Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bison Fire Welcomes Marty Olsen

We are pleased to welcome Marty Olsen to our Fire Alarm Contract Sales Division. This has been a growing division for us and Marty is a very welcome addition. I have to give Marty credit because while he has been in the Fire Alarm Industry for 14 years this is his first time in a sales role. It takes a lot of courage to make a career change even when it’s within the same industry. While Marty has dabbled in sales in the past he is now dedicated to that role, and the technical experience he gained working as a technician, then as a service manager will serve him well in the next phase of his career. The evidence of that being the orders he has already received after only 2 weeks in his new position.

There are many areas that we cover here at Bison Fire with Fire Alarms only being one of them, but a very important one. Marty will also be spending time supporting other related industries spending time educating The Engineering Community, Insurance Industries, and AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) on fire codes, best practices, industry changes, and of course the benefits of Siemens Fire Alarm systems. I expect that Marty will be a busy guy, and as an industry expert his contributions will be well received, making every building he works in safer for those within.

If you have any Fire Alarm questions Marty can be contacted at 204 237 3473 or click on his name for email.

Bringing expertise to your door!

Marty Olsen Bison Fire's Contract Sales Person

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Protecting Northern Manitoba

With so many things happening in the Southern part of our province we sometimes overlook the great work that gets done every day in Northern Manitoba through our Thompson branch office. Darren Garand and his team have been very successfully protecting people’s lives, businesses, and properties for a number of years and their ability to deliver professional fire protection is equal to any place in Canada!

Darren’s team of professionals have steadily grown. He has taken advantage of the high caliber of students coming from UNC (University College of the North) and used them to enhance his fire alarm division. He has developed a solid sprinkler division, and regularly calls upon the team of experts he has available to him from all of our other locations.

Recently he had received a call from the local KFC needing an upgrade to their wet chemical kitchen suppression system. After consulting with them it was determined a completely new system was required to protect the high pressure deep fryers used to cook chicken. Darren used the Ansul R-102 system because of the ULC listings they have to correctly protect these fryers. Ansul is currently the only manufacturer to have this listing and with liability insurance being a large part of both the fire protection, and restaurant operations it truly was the only choice. The pictures below demonstrate the high quality workmanship they are doing in Thompson something Darren and his team take a lot of pride in.

Every service we offer in all of our branches are available in Thompson something that the community had to wait an eight hour drive and at the mercy of road conditions prior to our coming into the community in 2006 when only extinguisher sales and service were offered locally. Many people in the Southern part of our province forget how important Northern Manitoba truly is to our economy. Imagine if you can what our province might look like without the benefits that Manitoba Hydro, mining operations, tourism, and the variety of other climate driven industries bring us every year. We would be a much poorer province in many ways least of all financially.

Bringing expertise to your door!

Ansul R-102 Suppression System done By Bison Fire Thompson BranchAnsul R-102 Looking inside the box Bison Fire ProtectionBison Fire Protecting Fryers with Ansul R-102Bison Fire Protecting a Bank of Pressure Fryers with Ansul R-102

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Students Are Our Future

I had the opportunity to speak to a room of Red River College students today. Once again I found it refreshing to see the interest and excitement on their faces as they considered their career choices after completing their education. With so many options and so many high quality companies in Winnipeg ahead of them it was a privilege to share with them the benefits of a career in Fire Protection. An industry that prior to my presentation 95% hadn’t even heard of.

The Fire Protection Industry is a very small when you compare it to many other jobs, or careers available, but its great business to be in. I spoke of the challenges we face every day, the sustainability of the industry, the variety of places you are allowed into every day. Imagine working in the top level of the Assiniboine Park Pavilion one day, working underground in a mine another, or even traveling to Nunavut. The job is a tourism adventure for the right type of person.

When the students also consider the service they would be providing for people on a daily basis there is a very large amount of job satisfaction and personal pride to be taken from the job. How would you feel if a building you had just serviced had a fire, yet because the systems you worked on that day evacuated every one safely, and extinguished the fire before the fire department arrived saving Firefighters from a dangerous situation, and minimized lost production time to a business? I know how it makes me feel.

Red River College and the other great post-secondary schools we have here in Manitoba are doing a fantastic job with today’s students. I have spoken to quite a few in and out of their classrooms, and interviewed many others. I’m impressed each time, and as long as this continues I know our future is in good hands.

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

Rob Read talking Fire Protection at Red River CollegeRob Read discussing Fire Protection at Red River College

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christmas In January

If you don’t already know it I think the world of my staff. They are a hard working dedicated group of people that regularly go above and beyond what is required or expected when assisting our customers. Spending time away from home on jobs sites, or training facilities, and they take advantage of after hour’s courses to improve them themselves, and their positions within Bison Fire. This doesn’t go unnoticed by Emile or I and we try to show our appreciation whenever we can.

The Company Christmas party is just one time of year that we can show everyone what they mean to us, and have their spouses there to hear the many accolades, get involved in the comradery, and in general just let our hair down for an evening. We have enjoyed Christmas in January for many years now so we don’t add to the stresses before Christmas, and we have found people are usually available later on, and they look relaxed.

We have gone to quite a few different places over the years, and the Christmas parties have created some very memorable stories that always seem to roll out at when least expected. This year we chose to go to the lounge above Prairie 360, go down to the restaurant for dinner, then back up to finish the evening. The view was incredible giving everyone a chance to see our city in a way you don’t often get to enjoy.

I’m not sure where we’ll end up next year but I know it’ll be with good friends enjoying one of the many unique locations our city has to offer.

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

Bison Fire Christmas CakeBison Fire at Prairie 360Bison Fire Christmas Party 2014Bison Fire Christmas Party Jan 2014


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

ANSUL Continues To Provide Product Training

We’ve been very fortunate to Stuart Crabbe of Ansul Canada in our office for the last four days training our fire suppression technicians on a number of their products. The first and most important was the CHECKFIRE 110 & 210 controls. I had blogged last week about the discontinuance of the SC-N controls and how good these new controls really are. While we did have a couple of our technicians attend training when the CHECKFIRES where originally rolled out, the time had come to get the technicians from all 4 of our locations trained to install and service this great new technology. 

While CHECKFIRE did take the majority of the time for our training Stuart also took time to refresh and retrain the technicians on LVS (Liquid Vehicle Systems), Red Line Extinguishers, and Cartridge reconditioning and filling. Each of these areas require certification to ensure proper care and use, and it might surprise you to know that additional and separate liability insurances are required to do these types of installations, inspections and maintenance. Some fire protection companies offer the service without realizing that their normal liability won’t cover them, and as such you. I highly recommend that you ensure the company you hire is both certified in the products they service as well and carry the correct type, and value of liability insurance. The last thing you need to find out after a fire is that you are covered but not at a level that will pay for your loss. Statistics show that 25% of businesses do not reopen after a natural disaster and 43% do not re-open after catastrophic data loss. More staggering is that 75% of businesses fail within three years of a natural disaster that do not have business continuity plans.

We are fortunate to have suppliers/partners like Ansul who are as dedicated as we are to ensuring that the people we send to your business truly are experts in their chosen fields. Things will continue to change and evolve in the fire protection industry our job is to stay current so you can focus on what matters most to you…….your business.

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

Ansul CHECKFIRE Training at Bison Fire Protection

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