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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

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

ADDITIONAL ASSETS:

   Certified Accounting Designation

   Industry Experience

   Human Resources Experience

   Safety System Management

   Basic Understanding of Project Management

COMPENSATION:

    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 rread@bisonfire.com

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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.

Rob,

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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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kidde Sentinel Stands Guard

The technological improvements in the fire industry never end.  As companies continue to invent new products, and materials to build them fire protection manufacturers continue to be challenged with products that will extinguish the inevitable fires.

Heavy industrial fires can be more devastating than other fires in that if they occur underground miners need to be able to access safe rooms quickly. These rooms are designed to keep people safe until help arrives sometimes days away. The Forestry Industry and Steel Mills are others with far reaching effect. As such having the products and training to support these industries is critical

The Kidde Sentinel System builds upon their long history of providing reliable and highly effective fire protection. Suitable for use in a wide range of applications and industries the Kidde Sentinel System has been designed and tested to endure the most rugged environments.

Kidde Sentinel System Highlights:

    *NEW* AquaGreen XT™ wet chemical agent, the first Factory Mutual approved aqueous agent for primary fire protection.

    Operating temperature range of -40°F (-40°C) to 200°F (93°C)!

    IP-66 and NEMA 4 Sentinel control packages, from cables to control panel enclosures.

    Pre-terminated ‘plug-and-play’ cabling, reduces installation time, increases reliability and helps prevent installation errors.

    Flexible hose layout and nozzle coverage options provide flexible and unobtrusive installations.

    Unique control configurations allow field programming of options including discharge and relay delays, and system power options that include self-contained battery operation.

    Available cylinder pressure supervision that provides real time response to a low pressure agent cylinder condition.

Additional Features:

    Dependable stored pressure extinguishing units prevent contamination of the agent and ensure system readiness.

    IR detection which combines rapid response with industry leading false alarm immunity.

    Field programmable control panels with optional laptop interface providing access to the available 4,000 event system log.

    Unbeatable flexibility for dual discharge systems with variable delay between discharges and relay contact operation.

    Networkable control system for up to twelve zones with fully functional ‘repeater’ interface.

    Service timer feature allows range of operating hours to be selected before ‘service due’ light is activated.

    Safe protractor actuator used throughout – no explosive squib or gas discharge actuators used.

    Operator dimmable display to deal with full range of ambient light conditions.

We are fortunate to support a number of manufacturer’s products. There is no “cookie cutter” solution for every situation, and different products fit into different areas. Having that flexibility is why…….

 

 

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

Bison Fire Receives Kidde Sentinel Training

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Mentor, Train, Repeat

I don’t think it’s a secret that we train our people. I’ve written about it many times, I also think we do a fairly good job teaching them the value of customer service. These are lessons that you can find all over social media. Many talk about it, we live it. The problem becomes demonstrating to others that these lessons are being put into action in the real world. The nice thing is that every once in a while you get feedback saying our efforts are paying off, and customers appreciate what is being done for them.

This happened last week when we received and email from Lonny Peters Loewen of Red River Mutual that made all the work worthwhile. His email reinforced to me that we’re on the right path, and that customers do notice the extra effort it takes to walk the high road.

You don’t have to read many of my posts to know how much I appreciate what my people do every day. It’s very gratifying to see it come back in such a positive way.

Bison Fire Protection is a wonderful company to work with! They are fast, courteous and reliable. We placed a large order that needed to be completed quickly and affordably and Bison Fire Protection exceeded our expectations! They were able to provide us with a fair quote for our project even suggested alternative options to keep on our budget. Throughout the process we were provided with updates on the status of our project and it was even completed in less than half of the projected time frame! We will certainly be working with Bison Fire Protection in the future and look forward to working with their wonderful staff for years to come.

Cheers!

Lonny Peters Loewen

Loss Prevention Coordinator

Red River Mutual

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ansul CheckFire SC-N Phase Out

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Ansul has been a leader in mining fire protection for decades. When I saw the displays for the new CheckFire 110 & 210 at the International Mining Conference in 2012 I knew they had a winner. Since that time we have installed many of these new control systems for customers who appreciated being shown the new technology, and saw the value in keeping their fire equipment current.

One of the things that I appreciate and respecte from Ansul is their commitment to quality in the field. They developed a two day training course that takes technicians completely through the new systems so they understand all of the available benefits of the CheckFire. Ansul has only made the product available to the companies that invested in that training to ensure installation and service was at a very high level. What this means is that you can be an Ansul A-101 dealer, but not be given access to the new product. This is a bold approach, and the right one.

Since the release of the CheckFire Ansul has also been proactive in making distributors and customers aware that the old CheckFire SC-N would be phased-out. The final notice comes into effect June 1, 2015 and can be downloaded here. Other CHECKFIRE SC-N Detection and Actuation components will also be available as spare parts for seven years contingent upon availability from vendors. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the CheckFire 110 & 210 please feel free to contact us to arrange a demonstration.

We are very diligent in staying current with changes in the market, and products that enhance the safety of our customers. Working with partners like Ansul is another example of how we continue to say……..

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

Ansul CHECKFIRE 210 at Bison Fire Protection

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