St. Louis, MO. (January 30th, 2024) – RapidFire Safety & Security (RapidFire), multi-regional “Buy & Build” experts for fire, life safety, and security services, announces the acquisition of Paraclete Fire & Safety, a 33-year-old fire extinguisher, alarm, inspection, suppression, and sprinkler provider in Brea, CA serving the Greater Los Angeles area.
The acquisition of Paraclete cements RapidFire, led by a team of proven industry operators and launched by founders Mike McLeod and Colin Harrold, in partnership with Concentric Equity Partners, as a world-class curator of people-centric, family-built businesses throughout the Midwest, Southwest and Western United States.
Founded in 1991, Paraclete Fire & Safety is a distinguished provider of a comprehensive range of fire protection and life safety solutions. Paraclete’s services include annual maintenance, certifications, emergency planning, and professional inspections to guarantee compliance with prevailing fire laws and regulations.
Paraclete caters to diverse sectors, including restaurant compliance (UL300), industrial and commercial facilities, property management, and specialized services tailored for the telecom and technology sectors, necessitating 24-hour emergency response capabilities. This expertise makes Paraclete a seamless and valuable addition to the RapidFire platform and family.
“In my decision to work with RapidFire, the paramount factor was ensuring the continued growth and opportunities for my team members," stated Allen Quirk, President of Paraclete Fire & Safety. "Our team, some of whom have been with us for over two decades, are the backbone of this company. It was crucial to choose a partner who values stability and gradual, thoughtful change, rather than immediate and sweeping transformations.”
“We're thrilled to welcome Allen Quirk and the Paraclete team to our RapidFire team in California,” said RapidFire CEO, Mike McLeod. “Allen's extensive industry leadership, honed through roles in key organizations like Buckeye, Brooks Equipment, and the California State Fire Marshal’s Advisory Committee, combined with the team's unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, strengthens our ability to deliver RapidFire’s exceptional fire systems & services across California. This means faster response times, wider coverage, and even greater peace of mind for our customers.”