Learn how AFA has evolved since 1873 to become Your Fire and Security Solution

1873

Automatic Signal Telegraph Co. of NYC is incorporated under Telegraph Co. Act of 1848

1875

Mayor of New York City asks Company to transmit fire alarm signals directly to Fire Department headquarters.

1875

Consolidated Fire Alarm Co. in Philadelphia is acquired.

1882

Watkins Automatic Signal Telegraph Co. is incorporated in NYC.

1883

Corporate name changed to Automatic Fire Alarm and Extinguisher Co, Ltd.

1900

Automatic Fire Alarm and Extinguisher Co., Ltd. changes name to Automatic Fire Alarm Co.

1923

United Alarm acquired, manufacturer of "aero" fire detection systems.

1948

Consolidated Fire Alarm Co., and Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Co. consolidated with Automatic Fire Alarm Co. of NYC.

1953

AFA Central station located in New York City at 416 Broome Street

1963

AFA’s Central Station on 42nd Street

1969

AFA expands its operations to Northern New Jersey

1970

Corporate name changed to AFA Protective Systems, Inc. to reflect expanded services capability.

1971

Centrak, the first multiplex signal transmission system, is developed by AFA.

1973

AFA enters the high-rise life safety market in NYC using enhanced Centrak II system.

1977

NY Central Station becomes one of the first computerized central stations in the USA.

1983

AFA begins using Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitters, which send signals over the public switched telephone network, for the transmission of fire alarm signals from the Subscriber’s premise to AFA’s central station.

1985

Computerized Central Station opens in Linden, NJ.

1986

AFA acquires ND Security Systems of Waltham, MA and merges it into Boston's computerized Central Station operation. AFA also expands its operations to Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

1987

Moves to new corporate headquarters and established Satellite Central Station in Syosset, Long Island, NY.

1990

AFA begins the use of long range wireless technology to transmit alarm signals from some Subscribers’ premises to AFA’s central station.

1991

AFA moves NJ operation to new company owned building in North Brunswick, NJ.

1991

AFA opened its Mt. Laurel office to better service Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

1992

AFA adds coverage in Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to include the Entire Northeastern United States.

1994

AFA opened its second office building in Syosset, NY.

1995

Fully staffed, computerized Central Station commences operation in Syosset, NY.

1996

Company expands operations outside Northeast for the first time by opening office in Atlanta, Georgia.

1996

Company expands its southern operations by opening office in Orlando, Florida.

1998

Company further expands with new office in North Carolina covering the North and South Carolinas.

1999

AFA completes East Coast expansion with the opening of its office in Baltimore, Maryland.

2000

AFA establishes its National Accounts division to handle its growing chain accounts business.

2001

AFA opens up an office in Westchester, New York to expand its sales and service capabilities in the area.

2004

AFA opens up an office in Warwick, Rhode Island to better service the Rhode Island market.

2004

AFA opens up an office in Wallingford, Connecticut to better service the Connecticut market.

2006

AFA opens up an office in Davie, Florida to better service accounts in South Florida.

2007

AFA begins the use of GSM cellular technology to transmit alarm signals from the Subscriber’s premise to AFA’s central station.

2008

AFA successfully completes its unilateral challenge of New York City Fire Department fees on behalf of AFA’s NYC subscribers, resulting in a recovery of prior excessive fees and more equitable fees going forward.

2009

AFA begins to receive signals to its central station via the internet.

2012

AFA launches Vision Remote Security Services giving subscribers the ability to control their alarm from anywhere at anytime with internet access.

2013

AFA becomes certified through the GSA to perform Inspection and Maintenance Services at government facilities.