AOS was founded in 1996 by David and Kimberly Jolley. Originally American Ocean Systems, they started their venture doing deep water engineering in Honolulu, Hawaii. With David's extensive knowledge of saturation diving, it was an easy step into compressed breathing air systems for firefighters. Holding a double doctorate in Engineering, David was able to develop testing equipment that was suitable for transportation, a revolutionary feat.
The attacks of 9/11 lent to AOS signing a PACAF contract with the US Air Force. At this point their services extended across the world. Their team traveled to areas where on-base services where crucial such as combat areas (Iraq, Afghanistan) and remote areas including Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Diego Garcia and parts of the Antarctic.
As the U.S. Military began making NFPA recommendations the standard requirements, AOS services evolved with their needs. They began developing relationships with various manufacturers, increased the service locations around the world and developed more fly-away systems. When deployed Fire Chiefs of bases AOS previously worked with returned to the U.S., they recognized the need for the same level of service at home. So AOS designed a modern trailered system to service all of the continental U.S.
AOS is now based in Rockport, Texas and is run by Kimberly Jolley and her team of product area experts. They continue to offer the same level of service and innovation they have for the past 20 years and look forward to doing it for the next 20.
"Maintaining critical response equipment is a management responsibility to ensure your department members are ready to respond safely. Too often we as managers juggle multiple contracts sustaining department response equipment. Something will always be missed as communication with multiple/separate companies for time frames of service can cause delays, create cost overruns, conflicting schedules, quality assurance inspections and so on.
The need for a “one stop shop company” maintaining/re-certifying your department’s critical equipment not only makes sense from a management perspective, but fiscally as well. As our department is a CFAI Accredited Agency, we had to show credibility and proof we were maintaining our response equipment. I have 11 fire stations, multiple apparatus to test, hose testing, SCBA flow testing/bottle hydrostatic testing , confined space carts, high pressure hose testing, hazmat suit testing, it’s a long list maintaining compliancy for your department.
There are a number of companies out there to choose from, I have utilized a couple of companies in the past. AOS hands down has provided the best level of customer support and compliancy testing. AOS took a previous disorganized testing/maintenance and recertification program, built it to our department specifications and needs and always went the extra step ensuring our satisfaction. The proof we needed to become CFAI accredited is built into their service they provide. The AOS on-site technicians are of the highest quality; efficient, skillful and hardworking. "
- Chief Thomas Thompson –