The Birth of a Fire Protection Company
It Started With A Commitment
Thank you for your interest in Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc. Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc. is the vision of Nelson Ligon who began operation in 1985 in a relatively small office in Dallas, Texas. Nelson previously worked in the fire protection industry for Lewis Fire Equipment for over 5 years before forming Fire Shield.
Moving from employee to employer was a bit unorthodox for Nelson. Nelson recalls, “I was at a place in my life where I knew I needed to make a firm commitment to serve the Lord. Through prayer, I realized that I needed to start my own business and I was to name it Fire Shield.”
The Early Years
With little money to invest in Fire Shield getting started, Nelson was very fortunate to have a friend who had started multiple businesses and was willing to allow Nelson to build off of his fire equipment business. “It was 1984 and I was using the Brinson Fire & Safety name, invoices, and bank account to get my own business off the ground. It took about a year to make the switch, but in 1985 Fire Shield was fully up and running.”
Up and running, and yet Nelson still had much to learn about being a business owner. “When I first got started, I let money rule my decision making process.” While liberating, Nelson found that first year as a business owner extremely difficult in providing for his wife, seven year old daughter, and twin four year old boys. “I found myself far too often justifying decisions that were not based upon integrity but rather on a desperate need for money.”
A Decision to Live by God’s Word
Nelson’s growth through this period is owed to his revived faith in Jesus Christ. “When I looked at myself and the business, I realized I was going to have to make a decision to live by God’s word… regardless of the outcome.” Putting his faith into action Nelson began to see Fire Shield grow and life became stable. Nelson explains, “It’s not just about talking about God, it’s about living for him. Without Godly principles you will never make it in the long run.”
Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc.
Over 30 years later Fire Shield has become a successful family business. Having grown beyond fire extinguisher sales and maintenance, Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc. was born as a response to their growth into fire suppression systems and life safety supplies. “We’ve made it our business to protect the things our customers value most.”
From the early years of knocking on doors business-to-business, to the one-on-one approach to every customer; Nelson adds, “We didn’t get to this place by taking an easy road. We have been blessed by the grace of God, the hardest working employees, and the best customers you could ask for in this industry. I am very fortunate.”
Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc., located in Roanoke, Texas for the past eleven years, is committed to helping old and new customers alike with their fire equipment and protection needs. If there is anything you personally or professionally need, please do not hesitate to contact us at 972-724-7800 or through the contact form located here.