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Since 1991, Katco has been in the business of fire protection.  Our services range from basic fire sprinkler design to plan review and inspections to risk analysis and code consulting.  Our clients have included fire sprinkler contractors, both large and small, general contractors, developers, fire and building departments, insurance companies, home owners, architects and engineers. 

Our designs have ranged in size from small tenant improvements and single family homes to major new construction and retrofit projects.  We have experience in all types of wet and dry pipe fire sprinkler systems.  No job is too big or too small.

Our purpose is to assist our clients in completing their fire protection project on time and under budget while emphasizing public safety and property protection.  We always strive to provide prompt and professional service with the utmost consideration being placed on code compliance, accuracy and cost effectiveness.  We are not satisfied unless our clients expectations are fully met in every regard. 

If you are not familiar with our company and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.

In the meantime, please browse our website and take a look at the services we offer.


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Michael Ricks started working in the fire protection business in 1985.  After having completed his education at Brigham Young University he became the first employee of a small fire sprinkler contractor located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Along with the two owners, Mike did everything necessary to get the job done, learning every aspect of the business very quickly.  He was able to gain experience in fabrication, installation as well as design.  Before long he was working as a foreman but continued  helping with the design in the evenings.  Although he was good at the field work, he enjoyed the engineering much more.  He took a home study course in hydraulic analysis and studied the NFPA standards as well as the Uniform Building and Fire Codes.  Since the opportunity to do more design work was not available where he was at, in 1989 Mike moved to Southern California to take a job as an estimator and project manager with a Los Angeles area firm. 

At the same time, Mike started doing freelance design in the evenings and on weekends.  In 1991 he obtained his California fire protection contracting license.  In seven years Katco Fire Protection completed over 600 projects valued at over $25 million.  During this time, Mike did most of the design work himself, establishing a good working repore with most of the AHJ's in the Southern California area.  Katco was one of the first firms in the Southern Califonia area to do all of its designs using AutoCAD. 

Starting in 1998 Mike began to change the focus of his business from installation to strictly design and consulting.  By the end of the year, Katco Fire Protection became Katco Fire Sprinkler Design.  In late 2003, Katco moved its offices from Southern California to Salem, Utah.

Despite the move, Mike continues to do a great deal of work in California.  He travels there often in a company owned small airplane, maintaining his contacts and establishing new business.  In addition, he travels throughout the Western United States, often accessing areas not serviced by commercial airlines.

Mike's commitment to excellence and desire to be the very best at what he does has established a reputation among his clients and peers as a very capable and knowledgable fire sprinkler professional.  He also has gained experience in risk analysis, high piled storage permits and passive fire protection systems and methods.  He brings this all to the table with him when you use Katco for your design and consulting needs.