Welcome from Russ Leavitt

May 27th, 2008

Hello, my name is Russ Leavitt and I would like to welcome you to my web site.

The fire protection industry is on the verge of an expansion that will dwarf all previous growth.


  • – the increasing emphasis on life safety (residential fire sprinklers)
  • – the economic realities of sound risk management (Sarbanes-Oxley)
  • – the global exporting of fire protection technology

My personal mission is to help facilitate this growth.

Sound, cost effective, life safety and risk management are worthy objectives and I am proud to be associated with an industry that does make a difference in people’s lives.

This web site is my personal forum to share my thoughts, ideas, and assistance with anyone who is looking for a challenging career, help in solving life safety problems, or simply looking for answers to questions.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts about the wonderful opportunities that await us in making our world a safer place for all.

If you have a questions or would like to comment on my writing, you can leave a comment in the section at the bottom of the page.  This way other visitors will also benefit.

If you need to contact me privately please use the contact form.

To read my story about how I found the fire protection industry (or rather how it found me) see – My Fire Sprinkler Story


  1. November 13th, 2008 at 16:18 | #1

    Hi Russ,

    I recently saw your name associated with a series of hydraulic calculation courses offered by the AFSA and I wanted to see if I can get your opinion on a project I’m researching for my company.

    I work with Calculated Industries. Our corporate goal is to create handheld calculators for professionals with formulas and calculations to help them become more accurate and efficient while on the job. We try to cater our electronic calculators toward specialized industries.

    We are currently researching the idea of creating a calculator that would offer an easy way to compute hydraulic calculations. I am hoping to get some insight on the following:

    1. Do you feel that this would be a viable calculator? In other words, do you think there is a need for a handheld calculator within the Fire Sprinkler industry?

    2. Do you know the estimated size of the workforce within the Fire Sprinkler industry?

    3. Is there a need for those out in the field (the installers) to use or know any hydraulic calculations?

    I would appreciate any opinion or information you can provide.

    If you have any questions regarding the types of calculators we create you can visit our website at http://www.calculated.com.

    Thank you!

  2. November 13th, 2008 at 17:19 | #2

    1. The vast majority of hydrualic calculations for fire sprinkler systems are performed on a computer. There may be a small demand for a calculator to be used in doing field surveys, waterflow analysis, and such but I emphasize that it would most likely be very small. However, one possible exception would be the future single family residential sprinkler market. The hydraulic calculations are much simpler than those requried for multi-unit residential or commerical applications. Plumbing contractors would be the target but we are probably several years away from a vialble market.
    2. I do not have a definite workforce size but it is estimated that there are approximately 7500 active fire protectoin contractors in the United States. the majorty are small cottage businesses. I would estimate total workforce of 60,000 to 70,000 with about 80% being field (installers/fitters).
    3. there is very little need to use hydraulic calculations beyond basic principles.

    Not sure if this is much help. I would be happy to discuss further if you would like to call me. My direct line is 480-282-5361.



  3. November 14th, 2008 at 16:08 | #3


    Thank you for responding. I appreciate the honest answers. I also appreciate the offer to discuss this further and I will probably take you up on the offer after I do a little more research on this subject. (Other questions may come up.)

    Thanks again!

  4. June 28th, 2014 at 14:34 | #4

    Hi Mr. Russ,
    I am the CEO of a very small company that specializes in the servicing of fire fighting equipment and life saving appliances but with great potentials to grow. I am fascinated by the fire sprinkler industry and presently looking for a mentor and also technical partner in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa. I will really appreciate if you can connect me with any online site that can provide training for starters in fire sprinklers design and installation or better still any company that offers such training in UAE.
    The Nigerian market is big and relatively untapped with a population of over 170 million.
    Thanks for your anticipated reply.

    For: Biobuk Safety Company
    LAWAL, abiodun
    Head Office: 33, Olorogun Michael Ibru Boulevard ( formerly Creek Road),
    Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria.
    Website: www.biobuksafety.com
    Email: biobuksafety@gmail.com, biodunlawal@biobuksafety.com
    Mob: +234-8080498469, +234-8060274057

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