About Us

Expertise That Protects, Service That Delivers.

Optimum Fire & Security
At Optimum Fire & Security, we are committed to delivering exceptional fire protection and security solutions to the community of Wilmington, North Carolina, and beyond. Established in 2015, our company has grown to become a trusted name in the industry, with a team of over 40 skilled professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of our clients.
Richard "DJ" Oates of Optimum Fire & Security

Leading the charge in safety innovation, 9 years and counting.

Our History

Established in February 2015, Optimum Fire & Security initially emerged as a side venture, seizing subcontracting opportunities that gradually expanded beyond expectations. Over the course of two years, the company transitioned from providing supplementary labor to developing its own bespoke designs. This pivotal moment prompted Richard “DJ” Oates to depart from his full-time employment, dedicating his focus to Optimum’s growth. During this transition, Joe Barber assumed the role of Vice President, while Brian Lessard spearheaded the federal division, ensuring the smooth functioning of day-to-day operations. By 2022, Optimum Fire & Security experienced exponential growth, necessitating a restructuring of its organizational framework. Joe Barber ascended to the position of CEO, while DJ Oates transitioned into the role of Visionary and Founder, steering the company towards its envisioned future.

Our Military Connection

At Optimum Fire & Security, as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), hiring veterans is not just a commitment; it’s our strategic advantage. Veterans bring a unique set of skills, discipline, and dedication acquired through their military service, making them invaluable assets in our mission to ensure safety and security. Their experience in high-pressure situations, attention to detail, and strong work ethic align perfectly with our core values. By welcoming veterans into our team, we not only honor their service but also tap into a pool of talent that enhances our ability to deliver excellence in fire protection and security solutions. At Optimum Fire & Security, we recognize that investing in veterans is investing in our success and the safety of our communities.

Gold star received for hiring vets – earned 4 years running

Total currently working vets: 19

Heightened awareness to pursue services at our VAMC

Find Us

Optimum Fire & Security
2622 New Village Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 444-4800


North Carolina
Burglar Alarm: 2641-CSA
Fire Alarm: SP.FA/LV.31173

South Carolina
Burglar Alarm: BAC13717
Fire Alarm: FAC.13717

Fire Alarm: LVV406920
Low Voltage: LVU406920

Electrical Contractors License: EF20001760

Fire Alarm: 0002704

Fire Alarm: 2360

FAS: 2705182198