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Safety Boss

Safety BossMost of the companies in the oil and gas industry are just that: based on oil and gas. Safety Boss is completely different as they are industry firefighters. The company fights well fires, blowouts, pipeline ruptures, and processing facility fires throughout North America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Founded in 1956 by K.J. "Smokey" Miller, Safety Boss has grown into a fleet of emergency equipment and personnel with the reputation of being the most innovative and capable of controlling fires and blowouts worldwide. The company has been involved with 600 emergency events, including several large fire fighting projects such as Kuwait fires during the first Gulf War. In 2004, Safety Boss entered into an oil sands safety partnership with Patch Safety Services Ltd., and the two companies formed a new joint company, HSE Integrated Ltd.

Safety BossBased in Alberta, Safety Boss pioneered the design and construction of the "Smokey" firefighting systems, as well as the design of blowout control equipment, demolition tools, fire shielding equipment, asbestos entry suits, hoisting and rigging equipment, sparkless brass tools, metal cutting saws, chemical suits, high pressure water jet cutters, and other specialty items. Safety Boss’ portfolio is filled with success stories. H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide) production has been a major part of the Canadian Oil and Gas industry, and can be extremely dangerous. Safety Boss has worked on hundreds of H2S blowouts, some of which have involved concentrations of over 50 percent. Another way Safety Boss has become a leader is their ability to cap burning gas wells. The intentional ignition of uncontrolled sour gas releases means that the well has to be capped while it burns: Safety Boss has the experience and equipment to do this.


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