30 years ago...
In 1982 Don & Kathy Bergeron started a part-time business offering Globe Firefighter Suits out of the trunk of their car. Don & Kathy Bergeron's vision of offering quick delivery of bunker coats & pants purchased from Globe's overstock became a popular choice to local fire departments. From there they began offering turnout gear alterations and repair and became frequent evening visitors at volunteer Fire Departments throughout the State of New Hampshire. In the 90’s, Don Bergeron’s daughter Dawn Farnham and Kathy’s son Rich Hillsgrove joined the company to help in part time capacities.
Today, 2nd generation owners Dawn & Rich operate Bergeron Protective Clothing out of their 6000 square ft facility in Epsom, New Hampshire, just a few miles south of Globe Manufacturing Company. With 11 employees, BPC operates 5 service vans and covers New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Our vans are continually restocked with a broad selection of leather & rubber boots, turnout gear specials, firefighter helmets, gloves, hoods, and other firefighter clothing and equipment.
We are known throughout our territory for our ability to quickly "size" firefighters with actual turnout gear minimizing the errors associated with using a tape measure. Most people are not aware that this sizing method was originally implemented, as Don Bergeron was uncomfortable in obtaining sizes with a tape measure & decided to use his stock gear for measuring. Today this method is an industry standard.
In 2009 we added the ISG Thermal Imaging Camera to our line that now includes over 60 manufacturers.
Bergeron Protective Clothing also operates an NFPA 1851 approved repair facility in Epsom, and offers this service as a complement to turnout gear sales.
Stop by and browse our show room if you are ever in the area, or invite one of our stocked vans to your department meeting.