(From The Worcester Business Journal / Stuff Made in MA publication Fall 2021)
By Sloane M. Perron
Fire Equipment Inc. (FEI) has seen a complete evolution of fire protection services and technology since the company was founded in 1928 when Harold Deever noticed a need for fire extinguishers in Boston.
Headquartered in Medford with six branches, including its newest Worcester office, FEI designs and installs suppression systems that fit the unique safety and fire prevention needs of their clients.
"We are the first line of defense," said Brian Murphy, FEI president and CEO.
Two Families, one legacy
After Deever started the business, originally known as The Lux Fire Equipment Co., his son, Jack, took over the company. While Jack was an expert in suppression systems, business management was not his forte. In 1969, Russell Murphy became Jack's partner and eventually acquired FEI, marking him the first Murphy generation to lead the company.