Zeus Fire & Security, a portfolio company of Baltimore-based Access Holdings, announced a new partnership with Independent Alarm, a family-owned fire and security company. Independent Alarm has provided complete fire alarm, video, intrusion alarm and access control to over 6,000 accounts in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania since 1978. Zeus will support Independent Alarm as they pursue continued growth across their service territory.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Independent Alarm,” said Scott R. Elkins, CEO of Zeus Fire & Security. “Jamie and the team have built a great business that aligns perfectly with the Zeus mission to protect people, property, and profits. We look forward to supporting Independent Alarm’s growth and building our presence across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.”

Zeus Fire & Security was formed in 2021 as a platform business to partner with fire safety and security operators in selected markets. Zeus will partner with Independent Alarm as part of the company’s ongoing mission to partner with quality operators and expand best-in-class service offerings to customers across the country.

“We see this partnership as the foundation for future growth in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania,” said John Cannon, vice chairman of Zeus Fire & Security. “Independent Alarm fits exactly what we look for in a partner. They have a long history in their market as a trusted, reliable partner with strong management that’s ready to take the business to the next level. We’re confident the resources that the Zeus platform brings to the table will help Independent continue to grow into a market leader.”

For the past 40 years, Independent Alarm has been dedicated to keeping homes and businesses safe through proven, state-of-the-art security, fire, and video applications to meet every customer’s precise needs. Independent Alarm provides solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

“I’m excited for the next chapter in Independent Alarm’s history,” said Jamie Kerth, president of Independent Alarm. “Zeus is a partner that will provide us excellent resources for growth while preserving the family environment that we’ve built over many years. As part of the Zeus family, I’m confident that we’ll be able to expand our presence in the market and accelerate our growth.”

Barry Epstein of Vertex Capital was the sole advisor to Independent Alarm on the transaction. Vertex Capital is an advisor on acquisitions throughout the recurring revenue and life safety sectors.

“The partnership with Independent Alarm will further the path for Zeus into additional markets,” said Barry Epstein, president of Vertex Capital. “Jamie is a great addition to the Zeus team, and the Zeus national accounts expertise will help expand key customer relationships.”