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Select Security lifesaver for nonprofit that helps disaster victims

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Thursday, on Thanksgiving Day, Tad Agoglia, founder of First Response Team of America—a nonprofit that uses specialized equipment to do rescue and recovery work around the nation for victims of such disasters as the deadly tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. in May—will be honored in a special television program called CNN Heroes. Agoglia’s organization also was the winner of a Special Community Service Award at the Honeywell First Alert Professional 2011 Convention, held earlier this month in Scottsdale.

But Agoglia credits Patrick Egan, founder and president of Lancaster, Pa.-based Select Security, with helping to make the work he does possible.

That’s because when Agoglia relocated his organization to Lancaster about 15 months ago—attracted by the hiring opportunities in the agricultural community of a workforce skilled in operating heavy machinery—Egan stepped up and volunteered to provide First Response with 10,000 square feet of warehouse space, for free.

The clean, heated, well-lighted space now provides a home for the tractor trailers and other heavy equipment that First Response, which Agoglia said is supported by companies such as Caterpillar Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Co., needs to mobilize at a moment’s notice to race to the next disaster anywhere nationwide.

Agoglia said others in the Lancaster community responded to an ad he placed seeking donated space as a home for First Response with offers of rental opportunities. But Egan understood the organization needed a donation, Agoglia said.

 “The donation came with no strings attached,” Agoglia told me. He said that’s actually a rare occurrence in charity work.

He said Egan told him he was donating use of the space—for which Egan could have gotten $10,000 a month in rent—because he felt that as a security provider, Select Security shared similar “core values” with First Response of helping people.

When I asked Egan about the donation, he brushed aside any praise. “It’s worth it,” he said.

Select Security heads West...again

Earlier this month this super-regional expanded into Utah and California, now it has acquired in Ohio
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10/20/2011

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security—a super-regional that made news by branching out into door knocking in Pennsylvania and now California and Utah—recently acquired a security company in Medina, Ohio, with more than 3,000 accounts.

Select Security branches out to Utah

Super-regional to open Orem, Utah office
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10/06/2011

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security--a super-regional based here that has spent the past two summers trying to beat the big summer-model companies at their own game by running its own door-knocking program--is upping the ante.

State Systems adds sprinkler division

Company says sprinkler services answer customers’ demand for ‘one-stop shopping’
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05/05/2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—State Systems, a provider of life safety and security systems based here, has joined a small but growing trend in the industry: the addition of fire sprinkler division.

PA fire sprinkler measure under attack

But NFSA predicts eventual requirement of sprinklers in new homes
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03/10/2011

PATTERSON, N.Y.—A new Pennsylvania law requiring automatic fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family homes as of Jan. 1 was battling for survival this week in the General Assembly.

Select Security hires Jonathan Dale, Residential Program area sales manager

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03/04/2011

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security on March 3 announced the hiring of Jonathan Dale as a high-volume Residential Program area sales manager for the Lancaster region.

Select Security gears up for summer

Egan: Selling for an in-state company should be easier sale
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02/04/2011

LANCASTER, Pa.—Last summer, Select Security, a super-regional alarm company based here, successfully experimented with a summer model program to beat the big boys at their own game.
This summer, the company is going further: It is not only repeating its summer sales program but has hired sales representatives from some of the big companies to run it.

Calif. sprinkler measure lacks monitoring requirement

Sprinkler requirement for new residences is unlikely to generate revenue for alarm companies
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01/13/2011

PACHECO, Calif.—On Jan. 1 this year, California joined Pennsylvania in becoming the first states in the nation to require the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes.

Super-regional aims to increase RMR with sprinklers

Select Security adds new sprinkler division
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12/09/2010

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security, a super-regional based here, has done something out of the ordinary: It recently acquired a fire sprinkler company and turned it into Select Security’s new sprinkler division.
Company president Patrick Egan said Select Security’s purchase of Fire Systems Inc. of Ephrata, Pa. is unusual for a security company, but makes good business sense. It will lead to new sprinkler and alarm customers for Select Security, and generate additional RMR as the company takes over the annual inspections required for sprinkler systems, Egan said.

Summer sales: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

Select Security sets up a mini-summer-sales model
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11/18/2010

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security, a super-regional based here, facing competition from big national summer-model companies, tried an experiment this past summer doing what the big boys do.

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