Pye-Barker Fire & Safety has acquired Strickland Fire Protection. The transaction was completed through Pye-Barker Fire portfolio company Rapid Fire Protection Group. It expands Pye-Barker into Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area.

Strickland Fire Protection, headquartered in Forestville, Md., is one of the largest fire protection contractors in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. For nearly forty years, Strickland Fire Protection has offered fire sprinkler and water mist system, fire pump, deluge and fire alarm services. Strickland Fire Protection reinvests a portion of its profits on initiatives to help the underserved and rebuild communities struck by natural disaster.

“Partnering with Pye-Barker facilitates our future growth,” said Strickland Fire President Jay Strickland. “This is an investment in our company vision — creating growth opportunities for our employees and enabling us to provide the best fire protection to more communities.”

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, founded in 1946, now includes more 110 locations and 3,000 team members across the country. In addition to portable extinguishers, restaurant fire suppression, special hazard systems, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, Pye-Barker offers alarm security, surveillance, intrusion detection and CCTV monitoring.

“It's exciting to have Strickland Fire join our team.” said Pye-Barker CEO Bart Proctor. “They're a strong, well-regarded regional player. I'm impressed by the Strickland team and their dedication to the community both near and far.”

Strickland Fire will continue to be operated by Jay Strickland and its team.