About Fire Foe

Established in 1978, Fire Foe is a full-service fire protection contractor serving Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

We provide fire protection system design, fabrication, installation, and inspection. Our main focus is fire protection suppression systems including automatic sprinkler systems, fire pumps, standpipes, gas systems, and foam systems. We also offer alarm protection through our sister company Fire Foe Alarms.


Earnest A. NicholasEarnest A. Nicholas is the president and owner of the Fire Foe Corporation. He has led the company for 33 years with hundreds of fire protection systems designed and installed. He has five decades of experience in the design and sales of automatic sprinkler systems and special hazard systems with major projects completed for General Motors, Good Year, Smuckers, Firestone, and GE Capital.
Sales & Engineering
Earnest W. NicholasEarnest W. Nicholas oversees sales and engineering. He has 20 years experience as a professional engineer specializing in automatic sprinkler system design. Mr. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
James NicholasJames A. Nicholas has 18 years experience engaged in the design and sales of automatic sprinkler systems with a Level III NICET certification in Automatic Sprinkler Systems.  He is certified in the State of Ohio and West Virginia for Automatic Sprinkler Design.
Field Superintendent
James R. IveyJames R. Ivey is a UA designated Master Sprinkler Fitter through the Road Local 669 Sprinkler Fitters Union. He has been the Field Superintendent for 15 years.  He is an OSHA Instructor, UA Local 669 Traveling Instructor,  and qualified to provide Hazardous Waste Training. He has 40 years experience in the Installation of Automatic Sprinkler Systems.
President of Fire Foe Alarms
Sherry TurcoSherry Turco is the president and owner of Fire Foe Alarms. She has 20 years experience in the fire protection industry. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the business. Her responsibilities include directing customer relations, insurance and bonding, human resources, payroll, and accounts receivable. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University.
Special Hazards Systems/Manager of Fire Foe Alarms
Jim CaldwellJames H. Caldwell has 40 years experience with Fire Service and 33 years experience in the Testing and Design of Fire Suppression Systems. He holds a NICET, Level IV certification in Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems. He is certified in the State of Ohio and West Virginia for Automatic Sprinkler Design. He is certified in the State of Ohio for the Testing, Service, Maintenance, and Repair of:

  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Alarm & Detection Systems
  • Standpipe Systems, Fire Pumps & Private Service Mains
  • Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems