St. Louis, MO. (November 9, 2023) – RapidFire Safety & Security, the multi-regional “Buy & Build” experts for fire, life safety and security industries, announces the acquisition of California State Fire Protection (CSFP) a fire extinguisher, suppression, sprinkler and hood service provider serving Southern California from the Mexico border to Los Angeles.
Led by a team of proven industry operators and launched by founders Mike McLeod and Colin Harrold, in partnership with Concentric Equity Partners, the acquisition of CSFP cements RapidFire as a world-class curator of the industry’s ‘best of the best’, throughout the Southwest and Midwest US.
CSFP delivers a full suite of fire safety services tailored to individual client needs. Blending comprehensive solutions, reliability, and cost-efficiency with a meticulous approach to project management ensures quality, on-time completion within budgetary constraints. CSFP’s extensive experience in fire safety includes annual maintenance, certifications, emergency planning, and professional inspections to ensure compliance with current fire laws and regulations.
Their services extend across various sectors, including restaurant compliance (UL300), industrial and commercial facilities, property management, and specialized services for telecom and technology sectors, requiring 24-hour emergency responses.
“The CSFP team have built an excellent reputation through dedication to their employees and a culture of exceptional customer service,” says RapidFire CEO, Mike McLeod. “These people-first qualities align with RapidFire’s values, we are very excited to for them to join our growing Southern California team.”
By integrating CSFP’s core competencies with the company’s existing resources, RapidFire is poised to enhance its service offerings, drive greater value, and create synergies that benefit all of its stakeholders.
"We had the chance to sell to larger corporations, but they would have likely absorbed our operations and left my employees jobless," said Steve Nauert, CEO of California State Fire Protection. “RapidFire has a strategic plan for acquiring specialized companies and empowering them to expand beyond their limits, allowing those who have worked with me for years to advance in their careers. This partnership secures a dynamic future for my staff while allowing me to continue contributing to our shared goals. I'm excited for what the future holds with RapidFire."
"CSFP’s stellar reputation, and the outstanding professionalism of their team, are exactly the kind of assets that will cement our foundation in the California market and help expand our reach even further," said Bob Ricucci, Chief Revenue Officer at RapidFire. "This acquisition is a strategic move that not only fortifies RapidFire's platform but also offers tremendous opportunities for growth and development for our team. Together, we will continue to deliver the most comprehensive and superior fire safety services and solutions in the industry."