Over the past 90 years, Darley has received major contracts from fire and defense customers around the world which catapulted our business to new heights. This year has been no exception.
During World War II, Darley delivered thousands of pumps and hundreds of fire engines to the U.S. Military, earning us the Army/Navy E Award three times for our excellence in performance of war production. After the war, those vehicles were left in countries around the world and this became the catalyst for our international business.
Over the past 25 years, Darley has provided over ten thousand pumps to our U.S. Department of Defense, from the P100 firefighting pump for U.S. Navy to the LE 600 fuel transfer pump to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Today, larger cities’ fire departments are making the shift to Darley pumps more than ever before. These include cities like Boston, Charlotte, and Miami-Dade just to name a few. The entire FDNY
fleet of boats now has Darley at the heart of their vessels.
While our history has been mostly filled with orders for firefighting equipment, we’ve recently expanded our product line extensively. In 2016 alone, we shipped over 250 pumps to West-Mark for the U.S. Air Force to be used in dust control at remote airports.
After rigorous testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground in September 2016, Darley was awarded a multimillion dollar contract through FEMA to provide residential fire sprinkler systems for mobile housing units to assist displaced residents in Baton Rouge and other disaster hit areas.
In 2016, Darley Defense was awarded contracts to supply two critical safety items to the U.S. Army for Project Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE). The first contract, valued up to $48 million, is for Ultra Low Visible Concealable Body Armor (ULV CBA). This system consists of concealable vests and both hard and soft armor that can be used interchangeably. Darley developed the system in conjunction with our suppliers to combat specific threats seen by our troops overseas.
The second contract is for Generation Two Advanced Bomb Suits (GEN II ABS). In the Phase I program of the contract, Darley is delivering lighter weight bomb suits with better visibility and an integrated cooling system for testing by EOD soldiers and the U.S. Army. In both cases, we are using our extensive supply chain and internal quality management to deliver state-of-the art systems in response to requests from the government.