GAAM was founded as a family-run engineering organisation and has grown to become a leader in the design and manufacture of specialist pumps for urban and rural fire suppression.
An acronym for General, Aeronautical, Agricultural and Marine, the GAAM brand is an established and recognised name in firefighting services across Australia.
The ownership of GAAM has changed hands several times since the company was founded in 1933 by the Falconer family and in the 1960’s it was first sold to Godiva Ltd in the United Kingdom (now trading as Hale Products Inc.), which manufactures the world-renowned Godiva vehicle rear-mounted firefighting pumps. In 1982, Wajax Industries in Canada, which manufactures forestry fire fighting pumps and a range of fire control products, acquired GAAM.
It was under Wajax Industries’ ownership that GAAM began to broaden its product base to include firefighting hoses and a range of forestry and rural firefighting accessories. In 1983, a range of midship and PTO firefighting pumps was added to GAAM’s offering by way of an exclusive arrangement with Hale Products Inc. in the United States to distribute their products in Australia.
In 1988, the GAAM offering was expanded again with the introduction of a suite of new products, including air bags, nozzles, hand held and hydraulic rescue tools, firefighting helmets and remote area collapsible water tanks. The early 1990s saw GAAM introduce more solutions for the police, ambulance, road rescue and state emergency services. In 1995, GAAM was acquired by TYCO International, a global distributor of fire, safety and security products, and gloves, riot helmets, batons and riot shields were added to the product portfolio to meet the needs of the police sector.
To meet the growing need for Class A and B foam proportioning, GAAM acquired the Quenchmaster ARP foam proportioning system in 1997, which is manufactured in our Thomastown plant. The company also introduced the Hale electric and electronic range of Foam Master automatic foam proportioning systems at this time.
In November 1998, the company underwent a re-brand, changing its name from GAAM Fire and Rescue to GAAM Emergency Products to better identify with a broadened customer base.
In early 1999, GAAM introduced the Bullard Thermal Imaging camera and was granted licence to market the full range of Task Force Tip nozzles, which encompassed automatic nozzles and ground monitors after ten years of marketing its range of selectable nozzles. In 2000, GAAM launched the Feuer- Vogel range of storz couplings.
Following a number of years of continued growth, a new branch office was opened in Brisbane in April 2001 to cater for northern Australia.
Most recently, in January 2016, GAAM was purchased by Evergreen Capital L.P as part of its purchase of the Australian fire business from Tyco International.
Over the course of its 80-year history, GAAM has become recognised as one of the most reliable and trusted providers of a full suite of firefighting products. Today, the company offers unrivalled expertise in controlling fires in emergency and extreme environments. With an ongoing to commitment to product development, GAAM is keeping pace with the growing and varying needs of Australia’s fire, rescue, security, ambulance, emergency services and industrial organisations.
For more information, go to www.gaam.com.au