Article on Building Approval Process for LA Business Highlights the Need for a Bridge Between Businesses and City Officials, says Fire Protection Group Inc.

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Commenting on the recent article, Fire Protection Group, Inc. head engineer George Saadian notes that this story is an example of how useful it can be to work with professionals who are able to serve as a helpful intermediary between businesses and city officials.

A complex fire protection system requires a knowledgeable crew.

In addition to Fire Protection Group’s knowledge of city requirements and safety codes, their team is made of veterans from various municipal entities who have strong connections within the current bureaucracy.

An article published August 19th by the LA Times documented the seemingly endless journey that local pizza maker Paul LaRocco has gone through to open a pizzeria in Westchester. Mr. LaRocco was aware from opening prior pizza parlors that the city approval and permitting process tends to take several months, but the current process, having already gone on for over a year, is taking much longer and much more energy than he anticipated. Between dealings with the Department of Water and Power, and the Building and Safety Department, the article notes that Mr. LaRocco has felt frustrated. Yet, alternately, the Building and Safety Department felt as though the delays were caused in part by the business owner and contractors, complicating where the fault may lie. According to George Saadian, head engineer at Fire Protection Group Inc., this story is illustrative of the need for an experienced intermediary who can work with business and city officials to approve and complete building projects on time and as expected. He notes that, in addition to Fire Protection Group’s knowledge of city requirements and safety codes, their team is made of veterans from various municipal entities who have strong connections within the current bureaucracy.

  • Practical Knowledge – George Saadian notes that the best way to get approval from the Building and Safety Department for any project is to first make sure that any plans precisely follow the city’s regulations and safety codes. It is wasteful both in terms of time and resources to have to redraft a plan that was deemed insufficient based on rules that were readily available to contractors and business owners before they submitted the plan. George Saadian notes that, when it comes to fire safety codes, he and his team know them as well or better than anyone else. In fact, Mr. Saadian has even helped to revise many of the existing codes himself, so he won’t let any oft-missed rules get by him.
  • Real World Background – In addition to their knowledge and technical experience, Mr. Saadian notes that many members of the Fire Protection Group team also have tangible experience and contacts in many of these city departments from their years of public service. Former LAFD Chief Al Hernandez and former Captain Bob Holloway are both proud members of the Fire Protection Group team who, in addition to providing consulting on the fire safety systems, can help businesses expedite their projects when dealing with city departments.

Any businesses that anticipate bumping up against city red tape with a future fire safety project can call Fire Protection Group Inc. today at (888) 732-4200, or visit the firm online at http://www.firesprinkler.com.

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