Fire Protection

Four red valves located on fire protection equipmentShambaugh is one of the top fire protection contractors in the industry.

Distinguished by a commitment to provide competitive and accurate pricing, technically advanced in-house design, and highly efficient fire protection fabrication services, we strive to offer unmatched expertise and comprehensive value that consistently meet the changing needs of our clients.

Managed by our leadership team, Shambaugh Fire Protection also operates as Dalmatian Fire and Harroun Fire Protection in the Midwest, Northstar Fire Protection of Texas in the southern-central states, and Progressive Pipe Fabricators scattered across the country – represented by 27 individual locations.  We average about 10,000 service jobs, 15,000 inspections, and 1,000 projects throughout 50 states within a typical year. Clients will find offices conveniently located in:

  • AL / Trinity
  • AZ / Kingman, Phoenix
  • CA / Los Angeles
  • FL / Orlando
  • GA / Atlanta
  • IL / Champaign, Chicago
  • IN / Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend
  • KY / Louisville
  • MI / Detroit, Kalamazoo
  • NC / Charlotte
  • NV / Las Vegas
  • OH / Cincinnati, Columbus, Masury, Toledo
  • TN / Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville
  • TX / Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio

A Full Range of Active & Passive Fire Protection

We pride ourselves on the ability to offer our clients complete fire protection services. With over 200 NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies)-certified fire designers, our Fire Protection Group consistently produces the industry’s highest level of accurate and detailed fire sprinkler system designs, using advanced CADD and hydraulic calculation software to ensure accuracy, optimum design, and on-time project completion.

A Safe Job Is a Successful Job

Simply put, we have a passion for safety. Backed by one of the best safety and quality assurance programs in the industry, our internal safety program addresses the demanding requirements of the nuclear, biopharmaceutical, heavy industrial, and other process and mechanical industries.

From simple fire sprinkler systems to complex special hazard systems, our rigorous safety practices and programs help ensure that every person on every fire protection project goes home safely, each and every day.

We Offer a Wide Range of Fire Equipment Repair & Service

We approach every fire protection project with the same level of care, safety, and diligence. Our fire protection group offers the following specialized fire detection and suppression systems:

  • Backflow preventers
  • Wet and dry sprinklers
  • Fire alarm service
  • Pre-action and deluge systems
  • Underground fire mains and hydrants
  • Foam systems
  • Wet and dry chemical systems
  • Fire equipment repair
  • Fire equipment monitoring
  • CO2 systems: gaseous agents
  • Special hazards & fire suppression systems
  • Clean agent systems
  • High-speed and ultra-high-speed detection systems

  • Fire alarms and detection systems
  • Fire pumps
  • Water storage tanks
  • Antifreeze
  • Standpipe and fire hose systems
  • Smoke detector sensitivity testing
  • Dry chemical systems
  • Halon replacement systems
  • Fire sprinkler repair & service
  • Fire sprinkler testing
  • Fire service reports
  • Fire protection fabrication services
  • Fire and life-safety preventative maintenance services and inspection programs


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Atlas Point Chemicals

Atlas Point Chemicals Manufacturing Plant - Croda International, NEW CASTLE, DE

Value Delivered

Shambaugh & Son’s (Shambaugh) Fire Protection group was selected to help construct a crucial expansion to Croda International’s (Croda) Atlas Point specialty chemicals manufacturing facility.

The project equipped the facility with advanced fire protection systems, in order to keep the plant, its cutting-edge equipment, and Croda’s employees safe. By leveraging bio- ethanol instead of traditional petrochemical, the plant reduces its environmental impact without sacrificing efficiency or performance standards.

Client Objectives

Committed to environmental stewardship, Croda International determined it would make a significant investment in green technology at its chemical plant in New Castle, Delaware. By expanding the facility and outfitting it with state-of-the-art equipment, Croda International aimed to make its manufacturing process more efficient and, more importantly, sustainable.


Shambaugh’s scope of services focused on protecting the facility’s vital processing equipment, stacks, vessels, tanks, pumps, pipe racks, and other areas housing the plant’s critical systems. Using 3D building information modeling (BIM) software, the Shambaugh team installed a fire protection network of open-head deluge systems across the facility, including on process stacks exceeding 180 feet in height.

During the project, Shambaugh delivered the following:

  • Seven pre-fabricated valve houses
  • Site-erected 20’ x 35’ pump house
  • Two fire pumps, with associated devices
  • 23 different fire protection systems
  • Three FM200 clean-agent fire suppression systems Approximately 2,100 open spray nozzles
  • Vapor dispersion system for an emergency spill pond

Client Background

Croda International PLC is a British specialty chemicals company that has been operating in the United States since 1950. With multiple manufacturing centers spread internationally, Croda’s business focuses on the production of surfactants, dietary supplements, and fatty acid amides.

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Gulfstream Aerospace

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, GA

Value Delivered

Shambaugh & Son (Shambaugh) provided new construction and fire protection services for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s (Gulfstream) hangar expansion project at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Georgia. The expansion added 110,000 square feet to the facility – a substantial increase capable of housing 100 new staff members.

In order to manage a project of this scope, Shambaugh’s team of fire safety experts leveraged their highly efficient design-build approach coupled with years of field experience. The finished hangar features cutting-edge fire protection systems, which help Gulfstream maintain an exceptionally safe work environment for their employees.

Client Objectives

Gulfstream determined their Brunswick hangar facility needed an expansion in order to better support their existing service center. The service center plays a key role in Gulfstream’s operations, offering personal, one-stop convenience for major inspections, installations, and modifications to business jet aircraft.


The project included a wide array of fire protection solutions, and Shambaugh self- performed all of the work they provided to the service center.

During the project, Shambaugh’s team delivered the following:

  • Design and installation of two 150,000-gallon bolted ground storage tanks
  • Three 3,000-gallons-per-minute diesel fire pumps
  • Two automatic high expansion foam systems
  • One foam-water hand hose system
  • One wet riser
  • 1,121 fire sprinkler heads

Client Background

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services business jet aircraft. Since its founding in the late 1950’s, Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft.