Fire Alarm Installation, Upgrade & Commissioning Services


Installing a new fire alarm system or upgrading and existing one is a complicated process. It demands careful design, estimating, planning, installing, pretesting, expediting until the final inspection and approval. With our long history and experience we offer our clients the stress-free service that only an experienced and reliable service provider can offer. Our team of professionals from engineers, sales, project managers, and technicians have the skills to ensure that your fire alarm and ARC system will be installed to the highest standards.

Our full range of services include:

  • Design a new system installation or upgrade of an existing system.
  • Expediting services that include completing applications and submitting documentation, and gaining approval that your system is running according to DOB and FDNY regulations.
  • Connecting, programming and pretesting to ensure system functionality.
  • Addressing all requirements for a letter of approval.

Already have a fire alarm system installed in your facility? Take a look at our robust fire alarm testing, maintenance and monitoring service offerings.


Altus Fire Alarms’ Installation and Design Team includes NICET Certified engineers, designers, and installation technicians who will create a plan tailored to your project. No matter if you are a contractor seeking to work with a designer to craft prints or a facility manager looking to complete a fire alarm installation, we will be there to assist you at every step.


In the rapidly evolving field of fire safety, keeping up with the latest technology and equipment is not just an advantage—it’s a necessity. At Altus, we employ state-of-the-art technology to ensure that your fire alarm system is both reliable and efficient. Our selection includes advanced addressable systems, which offer pinpoint accuracy in identifying the location of fire or smoke, as well as conventional zoned systems for broader applications.

Sensors and Detectors

We utilize high-sensitivity smoke detectors, heat sensors, and multi-criteria detectors that can differentiate between smoke, heat, and other environmental factors, reducing the likelihood of false alarms.

Control Panels

Our control panels are designed for intuitive use, featuring user-friendly interfaces and real-time monitoring capabilities. They are also compatible with various building management systems, allowing for seamless integration.

Notification Appliances

From audible alarms to visual indicators, our range of notification appliances is designed to ensure immediate and effective communication in case of an emergency. These devices meet or exceed the requirements set by NFPA 72 and are tested rigorously for reliability.

Wiring and Connectivity

We use fire-resistant cables and employ advanced networking solutions to ensure that your fire alarm system remains operational even under adverse conditions.

Battery Backup Systems

Understanding the critical nature of fire alarm systems, we include robust battery backup solutions that guarantee functionality even during power outages.

By leveraging cutting-edge technology and equipment, Altus aims to provide you with a fire alarm system that not only meets but exceeds industry standards and regulations. Our commitment to quality ensures that you receive a system that is both effective and reliable.

Timeline for Fire Alarm Installation and Commissioning

Understanding the urgency and critical nature of fire alarm systems, Altus is committed to delivering timely and efficient installation and commissioning services. Our process is meticulously planned to minimize disruptions while ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety.

Initial Consultation and Site Assessment

Within one week of your inquiry, our team conducts an initial consultation and site assessment to understand your specific needs and the scope of the project.

Design and Planning

Following the assessment, our NICET Certified engineers and designers spend 2-4 weeks crafting a customized fire alarm system layout, complete with detailed prints and code consulting design.

Permit Approval and Documentation

Simultaneously, we expedite services that include completing applications, submitting necessary documentation, and gaining approvals from relevant authorities like the DOB and FDNY. This phase typically takes 3-6 weeks.

Installation Phase

Once all permits and approvals are secured, the installation phase commences. Depending on the complexity of the system and the size of the facility, this can range from 4-12 weeks.

Pretesting and Final Inspection

After installation, a rigorous pretesting process is conducted to ensure system functionality. This is followed by a final inspection and approval, usually completed within 1-2 weeks.

Commissioning and Handover

Upon successful inspection, the system is commissioned and handed over to the client. A comprehensive training session is provided to familiarize your team with the system’s operations.

Safety Protocols During Fire Alarm Installation

The safety of your facility and our installation team is of paramount importance to Altus. As such, we adhere to stringent safety protocols throughout the installation process to mitigate risks and ensure a secure working environment.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All members of our installation team are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, including safety helmets, gloves, and eye protection, to minimize the risk of injury.

Site Isolation and Signage

Before commencing work, the installation area is isolated to restrict unauthorized access. Clear signage is displayed to inform facility occupants of ongoing work and any potential hazards.

Electrical Safety Measures

Our technicians follow best practices for electrical safety, including the use of insulated tools and equipment. Electrical panels and circuits are clearly labeled, and lockout-tagout procedures are employed to prevent accidental energizing of the system.

Hazard Assessment

Prior to installation, a comprehensive hazard assessment is conducted to identify potential risks like electrical hazards, trip and fall risks, or any flammable materials in the vicinity. Appropriate preventive measures are then put in place.

Emergency Response Plan

An emergency response plan is established for the duration of the installation process. This includes immediate access to first aid kits and fire extinguishers, as well as a clear evacuation plan in case of an emergency.

Compliance with Regulations

All safety protocols are in alignment with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, as well as any state-specific safety regulations.

Regular Safety Audits

To ensure ongoing compliance and safety, regular audits are conducted during the installation process. Any deviations from the safety protocols are immediately addressed.

Post-Installation Support and Training

Once your fire alarm system is successfully installed and commissioned, our commitment to your safety and satisfaction doesn’t end there. Altus provides a comprehensive post-installation support and training program designed to ensure the long-term effectiveness and reliability of your system.

User Training

We offer an in-depth training session for your team to familiarize them with the system’s functionalities and operations. This includes hands-on demonstrations and simulations to ensure that your staff is fully equipped to manage the system effectively.

Documentation and Manuals

A complete set of documentation, including user manuals, system layout, and compliance certificates, is provided. This serves as a valuable resource for future reference and maintenance activities.

24/7 Support Hotline

Our customer support is available round-the-clock to address any queries or issues you may encounter. Whether it’s a technical glitch or a general inquiry, our team is just a call away.

Software Updates and Patches

To keep your system up-to-date and secure, we provide regular software updates and patches as part of our ongoing support. This ensures that your system remains compliant with the latest safety standards and regulations.

Scheduled Maintenance Visits

As part of our post-installation support, we offer scheduled maintenance visits to inspect the system’s components, perform necessary calibrations, and ensure optimal functionality.

Warranty and Service Contracts

We offer robust warranty terms and customizable service contracts to provide you with peace of mind. These contracts can include preventive maintenance, parts replacement, and emergency service options.

Feedback and Continuous Improvement

We value your feedback and use it as an opportunity for continuous improvement. Periodic customer satisfaction surveys help us gauge the effectiveness of our post-installation support and make necessary adjustments.

Service Areas: Specialized Fire Alarm Installation & Design Across the Northeastern U.S.

When it comes to fire alarm installation and design, Altus is your local authority in the Northeastern Region of the United States. We proudly serve New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Our strategic locations enable us to offer prompt and efficient service, ensuring that your project proceeds without delays. Whether you’re in a bustling city or a quieter locale, our NICET Certified engineers and technicians are readily available to provide you with top-tier fire alarm installation services that meet all local and national regulations.

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