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John's Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service was founded by L. John Powell in 1963, in 1991 the business under went a name change and is known today as John's Fire Protection, LLC.

L. John, started the endeavor as a part-time business while also working as a full-time printer for the now defunct Banner Printing Company-Jefferson, Johnson Hill Press-Fort Atkinson and retired from Badger Press-Fort Atkinson, in January, 2002. The business was a natural fit for the senior Powell since he is current 44 year member of the City of Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Chief since 1997. L. John, continued to grow the business while maintaining his job as a full-time printer over the next 24 plus years.

In 1991, John Wm Powell took over the day to day operations building it into a full-time position. In 1994 John Wm was given an opportunity to purchase fifty percent of Watertown Fire & Safety Co., Inc./dba Ken's Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service in Watertown, and has successfully run both businesses since.

On August 17, 1996, John Wm married the former Rebecca(Becky) Latterell at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jefferson, WI. Becky and John William are both graduated from Jefferson Senior High School, Becky '90 and John Wm '85. Becky enjoys crafting, rubber stamping, caring for their four young children and curling up with a good book or magazine, when time permits. John Wm, when not doing something business related can be found volunteering at church and the City of Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. A true blue Wisconsin sports enthusiast, John Wm loves our beloved Badgers, Bucks, Brewers and Packers.

Becky earned an Associate Degree in Marketing from Madison Area Technical College-Madison '94 and John Wm earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point '89, Fire Academy Certificate from Madison Area Technical Collage-Madison '94 and a certificate of Fire Training from Ansul Fire Academy-Marinette'94. Becky is a stay at home Mom and they reside in Jefferson with their daughters, Paige '97, Rylee '99, Karsen '02 and son, Tarek '01.

Becky and John Wm have purchased the remaining portion of Watertown Fire & Safety Co., Inc./dba Ken's Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service from longtime partner Richard Eisenmann. Now, both entities will be known as one, John's Fire Protection, LLC.

The purchase of Watertown Fire & Safety Co., Inc./dba Ken's Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service by John's Fire Protection, LLC., has allowed Becky and John Wm to grow the business in the following areas:
  • Authorized AMEREX Fire Equipment Dealer
  • D.O.T. High and Low Pressure Re-Test Facility
  • Design, install and inspect Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression Systems (Kitchen/Ansul, Industrial and Spray Booths)
  • Pre-Owned Equipment
  • Monthly Restaurant Filter Cleaning/Exchange Service
  • Chemguard Fire Fighting Foam and Equipment Distributor
  • Kochek Distributor
  • Lumonall Distributor
  • Industrial Safety Supplies
  • Wholesale/Resale New Fire Extinguisher Cabinets
  • Emergency Lighting Supplies
  • Municipal Fire Department Equipment
As a part of the new organization Johnís has hired Wally Klusken as a Service Technician to better serve you. Wally, a Johnson Creek native, now lives with his family in Watertown. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he received his experience installing and inspecting Pre-Engineered Restaurant and Industrial Fire Suppression Systems. Wally is also a FPC, Ltd. certified service technician. Wally reenlisted with the Navy in August of 2006 and in June of 2007 he excepted an assignment where he could hone his HVAC, plumbing and electrical skills and is now employed with Superior Power, LLC.

In April of 2008, Mitchell (Mitch) Schuenke was hired as a Service Technician. Mitch is a 2003 graduate of Jefferson High School and has completed his FPC Ltd., NFPA10 and Amerex KP Restaurant /IS Industrial Fire Suppression System Certifications. CALL TODAY or visit our ONLINE CATALOGS to see how John's can meet your Fire Protection and Safety needs.



John's Fire Protection, LLC.
John Powell

Jefferson Office
115 N. High Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549
(920) 674-4270

Watertown Office
1308 Wakoka Street
Watertown, WI 53094
(920) 261-2892

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