Apprenticeship Program

Rapid Fire Protection, Inc. believes in raising up excellent tradesmen. With the proper training of our men and women working in the field, they are better equipped to meet our customers’ needs.

Preparing for Excellence

The practice and value we instill within our employees is a true testament to our core values as a company. Over the course of 23 years, Rapid Fire Protection tradesmen have become nationally recognized as they compete in the national AFSA annual competitions.

The craftsmanship that our tradesmen learn throughout competition and time spent on projects helps maintain a safe workspace while also satisfying our customers.

American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Apprentice Competition 

  • Occurs during the American Fire Sprinkler Association Convention & Exhibit.
  • Apprentices from across the country compete in preliminary rounds.
  • Seven finalists compete for the top honors.
  • The winner goes on to compete in the National Competition.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recognizes the apprentices in the National AFSA Competition in 2015

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recognizes the apprentices in the National AFSA Competition in 2015

RFP apprentices Rocky Thompson and Brandon Humphries are recognized by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

RFP apprentices Rocky Thompson and Brandon Humphries are recognized by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Dylan Bonde out of our Casper WY area placed 2nd in the National AFSA Competition in 2018

Dylan Bonde out of our Casper WY area placed 2nd in the National AFSA Competition in 2018

4 Year

Program

Earn While

You Learn

Nationally

Recognized Program

Rapid Fire Protection Professional Tradesmen

  • Sixteen out of the last twenty-three years Rapid Fire Protection apprentices have earned a spot in the National ABC Competition finals and won the national title four times.
  • National Champions:
    • Chase McClane (2007)
    • Mark Winder (2010)
    • Jordan Bretey (2014)
    • Joe Headrick (2019)
  • We believe this competition to be a legitimate third party testament to our practice of raising up exceptional tradesmen in our ranks that will consistently deliver value to our customer while maintaining Rapid Fire Protection’s core values.

"There's a huge amount of possibilities for their future, if they want to really dig in to it and be the best apprentice and the best foreman that they can be."

Rod DiBona
COO, Rapid Fire Protection, Inc.

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