Thriving TFS secures prestigious airport contract

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The founder and managing director of leading Tees Valley fire safety and security specialists TFS is going out on a high after securing a prestigious contract at Teesside International Airport.

Kevin Hynes, who set up Middlesbrough-based TFS from a spare bedroom in 1994, is retiring and handing over the reins to son David, knowing the firm is in safe hands and in better shape than ever.

TFS now employs 45 staff and has established itself as the first name organisations including schools, hospitals and local authorities turn to for the design, installation, commission and maintenance of their fire detection, emergency lighting, CCTV and security systems.

And while there has been a string of high-profile contract wins in recent months, the airport deal is especially pleasing for proud Teessider Kevin.

“When you look around and see the work already under way and hear about their plans for the future, it’s incredibly exciting,” he says.

David, who will move up from operations manager to MD, adds: “It’s great to be involved in a project that’s central to the future of Tees Valley region.

“The expertise we have, including sales director Tony Cooney and senior engineer Andy Barnes, who commissioned the original system, has helped secure the contract into local hands, having previously been held by a national supplier.

“The airport is also engaging with us to ensure compliance to the current standards and regulations of their systems and we’re delighted to play a part in what’s happening here.”

TFS works closely with most hospitals across the Tees Valley and beyond and is currently supplying and commissioning more than 6,000 new LED emergency lights in a system that will reduce carbon emissions and maintenance costs across the James Cook University Hospital site.

It will shortly begin working on new fire alarm, intruder alarm, CCTV and access control systems at Whitby Hospital and upgrading the fire alarm and emergency lighting system at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

And David is delighted to have won a first-ever contract with Darlington Council on the town hall – an achievement his dad never managed.

The project will be a full upgrade of the fire alarm system, with the addition of a voice evacuation system.

The contract follows on from completing similar work for Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Hartlepool town halls.

TFS has also added North Star Housing to their impressive client list, providing fire and security system maintenance at more than 150 sites throughout the North-East. This contract will see the recruitment of two full-time maintenance engineers and an addition to the TFS administration team.

Kevin, who will still be on hand to give technical advice and the benefit of his experience when needed, is pleased that TFS is also adding to its portfolio of services all the time.

“We’ve started offering regular firedoor maintenance, which you must have under new legislation brought in after the Grenfell fire,” he says.

“We’re also able to install and commission automatic opening vent systems (AOVs), which extract smoke and hot gases and assist safe evacuation and can assist firefighters to come in and do their job.

As TFS continues to grow, so does its workforce, and David and Kevin are delighted to have also welcomed sales engineer Dave Shaw, who has brought with him a wealth of experience including more than 20 years at national companies Gent Honeywell and Protec.

TFS, which is based at Drake Court, Riverside Park, expects to recruit further staff in the coming months to meet the unprecedented demand for its services.

For more information on TFS, call 01642 800006, email or visit