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Leadership Bios

Laura Poole - PresidentLaura Poole - President
Phone: (913) 747-2040
Cell: (913) 208-2595

Laura Poole is the founder and President of Poole Fire Protection, Inc. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and service strategy for the company. Ms. Poole leads all business aspects of the company including contract negotiations and plays an active role in business development.

A graduate of Purdue University her financial background and business acumen strengthens Poole Fire Protection's ability to stay competitive in an ever-changing economy.

Laura also leads the development of the company's technology and infrastructure. She embraces a software product called Deltek Vision which allows the firm to manage the complete project lifecycle. Her leadership in this area advanced the company's productivity and streamlined day-to day business operations. As a result the management team has real time information on company performance and resource allocation. To help the community Ms. Poole leads the Deltek Vision Kansas City User and also serves as a committee member for the Vision Customer Advisory Council (CAC).

Everyday offers a new opportunity for growth and expansion. She and the executive management team work together to develop sound business plans for the growth of the company and its employees. They are committed to creating a company culture and work environment that builds highly effective teams at every level of the organization and anticipates the future needs of their clients.

Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE - PrincipalJack Poole, PE, FSFPE - Principal
Phone: (913) 747-2050
Cell: (913) 208-2596

Jack Poole earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1986. He is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer in 49 states and Guam, and has over 30 years of experience. As Principal of Poole Fire Protection, his expertise includes fire suppression and detection system design; fire hazards analyses, fire risk assessments; construction management; and fire protection water distribution system evaluations. He has also provided legal testimony for fire investigations, code analyses, life safety and fire protection system design testing and maintenance.

He has served as project executive, project manager, project engineer and lead fire protection engineer on projects for public and private sector clients. His responsibilities have included serving as a primary contact between clients, planning design schedules, scheduling manpower and staffing, meeting the confines of the budget, and coordinating the fire protection engineering tasks to assure a complete and correct fire protection design.

Mr. Poole is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, NFPA Technical Committee on Airport Facilities, NFPA Technical Committee on Helicopter Facilities, NFPA Technical Committee on Subterranean Spaces, NFPA Technical Committee on National Fire Alarm Code, International Code Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, The Society of American Military Engineers and Kansas Society of Professional Engineers.

Jack is a featured presenter at conferences throughout the US and in international markets. He is viewed as a leading expert in Fire Protection and is seen as a great asset for owners, contractors and the federal government. Few folks know that he served as a Fire Marshall and can relate to all aspects of the need for safety.

University of Maryland

James Milke of the University of Maryland has written a brief history of Jack's humble beginnings as a live-in volunteer fireman, then working for Black & Veatch for several years before eventually starting Poole Fire Protecion from his basement, now a company of 17 employees occupying their own building. James also asks Jack about what makes Poole Fire Protection so successful in the fire protection industry.

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Poole Fire Protection | 19910 West 161st Street | Olathe, Kansas 66062 | Phone: 913.829.8650