Regional Fire and Security (RFS) celebrates 50th anniversary
Thursday, August 30 2012
THE year 2012 marks the golden anniversary of the nation’s independence. Coinciding with this momentous event, Regional Fire and Security Ltd (RFS) commemorates 50 years of successful business, a major milestone for the fire, safety and security company.
Born out of Safety Supply (Trinidad) Limited, RFS has adopted an ongoing mission to provide the highest standards of products and services to its customer base. To illustrate this mission, the RFS Group of Companies has continuously evolved and expanded its services throughout the Caribbean and extra regional markets. With offices in Barbados and St. Lucia and now in Guyana, and involvement in projects in other regional countries, including Antigua, Anguilla, Mustique, St Kitts, St. Maarten, and St. Vincent, The RFS Group is quickly becoming a prominent brand and market leader.
“This is a truly significant occasion for our organisation,” says Chairman and CEO of The RFS Group, Richard Grainger. “We take pride in our heritage and have consistently committed to the highest standards.”
The group offers a wide range of products under the distinct business units of Fire and Safety, Fire Security and Building Management Systems, Flow Control and Marine, and has seen success in both the commercial and residential markets. In the quest for bringing their customers up to the highest global safety standards, RFS/Safety Supply (Trinidad) Limited was the first company in the English Speaking Caribbean to be “Lloyds Register” certified, which specialises in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire equipment and suppression systems within the industrial, marine and energy sectors. The company is also the Caribbean agent for Wilhelmsen, which is amongst the world’s largest in the marine industry for all safety equipment service and repairs. More recently, RFS has also become DNV certified and is in the final stages of completing the STOW (Safe To Work) certification. A large part of the group’s success over the years is based on the hard working individuals that make up their team. Grainger said, “You don’t successfully prevail for half a century because you’re lucky. Our organisation’s strength and endurance comes from our drive, passion, focus and commitment as a group.” At local branches in El Socorro, San Fernando and Chaguaramas, the RFS team continues to expand to better manage the company’s growing operations. Mr Grainger continues, “We have invested significantly in overseas training for our staff, whereby all of our technicians are certified.”
Grainger encourages more businesses to see safety as much more than a moral obligation. “Besides the legal elements, employers and their staff benefit by having peace of mind, which in turn increases productivity. Investing in safety is investing in your company and by extension your employees”. Grainger continued, “This year is a golden opportunity. RFS is determined to seek further growth in key markets. Particularly as it coincides with the nation’s golden anniversary of independence, we are all very proud of our accomplishments at RFS, and grateful to everyone who helped us get here. We very much look forward to the next 50 years.”
About The RFS Group
Safety Supply (Trinidad) Ltd was established in August 1962, in Trinidad and Tobago and started as a division of Imperial Optical of Canada. In October 1972, the company was bought over and locally incorporated by the late Michael Grainger. The resulting, family run company, Regional Fire and Security Ltd, (RFS), was first established in Barbados, as the regional arm of Safety Supply, and then TT in 2005 to focus on the fire and security lines. In 2008, and 2012, RFS opened its doors to St Lucia and Guyana respectively, under the current Chairman and CEO, Richard Grainger, as a continuation of his father’s legacy.