Northwest Fire Systems (NWFS) is your locally owned Full Service, Fire and Life Safety Company. As a Union Level III Fire Sprinkler Contractor we are able to design and install fire sprinkler systems from the underground to the final touches of the trim work. In addition to full design-build capabilities, our service team is ready to test, inspect and repair your fire sprinkler systems, fire pumps, backflow preventers, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, kitchen hood systems and gas suppression systems. Through planned maintenance agreements (PMAs), NWFS offers unparalleled service to our clients in the performance of testing and inspections to meet national and local code, sprinkler pipe corrosion management and central station monitoring. We are available for emergency service calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week. NWFS employees carry all required state and industry certifications and have years of service related experience. Our expert attention to your needs ensures the proper operation of your Fire and Life Safety equipment.


Northwest Fire Systems was founded by local individuals who have spent many years in the Fire and Life Safety industry with specific experience in the Seattle market. We have gained a reputation as one of the most professional, responsive and dependable fire companies in the greater Washington area. We are confident that the valuable and broad expertise within our organization can support any of our customer’s needs and expectations.
Northwest Fire Systems is staffed with the best in the industry, and is a member of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). We are affiliated with the NFSA (National Fire Sprinkler Association) and the Local 699 Sprinkler Fitters Union. We have employees who have earned NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) Level II, Level III and Level IV certifications.


Clark Potter

Clark Potter III

Number of years in fire protection industry: 45


1976–Present, Clark completed a 5 year apprenticeship program through local Alaska Union 669 with Grinnell Fire Protection and Automatic Fire. This apprenticeship involved working in and around the oil, lumber, fishing, tourism, and military construction in Alaska. He also has experience in the installation and maintenance of fire alarm panels, card access and security systems.

In 1994, Clark moved to Washington State and continued working for Grinnell Fire Protection which became SimplexGrinnell in January 2000. Starting as a sales representative in 1996 and having received multiple President Award’s, Clark became the Total Service Manager in June of 2001 – 2005. He participated in the Tyco Six Sigma program and completed Black Belt training in January 2006.

In 2006, Clark took over as VP of NW operations for COSCO Fire Protection in Seattle, which involved P&L and operational responsibilities for three NW branches: Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage.

Northwest Fire Systems, LLC, was started in January of 2008.

  • 1976 – 1981 Penn State University correspondence courses, work study for Fire Protection.
  • 1976 – 1981 Apprenticeship program with local union 669
  • 1999 – 2000 Cornell University: Management Development Studies
  • 2000 NSFA Professional Development Program for Project Management
  • 2004 Green Belt Training and certification
  • 2005 – 2006 Six Sigma Black Belt
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Ben McManus
Field Superintendent

Number of years in fire protection industry: 25

  • 1996 – 2000 Apprentice Allied Fire Protection, Oakland CA.
  • 2000 – 2005 Journeyman McKinstry, Anderson MaGruder, Reliance Fire, Emerald Fire, Fire Systems West.
  • 2005 – 2010 Foreman Viking Fire, Anderson MaGruder,
  • 2010 – Present Foreman and Superintendent Northwest Fire Systems
  • N.I.C.E.T Certified Level II
  • AS-1: Seattle certification for the installation, maintenance and confidence testing of water-based fire sprinkler systems in any building.
  • FP-1: Seattle certification for the acceptance testing, confidence testing of fire pumps and controllers.
  • NITC-UA: Star Mastery sprinkler fitting and inspection/testing certification for US and Canada.
  • STP-1: Seattle certification for the installation, maintenance and confidence testing of class I, II, and III standpipe systems.
  • Local 483 Apprenticeship school, San Francisco, CA.
  • Washington State Backflow Assembly Tester Certification.
  • WA State Fitter Card/Certification

Ben’s knowledge base coupled with his years of experience gives added value in balancing the relationship between Northwest Fire Systems and our customers. He is responsible for the supervision of all field employees to ensure every job runs smoothly, on time, and are of high quality. He also determines the workforce for size and competence to make sure the right people are in the right places. He works closely with the sales force, the coordinators, building owners, and designers to insure the best on time delivery of service to our customers. He also works closely with the local fire inspectors and fire marshals to insure the jobs are completed per code.

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Zeke Dunham
Inspection Manager / Service Dept.

Number of years in fire protection industry: 23

  • 1998 – 2005   SimplexGrinnell
  • 2005 – 2012   Smith Fire
  • 2012 – Present Senior Inspector / Service Dept.   Northwest Fire Systems
  • N.I.C.E.T Certified Level I
  • N.I.C.E.T Certified Level II
  • AS-1: Seattle certification for the installation, maintenance and confidence testing of water-based fire sprinkler systems in any building.
  • FP-1: Seattle certification for the acceptance testing, confidence testing of fire pumps and controllers.
  • FA-1: Seattle certification for the acceptance testing, confidence testing and maintenance of automatic fire alarm systems in any building.
  • EG-CT: Seattle certification for the confidence testing of emergency generators
  • STP-1: Seattle certification for the installation, maintenance and confidence testing of class I, II, and III standpipe systems.
  • State of Washington Specialty Plumber’s License
  • Certified Backflow Assembly Tester

Zeke’s immense knowledge base coupled with his years of experience gives added value in balancing the relationship between Northwest Fire Systems and our customers. He is responsible for the maintenance of two million square feet of fire system–protected property and peripheral equipment. He tests/maintains all water-based fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems while staying ahead of the curve with regard to education. Zeke’s specialties are: fire pumps, standpipes, backflow preventers, fire alarm, fire hydrants, and special hazard foam systems.

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Brady Loomis
Sales / Account Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 7

  • 1978 – 1993 Self Employed ARC-ART
  • 1993 – 1996 Outside Sales Carlile K&W Transportation
  • 1997 – 2001 Sales Manager Systems4U
  • 2007 – 2013 Building Services Rep Alaska Regional Council of Carpenters
  • 2013 – Present Sales & Account Manager Northwest Fire Systems

Brady brings enthusiasm and a relationship based attitude as a customer oriented sales manager to Northwest Fire Systems. He maintains a high level proficiency of “customer’s needs first” this will set Northwest Fire Systems apart from the competition.

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Jose “J.R.” Gonzalez
Sales / Account Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry:  7

  • 2013 – 2016 Inspections Admin    Smith Fire
  • 2016 – 2017 Suppression Services    Smith Fire
  • 2017 – Present Sales Northwest Fire    Systems

J.R. is a firm believer that sales and service must go hand in hand if you truly have your customer’s best interests in mind. Sales drives businesses all around the world, but the businesses that stand the test of time are deeply rooted in providing excellent service to their customers which this belief sets Northwest Fire Systems apart from its competitors.

Stephani Mcdaniels

Stephani McDaniels
Deficiencies Specialist

Number of years in fire protection industry: 16

  • 2005 – 2010 Apprentice Fire Systems West, Hydro Tech Fire Protection
  • 2010 – 2012 Journeyman Hydro Tech Fire Protection
  • 2013 – 2016 Service and Inspections Manager Archer Construction
  • 2016 – 2017 Special Projects Estimator/Project Manager/Service Coordinator Red Hawk Fire Protection
  • 2017 – Present Deficiency Specialist Northwest Fire Systems
  • Local 699 Apprenticeship – South Seattle Community College

Deficiencies found at any location are very concerning. Stephani excels with 5 years’ plus experience in the field combined with the several more years working in the office, She brings a great knowledge base to Northwest Fire Systems and her goal after completion of the deficiency repair are equally important and Stephani is here to assist you every step of the way.

Nicole Pixlee

Nicole Pixlee
Inspection Coordinator

Number of years in fire protection industry: 12

  • 2008 – 2011 Dispatch Coordinator    Allied Fire & Security
  • 2011 – 2020 Dispatch Coordinator    JCI (formerly known as SimplexGrinnell)
  • 2020 – Present Inspection Coordinator    Northwest Fire Systems

Nicole has an extensive background in dispatching and coordinating field crews which has been a great asset in scheduling our inspections in a timely manner. Because of her strengths and love of helping people, Nicole has been a great addition to our team.

Connor Mawhinney

Connor Mawhinney
Service Coordinator

Number of years in fire protection industry:  7

  • 2013 – 2015 Fire Extinguisher Suppression Tech    Smith Fire
  • 2014 – 2019 Field Apprentice    Smith Fire
  • 2019 – 2020 Service Coordinator    Smith Fire
  • 2020 – Present Service Administrator    Northwest Fire Systems

⦁ (previously) Backflow Certified
⦁ (previously) E-3 Seattle Certified
⦁ FEX-1 Seattle Certified

Connor was previous a technician turned office admin, with 7 years of field experience. His knowledge about Fire Extinguishers, Hood Systems, Backflows make him a great fit for the office side of Fire and Life Safety Services to handle service crews & emergency calls on a daily basis, ensuring our technicians are able to get to customers in a timely manner.

Kathi Orear

Kathi O’Rear
Contract Administrator

Number of years in fire protection industry: 6

  • 2014 – Present Contract Administrator Northwest Fire Systems

Kathi is key in the coordination, review, and administration of contractual proposals relating to construction projects. She is vital part of the continued relationship between clients, project managers, and contractors that Northwest Fire Systems have relied upon for our continued success.

Kenneth Bryner

Kenneth Bryner
Senior Sprinkler Sales Estimator

Number of years in fire protection industry: 43

  • 1977 – 1979 Engineering Aide    Grinnell Fire Protection
  • 1979 – 1980 Purchasing / Expediter    Grinnell Fire Protection
  • 1980 – 1981 Estimator / Sales:    AAA Fire Protection
  • 1981 – 1982 Project Manager / Designer    Northstar Fire Protection
  • 1983 – 1985 Fire Protection Designer    Adams Automatic Company, Superior Protection Company
  • 1985 – 1989 Designer    Superior Fire Protection
  • 1989 – 1993 Project Manager / Designer Western States Fire Protection, Ace Fire
  • 1993 – 1995 Deginer/Owner    Northwest Design Fire Systems
  • 1995 – 2014 Design / Service & Sales    SimplexGrinnell
  • 2014 – Present Senior Sprinkler Sales Estimator     Northwest Fire Systems

With more than 37 years of experience in the Fire Protection Field, Ken also brings his knowledge of local and national fire codes and ordinances. Adding this with his superior talent in the fields of design, estimating and contract sales, Ken is set to help Northwest Fire Systems become a premier player in the industry.

David Milliman

David Milliman

Number of years in fire protection industry: 25

  • 1995 – 2006 Sprinkler fitter Sprinkler fitters Local 669 Journeyman
  • 2006 – 2011 Service Manager/Service Sales COSCO Fire Protection
  • 2011 – 2014 Project Manager/Sales Engineered Fire & Safety
  • 2015 – 2016 District Manager Protective Systems
  • 2016 – 2017 Operations Manager Farmer & Irwin
  • 2017 – Present  Estimator/Project Manager  Northwest Fire Systems
  • Business Management – University of Alaska
  • Design & Layout Fire Sprinkler Systems – Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology
  • Design & Layout Gas Fire Suppression Systems – Kidde Fire Systems
  • N.I.C.E.T. II – Fire Alarm Inspection & Maintenance
  • N.I.C.E.T. I – Special Hazards Systems
  • Florida Fire Sprinkler Contractors License

David began his fire protection career in Alaska starting as an expediter and moving into the Sprinkler fitters Union Local 669 eventually becoming a Journeyman level sprinkler fitter. David did extensive sprinkler work all over the State of Alaska to include oil and gas work as well as private and government projects.

Beginning in 2006 David entered into the sales and management area of the fire sprinkler business performing project estimating, project management, billing, scheduling and many other aspects of the fire sprinkler business.

Prior to moving to the Seattle area David spent 2 ½ years working as an Operations Manager in South Florida managing all aspects of the fire protection business. Many of the projects in South Florida were for very high-end customers in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island areas. David also obtained a State of Florida Fire Sprinkler Contractors license.

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Franco Petraski
Fire Alarm Division Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 35

  • 1985 – 1989 Interior Comm. Electrician (IC2)      US Navy
  • 1989 – 1991      Security System Installer      Brink’s Home Security
  • 1991 – 1998      Fire Alarm Tech      Pyro-Comm Systems
  • 1998 – 2003      Fire Alarm Tech      Guardian Security Systems
  • 2003 – 2005      Fire Alarm Tech      Precision Alarm / Fire Systems West
  • 2005 – 2015      Fire Alarm Service Manager       Fire Systems West
  • 2015 – 2019      Fire Alarm System Sales       Guardian Security Systems
  • 2019 – Present  Fire Alarm Division Manager     Northwest Fire Systems

Franco’s many years as an installer and technician has put his hands-on experience extremely beneficial for Northwest Fire Systems. Franco has brought all that knowledge and expertise in the fire alarm field to the next level to benefit the customer’s needs. We are very excited to have Franco on our team.

David Arndtson

David Arndtson
Fire Alarm Sales

Number of years in fire protection industry: 27

  • 1994 – 1995 Apprentice Honeywell
  • 1995 – 2000 Sales Honeywell
  • 2000 – 2008 Sales Allied Fire & Security
  • 2008 – 2013 Sales Smith Fire Systems
  • 2013 – 2014 Sales Pacific Fire & Security
  • 2014 – 2016 Sales Washington Alarm
  • 2016 – 2017 Sales Northwest Fire Systems
  • 2017 – Present Sales/Manager Northwest Fire Systems

David’s knowledge base of designing and selling of small to large fire alarm projects and managing of Northwest Fire Systems fire alarm technicians have added a great advantage to Northwest Fire Systems and all customers. David excels in putting the customers first and knowing the industry to predict the needs of each project. We are proud to have David as part of our amazing team.

B. Richard Moye

B. Richard Moye, CET
Design Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 23

  • 1997 – 2004 Smith Fire Systems
  • 2004 – 2011 Fire Systems West
  • 2011 – 2012, 2016 – 2018 Red Hawk Fire Protection
  • 2014 – 2016 Western States Fire Protection
  • 2018 – Present Northwest Fire Systems
  • AOS, Computer Aided Drafting – Universal Technical Institute
  • NICET Certified Level III – Water Based Systems Layout
  • State Of Washington Fire Sprinkler Certificate of Competency Holder

Richard has been involved in Design, Project Management, and Estimating of Fire Sprinkler Systems for the last 21 years. He has worked on a large variety of projects from small tenant improvements, various mixed use buildings, high piled warehouse storage, to stadiums such as the Showare Center in Kent, and high rises (8th and Howell and Four Seasons Hotels in Seattle). Richard skills have brought Northwest Fire Systems to a new level of design.

Bryan Farmer

T. Bryan Farmer

Number of years in fire protection industry: 5

  • 2015 – 2016 Designer    Automatic Sprinkler of Texas
  • 2016 – 2018 Sales, Designer, Project Manager    Dal-Fire
  • 2018 – 2020 Designer    Complete Fire
  • 2020 – Present Designer    Northwest Fire Systems
  • N.I.C.E.T. Level II: RMI Certification Inspections
  • N.I.C.E.T. Level I: Water Base Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association: Hydraulic Calculation Certification
  • OSHA 10 & 30 Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Cert.
  • Certified in Construction Safety Confined & First Aid/CPR
  • Macarthur Gauge: TNRCC Backflow Tester/Confined Space Certification
  • Fire Sprinkler field experience

Bryan has worked on big projects: Costco, (McKinney, TX) from ground up and American Airlines Credit Union (Fortworth, TX) from ground up to a bunch of smaller projects from the ground up. He has worked on decent size TI’s (over 100 heads) to 3-4 head TI’s to some residential. Working on all these projects has given Bryan such an extensive background and knowledgebase that he is preparing to get hi N.I.C.E.T. Certified Level II – Water Based Systems Layout to bring more to his already extensive resume.


The following list contains a small part of the satisfied customers Northwest Fire Systems has had the privilege to service over the past 8 years. We are confident that we will add many more to this list in the years to come.

Westin Hotel Seattle

Crown Plaza Seattle

Seattle Hilton Hotel

Redmond Town Center

Edmonds School District

Epic Asset Management

Allied Residential

Greystar – Formerly Riverstone Properties


Sellen Construction

Snohomish County

JSH Properties

Evergreen Medical Center


Jones Lang LaSalle

Tacoma School District

Consolidated Fire Protection

Target Distribution Center Lacey, WA.

UDR, Inc.

Silver Reef Casino

Swissport Fueling Services

Grand Hyatt

Hyatt at Olive 8

GSA – Auburn

Highline School District

Emerald Queen Casino