Larry Thibodeau started in the fire protection industry after high school. Before he went to college, installing sprinklers was a summer job and he found that it paid very well. Once at school studying credits and debits, Thibodeau realized that accounting wasn’t in his future. He quit college and began to learn everything he could about sprinkler systems—from sales and design to fabrication and installation. In 1978, it was time to start his own company. “It was just me, my wife, and a pick-up truck,” Thibodeau recalls.
Since 1978 Thibodeau has led Hampshire Fire Protection with a commitment to professional, dependable service. With over $15 million in annual sales, Hampshire Fire Protection Co. Inc. is New Hampshire’s largest commercial fire protection company. Hampshire Fire Protection services include sprinkler system design, installation, inspection, and 24/7/365 service; fire extinguisher and restaurant fire suppression systems sales, inspection, and service; and fire alarm system sales and service.
Hampshire Fire Protection built its current facility in 1986 located at 8 North Wentworth Avenue in Londonderry, NH.
Over the years, Hampshire Fire Protection has bought four small companies. The most recent purchase—Fire Security Services in Lebanon, NH—broadened the company’s market geographically. “Much of our work is in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, and this was my opportunity to break into the Northern New Hampshire area,” says Thibodeau. Today, the company has 90 employees, including a mechanic on staff to keep 55 vehicles in tip-top shape.