NFSA staff had the privilege of sitting down with Lawrence Mascera of Oliver Fire Protection & Security this week to discuss the company’s history, its services, and its place in the NFSA.
Anyone who has worked in the fire protection industry in the Delaware Valley, or even the Mid-Atlantic states for that matter, knows of Oliver, but this reputation as a premier shop was hard won and took over 60 years and three generations to build.
Leland Oliver founded Oliver Sprinkler Company in 1957 with a staff of six working out of his home. Leland’s sons, Bill, Dick, and Bob all joined the staff. When Leland suddenly passed away, his son Bill—who was 24 years old with just two years of experience at the time—stepped up to the plate as president of the company.
In 1975 the company moved to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where it has been ever since. Bill served as president for 30 years and was succeeded by his brother Dick in 2000. Dick’s son Dave then assumed the role of president in 2005 and has been serving ever since.
Notable Projects and Giving Back
Oliver Fire Protection & Security has played a key role in protecting the Delaware Valley over the years. It was a fire sprinkler system installed by Oliver that eventually halted the fatal fire in the partially protected One Meridian Plaza. This demonstrated the value of fire sprinklers to Philadelphia’s Commissioners who would go on to require that all high-rises in the city be retrofitted.
Additionally, Oliver retrofitted dozens of buildings at Six Flags after the Great Adventure fire. The company has also worked on several
Since its inception Oliver has been an NFSA member, and several of its employees have worked closely with the NFSA. Leland and Bob are all in the NFSA Hall of Fame and Dave Oliver currently serves as the Area 2 Director. Dick Oliver will be inducted into the NFSA Sprinkler Hall of Fame this October at NFSA’s Annual Expo. Many of the company’s employees are present at NFSA chapter meetings in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Oliver’s design department speaks very highly of NFSA’s EOD service and uses it on a near daily basis. Additionally, several departments throughout the company continue their training with NFSA’s Tech Tuesdays. Most recently, employees have found much use in NFSA’s online community and are excited for the upcoming Expo.
To learn more about Oliver Fire Protection and Security, visit their site at oliverfps.com.