant

When Fernanda Navarro began applying for post-graduation jobs, she expected to enter industrial engineering, the field she studied at Texas A&M University. But shortly after being hired to do sprinkler design in 2017, she…

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New Hire Spotlight: Christian Merryfield, Fire Protection Consultant

Christian Merryfield was introduced to fire protection early in his journey to becoming an engineer. After connecting with a hiring manager when he was a college student in Livermore, California, he worked as a fire sprinkler…

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Fire Loss in the U.S. 2020 – A synopsis of the NFPA’s annual fire report

Each fall, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes an extensive report that details fire loss in the U.S. during the previous calendar year. The data comes from a survey distributed to fire departments across…

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New Hire Spotlight: Mike Kramer, Fire Protection Technician

As the grandson of a retired firefighter and inspector, Mike Kramer was always intrigued by fire protection. He didn’t anticipate getting into the industry, but after studying business management at the University of Toledo,…

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Man listening

Fire Prevention Week 2021: October 3-9! Learn the Sounds of Safety

Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, the annual Fire Prevention Week is upon us. It’s the longest-running public health acknowledgement in the U.S., proclaimed a national observance by President Calvin…

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Couple with daughter

New Hire Spotlight: Michael Zellers, P.E. — Fire Protection Engineer

Michael Zellers with his wife and daughter Joining a volunteer fire department sparked Michael Zellers’ initial interest in fire protection. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in…

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Man at creek

New Hire Spotlight: Ryan Tracy — Property Loss Control Consultant

Ryan Tracy enjoying the beauty of Crested Butte, Colorado When Ryan Tracy graduated from Penn State with a degree in mechanical engineering, he didn’t know of any classmates pursuing fire protection or property loss control.…

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