Better Protection, a new commercial fire protection provider servicing fire detection, alarm and suppression systems, backed by private equity firm Abry Partners, has launched following the combination of Chicago-based Assurant Fire Protection, Complete Fire Pump Service, and Xtreme Fire Protection.
Abry is partnering with management to support the company’s organic growth initiatives, and to execute its targeted acquisition strategy.
Matt Palas founded Assurant Fire Protection (AFP) in 2017, and acquired Complete Fire Pump Services (CFPS) in 2020. Palas will continue to be a part of the management team of Better Protection. Xtreme Fire Protection was started in 2008 by Jim O’Malley, who will continue to be a part of the Better Protection management team.
Better Protection will be led by Chief Executive Officer, Don Mershonm who has over 30 years of fire protection and life safety industry experience. Mershonm previously founded, owned, and operated Nexus Engineerin, a successful business which finally merged with other companies to help form Jensen Hughes, the world’s largest fire protection engineering company.