Partnering with Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity

Integrated Fire Protection recently had the pleasure of serving our community by donating a residential fire sprinkler system (NFPA 13-D) installation to Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity’s 134th home built for low-income families. Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with companies and organizations in the community, then sells the homes to their partner families at no profit with a no-interest mortgage, providing families in need with safe, affordable housing.

“We were contacted by our good friend, Gwinnett County Fire Marshal Stephen Hrustich, about the need for a sprinkler system in the one story, 4-bedroom ranch home in Loganville, Georgia,” commented Taylor Carlock, Inspection and Service Manager of Integrated Fire Protection. “We are so thankful to the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal’s office for allowing us to be a part of this project – we cannot wait to be a part of dedicating the home upon its completion!”

“Our goal was to highlight the benefits of residential sprinkler systems to not only the homeowner but to our responding fire crews. We had discussions with Habitat For Humanity of Gwinnett looking for an opportunity to showcase these benefits and that became a reality with a new home being built in Loganville,” Gwinnett Fire Marshal Hrustich said. “The location of this new home was the site of a previous home fire so it really added additional significance to this project.”

“We quickly got to studying the building plans and coordinating logistics with Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Brent Bohanan, and Cliff Shields, their Construction Manager,” said Integrated Fire Protection’s Fire Sprinkler Division Manager, Gene Balog. “After sourcing the materials we would use for the project, we sent two of our trained and certified Fire Sprinkler Technicians to the job site. After two days of intensive labor, the new sprinkler system was installed and fully operational.”

“Integrated Fire Protection of Norcross graciously offered to provide the engineering, materials and labor to install a residential fire sprinkler system in this home. Integrated Fire Protection’s crews went to work to rough-in the project in a single day to help keep the Habitat on their tight schedule for completion of this home,” said Gwinnett Fire Marshal Hrustich. “We are grateful and would like to thank Integrated Fire Protection for their willingness to volunteer their employees, time, and money to support community projects such as these that benefit Habitat for Humanity, the homeowners and help to educate others on the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems.”

“We are so glad Fire Marshal Hrustich contacted Integrated Fire Protection, especially since this home is built on a lot where the previous home burned,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Brent Bohanan. “We are so happy to know that our partner families will be safe and have peace of mind when it comes to fire protection for their home.”

Fire Sprinkler Technician Doug Anderson, who was the foreman for this project, remarked, “Not only did we enjoy interacting with the amazing crew of volunteers who were onsite providing other construction services, we took great pleasure knowing that our hard work would benefit and enrich the lives of those in need. The critical partnership of all the companies and organizations involved is making Gwinnett a better place to live, work, and play.”