The Story of Blackjack Industrial began during our founder’s years as a firefighter on Engine 21, nicknamed The Blackjack, in Phoenix AZ.
During his years in service, our founder Chris faced one major frustration that affected him and his fellow firefighters – a lack of innovation when it came to safety products, specifically hands free lighting. Chris took that cause into his own hands.
When firefighters are in the thick of it, when they are surrounded by suffocating black smoke and searing heat, they need all the help they can get to be able to see clearly. Sure hand-held flashlights existed, but to do their job safely, and effectively, as well as for those that they are saving, they need to have their hands free as well.
Situations exactly like this are why Chris invented his first fire helmet brackets which allowed him and his fellow firefighters to safely secure their lights to their helmets.
The invention quickly grew in popularity. Soon, the product, called the “The Blackjack” became THE standard in structural firefighting and was trusted by firefighters in countries all over the world. Over the years, other versions built upon what Chris first made out of necessity. During this time, Chris was approached by many Wild Land firefighters looking for a better solution to keep their headlamps on their helmets. This lead directly to the creation of the “Blackjack Double Down” and the “Blackjack Industrial” hard hat/helmet clips.
Now, Blackjack Industrial thermoplastic hard hat clips have grown into a game-changing safety innovation for anyone who wears a hard hat or helmet, and needs hands free lighting because they work in dark or low light environments on a worldwide scale.