The Protection Bureau establishes inspection group

The Protection Bureau, a Pennsylvania-based security dealer and systems integrator, is rolling out new inspection services to meet new demands, says Mike Jobrey, the companies vice president of operations.

According to Jobrey, the company has developed a team of highly trained technicians who have the skills to inspect projects, whether those are traditional security, access control and CCTV, or even fire alarm systems. Jobrey noted that the company has always performed inspections, but previously didn't have a dedicated team.

"Increasingly, we are receiving calls from building owners and managers who require just a test and inspect service of all their systems and they haven't been able to find a provider that can do it all," explained Jobrey.

The inspection team can inspect not only systems installed by The Protection Bureau, but also previously installed security and fire systems not put in place by The Protection Bureau. Systems that the company can inspect includes fire alarm, access control, CCTV, burglar/intrusion alarms, exit lighting, fire extinguishers, intercoms, door entry systems, elevator phones, emergency phones and even elopement systems.

Jobrey noted that they aren't working as actual AHJ inspectors. "We provide the service to the customer at a very high level, all the way to a final written report," he said. "Where we work with the AHJ is when we comply with the standards and forms required for the specific jurisdiction."

"Typically we are inspection a building fire system installed by others. In some cases it is the electrical [contractor's work] and other times it is the [work done by our] competition," Jobrey said. "We are called for this service due to our highly trained and qualified technicians. The inspection is very thorough as each device is fully tested for functionality. We have taken the inspections to a new level by offering other inspection services, such as lighting (exit lighting) and fire extinguishers. This would be aside from the normal CCTV, access, fire, and burglar systems."