Fire & Life Safety America was originally founded in 1997 as East Coast Fire Protection.

In the first week of business, the company didn’t have a permanent headquarters, so the five member employee team met in a Richmond, Virginia McDonald’s.

Today, the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA, has over 900 employees in nine states and spans the region from Maryland to Florida to Texas. Along with its partner network, the company offers unmatched experience in fire protection services.

Since inception, FLSA has grown into one of the top life safety companies in the nation, leading the industry with International Standards Organization (ISO) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certifications.

Our company has been consistently recognized in the fire and life safety industry for maintaining excellence through rapid growth and development. FLSA’s combination of experience and service enable us to reach our ultimate goal: Provide the highest quality fire protection services possible to protect lives and property.

Since 1997, East Coast Fire Protection has joined with Southeast Fire Protection, Affordable Fire Protection, Fire Watch Services, Elite Fire Protection, Texas Southwest Fire Protection, and Universal Sprinkler to create one a leading fire sprinkler and life safety groups in the country.

As a result, we changed our name from East Coast Fire Protection to Fire & Life Safety America—a name that more accurately reflects our full geographic footprint. The name change is an acknowledgement of the size, strength, and diversity of the entire Fire & Life Safety America group—making “FLSA” the cornerstone of our branding nationwide.


1997: East Coast Fire Protection opens for business with offices in Richmond, Baltimore and Roanoke
1998: Chesapeake, VA office opens
1999: Raleigh, NC office opens
2001: Atlanta, GA and Northern VA offices open
2002: Charlotte, NC office opens
2003: ECFP acquires Southeast Fire Protection of Orlando, FL and Eastern Fire Protection, LLC
2007: ECFP acquires Fire Watch Services of Lorton, VA and Affordable Fire Protection of Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC
2008: ECFP opens Texas Southwest Fire Protection, LLC with offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. ECFP acquires Universal Sprinkler with offices in Houston and San Antonio. ECFP changes its name to Fire & Life Safety America, Inc
2009: FLSA opens Dallas, TX office
2011: Tom York is named President of Fire & Life Safety America, Inc
2013: FLSA opens Charleston, SC office