Learn how AFA has evolved since 1873 to become Your Fire and Security Solution
Automatic Signal Telegraph Co. of NYC is incorporated under Telegraph Co. Act of 1848
Mayor of New York City asks Company to transmit fire alarm signals directly to Fire Department headquarters.
Consolidated Fire Alarm Co. in Philadelphia is acquired.
Watkins Automatic Signal Telegraph Co. is incorporated in NYC.
Corporate name changed to Automatic Fire Alarm and Extinguisher Co, Ltd.
Automatic Fire Alarm and Extinguisher Co., Ltd. changes name to Automatic Fire Alarm Co.
United Alarm acquired, manufacturer of "aero" fire detection systems.
Consolidated Fire Alarm Co., and Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Co. consolidated with Automatic Fire Alarm Co. of NYC.
AFA Central station located in New York City at 416 Broome Street
AFA’s Central Station on 42nd Street
AFA expands its operations to Northern New Jersey
Corporate name changed to AFA Protective Systems, Inc. to reflect expanded services capability.
Centrak, the first multiplex signal transmission system, is developed by AFA.
AFA enters the high-rise life safety market in NYC using enhanced Centrak II system.
NY Central Station becomes one of the first computerized central stations in the USA.
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.
Computerized Central Station opens in Linden, NJ.
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.
Moves to new corporate headquarters and established Satellite Central Station in Syosset, Long Island, NY.
AFA begins the use of long range wireless technology to transmit alarm signals from some Subscribers’ premises to AFA’s central station.
AFA moves NJ operation to new company owned building in North Brunswick, NJ.
AFA opened its Mt. Laurel office to better service Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
AFA adds coverage in Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to include the Entire Northeastern United States.
AFA opened its second office building in Syosset, NY.
Fully staffed, computerized Central Station commences operation in Syosset, NY.
Company expands operations outside Northeast for the first time by opening office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Company expands its southern operations by opening office in Orlando, Florida.
Company further expands with new office in North Carolina covering the North and South Carolinas.
AFA completes East Coast expansion with the opening of its office in Baltimore, Maryland.
AFA establishes its National Accounts division to handle its growing chain accounts business.
AFA opens up an office in Westchester, New York to expand its sales and service capabilities in the area.
AFA opens up an office in Warwick, Rhode Island to better service the Rhode Island market.
AFA opens up an office in Wallingford, Connecticut to better service the Connecticut market.
AFA opens up an office in Davie, Florida to better service accounts in South Florida.
AFA begins the use of GSM cellular technology to transmit alarm signals from the Subscriber’s premise to AFA’s central station.
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.
AFA begins to receive signals to its central station via the internet.
AFA launches Vision Remote Security Services giving subscribers the ability to control their alarm from anywhere at anytime with internet access.
AFA becomes certified through the GSA to perform Inspection and Maintenance Services at government facilities.