Firecom began in the late 1960’s as a sound company, “Commercial Radio & Sound”. In the early ‘70’s, due to New York City adopting Local law #5 in 1973 requiring any office building over 75’ high to have a fire system, the company developed a fire alarm system to meet the new code and changed its name to Firecom, Inc. The company went public in 1984 and current management took control of the company in 1991, taking the company private in the mid 90’s. Since 1991, Firecom has made a number of acquisitions of private fire alarm companies in the New York City market.
Today, Firecom is the largest fire alarm company in New York City, servicing approximately 813 high rise buildings. Firecom is one of only five companies in the United States to manufacture its own fire life safety system for high rise buildings.
In New York City, Firecom’s systems protect 1 World Trade Center, Tower 2, Tower 3 & 4, Tower 7, The HUB, Time Warner Center, Museum of Modern Art, Bloomberg Building, CBS Broadcast Center (only campus system in the New York City), Ed Sullivan Theater, General Motors Building, Fordham Law School, Bellevue DNA Labs, and many other prestigious locations.
The company’s activities center around four distinct areas: new construction, retrofit, tenant work and service.
The company usually bids on new construction projects to electrical contractors since the fire system is often part of the electrical contract. However, there is a growing trend in large projects to have the fire system be a separate contract directly with the General Contractors.