Benjamin Franklin creates the Union Fire Company (first volunteer fire department). Prior to this, citizens bought into “Fire Clubs” where citizens had to buy into the service. To gather the 30 volunteer firemen, Franklin wrote in the local newspaper: “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure”.
Henry S. Parmelee patented the automatic fire sprinkler.
Be it known that I, HENRY S. PARMELEE, of the city and county of New Haven, and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Automatic Fire- Extinguishers; and I hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.
- H.S. Parmelee
Ansul purchases DuGas, a small struggling manufacturer of dry chemical fire protection equipment. The DuGas brand is predecessor to today’s RED LINE.
Jack Cocke and Company opens in Mobile, Alabama and expands with offices in Pensacola, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Chemtron Corporation introduces high-pressure CO2.
Halon 1301 Systems are introduced to the market.
The Hiller Companies purchases Schubert Offshore in Texas, Florida and Louisiana.
The Hiller Companies expands with a new office in the Chesapeake, Virginia area.
The Montreal Protocol phases out ozone-depleting substances like Halon 1301.
Kidde introduces FM-200, an alternative to ozone-depleting products like Halon 1301.
Securiplex patents its water mist fire protection system, which uses water and air to generate a fine water droplet that is highly effective in suppressing fires quickly and with minimal business interruption.
The Hiller Company expands with a branch office in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
3M patents 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, an environmentally safe alternative to Halon 1301.
The Hiller Companies expands with a new office in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Hiller Companies expands with a new office in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
The Hiller Companies expands with new offices in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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