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Q&A with Cosco Fire Protection

Q: What service does Cosco Fire Protection, Inc. provide?

A: Cosco Fire Protection, Inc., a Minimax company, is a recognized leader in the fire protection industry. We provide the very best solutions for fire suppression and life safety systems. For more than 55 years, Cosco Fire Protection has been designing, building, consulting, installing, repairing, and maintaining fire protection systems that protect your assets, facilities, people, and investments.

Cosco Fire services many corporate, government, university, medical, and military facilities in the western United States from our strategically located offices in the region’s major metro areas, including the greater Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and Las Vegas.

Our Pacific Northwest District Office, covering Seattle and Portland, is an independent revenue center located in Vancouver, Washington. Our offices are comprised of many dedicated and talented administrative, clerical, purchasing, contract sales and estimating, manpower, construction, and design departments, all working collaboratively.

The Contract Sales and Estimating Group combines approximately 285 years of experience offering a thorough knowledge of the Uniform Building Code, local codes and local AHJ requirements for the Pacific Northwest. We encourage you to visit our web site at for additional company highlights and information.

Q: What are the overall mission and goals of Cosco Fire Protection?

A: “Cosco Fire Protection – Pacific Northwest will be the very best Fire Protection contractor through consistent delivery of Superior Service, Added-value relationships and First Class craftsmanship.”

Our goals are methodic growth through our existing Inspection, Maintenance, Service and Installation customers and company branding to reach new prospective clients.

Q: What is the key focus of Cosco Fire Protection this year?

A: Our key focus is to attract, train and retain the best available talent in our industry. We also spend a significant amount of our time on our creative marketing, training, educating, entertaining and value-add offerings to our clients. We take the time to learn and understand our prospective clients needs and desires in developing the necessary fire and life safety systems for their buildings.

Q: Why does Cosco Fire Protection find it’s relationship with AGC valuable?

A: We find our participation and relationship to be valuable in the AGC organization with our existing client base. We participate in the AGC Summer Convention where we get to attend different break-out sessions regarding new trends in our industry as well as network with our customers. AGC provides the necessary support and capacity in which we can make advancements in our business and industry.

Q: Who is a key person you would like our members to learn more about?

A: John Berres, District General Manager – Pacific NW
Direct: 360-883-6383 / Cell: 503-991-1029

John is a recognized leader within the fire protection industry; he enjoys a proven track record of success in the business via strong relationships with general contractors, subcontractors, and developers. John’s broad knowledge and overall experience of over 16 years has helped him to consistently grow fire protection companies. John steadily analyzes projects in an endeavor to negotiate the best possible (win/win) contracts that provide the most cost-effective, value engineered, and value-added solution for the customer.


  • Chair – National Fire Sprinkler Association Oregon/SW Washington Chapter
  • Former Vice Chair and Chair – AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Specialty Contractors Committee
  • Former Board member – AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors

Specialties: Generating remarkable sales growth and consistently being able to position the company for profitable operations.


    • MBA Management, Business – American InterContinental University
    • Economics, Undergraduate – University of Colorado at Boulder
    • NFSA Advanced Technician Training Seminar, Baltimore
    • NICET Level II – Current


    • Over 16 years of experience in the Automatic Fire Protection Industry
    • Design and Installation of first ever approved Tyco Quell Fire Protection System in Minneapolis, MN, on value-engineered proposition
    • Overall P&L responsibility for Washington and Oregon
    • Oregon State Hospital Replacement – Hoffman Construction @ $2MM
    • Retrofit OSU Sacket Hall – Fortis Construction
    • Nike Northwoods Headquarters
    • Nike Murray Garage
    • South Cooper Mountain High School
    • Sandy High School

Look for John at our next chapter event.

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