Hal R Sanders - (April 16, 1932 - October 15, 2019)

HRS Systems is sad to announce the passing of founder and President Hal R Sanders.

Hal earned his degree in electrical engineering (BEE) from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an ROTC commission in June 1952. He served as Executive Officer of the 21st Chemical Company in Korea until the close of the conflict in 1954. He was a life-long Georgia Tech fan, and was pleased that his younger brothers, daughter, and many other relatives also chose to earn degrees from this institution.

Hal returned to civilian life beginning with a position at RCA in Camden, NJ in 1954. In January 1956, he joined Factory Mutual (FM) in Charlotte, NC as a Field Engineer, then was promoted to the position of Staff Engineer in 1960.

Hal was transferred to Atlanta with FM in the position of Standards Engineer in 1964. In 1968, he joined General Adjustment Bureau (GAB) in Atlanta,

investigating property losses for insurance companies to determine the cause and extent of damage. During this time, he became passionate about life safety, and began to look for ways to protect human life.

In 1971, Hal founded Hal R. Sanders and Associates, a consulting engineering company which offered loss analysis investigative work as well as fire protection system design. Soon afterward, he created HRS Systems in order to begin working on the development of sprinkler system hydraulic analysis software (HASS) and CO2 fire protection software (COOSA). He relocated his businesses to Petersburg, TN in 1991.