Thursday, October 01, 2015

Smoke Detector Sensitivity Testing Info For Property Owners

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Smoke Detector testing is not new to the fire protection industry. However having a way to correctly perform the tests had been an issue for some time as approved equipment had not been available. Late last year the SOLO test equipment had been approved. Many industry professionals understood the value of preforming these tests and adopted the practice January of 2015. 

As with any changes in industry practise or fire code there is an adjustment period as all parties learn what is now expected. The Manitoba chapter of the CFAA (CDN Fire Alarm Assn.) has always maintained a very good working relationship with the AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) in this case the City of Winnipeg Fire Prevention Dept. In consulting with them they quickly understood the issues that arose from these tests and have issued a letter of clarification. The letter can be downloaded at the top of this post. 

Life safety is always the goal when any changes in practice or fire code are considered. This change is very positive in that it will ensure that the smoke detectors installed in the building you live or work in will do the job they are designed to do. We all know electronics get old, dirty, and fail. I can’t think of a single person I know that still has a tube TV from the 60’s, or uses rabbit ears to catch a signal.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bison Fire Protection Ranks No.337 on the 2015 PROFIT 500

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PROFIT magazine unveils 27th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Winnipeg (September 17, 2015) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Bison Fire Protection No. 337on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth. This is the third straight year they have achieved this ranking.

Bison Fire Protection made the 2015 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 151%.

“The PROFIT 500 represents the highest tier of entrepreneurialism in Canada,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “They should be lauded for the positive economic contributions they’ve made to their communities—and the entire country.  They are examples of what can be accomplished with innovation, discipline and determination."

“Bison Fire Protection is proud to have ranked on the Profit 500 3 years in a row.,” says CEO Rob Read. “This achievement reflects the strength of our product and the dedication of our team. This current recognition of the hard work our team does every day goes well with the awards and accolades we have received over the last several years from the fire protection industry and the business community as a whole.”

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About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a total print readership of more than 600,000, it is the country's premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada's business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

Bison Fire Protection has built a solid reputation on our commitment to superior products and services. We believe in providing education and training, as well as professional service, to ensure our customers are served as well as possible by the fire protection solutions we provide.

Established in 2001, Bison Fire Protection Inc. began as a fire extinguisher, and automatic suppression provider to grow into a full service company including fire alarm, and automatic sprinklers. In 2006 we added Thompson Extinguisher Service to our family, combining their more than 20 years of experience, with our entire catalogue of products and services. In 2010 we expanded to Regina Saskatchewan offering the same high quality products, and services our customers have come to expect. 2011 saw the acquisition of Protec Sprinklers, this addition has allowed us to move into automatic sprinkler design, contracting, and installation.

Most recently, we've expanded our service region and entered northwest Ontario with our newest location in Kenora, open as of 2015. Visit our Location Page to see all of our locations, in each of the 4 cities.

All Bison Fire Protection staff are factory trained and certified by each of our suppliers, as required by the fire code.  Our Automatic Sprinkler Division provides Red Seal inspections, testing, and renovations to all types of sprinkler systems.

Bison Fire Protection Inc. is quickly becoming the recognized leader in fire alarm and emergency light products. Offering authorized Siemens Fire Alarm sales, service, inspections, verifications and product warranty. No matter the size of your project we can service your fire alarm needs.

Our full service shops, in Winnipeg, Thompson, Regina as well as our newest addition in Kenora, are inspected by Transport Canada, and are certified by Warnock Hersey to service all manufacturers and types of extinguishers as well as both pre-engineered and engineered suppression systems.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Winnipeg CEO Sleepout

For over 3,000 people, a night out on the street is an unfortunate reality.

On September 24, 2015, I will be joining Winnipeg CEOs, community leaders, and members of the media to help raise awareness about homelessness, and to deepen my own understanding and tolerance.

We all have a stake and responsibility to put an end to homelessness. When we work together with government and the private sector, we can start to form realistic and tangible targets to make a difference.

Strategic investments in housing and employment can give hope for the homeless. We’ve seen this happen. Over the past several years, monies raised from the CEO Sleepout has helped to stabilize housing for those at risk and provided over 51,000 hours of employment for 137 individuals experiencing homelessness.

I’m excited to participate in this year’s event as a sleepout participant. I’m thrilled to champion this cause and to work with organizations and other participants to build strong communities, through housing and employment. I would love your support.

Learn more about the CEO Sleepout here:

You can sponsor my sleepout or donate directly to this program here:,ceo/153/rob-read


Want to know where funds raised go? Read our blog for success stories: 

Want to help? Help spread the word?


Twitter: @theceosleepout

Kind Regards,

Rob Read

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Office Manager/Controller Position Available

Bison Fire Protection’s Finance Department is currently looking for an Office Manager /Controller to be responsible for the performance of Finance and Administration. The Office Manager ensures financial soundness of the company and protection of corporate assets, while reporting according to Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise guidelines.


Oversee all aspects of finance and accounting, including reporting and financial statement presentation

    Manage internal Finance Team

    Manage external agencies as required by Bison

    Oversee administrative functions relating to accounting/finance


Accounting and Product Costing in a Service/Construction environment

    Continuous Improvement Methodologies

    Service based ERP Software

    Microsoft Office products

    Business Operations

    Employment Standards

    5 years progressive experience in a Service/Construction environment


   Certified Accounting Designation

   Industry Experience

   Human Resources Experience

   Safety System Management

   Basic Understanding of Project Management


    Full Benefit Package

    Please state your compensation expectations in your response

While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

No phone calls or agencies please.

Please forward resumes to Rob Read

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Customer Feedback Is Appreciated

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Customer feedback can be a double edged sword because it can be both good and bad. While I do occasionally get the bad ones they are appreciated because it gives us the opportunity to improve, and keeps us grounded. The good feedback is a little rarer because while many are very happy with service it seems that most people won’t get in touch unless a nerve has been touched.

When I received the following email from Canad Inns it was a pleasant surprise to see something that I knew all along, but to have confirmation from a customer is a great accolade.


I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience it has been working with Phil over the last 3 years.  Phil has been a wealth of information and has always taken the time to explain what needs to be done. Phil is not only reliable but he always carries himself with integrity.  Phil is always available to answer a question or assist on a moments notice to resolve our issues. Phil exhibits all of the qualities which I feel are critical to the success of any contractor.  I believe that Phil is critical to the success of Bison.

Thank you for Bison for all of your hard work and I wish you all the success in the future,

Eric Hoffman

Director of Property Services

Canad Inns corporate office

Phil does a fantastic job for us, and more importantly for our customers. If you want to get in touch with a real industry Professional/Legend just click on Phil Pickering!

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

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