Celebrating another year in business


Every year we celebrate the people we work with and our world-class commitment to safety. Here, Form1 CEO Steve Shirlaw, reflects on some of our most memorable moments.

Every year in business I remain deeply committed to looking after people and providing world-class safety in fire, air, electrical technology and emergency management and planning. With all business comes challenges, memories, milestones and wonderful people. If I knew in 1998, what I know now, there’s a good chance I may not have started Form1 Fire Protection – the company you know now as Form1.

If I could turn back time and talk to my younger self, this is what I’d tell him;

“Mate, it’s going to be a rollercoaster! Prepare yourself for the nervous energy and overwhelming excitement of your first job. And then accept, the lows will follow. For a long time you’ll question how you’re going to survive on such little money for so long. And then you will. You’ll survive.

The emotional rollercoaster will be tough. Staff will come and go and self doubt will kick in. No one will tell you, but being a business owner is a very lonely place. People will think you are bulletproof and rely on you to have all the answers. Every day you’ll do anything to look after everybody else, but many days you’ll wake up and realise there’s no one to look after you.

But the good news is, you’ll survive and, along the way, create and experience the most amazing journey, meet unforgettable people and build lifelong friendships. Having the ability to change other people’s lives will make all the hard times worth it. So stick with it, mate. You can do it and it will all be worth it. Happy 21st! Here are some of the highlights you’ll have along the way…”

1998
Form1’s first employee, Andrew McMurtrie, starts work. Andy celebrates his 20-year anniversary with the business in 2018.

1999
Form1 completes our first project in Sydney, with CMP Electrical, at Richmond RAAF base. Special thanks to Carl Price! This relationship is still going strong today.

2000
It’s a big win as we secure our first major project at Merrylands Shopping Centre.

2001
From the front room of Steve’s house, to a shed in the backyard, the first Form1 office opens in Newcastle.

2002
A big year as we secure our first major contract with Central Coast Area Health.

2004
The goals are growing with the launch of Form1 Sydney, out of Steve’s apartment in Neutral Bay.

2006
Huge celebrations as the official office opens in Sydney.

2007
Passion and purpose unite as the Form1 Culture Map comes to life and sets a clear vision for the future of the business.

2008
TreeTops Adventure Park plays host to our first team development day. And we officially launch the Form1 Brand.

2009
Moving into the digital age the Form1 website is launched along with our first office on the Central Coast.

2011
It’s a tough year as we lose our good mate and tradesmen Grahame Hill to cancer. Hilly taught everyone how to do things ‘the right way’. A champion guy and a great tradesman who we miss and remember every day.

2012
What a year! We open the doors to Form1 Canberra and Steve (Shirlaw) and Justin (O’Malley) participate in their first annual Variety Bash. The Bash has become an important part of the annual Form1 calendar – a team has participated in The Bash every year since 2012.

2014
The Form1 Culture Team is born and Mike Stephens celebrates 10 years of service with the company.

2017
Growth becomes us, as Form1 acquires Form1 Air and joins forces with GLS.

2018
An amazing achievement as we celebrate 20 years of commitment to safety, service and people. We are passionate about people, serious about safety and live by our mission to empower everyday people to make smarter choices.

2019
Our commitment to safety and people is stronger than ever. In 2019 we become laser focused on our planet and develop ways to reduce our impact on the natural world around us. New environmental and waste management policies in the business pave the way for a brighter future for all.

2020
Despite the hardships of COVID we are proud to open our 5th branch, servicing Western NSW. In November PRM join the Form1 family and we launch Cards for Connection, specially for our Aged Care clients, just in time for Christmas. 

2021 
This April we celebrate 23 years in business…

Happy Birthday Form1 and thanks to our wonderful clients for always helping us learn and grow.