Scott Safety Celebrates 80 Years of Fire and Detection Technology Innovation

Monroe, NC – Scott Safety, a subsidiary of Tyco International, is celebrating 80 years as a global leader in development and manufacture of leading-edge fire protection and detection equipment and technology—but the company is really celebrating 80...


Monroe, NC – Scott Safety, a subsidiary of Tyco International, is celebrating 80 years as a global leader in development and manufacture of leading-edge fire protection and detection equipment and technology—but the company is really celebrating 80 years of safer industrial and military emergency preparedness and response. “The solutions we produce reflect the leading edge of protection technology—and that’s because the men and women using Scott equipment aren’t truly ready to respond using anything less than the best and most reliable gear available,” said Mike Ryan, Vice President and GM of Scott Safety.

Scott Safety’s publicly-traded parent company Tyco just completed a three-way split of its operating companies, anchoring Scott’s development and manufacturing role in fire protection and life safety products around the world. “At Scott, we’ve always focused on our customers and the environments and conditions in which they operate. By innovating with purpose based on our customer’s requirements— providing solutions that are optimized for their specific needs for 80 years, we’ve become a true partner in every sense of the word,” said Ryan. “The relationships we have with our customers start and end with their safety first and foremost—our success is based on applied knowledge that goes right to the safety and well-being of people.”

Over nearly nine decades, Scott Safety’s approach to product development and purpose-driven innovation has positioned the company as the preferred provider to major US metropolitan fire departments, US military forces, homeland security and other “first responder” organizations including the New York City Fire Department, the US Navy and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense.

As a world leader in the design, manufacturer and sale of high performance respiratory protection products, Scott develops and produces monitoring and sensor equipment and other protective solutions for first responders, law enforcement, military and civil defense/homeland security, as well as emergency services in agricultural/forestry industries, petroleum, oil and gas sector and chemical, construction and industrial environments. From oil and gas operations in some of the world’s most extreme environments, to the nation’s leading edge military and security forces, Scott’s legacy grew from a culture of purpose-built, “real world” protective solutions. “We’ve focused on the customer and their needs as the first step in every product development initiative,” said Tina Deatherage, Scott Global Marketing Communications Manager. “We ask ourselves ‘what can we produce to make their jobs safer?’”

The North Carolina based company got its start as Uniloy; company owner and founder Earl Scott developed the first pivoting aircraft tail-wheel to allow planes to safely land in 1932. The company’s reputation for high quality aviation components during WW II gave Scott entry into even larger military safety and protective equipment contracts, and in 1941, Scott changed the name from Uniloy to Scott Aviation.

The fledgling defense contractor went on to develop the first “walk-around” oxygen device for military aviators, leading to an array of innovations in Self Contained Breathing Apparatus including the first Air-Pak and the first mask-mounted regulator and high pressure oxygen cylinders.

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