For over 30 years, Cox Fire has been providing a full range of fire sprinkler and protection services to customers throughout the state of Florida

The Start

The company was founded in 1984 by Ron and Linda Cox. Both Ron and Linda are licensed contractors, and Cox Fire is now proud to be a state certified Minority Business Enterprise.

Born from a vision which began to take shape in 1976, Cox Fire was formed to design, fabricate and install fire protection systems of all types and has grown to become one of the southeast’s most respected fire sprinkler contractors. In April of 2000, the company moved to its current 2-acre site in East Tampa.

The Guiding Values

From the beginning, Cox Fire has endeavored to maintain the basic fundamental principle of providing the best in quality products and highest quality services to its customers. As a supplier of products and services to the fire sprinkler industry, Cox understands that it is imperative to understand its customers’ needs, provide solutions adding value, and deliver profitable results to their operations. Our management goal is built around four basic values: speed, cost, quality and on time delivery/completion.

The Locations

Cox Fire’s first remote branch office opened in 2009 in Ocala, FL, and that branch is managed by Ron Benke. Ron Benke has over 30 years of very diverse experience in the fire sprinkler industry, and is licensed fire sprinkler contractor. The Ocala branch has a strong inspections and service base and is constantly looking for ways to better serve our customers.

In January of 2010, a second branch office was established in Jacksonville. Evans Fire Protection, who for many years enjoyed a stellar reputation along the east coast of Florida and in southern Georgia, became a division of Cox Fire Protection. Cox Fire continues to enjoy a strong presence of the Jacksonville area under the leadership of Richard Carr who holds state licenses in FL, GA and NC, and is NICET Level IV certified.

Our management goal is built around four basic values: speed, cost, quality and on time delivery/completion.

Key Contacts

Kevin Palmberg

Alarms Division Manager

Andy Gill

Superintendent – Jacksonville

Mary Johnson

Accounting Manager – Tampa

Ron Benke

Ocala Branch Manager

Richard Holloway

Contract Superintendent – Tampa

Shane Rushlo

Project Manager - Tampa

Richard Carr

Jacksonville Branch Manager

Chris Self

Service Superintendent – Tampa

Mike Zondlo

Project Manager – Tampa