About Firebrand Safety Systems

Protecting Homeowners in Napa & Sonoma

We founded Firebrand Safety Systems to provide comprehensive solutions for the concerns home and business owners in our Northern California community face from wildfires and power shut-offs. As a total fire safety systems company, we are focused on the wellbeing of our community members. Our unwavering mission is to provide personal safety, emergency power generation, and property protection amid the uncontrollable and unforeseen circumstances surrounding wildfires. 

Northern California Power Generation & Fire Safety Consultants

In recent years, wildfires have become a growing concern for home and business owners across Northern California. Firebrand Safety Systems was founded by a general contractor and firefighter to address this enormous threat to our community. We provide advanced solutions and an integrative system that can be tailored to each property owner’s specific needs, including electrical demands, water storage, emergency GO KITS, and fire resistant shelters. We take pride in meeting fire safety and power storage needs in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and surrounding counties. 

Highly Experienced in Safety Solutions

With experience in high-end construction and firefighting, the team behind Firebrand Safety Systems came together determined to launch a company that purposefully addressed the emergent needs surrounding personal and property safety in fire situations. We are a progressive company offering diversity of experience and perspectives, which enables us to develop and deliver services and products that address unmet safety needs. When it comes to power generation and storage, personal property protection, and home hardening, we do everything from design, permitting, installation, and service. With us, you get more than just the products. You get the entire system. As residents of Sonoma and Napa counties, our team is deeply committed to creating real safety solutions for the people of Northern California.

Richard Kirby

President

Richard Kirby is the founder and President of Firebrand Safety Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction management. Before founding Firebrand Safety Systems, in 2003 Richard started Kirby Construction, a commercial residential construction company in Santa Rosa. In 2013, he founded Annadel Builders, Inc., a second construction company with a 100% focus on custom residential construction. In 2014, after completing Leadership Santa Rosa, Richard was drawn to serve his community and joined Rincon Valley Fire as a volunteer firefighter, fighting the Valley Fire, the Tubbs Fire, and the Kincade Fire. During these campaigns, he saw firsthand the destruction caused by wildfires as well as the steps necessary to prevent loss of life and property. Armed with this knowledge and a genuine desire to serve his community, Richard co-founded Firebrand Safety Systems, the first step in residential wildfire destruction prevention. 


Richard's unique background as both a fireman and a builder sets his expertise and consulting abilities apart, and enables our team at Firebrand Safety Services to offer something other companies simply can’t compete with: A full-service general contractor who can handle all fire safety and power services needs from A to Z. 


Richard holds a degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and currently still serves as a firefighter and high-end home builder. He works on large events in the Santa Rosa area and responds locally from fire station Middle Rincon 5 as a volunteer during routine fire events.

Tanya Sedgwick

Chief Financial Officer

Tanya Sedgwick is the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Firebrand Safety Systems. Tanya has successfully run a small accounting firm and served as the financial controller for several multimillion-dollar companies over the course of her career. Backed by years of experience in finance, she is dedicated to complete satisfaction for Firebrand’s clients.


Tanya is passionate about helping her community navigate the new normal of living in a high fire risk environment; she co-founded Firebrand Safety Systems, Inc in 2019. 

Tanya has lived in Sonoma County for over 30 years, raising her family and building bonds in the community. 

Steve Rahmn, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Rahmn, Jr. is cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of Firebrand Safety Systems.  He has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry.  Most recently he was Project Manager for a large electrical contractor where he managed challenging multi-million-dollar projects throughout the Bay Area.  Previously as an IBEW trained electrician, he spent over 25 years working for a local electrical contractor, overseeing both industrial and residential projects throughout Sonoma County.  His vast electrical and construction knowledge, commitment to excellence, and passion for delivering outstanding customer satisfaction is what makes him a valuable and successful member of the Firebrand team.  

Steve is a 35-year resident of Santa Rosa and a third-generation electrician with strong ties to the community.   As a survivor of the Tubbs fire in 2017, he knows first-hand the trauma of losing his home and the challenges of rebuilding homes and lives at the same time.  As a result of this experience, followed by the common occurrence of power outages, Steve is dedicated to providing residents security and peace of mind by supplying backup electrical systems for their homes and businesses. 

In his spare time, Steve is volunteer President of nonprofit Coffey Strong, offering his expertise in construction protocol to neighbors who lost their homes, organizing common area projects, and raising funds to rebuild his fire-devastated neighborhood of Coffey Park.

Jeff Lemelin 

Wildfire Mitigation Specialist

Jeff Lemelin’s interest in firefighting began in October 1991 when, at the age of 16, he helped protect his community during the Oakland Hills firestorm. After moving to Sonoma County, receiving his degree in Fire Science, and serving as a volunteer firefighter; Jeff began working as a Firefighter Paramedic for the Novato Fire Protection District in 2002 where he continues his professional career today. More recently, Jeff has served as the Fire Chief of the former Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a Volunteer Battalion Chief with the new Sonoma County Fire District Station 6. In both his professional and volunteer firefighting roles Jeff has been commended for providing exceptional service while striving to protect lives, property, and the environment. 

Throughout his career, Jeff has fought wildfires all over the state of California and has witnessed not only the unfortunate destruction of these events but also an increase in the intensity, ferocity, and unpredictability of these firestorms. Since the 2017 Tubbs Fire Jeff’s attention has been focused on how residents in the wild land urban interface (WUI) can mitigate the risks of wildfires by implementing specific home hardening techniques throughout their homes and properties. He has a deep understanding of current firesafe building materials, how to implement fire wise design considerations, how to maintain defensible space, and how to utilize new technologies that further enhance the likelihood of surviving a firestorm. Jeff is passionate and eager to empower residents who reside in the WUI’s of Sonoma and Napa counties with ideas and mechanisms to implement these techniques. In addition to performing WUI inspections in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties, Jeff has been an integral part of numerous local fire safety councils and serves as a subject matter expert for the Upper Mark West Fire Safe Council and the Diamond Mountain Fire Safe Council. 

Jeff and his wife Jen reside in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County between Santa Rosa and Calistoga. Jen also serves alongside Jeff as a volunteer firefighter for the Sonoma County Fire District. Traveling, surfing, snowboarding, rescuing senior pugs, and enjoying the natural beauty and bounty of Sonoma and Napa counties are a few of the other activities they enjoy together.  

 

We Care About You & Your Home

At Firebrand Safety Systems, we put our community first. We strongly urge our clients to heed the call of fire departments and other emergency service personnel when they suggest or demand evacuation. If and when you do have to evacuate your home or property, you will have peace of mind knowing you worked with the best team in the field—and please know our thoughts will be with you and your loved ones during an emergency.

 

We believe that if we do our job well, you should feel more comfortable and confident in a crisis situation. You will be able to leave your structure and belongings with the knowledge that it is more likely to be there when you return. You will be able to face a Public Safety Power Shut-Off (PSPS) knowing our Sonoma power generation professionals installed the latest response equipment. You will be able to face fire season with peace of mind.

 

Whether you are in need of fire safety, power storage, or other consulting or contracting services related to emergency preparedness, Firebrand has the solutions you need.

Schedule your consultation with our Northern California team today.

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