In 1930, Roswell E. Bolen began Approved Fire Protection as a part time
business refilling fire extinguishers for local fire departments and
small businesses. The business operated in the basement of the family
home located on Westervelt Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ.
After World War II, the Bolen family and Approved Fire Protection moved
to Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ. At this location, Roswell
Bolen began on-site fire extinguisher service.
Early 1950’s, Roswell Bolen built a new home for Approved Fire
Protection. The building, approximately 2500 square foot, was located on
Route 29 (now Route 22) North Plainfield, NJ. This location soon became
New Jersey’s largest fire and safety sales and service facility.
In 1982, Roswell Bolen’s grandson, Bob Niper and 2 partners, acquired
control of Approved Fire Protection Company, and launched an allied
company, Approved Fire Protection Systems Inc. to sell, install and
service all types of fire alarm and suppression systems.
Today both companies occupy over 12,000 square foot of industrial space
in South Plainfield, NJ, operate 19 service vehicles and employ 50
people. Currently, Bob Niper’s two daughters oversee the company