Our History

Over 40 years ago we patented the first ever rescue tool system, and we haven’t stopped innovating since then. Our commitment to research and development, along with quality manufacturing, has resulted in a line of products known for their outstanding safety, durability and performance. Because of this commitment, Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue systems have been instrumental in saving hundreds of thousands of lives throughout those 40-plus years.

Originally manufactured by Hurst Performance Inc., in Warminster, Penn., the rescue system was developed for use in the race car industry. The original tool was a two-part system consisting of a 32-inch hydraulic spreader powered by a two-cycle gasoline power unit. Because the tool reduced the time to extricate a victim from a car crash, literally snatching them from the “jaws of death,” the tool earned the name Jaws of Life. Today, Jaws of Life is a registered trademark of Hurst Jaws of Life, Inc. Located in Shelby, N.C, Hurst Jaws of Life rescue systems now travel with more than 35,000 rescue squads, fire and police departments throughout the world.

 Distribution Strength

Hurst Jaws of Life has the strongest network of distributors in the industry with extensive coverage throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the rest of the world. Our distribution partners provide excellent sales, service and training to fire and rescue departments, emergency services, military installations and government agencies across North America.

To schedule a personal demonstration or to speak with a sales representative, please contact your nearest
Hurst dealer.

The Green Cross

The Green Cross is a symbol of recognition for those heroes who have used our products to save lives. To learn more or to register, click below.

Dealer Locator

With the largest national dealer footprint, there’s a very good chance we have a dealer near you.

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