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Meet Kevin Opos of KO Fire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Opos.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My father has been licensed and certified in the fire prevention business for over 30 years and I used to go to work with him starting at 10 years old. Anytime there was a summer or winter break, I took the opportunity to make some spending money for myself and learned the ropes. It became a natural process of recognizing and identifying systems and processes across the board.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. I worked as an apprentice for many years, until I woke up one day and realized I had outgrown my role and I was ready to go out on my own. That began the process of becoming licensed and certified by the Compliance Unit (formerly known as the Regulation 4 Unit). It took a lot of studying and applied practice in order to pass the stringent certification process. There’s a written exam, oral exam, field test, and final reporting segment. You need to prove that you’ve retained the utmost competence and knowledge about fire prevention systems before lives are in your hands.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the KO Fire story. Tell us more about the business.
My company is called KO Fire Inc. We specialize in Reg 4 or Compliance testing and certification in the City of Los Angeles, in addition to making our own repairs (C-16 license). While many companies were founded 20-30 years ago, I’m able to learn from my father’s traditional business while staying up to date with knowledge of current technology and communication processes. I’m most proud that we don’t rush to finish jobs– rather, we explain the process to customers every step of the way, we are accountable with scheduling and reporting, and have an upstanding relationship with the LAFD. Other companies may rush to complete work because contractors work on a commission-basis and from feedback, they can be quite impersonal and do not explain processes to the customer.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the Fire Prevention industry becoming more automated with new, advanced products, more online scheduling access and reporting. Interestingly, the industry will still stay somewhat traditional due to many older and specific systems out there that take good old-fashioned troubleshooting to solve. You either know how they work, or you don’t and need to tap a more seasoned licensee to help.

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