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
1993 - Kidde Fire Protection acquired Dunford Hepburn
2000 - Williams plc de-merged into Kidde plc and Chubb plc. Kidde Fire Protection becomes part of Kidde plc.
2005 - Kidde plc acquired by United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) and combined with Chubb to form Carrier with headquarters in Connecticut, USA.
2008 - Airsense Technology (manufacturer of Aspirating Smoke Detection equipment, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK) acquired by Carrier, becomes part of Kidde Products Ltd.
2010 - Kidde Australia commenced distribution of Senator Aspirating Smoke Detection.
2010 - Kidde Australia launched the highly innovative Argonite C60 Gaseous Suppression System.
2012 – Kidde Australia launches Sentinel Vehicle Suppression Systems for the mining industry.
2016 - Kidde Australia launches EST3X Intelligent Fire Alarm platform and devices.
2018 - Kidde Australia launches ExxFire self-contained fire detection and suppression portfolio.
2019 - Kidde Australia launches Natura Inert Gas System.
2020 - Kidde Australia launches 500PSI clean agent fire suppression system.
2022 - Kidde Australia enters into distribution partnership with Xtralis.