Booth Fire & Safety

Booth Fire & Safety is the largest locally owned fire protection company in South Central Kentucky. We have kept business and industry safe from fire for over 55 years.

Our highly trained and certified technicians are here to help you through code compliance, selection of the proper equipment and the right program for you to maintain your equipment.

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Booth Fire and Safety Staff - Doug Gorman



Doug Gorman is the President and CEO of Booth Fire & Safety. Gorman began his career in 1995 and purchased the company from it’s founder, B.J.Booth in 1999. Gorman has been a member of NFPA and NAFED for his entire career. He’s a true hands on leader who still assists with training new employees in the field, assisting with quotes and bids for new projects and exploring the latest technology in the fire industry.

Gorman is married to Michelle and between them they have five children, Brittney Gorman Parrish (d) and her husband Terris, Kelli Disney, Joey Gorman, Austin Disney and Christina Gorman. Additionally they have 2 grandchildren, Gracie Elizabeth Disney and Emery Rose Parrish.


Shawn Peay

Vice President

Shawn Peay is Vice President and heads up the Fire alarm and suppression division of Booth Fire & Safety. Shawn has been with Booth since 1996. He is NICET certified in Fire alarms and holds a KY license for Fire Alarm design, install and maintenance, as well as a KY certification for kitchen range hood design, install and maintenance.


Wayne Clemons

Manager of Service Division

Wayne Clemons is Manager of the service division of Booth Fire & Safety. Wayne is state certified in Fire alarms and Range Hood fire suppression. He handles the training and certification of all new technicians.


Carl Happeny

Shop Manager

Carl Happeny is the Shop Manager. Carl handles all of the duties of ensuring the fire extinguishers are properly maintained and serviced. From regular recharges, to 6-year breakdowns and Hydrotest, Carl ensures complete compliance with all State and Federal statutes. Carl is DOT certified for High Pressure Hydrostatic Testing. Carl has been a valuable team member since 2015.


Joy Guess

Office Manager & HR

Joy Guess serves as Office Manager and HR. She has been a valued employee since 2012.


Melissa Murphy

Customer Service Specialist & AR Manager

Melissa Murphy serves as Customer Service Specialist and AR manager. She has been a valued employee since 2015.


Brad Roberts

Brad Roberts has been a valuable employee since 2010. Brad is state licensed in kitchen fire suppression systems.


Drake Perkins


Matt Lyons

Booth Fire & Safety History

For more than five decades, Booth Fire & Safety has made businesses and industry safer.

Founded by Mr. B.J.Booth as “Fire Control Company”, the husband and wife team of B.J. and Linda started going door to door to sell and service fire extinguishers. Originally from West Virginia, the Booths moved to Lexington KY in 1961. In 1964 they sought a new home for themselves and their fledgling business in Bowling Green, KY.

The early years consisted of recharging fire extinguishers out of the back of B.J.’s station wagon. With steady growth, they were able to rent a space for their company on College Street in downtown.

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Over the years, they grew and added employees. IN the early 1970’s, they changed the company name to “Booth’s Fire Control Company”.  In 1993 the name was changed once more to “Booth Fire and Safety, Inc.” to better reflect the commitment to their unwavering promise to their motto, Your safety is our business.

In 1995, Doug Gorman began his career at Booth Fire & Safety as General Manager. Gorman had no previous experience in the business and was trained by both B.J. and his oldest son Tim Booth. In 1999, Doug purchased the assets and business and took over the operation.

Tim Booth continued to work for the business until his retirement after 40 years in the suppression business in 2006.

Gorman was named Bowling green Area Chamber Small Business Person of the year in 2000 and the company has been blessed to have had positive growth for 20 straight years.

Today, Booth Fire & Safety has tripled their workforce and continues to be the leader in South Central Kentucky for the sale and service of fire extinguishers, Fire Alarm systems, Clean Agent Data room systems, kitchen hood systems and more.

Booth Fire & Safety continues to ensure that their customers are protected and their facilities are kept safe by the products, training and services we provide.