This month marks the 34-year anniversary of the founding of Telgian, a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, life safety, and security solutions. Since 1985, Telgian has grown from a modest firm providing code development and consulting, fire testing, and fire investigation, to an international company with locations around the globe, over 350 employees, and a comprehensive roster of fire protection, engineering and design, life safety, and security services. Today, the firm counts a host of some of the world’s most recognizable corporate names as its clients.
“It has long been our vision to build a legacy organization that provides quality risk management services. This can only be accomplished through a group of dedicated professionals. We are blessed to have a great team, that now includes second generation members, who share our vision of always giving our absolute best for both our customers and stakeholders,” says Telgian Executive Chairman Russell Leavitt.
Telgian traces its roots back more than three decades to Tomes and Associates, founded by former firefighter and San Diego Fire Marshal Bill Tomes. The early success of the company was a result, not only of Tomes’ vast experience, but also his lifelong passion for the fire protection industry.
The company was founded on values such as integrity, honesty and respect, along with attributes such as innovation, creativity, pride in one’s work, and a dedication to customer service. This quickly attracted industry-leading experts in the fire protection, safety, and security space, resulting in rapid growth and expansion.
A wide-ranging roster of services also grew to include fire and life safety consulting for business and government agencies, fire and building code interpretation, risk analysis and hazard evaluation, fire and building plan review, fire sprinkler system design, and industry training.
In 2007, principals formed the Telgian brand to more accurately reflect the diversity of the company’s many and varied fire, life safety, and security services. In fact, the word Telgian is derived from Old English and means “to branch out and grow.” And, although the name changed, Telgian’s mission, to save lives and property in partnership with its customers, never wavered.
Today, Telgian has dramatically increased the range of industries that it serves and includes multiple business units, each with a unique focus. For example, Telgian Fire Safety, serves approximately 50,000 locations annually for the inspection, testing and repair of safety systems such as Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems, Backflow Systems, Emergency/Exit Lights, Special Hazards, and Clean Agent Systems, as well as Fire Alarm Monitoring. For clients desiring a centralized approach and standardized way to manage their FLS program, Telgian Fire Safety also offers Inventory Tracking, Capital Replacement Programs, Budgeting and Forecasting.
Telgian Engineering & Consulting, in contrast, is a full-service engineering and risk mitigation consultancy specializing in complex, multi-discipline projects. Telgian Engineering & Consulting provides services related to the protection of people, property, information, and organizational mission against preventable losses. The company’s professionals are dedicated to delivering effective protection solutions that meet today’s challenges. In addition to a uniquely global perspective, Telgian Engineering & Consulting also provides in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal compliance.
Telgian is led by an executive team that represents some of the most experienced fire and life safety, security, engineering, and risk consulting professionals in the industry. Members of the Telgian team serve on major National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Committees, as well as select on the International Code Council (ICC), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Section Committees.
Telgian’s history, reputation and an outstanding record of accomplishment have been built on the trust and confidence that earned from numerous long-term clients. This sterling reputation is the result of a deep commitment to core values of integrity and respect. The Telgian Customer Advocacy Model ensures that customers, and their specific needs, are always the top priority.
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