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Kidde Fire Protection

Preventing Fire with Technology


Kidde Fire Protection has a unique world position in the design and manufacture of advanced fire detection and suppression systems. Companies the world over trust our brands and depend on our expertise to protect what is most valuable to them. 


The Board of Directors is based in  Oxford & Stokenchuch , in the UK.

General Manager (Suppression) - John Simpson
Manager (Kidde AirSense) - Kevin Swann


Kidde Fire Protection has maintained its position at the forefront of fire protection technology through continuous investment in research and development. This is carried out by a team of Electronics Engineers at laboratories in Seaham and Bentham in co-operation with Research Scientists at the United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) in Connecticut, USA, and the Kidde International Research (KIR) laboratory in Colnbrook, Berkshire.


Kidde Fire Protection manufactures a comprehensive range of conventional and analogue addressable fire detection control panels, complemented by a wide choice of detectors, manual callpoints and warning devices.

Specialist detection systems include High Sensitivity Smoke Detection, and the world renowned Alarmline range of linear heat detectors.

A full range of environmentally responsible clean agent fire suppression systems are engineered for use with 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, FM-200R, FE-13, ArgoniteR and Carbon Dioxide. Specialist suppression systems are also available for use in commercial cooking facilities and for off-road vehicle and plant.

The Graviner Oil Mist Detector is installed on thousands of ships world wide, protecting diesel engines from hazardous crankcase explosions.


Kidde Fire Protection's traditions go back to 1917 with the founding of the Walter Kidde Company in the USA, which produced the world's first ever integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use on board ships.

1917 - Walter Kidde Company founded in the USA.
1933 - Graviner Limited founded in Colnbrook, Berkshire, and became established in the design and manufacture of smoke detection systems.
1935 - Walter Kidde plc founded in Colnbrook and became established in the design and manufacture of fire detection and extinguishing systems.
1951 - Graviner Limited started to manufacture oil mist detection systems.
1974 - Dunford Hepburn founded in Newcastle, relocates to Cramlington and becomes established in the design and manufacture of fire control panels.
1980 - Walter Kidde plc started to manufacture Alarmline linear heat detection systems.
1988 - Hartnell Microelectronics founded in Cramlington and became established in the design and manufacture of High Sensitivity Smoke Detection systems.
1989 - Kidde Graviner formed by the merger of Walter Kidde plc and Graviner Limited by parent company Williams Holdings plc.
1991 - Hartnell Microelectronics acquired by Kidde and re-named Kidde Hartnell.
1993 - Kidde Graviner specialised in aerospace and military vehicle sectors by relinquishing its industrial, rail and marine businesses to newly-formed Kidde Fire Protection in Northolt, London.
1993 - Kidde Fire Protection acquired Dunford Hepburn and relocated it to Kidde Harnell site in Cramlington.
2000 - Williams plc de-merged into Kidde plc and Chubb plc. Kidde Fire Protection becomes part of Kidde plc.
2002 - Kidde Fire Protection becomes part of Kidde Products Division of Kidde Fire Protection Services Ltd. Kidde Fire Protection staff at Northolt re-locate to Thame.
2003 - Kidde Fire Protection electronics facility at Cramlington re-locates to Peterlee.
2005 - Kidde plc acquired by United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) and combined with Chubb to form UTC Fire & Security with headquarters in Connecticut, USA.
2006 - Kidde Fire Protection re-locates from Peterlee to new Electronics Technology Centre at Seaham, County Durham.
2008 - Airsense Technology (manufacturer of Aspirating Smoke Detection equipment, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK) acquired by UTC Fire & Security, becomes part of Kidde Products Ltd.

2011 - Subsequent re-organisation within UTC places Kidde Products Ltd. as a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

Global Structure

Kidde Fire Protection manufactures detection and alarm products at Seaham, County Durham and fire suppression systems at Bentham, North Yorkshire. It provides product sales and customer support from Oxford. It does business in over one hundred countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Arbabian Gulf, Asia, South America and the Caribbean through an extensive network of over two hundred distributors. It also has local representation at Kidde sales offices in Dubai, Singapore and China.


Kidde Fire Protection employs around 150 people in the UK. Its Investor in People accreditation demonstrates that its high standards of quality are reflected not only in the excellence of its products, but also in the skills and motivation of people throughout the organisation. Many of the company's technical staff are acknowledged experts in their fields and are members of national and international standards committees such as NFPA, CEN and ISO.


Kidde Fire Protection has third party accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. All components and finished products are rigorously tested and inspected to ensure consistent reliability and fire performance.

Environmental Responsibililty

Kidde Fire Protection's commitment to minimising the environmental impact of its products is integrated into managing and monitoring sound environmental practices at all its manufacturing plants. These practices include energy management, waste minimisation, raw materials management and minimising environmental emissions.

Social Responsibility

Kidde Fire Protection's Social Responsibility focuses on improving the quality of life of people in the regions where the company operates. In recent years the company has donated to cancer charities and the UK Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.


Kidde Fire Protection is a proud and active member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA).

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