For years within the Irish Fire Prevention industry it was acknowledged that the Fire Alarms Systems business was fragmented and lacked a consistent and united representative association.

In 2004 after a number of get-togethers a steering committee of five people who had extensive knowledge of the business namely Martin Carpenter, Francis Coffey, Chris Lundy, Declan Murphy and Frank Pierce were elected as a steering committee with the mandate to organise and establish the association.

On the 23rd June 2005 the Association was formally launched at a meeting in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel which was attended by a representative from almost all the Fire Alarm and Extinguishing companies in the Republic Ireland.

The steering committee, having completed their work, which included the establishment of a constitution, suggested a number of proposals and put forward a proposal and a strategy to enhance the organisation going forward. The Association then elected an executive management committee in accordance with the association constitution using this blueprint.