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History

A History of Keeping People Safe

Founded in 1978 by Fred Plunkert during his 30-year career as a professional firefighter (and 20 subsequent years as a Volunteer!), WFX has delivered fire safety products and services to Carroll County and Baltimore County Maryland and Pennsylvania businesses for more than 40 years. A family-owned and operated business, WFX has grown to add locations and services to better protect our customers in York County, Adams County, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Frederick, Chambersburg, Washington County, Montgomery County, and the D.C Metro area.  Today, Bob and Becky Plunkert carry on the legacy of the former Westminster Fire Extinguisher, working to keep people and businesses safe and secure today and for generations to come.

Westminster Fire established.

May 1978

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service founded by Fred Plunkert, a career and volunteer firefighter. The company was originally located in a single car garage behind his residence in Westminster, MD.

WF Relocates to Downtown Westminster.

March 1982

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service relocates to downtown Westminster…

WF Expands; Moves to Larger Facility.

October 2002

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. relocates to the Westminster Trade Center, next to the Carroll County Regional Airport.

2nd Generation of Plunkerts Take the Reins!

March 2008

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. is purchased by Bob Plunkert, Fred’s son…

WF Opens Branch in Hanover, PA.

January 2009

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. opens a branch location in Hanover, PA, after acquiring Dale E. Ness Co – a local company providing fire protection services since 1972.

WF Expands Again–into Frederick Market.

July 2013

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. opens a branch location in Frederick, MD after acquiring Baker’s Fire & Safety – a local company providing fire protection services since 1958.

WF Continues to Expand—Adds Security and Locksmith Services.

November 2017

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. expands its presence in the Hanover, PA community and its product lines and services by acquiring Channell’s Locksmith shop and Law Security – a local company providing services since 1971.

Westminster Fire becomes WFX!

September 2019

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service, Inc. becomes WFX Fire, Lock & Security…