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John Kerr and Co

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The Underwriters Fire Extinguisher.
1938. 'Davy' fire escape.

of 8 South Parade, Manchester and of Little Peter Street, Manchester.[1]

Established in 1903 by John Kerr McMyn.

1905 'Empire' range of fighting chemicals introduced.

1917 Advert. Fire extinguishers.

1932 Delivered a new type of fire tender to Redcar Corporation; this supplied Carbon Dioxide carried in liquid form in the tender. It had been designed by J. C. Enright of the company and was the first of its type in Britain. The Lux equipment was supplied by the Walter Kidde Co mounted on a Commer Centaur chassis. The vehicle was constructed by Fleming Brothers of Redcar[2]

1937 Fire protection engineers. "Empire" Fire Extinguishers. "Kerfoam" and "Kerko" Fire Extinguishers. "Lux" CO2 Gas Fire Extinguishers.[3]

1951 moved into new premises in Liverpool.

1970 launched 'Centimax' range of powders.

1980's John Kerr and Co merged with a company from Copenhagen called Ginge, so they became Ginge-Kerr.

1988 John Kerr and Co (Fire Extinguishing Chemicals Division) was bought by Croda.

Croda-Kerr launched 'Monnex', a fire extinguishing dry powder.

It is currently part of Kidde Products.

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