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While the members of our family collectively share over one hundred years experience in fire protection, it is because of my father, Ted M. Bolls Sr., that we share our heritage.

Ted began his career in our industry in 1952 as an apprentice sprinkler fitter employed through Local 483. Quite coincidentally, his first job was working right down the road at the Tracy Defense Depot. His only time away from sprinklers was a brief stint in the U.S. Army (1953-1955). When discharged, he went to work for the Grinnell Company of the Pacific. He remained there for 17 years.

In 1972, Ted and a Grinnell co-worker, Roger Picard, started their contracting company, Action Fire Control. After a successful decade as contractors, they retired from same in 1983. Retirement was however brief, and they co-operated a sprinkler supply house in 1984.

The present supply business was established by Ted, and our mother, Marna, in 1986 in Fremont, California. My brother, Ted Bolls Jr., was already a fire protection contractor, operating in the same city. We built our present day facility and relocated to Tracy in 1990. My sister, Odile Bolls, and myself operate the business along with Ted Sr.

Throughout the years that Ted Sr. has been in our industry, many other family members and friends have learned and worked in fire protection. As one of the few family owned and operated businesses today, we are well aware that our livelihood is contingent upon keeping abreast of changes and new technology. We look forward to continuing to promote and work within our industry in the years ahead in the new millennium.

(This article was taken from the January, 2000 issue of FPC magazine. The Author, Amy M. Donahoo, is with Action Fire Fab & Supply Inc., Tracy, CA.)

 
 
 

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