Traco Fire Protection is proud to employ, not only the best Licensed Sprinkler Fitters and Apprentices in the area, but also a driven and dedicated management team. Our team works hard to make sure every project is our #1 priority. From start to finish... we hold ourselves to the highest standards to do the job right!
Michael L. Collins, Contract Sales Manager
Mike was born in Connecticut to a Sicilian mother and Irish father. He graduated from Parrish Hill High School, then went on to serve in the United States Army spending time in Alaska and North Carolina. He graduated from Fire Support School in Ft. Sill Oklahoma and went on to Airborne School in Ft. Benning Georgia. One of the many specialized military schools that Mike graduated from was The US Army Armor School. Mike tested and was accepted to the US Army Special Forces School. He completed his army career in 1987. Mike moved to Iowa in 1990 and in 1994 he married his wife Tammy, they have been together for over 30 years. Mike graduated with an AA in computer aided drafting 1993. In 1994 he started his fire sprinkler career as a designer with Quad Cities Automatic Sprinkler. While there he took courses in fire sprinkler design, hydraulic design and advanced hydraulic design from the University of Oklahoma. In 1996 Mike was hired by Grinnell Fire as a designer. In 1997 Mike was promoted to contract sales. In 2001, he opened Ahern’s new Davenport fire protection office and worked as the office manager and contract sales manager. In 2003 Mike went to work for Tri-State Automatic Sprinkler in their sales department where he stayed for 11 years. In 2014 Mike was hired on at Traco Fire as the Contract sales manager. Mike has sold sprinkler projects ranging from a 1 head sprinkler remodel to the $1,250,000 Oscar Mayer Remodel some which are listed below:
Oscar Mayer Mike has done work at many of the local businesses:
R. R. Donnelly building in Eldridge Alcoa/Arconic John Deere ADM Clinton
ADM Distillation plant Oscar Mayer River Cities Mgmt ADM Cedar Rapids
Remodel of over 2 million SQFT at RCM (The old caterpillar plant) Genesis Unity Point Orthopaedic Specialists
Remodel of RBI (The old John Deere Foundry) Menards Davenport Schools South East Community Schools
North Gate Shopping Plaza
Current Iowa Hotel
GPC in Muscatine
Casey Hitchcock, Labor Superintendent
Casey has been in the sprinkler industry for 21 years, he started July 8, 1996, when he was 18 years old. At Traco Fire Protection, he supervises all of the Licensed Sprinkler Fitters who work in the field. Additionally, he works closely with customers on projects and in sales.
Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Davenport with his wife of 17 years, Mandy, and their two children, Kori and Jacob. In his spare time Casey enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle and golfing.
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Erik Adams, Service/Inspection Sales Manager
In 2001, I went to Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range in New Mexico as a leader for a troop of scouts out of Romeo, Michigan. Besides hiking for a week to reach a peak of 12,000 feet, I had the objective of putting the needs and safety of the boys above my own. I bring that mindset to my current position at Traco Fire in the Service and Inspection Department, putting the needs of my customers first. I have been in the fire protection industry for 15 years and take life safety very seriously. Please email me at email@example.com if you want to talk to a customer service driven fire protection professional, or if you want to find out more about my close encounter with a black bear at Philmont.
Jake Costello, Site Supervisor - Dubuque Region
I was born and raised in a Jackson County Iowa, and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1997, with an Art and Laura Wendell Scholarship. After a few jobs in the construction field, I decided I wanted to be a Sprinkler Fitter. In 2008, I began my apprenticeship program through Local 669 Sprinkler Fitter Union. In the last 10 years I have obtained a NICET 1 status, IAPMO Certification, Wisconsin and Iowa Sprinkler Fitter License, as well as Wisconsin and Iowa Backflow Testing License.
I like the fact that I am working in the Tri-State area protecting life and property. Outside of work, I enjoy hunting and fishing and spending time with my family (3 boys and one on the way) while traveling.
One of my favorite quotes is, "If you always do what you did, you will always get what you got."
Tony Bossio, Vice President
I started my career in Fire Protection June 1st 1998, with Basic Fire Protection. I was originally hired to perform shop duties and cut concrete. I soon realized I wanted more than that. I joined the apprentice program and continued to work for them until April 1st 2005. I then went to work for Crown Fire Systems. I worked as a Contract Foreman initially and worked my way through the ranks to become the Service and Inspection Dept. Mgr. I worked for them until Sept. 23rd 2011. I had a passion for this aspect of the industry. In 2011, I moved to Iowa to manage the Service and Inspection Department for Tri-State Automatic Sprinkler Inc., Oct.1st 2011 to June 26th 2015. I was hired by Traco Fire July 1st 2015. I ran their Service and Inspections Dept. until July 28th 2017 when I then became Vice President of the company.
I have been in this industry now for 19 years and 3 months. I find this industry to be very fulfilling; I have a passion to protect lives, and property. This industry allows me to do just that.
(A) Iowa State Fire Marshal License-Automatic Sprinkler Systems-License #FES-0048
(B) OSHA 10HR. Occupational Safety and Health License #36-004877677
(C) NICET-National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies- Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems Level II License #126024
(D) American Heart Association-Health Care Provider BLS for CPR/AED Program.
(E) Nationally Certified Fire Fighter I
(F) Nationally Certified Fire Fighter II
(G) Nationally Certified-NREMT- Emergency Medical Care Provider EMR-09-1013-06
(H) Member of the Iowa Firefighters Association.
(I) Lieutenant City of LeClaire Fire Department
(J) Secretary Treasurer LeClaire Firefighters Association
(K) Fire Prevention Officer City of LeClaire Fire Department
I have also held City and State licenses in other areas of the country:
(A) State of Washington Fire Protection Sprinkler Fitter Cert. #3422-JF-122908
(B) City of Vancouver Washington Contractor Endorsement Program SSIR3-0200-4100
(C) City of Portland Oregon-Certificate of Fitness Fire Protection #5360
(D) DHS-Oregon Dept. of Health-Backflow Prevention Program #4688
(E) IDPH-Iowa Dept. of Public Health Backflow License
Mike Richards, Design/Project Manager
Fire sprinkler systems are all about saving lives and property but most important of the two, saving lives. For 28 years I have been blessed to be a part of this industry. From estimating, sales, design, project management and design management through fire sprinkler projects including office buildings, mercantile, industrial, manufacturing, educational, medical and more. I look forward to continuing into the future.
Started in the sprinkler industry May 1989
Have hundreds of hours of training by NFPA, NFSA, Blazemaster, Hilti, and Hydratec
Jennifer Reagan, Director of Operations
Jennifer is native to the Quad Cities, and began her career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse. After several years in nursing, she obtained a Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management. She managed in the QC healthcare community for several years, which included building clinics, remodel projects, software implementations, and all facets of business operations. She left healthcare management in February 2017, and started her own consulting business. She expanded her consulting to businesses outside of healthcare, and began working with several companies including Traco Fire Protection in April 2017. Several months later, Jennifer joined the team as the Director of Operations to be on site daily. She loves the challenge of learning a new type of business, and making a difference in a non-healthcare related company. She proudly maintains her RN, and continues to do small consulting projects outside of her time at Traco.