Not All Fire Emergency Call Centers are Equal: Read This First!
Have you ever had a commercial fire protection system failure during hours of operation at your retail store, warehouse, or restaurant and you didn’t know who to call? Did you jump online to find help only to get someone in a call center with a language barrier or one who patched you through to someone else while you waited on hold?
When you have a fire sprinkler or fire suppression malfunction or a water leak in your retail store, grocery store, big box store, restaurant, or distribution center, there is no time to waste. You need a quick resolution. To help you find the right emergency fire protection call center, our resources will tell you everything you need to know:
What to Look for in a Fire Protection Call Center
When you search for a fire protection company and emergency fire safety services, take a few extra minutes to learn whether the companies you’re considering offer reputable, full-service, and fast emergency fire systems help – if they do not, keep searching. Fire protection issues and water leaks are not something to take lightly – you could risk the safety of your building’s occupants.
To locate the right emergency fire protection help, make sure the company you’re considering:
- Provides true 24/7/365 emergency help with everything fire protection related.
- Answers their own phones with trained fire emergency staff – no third-party call centers.
- Has the ability to troubleshoot and talk you through a temporary solution while a licensed technician is dispatched to your location.
- Exhibits proven, in-depth experience in all areas of fire protection systems and equipment.
- Works with nationwide vendor partners who service ALL fire protection equipment including fire suppression systems and fire sprinklers in every multi-site location, all under one umbrella.
- Offers a fire protection services and repair guarantee.
- Creates and stores electronic records of repairs for easy reference and code compliance.
- Guarantees your privacy; doesn’t inhibit your business activities or needlessly alarm occupants.
- Displays verified customer referrals and reviews relating to their emergency services.
If a fire protection company is not able to fulfill all nine of these particularly important conditions, move on until you find one that does.
AIE is the ONLY nationwide fire protection and life safety company in America that has an in-house, toll-free 24/7/365 emergency hotline, 1-888-AIE-PALS (243-7257), always answered by knowledgeable, friendly AIE staff, never an answering service. Our fast, one-call process calms the panic and gives you power over the situation.
Fire Protection – Why to Avoid 3rd Party Call Centers
Locating an emergency fire protection company through a call center is tricky. The majority of fire protection companies advertise national capabilities with 24/7 call centers, maintenance, repair, and emergency services, but this is often deceiving.
Most companies use contractors who are unaffiliated with their company, yet claim their staff does it all. This can lead to a different person servicing or repairing your fire equipment at any given time, without a guarantee. In case of emergency, you need to know the technician you’re dealing with is certified and licensed and 100% backed by the company you called.
To avoid any confusion, ensure the fire safety company confirms that the work will be done by a known vendor partner, that it’s guaranteed, and that you’ll be dealing only with their customer service staff for questions, invoicing, and follow-up (not the contractor).
Other reasons to avoid fire protection third-party call centers:
- Language and cultural barriers. Overseas call center representatives lack cultural knowledge, fluency, and the communication skills needed to provide excellent fire safety support.
- Decreased control over the emergency. Fire safety in a stranger’s hands who knows nothing about fire protection and how to troubleshoot can lead to excess property damage and increased safety issues.
- Lack of accuracy and knowledge. How do you know if the untrained call center person you’re speaking to is giving you the correct information? They are often given a script to follow.
- Deficient communication and miscommunication. Call center representatives must relay your emergency to a service provider correctly; this is challenging when there is lack of fire protection expertise.
- Once a fire protection contractor is finally dispatched, how will you know if he or she is licensed and knows NFPA and local AHJ codes? Who will hold the technician accountable if something isn’t done correctly?
- Hidden costs. With most fire safety emergencies answered by a third-party call center, you will end up with one invoice from the technician and another from the fire protection company.
- Security and privacy. Overseas call center agents are not subject the same background checks that US-based agents are. Thus, confidential information may be less secure.
In an emergency, AIE’s nationwide vendor partners arrive on-site quickly, limiting disruption, minimizing costs, and streamlining the process. You deal with one company, receive one invoice, and benefit from a service guarantee.
How to Prevent Fire Protection & Fire Safety Systems Emergencies
The most reliable way to avoid commercial fire safety equipment and water leak emergencies is to take a preventative approach to fire protection. We know – accidents and emergencies can happen even in the best of circumstances – but to minimize the risk, prevention through inspections is your best option.
AIE provides quarterly, annual, five, ten, and 20-year fire equipment and fire sprinkler systems inspections, as well as water supply testing at nationwide, multi-site retail, distribution, warehouse, restaurant, hotel, and other commercial facilities. If we find anything that poses a potential risk, we provide solutions to get all fire systems repaired and up to code quickly.
In-House 24/7/365 Emergency Fire Protection Services
When you need fire sprinkler help, fire suppression repair, water leak detection, or any fire safety emergency services at your commercial facility, you need to know who to call – and that call needs to be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Call AIE’s in-house, emergency service experts. Our team will talk you through the situation to temporarily restore order while our reliable technicians are on their way. Contact us today for a no-obligation conversation about preventative fire protection services or if you’re having an emergency, call us right away, 1-888-AIE-PALS (243-7257).
Information posted in our blog is merely for educational and informational purposes. While the information has been verified to the best of our abilities, we cannot guarantee its total accuracy, and it should not be considered legally binding advice. This blog is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, and should you decide to act upon the information, you do so at your own risk.