Fire Buyer International caught up with Lance D. Harry, P.E., President & CEO, Fireaway Inc, for a Quick Fire personality interview for our November issue.
What does ‘fire safety’ mean to you?
Risk Mitigation. Finding all sorts of fire risks throughout a facility or environment, and mitigating that risk through any number of products, systems, processes, or policies
What made you want to work in the industry?
Opportunity! Right out of grad school, I got a job with Kidde-Fenwal in Ashland, MA, which started my career mostly focused on special hazard fire suppression. We always say, once you’re in, it’s hard to get out!
If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Appreciate what you earn. Earn what you want.
Describe a funny thing that happened to you recently?
Coaching 11-12 yr. old hockey players is non-stop entertainment and enjoyment! (I’m a non-parent coach for the first time in 15 years!)
What three traits define you?
Collaborative; Competitive; Balanced
What’s the most important trend you see today?
Regulatory movement limiting use of chemical gaseous agents. This will change the landscape of special hazards in the next 5-10 years.
If you weren’t in the fire industry, what would you be doing?
Realistically… some form of engineering or business leadership. In fantasy land, sports analytics and/or broadcasting…. Or perhaps some sort of sports management / leadership in the amateur or professional hockey ranks.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV?
I’m a huge fan of hard rock and metal music! I just attended the “Power Trip” music festival in Indio, CA first week of October… if you haven’t heard of it, you should definitely check it out!
What is one thing you would change in the industry if you could?
A true willingness to learn, understand and accept novel technologies for all sorts of applications.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully continuing to do what I do! Leading a great group of people, making products that protect property and save lives!
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