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KIMTEK marks 40 years of innovation in transport skid unit manufacturing

Makers of FIRELITE, MEDLITE and LEOLITE transport skid units celebrate 40-year heritage in design, manufacture, and sales of public safety equipment worldwide


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Press Release

ORLEANS, Vt. - KIMTEK Corp, makers of MEDLITE®, FIRELITE®and LEOLITE® Transport skid units for off-road rescue and wildland firefighting, have announced plans to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary with a number of events planned throughout 2024. KIMTEK Transport skid units fit easily into most utility vehicles and pick-up trucks, enabling first responders to travel over rough terrain and through tight clearances with essential fire and/or medical rescue equipment and attendants. Markets have responded enthusiastically, resulting in record demand for KIMTEK products around the globe in 2023.

Reaching this corporate milestone represents a personal achievement for KIMTEK president and founder Kimball Johnson, a multiple patent-holder and retired fire chief who understands firsthand the challenges of meeting off-road rescue needs while under strict budget constraints typical for municipal and government agency emergency departments.

“After spending decades talking with first responders about the challenges of meeting off-road rescue, firefighting and law enforcement demands, I appreciate the particular needs of these agencies and departments,” he said. “They need resources that are reliable, versatile, and affordable. It’s why I started KIMTEK Research then, and it’s why our team keeps researching, adapting, and providing medical, fire rescue and law enforcement solutions that exactly meet first responders’ needs now,” he said.

Mr. Johnson and several KIMTEK employees are themselves experienced first responders, having routinely performed off-road rescues and wildfire suppression as part of their duties with fire departments and ambulance squads. This field experience makes it inherently easier for KIMTEK to develop off-road solutions that are designed right, built right, and priced right.

About KIMTEK Corporation

KIMTEK was founded by Kimball Johnson in 1984. Throughout the years, KIMTEK has seen steady growth in the areas of public safety sciences and products. Mr Johnson holds multiple patents in the United States covering his inventions and designs. Several designs covering skid units for UTV’s which are patent pending are anticipated to become issued patents in 2024. The trademark names of MEDLITE Transport, FIRELITE Transport, LEOLITE Transport and FIRELITE truck skids represent models that are now available in 34 standard configurations. With over 8,000 slip on units in service worldwide, public safety professionals have come to realize the quality and integrity of our skid units and how they can withstand the test of time. Our customer service is exactly what you would expect from KIMTEK’S dedicated employees who “walk the walk” not “talk the talk” as Firefighters/EMT’s.

Since the company’s inception, KIMTEK’s mission has been to offer affordable, practical solutions for the agencies they serve, resulting in highly popular emergency response products that emphasize modularity and flexibility and which offer the best in-class warranty coverages. More information about KIMTEK research and products is available at the company website: and, or by calling 888-546-8358.