CORPORATE OVERVIEW

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.

EXPERIENCE

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.

KEY PERSONNEL

Clark Potter III
Owner

Number of years in fire protection industry: 42

Experience:

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.

Education:
  • 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

Ben McManus
Field Superintendent

Number of years in fire protection industry: 22

Experience:
  • 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
Certifications:
  • 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.

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.

Zeke Dunham
Senior Inspector / Service Dept.

Number of years in fire protection industry: 20

Experience:
  • 1998 – 2005 SimplexGrinnell
  • 2005 – 2012 Smith Fire
  • 2012 – Present Senior Inspector / Service Dept. Northwest Fire Systems
Certifications:
  • 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

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.

Brady Loomis
Sales / Account Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 5

Experience:
  • 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.

Stephani McDaniels
Deficiencies Specialist

Number of years in fire protection industry: 13

Experience:
  • 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
Education:
  • Local 699 Apprenticeship – South Seattle Community College

With 5 years plus experience in the field combined with the several more years working in the office, Stephani brings a great knowledge base to Northwest Fire Systems. We are thankful to have her and all her years of experience.

Angela Stewart
Service Coordinator

Number of years in fire protection industry: 11

Experience:
  • 2007 – 2008 Receptionist Smith Fire
  • 2008 – 2010 Quality Control Smith Fire
  • 2010 – 2015 Service Coordinator Smith Fire
  • 2015 – Present Service Coordinator Northwest Fire Systems

Having no knowledge of the industry when Angie started, she has worked her way up and is responsible for maintaining great customer relationships and works closely with our service team and inspectors. She joined us in 2015 and continues to enjoy the challenge of learning something new each day. Because of her strengths and love of helping people, she is a great addition to our team.

Kenneth Bryner
Senior Sales Estimator

Number of years in fire protection industry: 39

Experience:
  • 1979 – 1980 Purchasing / Expediter Grinnell Fire Protection
  • 1980 – 1981 Estimator / Sales: AAA Fire Protection
  • 1981 – 1982 Project Manager / Designer Northstar Fire Protection
  • 1983 – 1995 Fire Protection Designer Adams Automatic Company, Superior Protection Company
  • 1989 – 1994 Project Manager / Designer Western States Fire Protection, Ace Fire Protection Systems
  • 1995 – 2014 Design / Service & Sales SimplexGrinnell
  • 2014 – Present Senior Sales Estimator Northwest Fire Systems

With more than 39 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.

B. Richard Moye, CET
Design Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 21

Experience:
  • 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
Education:
  • AOS, Computer Aided Drafting – Universal Technical Institute
Certifications:
  • 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.

Kara Morrow
AutoCAD Drafter / Designer

Number of years in fire protection industry: 3

Experience:
  • 2007 AutoCAD Drafter CES Consulting Engineers
  • 2016 – 2017 Lead CAD Tech Ace Fire and Security
  • 2018 – Present AutoCAD Drafter/Designer Northwest Fire Systems
Education:
  • Drafting/Communications – Everett Community College
  • 10 Week Drafting Studies – North Seattle Community College via Boeing
Certifications:
  • Hawk Ridge Solidworks Training

Kara has been involved in AutoCAD Design and Drafting industry for the last 12 years. She has worked on a large variety of projects revolving around computer labs, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, and educational facilities for submission to the authority having jurisdiction for approval and permit issuance. Kara has proven to be a great asset to the Northwest Fire Systems design team.

David Arndtson
Fire Alarm Sales/Manager

Number of years in fire protection industry: 24

Experience:
  • 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.

NORTHWEST FIRE SYSTEMS CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS

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.

Bellevue City Hall

Westin Hotel Seattle

Crown Plaza Seattle

Seattle Hilton Hotel

Redmond Town Center

Edmonds School District

Epic Asset Management

Allied Residential

Greystar – Formerly Riverstone Properties

Deacon

Sellen Construction

Snohomish County

JSH Properties

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Swedish Medical Towers

Nordstrom Medical Towers

Evergreen Medical Center

CBRE

Jones Lang LaSalle

Tacoma School District

Consolidated Fire Protection

Target Distribution Center Lacey, WA.