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Life Safety

Protecting people within society’s most critical facilities.

Clients trust Burns to design systems that safeguard occupants during fires, storms, and other emergency events.

Our team ensures design compliance through deep knowledge of relevant codes and standards as well as proactive coordination with jurisdictional authorities.

Code Consulting

  • Risk Assessments
  • Compliance Surveys
  • Code Verification
  • Equipment Assessments

Fire Protection

  • Fire Pumps/Standpipe Systems
  • Water- And Chemical-Based Fire Suppression
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Backflow Prevention

Alarms & Emergency Communication

  • Emergency Operating Centers
  • Paging/Public Address Systems
  • Mass Notification Systems
  • Dynamic Signage

Emergency Egress

  • Access Control Systems
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Security Door Hardware


  • Essential Electrical Systems
  • Backup Power Supplies
  • Redundant Electrical Systems

Combining insights across mechanical, electrical, plumbing and communications disciplines, Burns has expertise in these areas to:

Inspire with a coordinated approach for selecting, engineering and testing the proper application of technologies.

Create specialized alarm, lighting, fire protection, fire suppression, and advanced back-up power systems.

Deliver life-safety solutions that keep occupants safe while minimizing capital expenses and maintaining building performance.

Meet Our Team

Bryan Mehaffey

Vice President, Southeast Region

Joseph Mizrahi, PE

Vice President - New York Region, Design Group Leader

Dimitri Dumerlin, LEED AP

Healthcare/Facilities & Infrastructure Project Manager