ABOUT US

AIE is unique in many ways – we are a family-owned company with in-house, licensed fire protection engineers, nationwide services, and decades of commercial fire protection expertise, and we always put excellence in customer care first.

Why Choose AIE Fire Protection Services?

Our experienced, knowledgeable team of Licensed Professional Engineers, Fire Protection Specialists, Project Managers, and NICET-certified personnel work hard to keep your employees and customers safe while keeping fire and water damage out of your business so you can remain profitable. Nationwide services also make it possible for you to use one company for all your locations. 

Our conviction of excellence in customer care for fire protection services in St. Louis and across the U.S. has resulted in many relationships of 25+ years that we’re honored to continue servicing today.

AIE Began in 1983 to Serve Customers

Alternatives in Engineering (AIE) was founded by Robert Warmann in 1983. While working for an insurance company, he was approached by a client looking for someone to help make fire protection decisions with the client’s needs, not the insurance company’s best interests, in mind. That’s when he decided to start AIE. 

It all started with Loss Prevention Site Surveys on warehouses and distribution centers to help clients make small changes that would lower insurance costs. The business grew fire protection services in St. Louis to include fire hydrant flow tests to determine if adequate water flow and pressure were available to supply new sprinkler systems and fire pump testing at retail locations. In the mid-1990s, AIE moved to its current location near St. Louis, Missouri and began expanding.

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Nationwide Services & Support

 

AIE’s ability to support clients nationwide during all phases of fire and water services design, construction, code consulting, compliance, and maintenance enables us to expertly provide your company reliable, measurable value and safety, 365 days a year. 

15,000,000 sq. ft.

Design, consulting and construction follow up work performed on warehouse space.

1000+ sites

Working in tandem with local authorities, water supply studies and analysis have been performed at sites all across the country.

26,000 per year

Inspection and service calls handled per year

14 years

Is the average employee tenure at AIE, resulting in industry-leading experience.

Team Member Kati Smith, Recognized as Top 50 WPO Women 2 Watch 

We are proud to announce our President, Kati Smith, is one of the Top 50 WPO Women 2 Watch for her impressive, positive growth from 2014-2019. She is in good company with women from around the world who are part of an elite group of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies based on significant revenue growth and running their company’s day-to-day management as the CEO/President/Partner of a privately-owned company, with at least $2 million in annual revenue ($1 million for service-based businesses). Congratulations, Kati!

One of the Nation’s Top WBENC Companies

In 1998, Ms. Warmann took the helm of AIE to continue the legacy of her husband’s vision and is now one of the largest, most-established Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) fire protection companies in the country. Ms. Warmann has been recognized as one of St. Louis’ Top Women Business Owners and has been awarded the ATHENA Leadership Foundation Organization Award. Her dedication to the industry and AIE’s customers has resulted in many long-term client relationships and top-of-the-line fire protection services in St. Louis and nationwide that continue to evolve with technology.

Giving Back to the Community

As a family-owned company, we are passionate about giving back to our employees and the community.

AIE forms a team annually to participate and raise funds for the St. Louis Komen Race for the Cure.

AIE adopts families in need each Christmas and supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.

Every summer, a group of employee volunteers become counselors at the Sports Camp for Kids for the St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled.

AIE is also very proud of individual employee involvement in groups/activities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Girl Scouts of America, Special Olympics Missouri, Upward Sports, and volunteering for the Augusta Fire Department.

 

Certifications & Memberships

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National Fire Protection Association Logo
Missouri Society of Professional Engineers
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Certified WBENC Women's Business Enterprise Logo
American Backflow Prevention Association
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Stopping Fire Before It Spreads

“Stopping fire before it spreads,” is the very bedrock of our culture and bolsters our commitment to being a leader in all fire protection matters. Whether it’s a new sprinkler system design, troubleshooting a problem, or keeping your existing water or fire protection systems in top operating condition, AIE is your long-term partner, at your service, whenever called upon. 

Contact us to discuss your fire protection needs.  800-892-9863

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