:: History of Super Can Industries.
Super Can Industries, Inc. was started in September 1984
by two Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs to construct and
distribute a new product for the fire service, which
they designed and tested.
The new product was a 2.5-gallon fire extinguisher that
was converted and improved by the use of fire
suppression additives and interchangeable nozzles that
drastically increased the effectiveness of a standard
water fire extinguisher. This new design permitted the
unit to be used for a multitude of task including
chimney fires, Class "A'' liquid fires, as well as an
increased capability in the extinguishment of Class "A''
fire fighting. This unit was provided with a convenient
carrying bag for hands free transportation, as well as
the ability to safely climb stairs or ladders with the
unit. For many years the standard z2.5-gallon
pressurized water extinguisher has been known as the
''can'' of water. Since this new innovation drastically
expanded the capabilities of the standard "can'' it
become known as the ''Super Can'' and that is where our
corporate name comes from. Super Can Industries, Inc.
first CEO is one of these two chiefs and he remains the
President and CEO to this day. His 19 years as an
innovative fire chief has brought about many
improvements and safety features that we always
incorporate into all of our products.
In early 1989, the president of Super Can Industries,
Chief Joe Nelson, was asked to serve as a respiratory
protection advisor to the Philadelphia Fire Department
as they were in the process of reestablishing Heavy
Rescue 1, in their department. Due to the special needs
and requirements that heavy rescue operations place on
respiratory protection equipment and systems, a
comprehensive study was done by Chief Nelson on behalf
of the Technical Service Division of the PFD. One of the
immediate concerns that surfaced was the lack of
commercially available long duration supply systems that
met the demands of heavy rescue. Chief Nelson embarked
on a design criteria study for designing and building
the safest, easiest to use, portable, and operator
friendly continuous air resource transport (C.A.R.T.).
The design and prototype work took a total of 16 months
and the members and officers of the heavy rescue unit
assisted in this process. The end result of this task
was the Air Source C.A.R.T. Super Can Industries, Inc.
introduced many ''first'' in the design and construction
of this type unit. They were the first to introduce a
two-piece frame assembly. The first to introduce a fail
safe, balanced piston type pressure reducer for this
type equipment, the first to have both audible and
visual warnings on a low air pressure condition, the
first to introduce a flexible "main" and "reserve"
system for the air supply to the unit to prevent any
accidental out of air condition to exist. This unit
became the main stay of most metropolitan heavy duty
rescue squads, based on it's safety features, it's
design features, and it's simplicity of use. Fifteen
years after the first Air Source C.A.R.T. was
introduced, over 98% of them are still in front line
service today. Super Can Industries, Inc. has always
designed it's equipment to grow with the need of the
fire departments, therefore it never becomes obsolete.
Over the years, Super Can Industries, Inc. has expanded
its role in the supplied air systems market making
innovative products for the fire, rescue, rapid
intervention and FAST team operations, hazardous
materials, underwater diving operations, home land
security, and industrial safety markets. Super Can
Industries, Inc. will continue to build only the highest
quality, best-designed equipment for these markets.