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NFSA Applauds Fire Sprinkler Incentives in Tax Reform

on January 8, 2018

The National Fire Sprinkler Association praised sponsors and co-sponsors for their consistent leadership over the years that ensured fire sprinklers were included in the tax reform legislation passed by the House and Senate.

The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act has been pushed for years. Fire protection has now been included and overall fire and life safety systems have joined other tax incentives, such as roofing, HVAC and security alarm systems.

“This accomplishment for fire and life safety has been 14 years in the making. To say we are excited is an understatement,” explained Shane Ray, NFSA president. “Our NFSA team goal was to support Congressman Jim Langevin and all Congressional leaders over the years who sponsored and co-sponsored the bi-partisan legislation that was first filed following the tragic Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island that claimed 100 lives in early 2003.”

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The Benefits of Regular Fire Sprinkler and Alarm System Inspections

on January 4, 2018

With the constant flow of news coverage of loss due to fire, to most, fire sprinkler and alarm system inspections are a clear matter of importance. Some, however, view these inspections as a necessary evil, or worse, a waste of time and resources. Fire sprinkler and alarm inspections can ensure that your system is functioning properly, which ultimately will help save lives in the unfortunate event of a fire. But beyond saving lives, there are many other benefits of regular system inspections.

Building codes and policies are created and in place to ensure the protection of occupants and residents. Fire alarm inspections confirm that your fire warning device meets the standards set by these codes and policies. Many of these same codes and policies are also used by insurance companies for protection against false claims. If your fire system fails to fulfill the standards set by insurance companies, your claims could be denied.

Fire alarm inspections provide proof of a properly functioning system should the need for proof arise. Should injury to occupants due to a fire ever occur, the liability you face will be restricted if you can prove your fire system was functioning properly. If you can’t show proof from a fire alarm inspection that your system was functioning properly, you may be held responsible for injuries sustained.

Faulty systems may also cause false alarms, unnecessarily calling the fire department to your building. Fire alarm inspections can also prevent the occurrence of these false alarms.

Cox Fire Protection has been providing fire alarm inspections in many of Florida’s most iconic facilities for over 30 years. Our inspections department assumes responsibility for letting you know when it’s time for your inspections.  Our team of experienced technicians conducts quarterly, semiannual and annual inspections so that you can be confident that your fire alarm system is functioning as it should.

Cox Fire also provides 24-hour monitoring for your round the clock protection.

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Cox Fire names their 2017 Favorite!

on December 22, 2017

For the past seven years, all Cox Fire employees have been offered the opportunity to vote for their Employee of the Year – to be named at our annual Christmas party.  What are the criteria for choosing the Employee of the Year?  There is none! This is all about employee opinion.  This is about the person who pitches in when an extra pair of hands is needed.  Who is always happy to help?  Who personifies the Cox Fire team spirit?  Who puts a great face on Cox Fire to the public?  Who goes above and beyond what’s expected of customers and coworkers?  Cox Fire voted, and by an impressive margin, that recognition for 2017 goes to Sandy Cress!  Sandy has been with Cox Fire for nine years and has excelled in each role she’s filled.  She is currently Cox Fire’s permitting agent, and management has declared that Sandy does not have the option to ever retire from this position!  Thank you Sandy, from everyone at Cox Fire, for being an inspiration to us all.  And congratulations!

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Rodney McDaniels Appointed as Service and Inspections Manager

on December 13, 2017

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rodney McDaniels to the position of Service and Inspections Manager. Rodney has just signed on with Cox Fire Protection, however, he has run his own company for over seven years throughout the Southeast. Rodney’s responsibilities at Cox Fire Protection will relate directly to the functions of growing the service and inspections departments for the Jacksonville branch. Specifically, he will be targeting work located in North Florida, Southern Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Please help me in congratulating Rodney McDaniels. I know you will give him your full cooperation as he continues to grow our Jacksonville market. He has assumed his new role officially, as of the first week of November and will work out of the Jacksonville office.

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Announcement – Jacksonville Service and Inspections Manager

on December 4, 2017

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rodney McDaniels to the position of Service and Inspections Manager. Rodney has just signed on with Cox Fire Protection, however, he has run his own company for over seven years throughout the Southeast. Rodney’s responsibilities at Cox Fire Protection will relate directly to the functions of growing the service and inspections departments for the Jacksonville branch. Specifically, he will be targeting work located in North Florida, Southern Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Please help me in congratulating Rodney McDaniels. I know you will give him your full cooperation as he continues to grow our Jacksonville market. He has assumed his new role officially, as of the first week of November and will work out of the Jacksonville office.

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Build Tampa Bay to Present at the White House

on December 4, 2017

Cox Fire is very excited to announce that our CEO, Linda Cox, along with fellow Board Members, Steve Cona, Brian Wilkinson, Wayne Fernandez and Jack Olmstead, has been invited to the White House on Tuesday 12/5 to meet with Deputy Assistant to the President, Stephen Munisteri.  Linda is the Chair of Build Tampa Bay, a not-for-profit program established through ABC’s Gulf Coast Chapter, which is tackling head-on the skilled labor shortage in the Tampa Bay area.  Build Tampa Bay is going into high schools to talk with seniors, their parents and their counselors about the critical need for skilled workers in the construction industry – and about the incredible career opportunities that exist for full 4-year scholarships underwritten by member companies.  Washington DC heard about Build Tampa Bay, and wants to understand the logistics of how we’re making the partnerships work between Tampa Bay’s business community and surrounding school systems!  The Straz in Tampa will be hosting our third annual Build Tampa Bay event in April, and over 1000 high school juniors and seniors are expected at the event that will culminate in a “signing day” for students who have interviewed with member companies through the course of this school year, and who will be awarded their hard hats and scholarships on site during the ceremony that day.

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Cox Fire Employee Spotlight

on November 14, 2017

Big things are happening in Cox Fire’s Jacksonville office!  For anyone who has been in the fire protection industry for any length of time, the name Allen Perry is one that is well known and well respected.  When asked to describe Allen – words like “dependable, hard-working, kind, knowledgeable,” and “decisive” are heard repeatedly.  We are very happy to announce that Allen has accepted the position of branch manager for our Jacksonville branch, and as such, will be responsible for Cox Fire’s work in North Florida and Georgia.  Allen started in the industry in 1974 with Moore Pipe and Sprinkler and has held his Florida and Georgia fire protection contractor’s licenses for many years.  In 2013, Allen was hired as a contract salesman for Cox Fire, and since that time has cultivated strong and enduring customer relationships that are nurtured with donuts, yogurt and chocolate covered strawberries on a regular basis!

When Allen is not working he’ll most likely be found outdoors fishing, golfing, at ballgames or working in his yard.  Most important in his life is his marriage to his long-time sweetheart Janet, and they share 3 children, 2 grandchildren and another grandchild on the way.

Cox Fire is very proud that after 40 years in the industry Allen chose to join Cox Fire in 2013, and has chosen to make his home here.  We are excited to see how the future unfolds under Allen’s extraordinary leadership!

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Jacksonville Branch Manager Announcement

on November 10, 2017
From: Scott Cox
Date: 11/9/2017
Re: Announcement – Jacksonville Branch Manager

 

Cox Fire is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen Perry to the position of Jacksonville Branch Manager. Allen has been an employee of Cox Fire in the Jacksonville office since 2013 and brings substantial experience developing new markets for our Jacksonville office. Allen’s responsibilities at Cox Fire Protection will relate directly to the functions of every division in the company for projects located in North Florida, Southern Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Scott Cox President

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State of the Art Sprinkler System at the Refrigerated Warehouse, Port of Tampa

on November 2, 2017

Cox Fire Protection is proud to have recently completed a state of the art sprinkler system in a 150,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse for the Port of Tampa. The sprinkler systems included wet, dry, and pre-action systems and a single fire pump sized appropriately to feed the entire building. Over 5 miles of pipe was installed in the new facility. Cox Fire worked hand in hand with the GC (Batson-Cook), the owner and design team to successfully value engineer over $150,000 out of the scope by using alternative methods of protection and the latest technology in the fire protection industry.

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