Fire and security sector group expands with fourth acquisition in two years

Bradford-based Kings Secure Technologies (KST) has struck an agreement to acquire a provider of fire and life safety systems – East Fire Extinguishers and Alarms, trading as EFire.

First established in 2011 and headquartered in Norwich with over 50 engineers across the UK, EFire provides a range of consult, design, install and maintenance services, delivering into the Healthcare, Education and Industrial sectors.

EFire, combined with KST’s existing specialist smoke ventilation business, Silver Group, strengthens the companies’ experience and offerings in the life safety systems market.

KST is a group of companies providing specialist solutions within the Fire & Security sector and operating in a wide range of industries. As well as its Bradford HQ, it has satellite offices in Scotland, the Midlands, London and the South East.

Darren Gamage, chief operating officer of KST, said: “I am excited to be able to announce this acquisition. KST’s vision is to lead, transform and innovate in the security, fire, life safety and compliance environments.

“Our acquisition of EFire will turn this vision into a reality. We will move forward at pace self-delivering in all key areas of fire and life safety systems to our national client base.”

Roger Sparrow, managing director of EFire, said: “With the backing of KST’s resources and reach, we look forward to delivering a wider range of services to our clients.

“We will combine our core strengths with those of the existing companies within the KST group, deepening our industry expertise.

“We recognised KST as the perfect fit for our business and I am happy that this acquisition is now complete.”

Bob Forsyth, CEO of KST Group, added: “This is our fourth acquisition in just over two years, strengthening our position in the fire and life safety arena.

“Our standing as a critical solutions provider has been enhanced; we are tremendously excited to welcome our new colleagues into the group and watch the business flourish and grow.”

KST was advised by Squire Patton Boggs, the team consisting of partner Paul Mann, director Louise Parker and associate Indy Bening.