Protegis Expands Southeast Footprint with Acquisition of Florida Fire Service

Protegis Fire acquires Florida Fire Service

Align Capital Partners’ (“ACP”) fire and life safety platform Protegis Fire & Safety (“Protegis” or the “Company”) has acquired Tampa-based Florida Fire Service (“Florida Fire”).  Florida Fire provides fire alarm, sprinkler, and extinguisher inspection / repair services; along with service and installation.  As a result of Protegis’ continued growth, the Company now employs nearly 350 fire protection technicians across the country.

Family-owned and operated, Florida Fire has provided a complete line of fire and life safety services to commercial and government properties in Western Florida for over 20 years.  “We’ve had a strategic partnership with Florida Fire for nearly ten years and are pleased to welcome them to our growing Company,” said Protegis CEO Mike Epperson.

“We are excited to partner with Protegis as the Company continues to expand in the Southeast.  We evaluated several potential partners and due to our existing relationship with Protegis and their trusted reputation in the market, the Company is an excellent fit for our employees and will help facilitate continued high levels of service to our customers,” said Florida Fire Founder Doug Higgs.

ACP’s initial investment in the Protegis platform came via the acquisition of ISA in 2017 and Florida Fire is Protegis’ third add-on acquisition since 2018.  “Florida Fire serves as a great anchor for Protegis as we look to expand our footprint in Florida,” said ACP Managing Partner Steve Dyke.

Protegis is actively seeking fire and life safety service providers in Florida and across the United States who are interested in exploring their next phase of growth.  Companies of all sizes could be a potential fit as Protegis continues to expand its national footprint and service capabilities.  Please contact VP of Business Development Steve Smith at [email protected] to discuss further.

Operating Partner John Dupuy, Vice President Jack Parks, and Associate Bill Zaccardelli worked alongside Mr. Dyke on the transaction.

About Protegis

Protegis Fire & Safety (the “Company”) provides inspection, maintenance, installation, and repair services and sells new, repaired, and remanufactured parts for fire and security systems and equipment.  The Company’s team of professional engineers / designers and NICET-certified technicians design, install, and program a wide variety of fire and security alarm brands.  Protegis’ national footprint and one-stop solution attract customers seeking to simplify their fire safety services spend and increase service quality through vendor consolidation.  For more information, visit