Our History of Excellence.
A Future of Innovation.
Telgian was built by developing a team of experts who share the passion first demonstrated by company founder Bill Tomes. This is manifested by our ongoing involvement with NFPA, SFPE, AFAA, AFSA, and other professional and trade organizations. We pride ourselves in serving customers across a wide variety of industries. No matter the application, however, the protection of people, property, information and organizational mission against preventable losses is always our top priority. At Telgian, we remain committed to providing effective and innovative fire protection, life safety and security programs for many years to come.
A Focus on Innovative, Effective Solutions Since 1985
Telgian’s roots were established over three decades ago when the company first began as Tomes and Associates, founded by fire protection pioneer Bill Tomes. The early success of the company was a result, not only of Tomes’ vast experience, but also his lifelong passion for the fire protection industry.
Later the company would be renamed TVA Fire and Life Safety. The company quickly attracted industry-leading experts in the fire protection, safety and security space, resulting in rapid growth and expansion. A wide-ranging roster of services also grew to include fire and life safety consulting for business and government agencies, fire and building code interpretation, risk analysis and hazard evaluation, fire and building plan review, fire sprinkler system design, and industry training.
In 2007, principals formed the Telgian brand to more accurately reflect the diversity of the company’s many and varied fire, life safety and security services. Telgian is derived from Old English and means “to branch out and grow.” And, although the name changed, Telgian’s mission – to save lives and property in partnership with its customers – never wavered.
Today, Telgian operates two companies including Telgian Fire Safety, fire and life safety systems testing and inspections and Telgian Engineering & Consulting, innovative engineering, design and risk mitigation solutions, anti-terrorism solutions and active shooter training.
And since 1985, Telgian has grown from a modest firm providing a handful of services, to an international company with locations throughout the US and Latin America, over 350 employees, and a comprehensive roster of fire protection, engineering and design, life safety, and security services.
The company has also dramatically increased the range of industries that it serves. In addition to a strong background in retail, Telgian boasts complex, long-term, multi-discipline projects worldwide for government, hospitality, higher education, industrial manufacturing, healthcare, restaurant and food service, distribution and warehousing, commercial properties and more. Today, Telgian counts some of the world’s most recognizable corporate names as its clients.