About Us

A. L. Fire Protection, LLC was founded in 2003 by Skip Mckiernan and Michael Harbec, who began their careers in the fire sprinkler industry in 1983 with Electrical Mechanical Contractors. Since 2003 A. L. Fire Protection has been providing design and installation of fire protection systems in all sectors, including commercial, industrial, residential, State and private sector.

Skip McKiernan was born and raised in East Hartford, CT. Skip holds a F-2 Journeyman License with over 28 years’ experience in the industry. Skip worked for Electrical Mechanical Contractors and HHS Mechanical Contractors for Several years before starting A. L. Fire Protection. Skip McKiernan is locally considered one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Journeyman around with extensive experience in Water Storage Tanks and Fire Pump Installation.

Mike Harbec is the son of Albert Harbec (Former VP of EMC and Current Owner HHS Mechanical) and has been around the business his entire life. Mike has spent summers during high school working in the fabrication shop at Electrical Mechanical Contractors. Mike began working with EMC full-time in the summer of 1985. While working at EMC he successfully completed a four year apprenticeship program. Mike holds a State of Connecticut F-1 Contractors License and attends numerous industry workshops annually.

During Skip and Mikes careers at EMC (1983-1996) both men were involved with some of the most unique and challenging projects in commercial construction. The following list are some examples of projects Skip and Mike were either Foreman or project managers on.

• Hartford Hospital 8-Story Core Addition
• E. O. Smith High School-Storrs, CT
• Suffield High School
• University of Connecticut Law School
• University of Hartford Athletic Facility
• Two Trees Hotel at Foxwoods Casino
• Giddeon Wells School-Glastonbury, CT
• Timothy Edwards School-South Windsor, CT

  • Committed to Life Safety

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems

    Automatic fire sprinklers have been in use in the U.S. since 1874.Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages – before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property.
  • Fire Inspection and Testing

    Automatic sprinkler systems, especially the wet pipe type, require minimal maitenance. More elaborate systems, such as dry pipe, deluge, preaction and other specialized systems, require additional inspection procedures to ensure efficient system operation. Every sprinkler system requires periodic inspections to detect defects in the system or changes in the physical environment it protects, either of which might prevent proper system functioning. Maintenance procedures could also reveal needed system repairs caused by mechanical damage or unsafe modifications.
  • Update on Antifreeze Systems

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued new TIAs 10-2 regarding the use of antifreeze for NFPA 13D/13R/13 and TIA 11-1 for NFPA 25, all of which have an effective date of March 21, 2011.

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