OUR FOUNDATION: RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Our original parent company, Orbital Technologies Corporation, worked with NASA to develop spacecraft propulsion systems and formulate propellants to fuel them.
From that partnership, we developed a deep understanding of high pressure fluid dynamics, including ultra-high pressure water flow through nozzles.
As the technology evolved, its potential for tactical firefighting applications became clear.
HMA was officially formed in 2003 and partnered with the US Air Force to develop UHP technology for firefighting.
APPLYING UHP TECHNOLOGY TO FIREFIGHTING
More than a decade of research followed, with HMA Fire engineers working side by side with scientists at the Air Force Fire Research Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. This extensive research and development effort led to the creation of ultra-high pressure (UHP) technology for tactical use in the fire service.
In 2010, HMA and USAF introduced the L3, a technologically advanced, off-road, rugged-terrain vehicle with superior fire suppression capabilities. The debut of the L3 showed just how game-changing UHP would be for the fire service.
GAINING REAL-WORLD TESTING AND VALIDATION
Adapting UHP technology for use by departments of all sizes and budgets required innovation and real-world testing and validation. Frontline firefighters brought their hard-earned experience and expertise to help guide the development of HMA UHP technology and products.
HMA Fire equipment has been field-tested and validated by researchers, military personnel, and fire service professionals in real-life settings, including structural, engine, fuel and wildland fires.
HMA FIRE TODAY
In 2017, HMA was acquired by the Robbins family, founders and owners of Robbins Manufacturing, a world-class metal fabrication company based in Wisconsin.
From our headquarters in Fall River, Wisconsin, HMA Fire has entered into a new era of growth and innovation. HMA remains the leading manufacturer of UHP technology in the fire service, with hundreds of units currently in service.
Our team remains true to our roots in rigorous scientific discovery and technological innovation with the goal of making firefighting faster, safer, and more efficient.
Our current focus is creating UHP fire suppression systems that integrate with every apparatus and every platform.