KVCL Safety Acquired by AK Preparedness

(Chicago) – KVCL Safety, Inc., the Chicago market leader in fire and life safety training, has been acquired by AK Preparedness, a national emergency preparedness planning and training firm.

“Combining our operations with AK makes great sense at this point in our company’s evolution,” says Leo Cox, a KVCL founding principal. “We’ve partnered with AK for the past 10 years, so there’s already a high level of trust and compatibility.  Joining forces will allow us to offer a wider array of services and accelerate our growth.”

KVCL’s three principals — Cox, Tony Van Buskirk, and Tom Lynch — will remain with the combined company, and AK will continue to employ the KVCL name in the Chicago market.

“KVCL has established itself as the preeminent life safety training firm in Chicago,” says AK principal Rob French.  “We are honored to be working with them, and we want to build on the strong reputation they’ve developed these past 17 years.”

Terms of the asset purchase agreement were not disclosed.

Founded in 2001, KVCL delivers life safety training, fire drills, and other preparedness solutions to commercial and residential properties throughout the Chicago area.

AK Preparedness is a leading national provider of emergency preparedness planning and training solutions. AK helps commercial and residential real estate organizations, corporations, government agencies, and schools reduce risks through more effective planning and life safety programs. Founded in 1981, the Seattle-based firm provides emergency response plan development, online and mobile emergency response tools, live training and drills, tabletop exercises, life safety training videos, code compliance consulting, life safety program assessments, and other services.

For more information, contact Megan Fleming, Heartwood Communications, 970-948-8710, megan@heartwoodcomms.com.

Media Contacts:

Megan Fleming, Heartwood Communications

Leo Cox, KVCL Safety, Inc

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