Underwood Fire recently cut the ribbon on their new, renovated facility in Wixom.
The company provides fire suppression systems, and the crew at Underwood has had a hand in tons of projects ranging from school sprinkler systems, high-rise systems, hospital pumps and so much more.
Fire pumps are crucial to the process of saving lives in the event of a fire. As a rule of thumb, any building with more than four or five floors usually has a fire suppression system.
Over three decades ago, the fire suppression systems company was started by Darrell Underwood as a retirement project in his home. He grew the company into a small office space that housed a handful of employees and largely focused on the design, sales and maintenance of fire pumps. The current president, Damon Pietraz, purchased the organization in 2011. He has since grown it into a company that employs on average 24 people, including office staff, design team, service technician and trade roles.
Underwood Fire now largely manufactures pump house enclosures while continuing to install and service pumps for many large customers such as Ford, the Renaissance Center and most local hospitals, including DMC and Ascension. Their reach, however, is worldwide.
The new facility includes a training lab, the brainchild of Pietraz, who uses it as an opportunity to give back to communities through unique, customizable, training packages on a variety of fire suppression equipment. Trainees are everyone from industry professionals and fire marshals, to building maintenance staff. The goal of the lab is to support better knowledge and elevated level of care.
Featured in the training portion of the lab is a livestream mobile camera where you can see the operator’s hands working up close in the equipment. Visible through an overhead monitor in the classroom, this allows students to get a better understanding of the specific pump aspects before practical application. This practice greatly reduces the risk of student’s learning in the field on actual functioning equipment.
Underwood Fire is located at 48216 Frank Street in Wixom. For more information, visit www.underwoodfire.com.