All Paratech products are designed by Paratech engineers and all processes that include milling, turning, rubber molding and assembly are performed at the factory in Frankfort, Illinois. We take pride in the fact that our goal is to provide the highest quality products we can design and produce.
Paratech manufactures an ever-increasing number of emergency service, industrial and law enforcement products. Our specialty is tools for technical rescue, but our expertise doesn’t stop there. Paratech products have far ranging applications that extend to shipboard damage control, pipeline, mining, rail, quarries, vehicle maintenance, and recovery – just to name a few. Whether you are here to browse or plan your next purchase, we hope you will find this site interesting and informative. If for any reason your needs aren’t satisfied, please let us know.
And while you are here, be sure to check out our Rescue Award stories. Read about lifesaving rescues made using Paratech products. Who knows? Perhaps you could add one or two of your department’s interesting rescues made using Maxiforce Air Lifting Bags, Rescue Support Systems or our world-famous Forcible Entry Tools and Powered Impact Tools. We will look forward to sharing your Proudest Moments as well.
In early 1962, Howard Leibovitz, Paratech’s president and co-founder, discovered a heretofore unknown application for a Swedish gasoline driven power saw. This discovery led to the formation of a small sales and manufacturing facility to act as the exclusive U.S. agent for the AB Partner Co. of Sweden.
Paratech was incorporated in 1963 as Mobile Saws Incorporated. As the U.S. representative for AB Partner, Mobile Saws quickly became the guiding force behind the worldwide fire & rescue service acceptance of the famous K-12 Rescue Saw. Between 1963 and 1979 virtually every major fire department in the United States used the Partner K-12 Saw for emergency ventilation procedures. As business from this discovery grew, it soon became evident that many accessories would be needed to keep the K-12 Saw in the marketplace. These accessories were designed and manufactured by Mobile Saws and became the seed for future manufacturing growth.
In 1967, the name was changed to Partner Industries of America, Inc. to better reflect the brand of Partner saws. In 1979, the AB Partner Company was sold and the buyer opted to operate through its own U.S. factory branches. Partner Industries of America, Inc. then changed its name to Paratech, Incorporated and began to replace the lost volume with new proprietary manufactured products for the fire and rescue industry.
The principle management of Paratech has accumulated over 75 years of experience in the design and manufacture of specialized equipment for the fire and rescue services. Members of the management have also worked previously in the emergency services.
Paratech is the industry leader in Air Lifting Bags with top quality traditional flat bags while also leading the way with entirely new innovative designs. Paratech Air Lifting Bags are made of the highest quality materials to provide peak performance and with dozens of 'ease of use' design choices.
For more than 50 years Paratech has set the standard for high quality heavy-duty forcible entry tools. These tools are designed to pry, pound, puncture, twist and cut open or remove all types of barriers between emergency personnel and the life they are saving. From our popular full line of Hooligan Tools to our powerful Percussive Rescue Tool (PRT), to our compact & versatile Pry-Axe, Paratech has led the way in design and manufacturing of dependable and unstoppable forcible entry tools.
Paratech Pod Systems (Tri, Bi and Mono) are the strongest high angle systems available. All kits come with a carrying case and all of the bases needed. Use AcmeThread or LongShore Struts and Extenstions to create a system for your desired length. Paratech's elevator rescue equipment can lock down an elevator car or securely attach to an elevator entry door casing for rope rescue down the elevator shaft.
From breaking concrete to cutting the remains of a melted tanker shell apart, Paratech delivers the punch.
The Paratech Damage Control System (DCS) brings maritime damage control shoring into the 21st century. Speed, strength, flexibility and capability are the hallmarks of Paratech’s DCS . Everything about the system has been designed to simplify the difficult task of damage control shoring and improve response time.
The Special Mission Tender (SMT) is a rescue response trailer containing equipment packages for Trench Rescue, USAR or both. It's a one-stop-shop for everything you need for rescue, organized for quick mobile response.
Paratech's Rescue Support Systems for Structural Collapse consists of a full array of vertical shoring equipment and raker shores. With the Absolute Raker, Paratech has the only fully mechanical raker shore available. Absolutely no wood is needed for cross-bracing. Standard Rakers (with wood cross-bracing) are still available as well as upgrade kits, Expansion Kits, and Flying Raker Kits. Urban Search and Rescue Teams around the world rely on the strength and simplicity of Paratech's Structural Shoring equipment to successfully accomplish rescues safely and efficiently.
Paratech offers void fill cushions, pneumatic control equipment and shoring struts for trench rescue. Paratech's strut systems are unrivaled in strength and simplicity, making them perfect for trench rescue scenarios.
Vehicle stabilization is the first step in extrication. Paratech offers a wide range of stabilization solutions from passenger cars to fully loaded tractor trailers and even locomotives.