About 40 years ago, Victorinox formed its own firefighter crew. We’re working with hot steel, therefore fire is a constant danger in our production facility. That’s how our deep connection with firefighters around the world has grown.
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Victorinox & firefighters – many things in common
Between fire fighters and Victorinox, bonds have always been deep and abundant. We share a long history in protecting not only our production site but also our valley and we have developed products in close collaboration with these brave people – yet above all we have equal beliefs.
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Joint product development
Two products have come out of the close collaboration with the firefighters. Victorinox designed the “Rescue Tool”, an upgraded Swiss Knife conceived for fire fighters to be used by fire fighters. From this day on, an extensive number of fire services around the world adopted Rescue Tool as part of their equipment. The other “tool” connecting Victorinox and the firefighters is a watch.
Daniel Betschart, the officer from Victorinox’s fire department, says «Time is the enemy of a firefighter. Everything that can help bringing it under control becomes a fire fighter’s friend». That’s why Victorinox chose a timepiece to symbolise this partnership. A watch, but not any kind of watch: the strongest watch on the market. This watch had to withstand 130 ruthless tests, including falling form a three-story building, withstanding the weight of a fire truck, surviving boiling water and a laundry machine as well as being frozen into ice – for example. The special I.N.O.X. firefighter edition was sold out within just a few days.
And the collaboration lives on
But the I.N.O.X. is still available. One that is especially loved by the firefighters: the I.N.O.X. carbon, withstanding 1.260 °C degrees Celsius. If you want to buy it in an authentic setting: Visit Victorinox’s Flagship Store in New York. It is located in a disused FDNY fire station. Truly, bonds have been and are deep and abundant.