Q&A with Dr. Bradley Howard, Koorsen Fire & Security Project Manager

Koorsen Q&A with Dr. Bradley Howard, Project Manager for Koorsen Fire & Security Dr. Bradley Howard wears many hats as an employee of Koorsen Fire & Security in Columbus, Ohio. Not only is he a Koorsen Project Manager, but also an appointed Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on standards 17 and…

Free Educational Seminars for Life Safety Authorities

KEEPING THE EXPERTS IN THE KNOW As the leader in the fire protection and security industry, Koorsen Fire & Security is committed to not only its clients, but to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) as well. AHJs include fire marshals, fire inspectors, building inspectors, and insurance carriers. AHJs are responsible for enforcing the fire and life…

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Schools

  Just like any business, schools need to stay up to date on their inspections for all fire and security systems according to NFPA code requirements. From 2007 to 2011, the U.S. Fire Department responded to an estimated average of 5,690 structure fires in educational properties each ear. These fires caused a yearly average of…

What Is Your Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Nobody hopes for a workplace emergency; however, creating an emergency evacuation plan is an essential step in protecting your employees, workplace and business. At a minimum, your emergency action plan should include the following: A method of reporting fires and other emergencies An evacuation policy and procedure Emergency escape procedures and pre-assigned routes, such as…

Indiana Funding Available to Increase School Security

In November, Indiana governor Mike Pence announced more than $10 million in school security funds to be distributed to hundreds of schools and corporations. The funds come from a result of excess and unspent funds. Pence says: Indiana was one of the first states to establish and fund a statewide program specifically designed with school…

Facility Manager’s Guide to Campus Security

College and university campuses are responsible for thousands of students every year, so it is imperative that campus security and safety is made a priority by university officials and facility managers. Below are some items that must be considered by facility managers as they work to keep their campus safe. Mass Notification System In the…

The Kasey Program: Using Dogs to Teach Fire and Life Safety

The Kasey Program was established in 1995 to bring fire and life safety skills to children of all ages in a fun and memorable way. The non-profit program is sponsored by Koorsen Fire & Security and is run by retired firefighter, Jeff Owens. Jeff Owens was a theater major in college and then went on…

Anatomy of Fire

Many people aren’t aware how fires start and spread throughout a building, but understanding the anatomy of fire and installing the correct equipment (like smoke detectors and suppression systems) beforehand, can allow you to better protect your property from damage.  The FireTetrahedron The four components that must be present for a fire to occur are…

Smart Ways to Keep Schools Safe

With kids back in school and safety increasingly on the minds of parents, schools face greater pressure than ever to maintain the security of their facilities. Senior Commercial Security Consultant Richard Phillips has worked with schools throughout his career at Koorsen and well knows the particular challenge of maintaining selective access. Here’s what he has…

The Kasey Program: Using Dogs to Teach Life Safety Lessons

Millions of dogs can sit, stay, and roll over. Lucky for us (and for 400,000 kids a year), fire fighter Jeff Owens made the connection between those standard dog moves and the life-saving advice to “stop, drop, and roll.” And then he started up Koorsen’s Kasey Program, which uses dogs to demonstrate fire safety tactics in…