RFD began in 1920 with the development of inflatable flotation bags to support early aircraft from disaster should they come down in the sea. The concept was a success and the RFD Company was established in Surrey, UK.
RFD liferafts and dinghies were employed during World War 2 where they saved the lives of thousands of allied personnel. Today, RFD liferafts and lifejackets are used by shipping, airlines and defence forces here in Australia as well as overseas.
RFD is taken from the initials of the company founder, Reginald Foster Dagnall. The RFD name is now synonymous with "Rapid Floatation Device" and the supply of first quality marine and aviation safety equipment.
RFD (Australia) Pty Ltd is part of the Survitec Group of companies which includes RFD Beaufort, DSB, Eurovinil, RFD Japan, WH Brennan, RFD France, RFD New Zealand, Survival One (Multifab), Shark Group, RFD Beaufort Inc. USA and Ballonfabrik Augsburg.
Since its beginnings in 1920, the RFD group has expanded its operations in Australia with the aquisition of MW Hydrostatics in 1997, Anover Holdings and Megoz in 2000 and CABA Australia in 2003. These companies bring many years experience and a greater range & diversity of products to the group.
RFD (Australia) Pty Ltd is primarily involved in the supply, service and project management of marine, fire, life support and gas control equipment to Government Departments and major corporations in the region. Three divisions with particular expertise and premises serve their markets under relevant Quality Systems and Approvals.
RFD Marine & Aerospace - We are world leaders serving the defence, shipping and aviation industries as well as recreational boating.
Major brands distributed include: RFD, Toyo, DSB, Lifeguard, Beaufort, Hoover, Plastimo, ACR Electronics, Comet, Hammar and Pelican.
RFD Fire & Safety is the division looking after the various aspects of fire extinguisher supply, re-charging and servicing, marine carbon dioxide systems, sprinkler systems, fire hydrants, hose reels and fire doors, fire detection & alarm systems, emergency lighting systems and more.
RFD Technologies deal with the concept, design, build, supply and service of various air compressor and booster systems, gas distribution and hose assemblies, SCUBA supply, service & certification, air & gas cylinder testing & filling and more.