Firetalker.com – Two “Fire Sprinkler Guys” went trail biking in 1996 (LOL). They stopped for breakfast, or lunch, during most every grueling ride and talked about fire sprinklers, computers and the internet… among other things that guys talk about when in the “wild”.

One of the guy’s (Benny) wanted to learn all there was to know about computers, the other (me) was satisfied with his career in fire sprinklers but had quite an imagination. Over time, they agreed to learn enough about computers and the emerging “www” to build a website that was specifically tailored to the fire sprinkler industry… to make a “fire sprinkler” website a reality, but it was not a priority, and time marched on.

A long story short, Benny eventually left the fire sprinkler business and became quite the computer wiz, running his own computer company, then suddenly, in 2017, he passed away. Me, well Fire Sprinkler Design was basically my first full-time job fresh out of high-school and I’ve stuck with the industry ever since… I did finally retire from Wiginton Fire Systems (Orlando, FL) in 2018, but, I’m still into fire sprinklers on a part-time basis (see below).

So, Benny and I worked together on a side hustle as Firetalker, llc. off and on for nearly 20 years. The site itself has been registered since 2003, and it was mainly used to experiment with coding and web-design, then later to promote several of my small consulting businesses (2018-2022). Now after 25 years, I have found the time and I am finally ready to make it my priority… to grow firetalker.com into that website Benny and I envisioned.

Benny used to say that “Life is like a journey, so enjoy the ride!” I believe he did that… and Me, well I’m still pedaling away and so far, so good!

Tom Terry, Senior Engineering Technician

Certified by NICET 1981-2026 at Level IV in “Water-Based Systems Layout”. Over 56 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry to date. Design, Sales, Training, Mentoring, Management, Course and Content Development, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and now back in Ohio. Grinnell/TYCO, Viking, American Automatic, Grunau, Wayne Automatic FS, Wiginton FS/FPE, MJ Wood, URS/AECOM, Fire Tech Productions, Quick Response FP and the Firetalker companies. Feel free to drop me a line to tell me your story, or just enjoy the ride… Tom@firetalker.com

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