Company History

John Woodman

Jack Woodman, Founder of Washington Alarm.

Washington Alarm, Inc. was founded in 1943 by Jack Woodman and originally incorporated as Washington Equipment Company. For the first several years, the company was primarily engaged in the sale and annual servicing of portable fire extinguishers.

In the late 1950’s, however, the company recognized an emerging opportunity in the alarm industry and in 1960 had installed its first security system. An answering service was utilized to monitor these early, rudimentary “Central” alarms. In 1965, not long after this entry into the alarm industry, Jack’s son, John, joined the company. His presence proved to be instrumental in growing the business by expanding the offerings to include fire alarm systems.

In 1974 we established our UL Listed Central Station, with the Highline School District as our first major account. John went on to later purchase the company in 1982 when his father retired. That same year we moved to a new location on South Jackson Street in Seattle.

We remained on South Jackson Street for 31 years until April, 2013, when we moved into our current location on Airport Way in Seattle. We are proud to say that the company is still family owned and operated, with John’s daughter, Shannon, as COO. Additionally, we remain committed to hiring and training the best employees available, and attempt to promote from within whenever possible. We continue to stress quality, service, and integrity and as a result have one of the highest customer retention rates in the industry.