Best Fire Alarm Inspection Companies with Nationwide Service

By Andrew Erickson

March 18, 2023

When it comes to inspecting, maintaining, and servicing fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, you want the best. You want a company that provides quality inspection services, NICET-certified technicians, reliable monitoring services - all for your peace of mind.

You're going to be hunting through a variety of interesting claims like:

We believe safety is top priority when it comes to life safety systems. We have a team of certified technicians with years of experience in fire alarm inspection and system performance testing. Our services range from fire sprinkler inspections, fire alarm system testing, monthly monitoring services, to full-service fire protection maintenance. Our fire protection services are backed by years of experience, a reputation for quality customer service, and the latest industry technology - giving you peace of mind when it comes to life safety.

We want you to get the best fire inspection and service possible. That's true whether or not you're an active user of Digitize alarm monitoring equipment. That's why I'm going to help you find fire alarm and inspection services that meet the most stringent standards. Quality fire protection systems stop fires before they start. Inspections make sure they do that job well.

Remember that you have local options

Because you're from one of many different regions, I can't make specific local recommendations. That's why, in this guide, I've focused on nationwide providers in the United States.

There are many fire alarm inspection companies out there that have the experience and expertise needed to keep you safe. They can provide system inspections, maintenance, monitoring services, and peace of mind. Some of them are local companies, and they can actually have more insight into your local fire code requirements than some national providers.

After reading my list of the best national fire alarm inspection companies here, you can then apply the concepts you've learned as you evaluate and choose a (potentially) local provider near you.

Now, let's get started with a short list of national fire alarm inspection companies (in no particular order):


Promising "exceptional service and attention to detail", AFA reminds us that many different types of equipment fall under the NFPA rules for fire safety:

  • Manual pull stations
  • Notification appliances including horns and strobes
  • Smoke and heat detectors
  • Duct detectors
  • Annunciator panels
  • Tamper devices
  • Main alarm panel
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Communication equipment

I found it remarkable that the first item in AFA's history as described on their website is in 1873, when Automatic Signal Telegraph Co. of NYC was incorporated. Two years later, New York City requested that AFA send fire alarm signals directly to the headquarters of the Fire Department. That's a serious amount of history.

That information also reveals something that you're going to see a few times in this list: AFA is not only a provider of inspection services.

AFA's website has subsections for Fire, Security, and Communication. That includes installation, maintenance, and inspection. Clearly, you're dealing with a company that could be a "one-stop shop" for quite a variety of your fire alarm requirements.


Another provider of a wide range of fire alarm and protection systems and services is Cintas. As they say:

Detecting a fire early can mean the difference between losing everything and keeping loss and damage to a minimum. That’s why it pays to count on Cintas for your alarm panel inspections.

There are 3 stages of the service described:

  1. Visual inspection
  2. Physical inspection
  3. Certification

Cintas goes on to talk about several features & benefits of fire alarm inspection (commentary on each is simply my thoughts):

"Helps you stay compliant"

Compliance with fire codes is obviously one of the major reasons why you're probably seeking an inspection. Rules (and penalties for non-compliance) are what keep the world turning. It's easy to forget about routine inspections without an established schedule.

"Helps you keep your equipment ready"

Keeping a system that's ready to swoop in and protect people during an emergency is immensely satisfying. This particular benefit focuses more on the inherent beauty of a system that works precisely as designed.

"Can help meet insurance requirements"

I always tell people that, if you want to assess risk, ask your insurance company for a quote. Measurement of risk is literally their business. As a result, any measurable change you can make in your probability of safety and fire prevention will pay dividends in your insurance premiums.

"Promotes safety"

Ultimately, that's what we're really talking about here. All of the above benefits are just a different angle on interpreting overall human safety.


Telgian provides fire alarm system inspection, testing and repair based on manufacturer and jurisdictional requirements across all sectors of the market and in buildings of every size, shape and type.

Telgian was the first I saw that noted their annual inspection volume. Other companies may have listed their own statistics, but I didn't spot that. They say, "We inspect more than 50,000 locations annually throughout the US and Canada."

Telgian also calls out NFPA 72, the fire code the sets that standards for fire alarms. Furthermore, they note that their inspectors receive mandatory training every 6 months (40 hours or more of training per year).

Their website indicates a strong focus on fire safety. They also call themselves "the only unbiased provider of testing, maintenance, and repair services for fire and life safety systems." That's an interesting point. Some of the other companies featured here also sell equipment.

Telgian's focus on inspections and other services would seemingly avoid a conflict of interest. That might otherwise occur since a failed inspection can trigger sales of new equipment. You see a similar concept in many other industries where various inspections are required.

Call Digitize for Expert Guidance on Fire Alarm System Inspections

At Digitize, we manufacture fire alarm monitoring systems. Although we don't provide inspections to satisfy NFPA requirements, we certainly have a lot of industry expertise.

Just give me a call to start a discussion about what you're trying to accomplish. If I can't answer something for you immediately, at have the entire team of Digitize engineers right down the hall.

Call 1-800-523-7232 or email

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson is an Application Engineer at DPS Telecom, a manufacturer of semi-custom remote alarm monitoring systems based in Fresno, California. Andrew brings more than 17 years of experience building site monitoring solutions, developing intuitive user interfaces and documentation, and...Read More