FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2022

Florida based Metro Fire Protection Services, Inc acquired by Protegis Fire & Safety. 

Cleveland, OH – Protegis Fire & Safety announced that it has completed the acquisition of Stuart, Florida-based Metro Fire Protection Services, Inc. (“Metro” or the “Company”) which significantly expands Protegis’ existing Florida operations. Like Protegis, Metro provides installation, inspection and repair services. Metro covers the full range of fire protection and life safety disciplines and serves commercial customers in a variety of end markets in Southeast Florida.

As a leading fire and life safety business in Southeast Florida, Metro was started in 1984 by Ron C. Lee and Phillip (Don) Paris. Douglas K. Crawford joined Ron and Don in 1993 and eventually became an owner in the Company. Doug will continue to lead the Company as a member of the Protegis team.

Metro co-owner Doug Crawford said, “My partners and I enthusiastically embrace Protegis as our next-phase growth partner after we were exposed to their team culture and shared core values. We completely identify with their promise to deliver fire and life safety services at a very high level. The Protegis tag-line says it best, Doing it Right, Making it Easy and Being there for You twenty-fourseven. This partnership creates immediate benefits for our customers, as well as, exciting growth and development opportunities for our valued employees.”

Peter van Niekerk, CEO of Protegis, added “We are thrilled to join forces with Metro and work with Doug and his team to support their growth and enhance customer relationships. I am confident that as part of the Protegis platform, Metro will continue to thrive and build upon its leadership position in the Florida fire protection market.”

About Protegis 

Protegis is a leader in fire protection and life safety services in the Ohio, Mid-Atlantic and central Florida markets. A trusted provider that partners with customers for the long-term, serving as their single source for installing, inspecting and monitoring protection, prevention and suppression products and replacement parts. Protegis also provides national account services through 200 affiliates across the United States. For more information, visit

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