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IGH Health, Fire & Safety LLC
Who? Former Arlington firefighter Brent Bousquet and his aunt Janet Edwards, a registered nurse at JPS, launched this CPR, AED (defibrillator) and first aid training company together.
When? The company was founded in January 2020.
Where? The company is located in Fort Worth and provides services to the entire metroplex.
What? IGH offers a wide range of occupational safety, health and fire protection services. Some of those services include:
– CPR, AED, and first aid training for the public and healthcare professionals
– AED and first aid sales, service, and maintenance
– Fire extinguisher training, sales, service, and maintenance
– Kitchen fire suppression system sales, service, and maintenance
– Fire alarm sales, service, and maintenance
– Fire sprinkler sales, service, and maintenance
– Exit and emergency lighting sales, service, and maintenance
– Respirator fit testing
– Employee hearing testing (coming soon)
– TB (tuberculosis) testing (coming soon)
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Brent Bousquet is the co-owner of IGH Health, Fire & Safety and spoke with Fort Worth Report’s Sandra Sadek about how the company was first started.
Sadek: How did you come up with IGH Health, Fire & Safety?
Bousquet: While I was with the Arlington Fire Department, (my aunt and I) decided that we wanted to start a company that really focuses on all of the different aspects that we, in our professional careers, kind of came in contact with. IGH Health, Fire & Safety actually just started out as a CPR, first aid company where we would provide training and then first aid equipment. I noticed out in the field, in Arlington and really all over the metroplex, that when CPR is being performed, whether it was in a hospital or public scenario, it wasn’t being performed the best.
Instead of just being frustrated about it, Janet and I put our heads together. We’re like ‘OK, well let’s provide a program to businesses, an opportunity to get out in the community and to make a difference to actually teach and educate people professionally, from experience and these different things.
Sadek: How would you describe the services you offer?
Bousquet: What we’re really trying to do with IGH Health, Fire & Safety is provide professional and experienced training and services through all aspects of safety, whether it’s for companies’ property or building all the way down to its employees or volunteers or church, wherever it may be to protect and equip the public and everywhere else.
One of our big points is the guys and gals who also work with us are all firefighters, nurses, veterans, police officers as well. When we come out and are wearing the IGH shield or logo, customers know that they’re getting professionals. It provides a lot of trust. It shows that we’ve got the experience and professionalism to provide these services.
Sadek: And you said these trainings are for anyone?
Bousquet: It’s for everybody. We have a wide range of clients, from large churches in the area to the Texas Motor Speedway.
FWR: What makes your company stand out from other first-aid training companies?
Bousquet: One big thing that I always tell people is, our job is here to support and educate our clients and customers. There’s never a stupid question. We always accept phone calls. My big deal with IGH is that I want to provide a professional, educational experience through all of our services. So that’s why it kind of makes the difference for us, in our company versus any other fire protection and safety company out there. You know who you’re getting, you know you’re getting professionals on the line. You know you’re getting somebody who advocates for you and explains things. They’re not just there to kind of go through the run-of-the-mill tasks. And that’s what’s really important for us.
Sandra Sadek is a Report for America corps member, covering growth for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @ssadek19.
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