Fire Protection Capabilities

Cherokee is a Native American-owned small business enterprise providing fire protection consulting, engineering and design, analysis and inspection services to a wide range of private commercial, government and military clients. Cherokee can address many aspects of a total program by providing cradle-to-grave capabilities from establishing requirements to reviewing designs to managing on site construction project close-out
The fire protection staff at Cherokee are degreed fire protection engineers, including registered Professional Engineers and Certified Fire Inspectors, Educators and Arson Investigators. Our staff actively participates with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) to maintain our knowledge of code and standard changes and trends, as well as product development so that our clients receive the best solutions to their specific life safety and fire protection challenges.

Cherokee's staff has nearly 50 years of combined experience ranging from consulting to the nuclear power industry, performing full-scale fire testing and computer modeling for the U.S. Navy, designing fire alarm and suppression systems for numerous private clients and governmental agencies, analyzing fire hazards for the Department of Energy, providing third-party inspection and testing services to local municipalities to serving as the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the National Institutes of Health.

Projects have included replacement of the building alarm system while maintaining the existing system in a sensitive computer facility, upgrading sprinkler density in a warehouse to reflect new storage arrangements and packaging, development of alternate exiting strategies as new additions blocked existing exits both during construction and permanent arrangements, presentation of Life Safety Code® equivalencies to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for approval of new hospital construction, development of fire protection requirements in new Bio Safety Level 4 laboratories and design and construction management support for several Federal research laboratories.


Cherokee's Design Services include:

Whether partnering with architectural firms or performing independently, Cherokee's engineers and designers determine appropriate active and passive fire protection features, prepare calculations and specifications and develop design drawings, as required. Specific project requirements vary and may include additional services such as:

• Assessments and risk analysis
• Fire sprinkler design
• Special hazard fire suppression system design and analysis
• Fire detection and alarm system design and analysis
• Acceptance testing of fire detection and suppression systems
• Egress analysis, including evaluation modeling
• Smoke management system design, analysis and testing


Cherokee's Construction, Inspection and Survey Services include:

Construction Inspection Services - On behalf of building owners, Cherokee provides construction management support including inspection of construction activities to ensure code compliance and standard of quality construction practices.

Construction Management Support - Cherokee manages construction activities to ensure timely submissions from architects, contractor bid review, cost estimating, coordination of submittals, quality assurance and quality control, processing of Requests for Information, management of construction inspectors, oversight of commissioning and project closeout.

Third-Party Inspection Services - Acting for fire and life safety Authorities Having Jurisdiction, Cherokee inspects the fire protection features of commercial construction activities to ensure code compliance. Cherokee then recommends issuance of Use and Occupancy Permits by the local government official.

Facility Surveys - Commercial and governmental clients require surveys of existing buildings in order to determine code compliance with nationally recognized fire protection and life safety codes and standards. Often these surveys are required for property loss insurance and/or as a pre-lease survey to determine suitability of the space.

Programmatic Quality Assurance Audits - Major industrial operations have corporate fire protection programs incorporating fire prevention measures and practices, firefighting procedures and maintenance of fire alarm and suppression systems. Cherokee performs audits of these programs to ensure that corporate procedures are utilized and that they comply with current codes and industry practices.

Code Compliance, Fire Hazards and Life Safety Analyses - Whether required for major design projects, insurance surveys or as part of a corporate of governmental fire protection program, Cherokee performs analyses of life, property and fire hazards. As a matter of ensuring code compliance with fire protection and building codes or to qualify a building or complex as a Highly Protected Risk (HPR), these analyses often serve as the basis for an acceptable level of fire and life safety.


Cherokee's professional qualifications include the following:

Fire Protection Engineering Licenses
• State of Maryland
• District of Columbia
• Commonwealth of Virginia
• State of Vermont
• State of Tennessee

Professional Memberships
• American Indian Science and Engineering Society
• National Fire Protection Association
• Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Certifications
• Prince George County, MD -Certified Third Party Inspector
• District of Columbia -Certified Third Party Inspector
• Certified Fire Protection Specialists
• National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)

A selected listing of our Fire Protection clients includes:

• National Institutes of Health
• Federal Occupational Health
• Department of State
• Veterans Administration
• General Services Administration
• AMTRAK
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• The Thos. Somerville Company
• Radius Services
• EMCOR Facilities Services
• Several AlE and Consulting Engineering Firms