Safety Boss

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Safety Boss
IndustryOil well firefighting and industrial safety
Founded1956; 63 years ago (1956) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada[1]
FounderK.J. Miller
Area served
Key people
Mike Miller (CEO), Mark Brown (President & COO)[2]

Safety BOSS is an oil well firefighting company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1956 in Alberta, Canada by K.J. Miller, SafetyBoss set out to specialize in response to emergencies at oil production facilities, particularly oil wells. In 1979, K.J. Miller's son, Mike Miller took over the company.


Under the leadership of Mike Miller, Safety Boss expanded internationally through the 1980s, responding to oil well fires across the globe.[3]

Smokey Fire Trucks[edit]

In 1983, Safety Boss developed a fire fighting vehicle designed with the sole function of attacking oil and natural gas production well fires. Its design was spurred by a destructive and difficult to extinguish oil well fire in Alberta. Called the 'Smoky Series' they have 3,000-gallon pumps, capacity for AR-AFFF Foam and purple 'K' dry chemical. In addition to firefighting abilities, the trucks are fitted with an emergency shower, and decontamination facilities.[4]

Kuwait Oil Fires[edit]

In February 1991, Safety Boss took three of their Smokey Fire Trucks, and support equipment filling two C5 aircraft and departed for Kuwait to battle oil well fires started by retreating troops at the end of the Persian Gulf War. The retreating Iraqi forces had set approximately 670 oil wells alight. Safety Boss set the pace, extinguishing 180 fires, the most of any organization involved in the effort, and were responsible for extinguishing the final well fire, which was doused by the push of a button by the Emir of Kuwait.

The Smoky Series fire trucks impressed the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Fire Department, who offered to buy two of the Smokey fire trucks brought by Safety Boss as part of the effort for future emergencies. Safety Boss sold the trucks, Smokey 1 and 3, which as of 2017 are still in use by the KOC.[5]

2000s Onward[edit]

As Safety Boss entered the 2000s, they expanded beyond just oil well firefighting, moving to also be a broader industrial safety company servicing more fields such as forestry, mining and hydro-electric, offering occupational safety training courses, first aid and rescue, air quality monitoring and staff drug testing.[6]


  1. ^ Safety Boss Inc. "About Us". Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ Safety Boss Inc. "Team Profiles". Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ Safety Boss Inc. "About Us". Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ Safety Boss Inc. "Safety Boss Smokey Fire Trucks - Spec Sheet" (PDF). Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ Safety Boss Inc. (12 June 2017). "Smokey Fire Trucks still going strong in Kuwait 25 years after the Oil Field Fires". Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ Safety Boss Inc. "Complete Safety Solutions" (PDF). Safety Boss. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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