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Frazer History

2013
2013

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead
So what's next for Frazer? We will continue to build enduring products and even more enduring relationships. Frazer is devoted to the philosophy of service and safety that has powered the company for almost 60 years. Our goal is to ensure that you won't find another company more committed to exceeding your expectations.
2012
2012

The Universal HealthCare Vehicle

Universal Healthcare Vehicle
Frazer builds a customized mobile clinic for Christus Foundation for HealthCare. Driven by the age-old concept of the house call, this unit goes beyond congested emergency rooms to deliver health services to remote locations. The highly configurable module features hot and cold running water, blood draw stations, and much more.
2012

Safety State of Mind

Frazer Safety
Frazer enrolls in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Challenge Program, as part of its continued commitment to worksite safety. VPP certification signifies the highest level of safety possible in the workplace. It usually takes three years to meet the OSHA standards required to attain elite VPP status. Frazer is up for the challenge.
2010
2010

Hospital Corporation of America

Hospital Corporation of America
Seeing PHI's success with their training unit, North Hills Hospital & HCA call Frazer with a request for a generator-powered EMS module. The North Hills unit is fully loaded with customized options: a universal remote control, a METIman® (patient simulator), and even a Wii™ console.
2009
2009

Hydraulic Lifts

Hydraulic Lift Gates
Frazer first added the hydraulic lift to a Montgomery County EMS vehicle way back in 2000. Almost a decade later, the lift makes a comeback in two units: a multipurpose lift for Metro Ambulance and a pediatric lift for isolettes in four Texas Children's Hospital (Kangaroo Crew) units.
2009

Women’s Business Enterprise

Woman Owned Business
Frazer gains certification from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of women-owned businesses. Frazer is also certified by the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) and the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity.
2009

The One Stop Truck Shop

Truck Shop
Frazer identifies a need to streamline the workflow on trucks and decides to build a new shop for this purpose. With the arrival of the one stop truck shop, in-progress units no longer have to be moved around frequently during production. This adds a new degree of efficiency to the process.
2009

A New Paint Shop

Paint Shop
Frazer is growing rapidly. As volume increases, a single paint booth proves to be a bottleneck. Frazer installs a new paint booth, making it possible to paint two units simultaneously.
2007
2007

Medical Transport Units

Medical Tranpost Unit
Frazer builds transport units for the UTMB Correctional Managed Care, customized with a metal cage and steel brackets. These units are used to transport ailing inmates to and from nearby medical facilities for treatment. The 12-foot module can comfortably fit 5-7 people, while the 14-foot unit can transport 7-9 people at the same time.
2006
2006

UCV: The Next Generation

2006 UCV
Frazer adds to the existing UCV line. This bigger UCV is equipped with a taller box and larger compartments. It can accommodate more rescue personnel and first response equipment. It has the added benefit of an on-board generator.
2006

Lights, Camera, FrazerCast!

2006 podcast
As demand for online content grows, a podcast series seems like the next logical step. Enter FrazerCast, a video platform for vendor interviews, trade shows, and lots more.
2005
2005

Training Medics

Training Medics
Frazer builds two multimedia training units for PHI Air Medical. These modules help provide education and simulated clinical experiences for medics, students, and firefighters.
2005

Cutting Edge Computing

Frazer Server
With only a switch and a server to power the network, the first incarnation of Frazer's server room is limited but functional. As the company evolves, however, the server room expands in content and capacity. Today, it hosts several virtual and physical servers, as well as an open source system that fuels the collaborative process at Frazer.
2005

Movie’ In

Frazer Office
As growth continues, Frazer decides to construct a new main office. This building serves as home to striping and lettering, MIS, human resources, sales, marketing, and accounting.
2005

Time for Expansion

ems aluminum building
Looking to expand in-house production, Frazer opens an aluminum fabrication facility. This 20,000 sq. ft. shop is outfitted with several new CNC machines.
2005

Going Wood-free

EMS welding
One of Frazer's trademark features has always been the double structural tubing found in every corner of the generator-powered EMS module. In 2005, Frazer goes a step further by making its units completely wood-free.
2005

Express Delivery

EMS Fleet
After receiving a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Houston Fire Department decides to invest in a fleet of emergency vehicles. HFD orders 21 Frazer generator-powered EMS modules. Frazer builds and delivers all 21 vehicles within 60 days, a company record at the time.
2004
2004

Heating Up

2004 kbr
Frazer builds resilient, heavy-duty units for KBR. These bad boys are fully capable of operating in extreme heat temperatures and are loaded with 220V 50 Hz electrical outlets. The KBR modules also have the distinction of being the first emergency Frazer units built for overseas use. Some of them are flown to the Middle East on a chartered Antonov aircraft.
2004

Striping & Lettering

striping and lettering
Once upon a time, Frazer relied on independent contractors for its striping and lettering needs. Seeing an opportunity to expand in-house production, Frazer decides to create a striping and lettering department. It starts out with a single-color vinyl cutter and soon blossoms into a full-time service employing a staff of graphic artists.
2002
2002

Embracing the Web

2002
Frazer seeks to harness the power of the Internet by launching a new website. Many projects would flood in over the years, expanding Frazer's reach and laying the groundwork for the future.
2000
2000

A Whole New Product

League City EMS
The Frazer Urban Command Vehicle features six compartments, each with adjustable shelves and a vast middle section capable of carrying at least 20 backboards and a Stokes basket. In other words, way more carrying capacity than an SUV. Plus, the body is remountable.
2000

A Whole New Product

2000 Frazer
Having already built two generator-powered EMS modules for the League City Emergency Medical Service, Frazer is approached by its director, John Accomando, to work on a new project. He wants to mount a multi-function body on an extended cab/chassis. The result: the first Frazer Urban Command Vehicle.
1997
1997

Movin’ Up

Frazer Facility
A piece of land becomes available, giving Frazer, Inc. a much needed chance for expansion. Noting a continuing increase in sales activity and interest both in-state and around the country, Frazer decides to build a new production facility. The building has an immediate impact across all phases of production.
1996
1996

Movin’ Out

1996
An ad in an EMS publication piques the interest of Dale Stidham, a volunteer with the Big Stone Gap Rescue Squad. His inquiry leads to a road trip to Southwest Virginia for John Griffin, Jr. to demo the generator-powered module. Thoroughly impressed, the squad would later take delivery of the first two units to be found "On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine." Frazer is now a national phenomenon.
1994
1994

QVM Certified

QVM Certified
Frazer applies for Ford's QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) program. QVM certification requires such criteria as engineering and manufacturing processes that meet Ford's quality control guidelines. Frazer clears the QVM requirements and gains certification.
1993
1993

It’s a Big Big World

Bellaire Fire Department
Bellaire firefighter Chuck Lysack adds to the growing list of customer-based innovations with a custom designed laryngoscope pouch for conveniently organizing handles and blades below the action wall.
1993

It’s a Big Big World

1993
The City of Bellaire Fire Department orders Frazer's first 14-foot generator-powered EMS module. The big red machine is mounted on a Chevrolet C3500 HD chassis and features a kneeling air suspension.
1988
1988

Houston Police Department SWAT

Houston Police Department SWAT
Frazer continues to forge a strong relationship with the City of Houston by building a SWAT unit for the Houston Police Department.
1988

Houston Police Department Bomb Squad

Houston Bomb Squad
The Houston Police Department puts in a bid for a fully-customized bomb squad unit. Business is booming.
1987
1987

Northward Ho!

1987
EMS-043 belongs to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Department of Public Safety. The generator-powered concept takes a big step forward into a region outside of Greater Houston. The exposure at one of America's busiest airports with an outstanding fleet maintenance department proves invaluable.
1985
1985

Real Production Begins

1985 houston fire department
What started out as four or five vehicles quickly turns into an order for 30 Frazer EMS modules. This marks the beginning of a robust relationship with the Houston Fire Department. Over the next two decades, HFD would go on to convert its fleet to 100-plus generator-powered units.
1985

Real Production Begins

1985 hfd ems
The Kingwood Area EMS service, headed by Mike Legoudes, places an order for what would be Frazer job number EMS-001. Meanwhile, after two years of running the original prototype unit, the Houston Fire Department goes out for a bid on new emergency vehicles. Included in the bid is an option for purchase of a few generator-powered units.
1982
1982

What’s Good for the Goose

1982 hfd
The next day, heads of various Fire Department divisions arrive at the Frazer plant to begin work on a prototype. Frazer, Inc. is in the EMS business.
1982

What’s Good for the Goose

1982 ems
Captain Ron Champagne notes that at least eight of the nation's largest ambulance manufacturers have told him such a thing could not be done or would not work. Mr. Griffin tells Captain Champagne it is simply a matter of configuring the module to come up with the appropriate space.
1982

What’s Good for the Goose

1982 HFD
Captain Ron Champagne of the Houston Fire Department meets with John Griffin, Sr. to discuss the recording cabs Frazer is already building, as well as their on-board generating capacity. Captain Champagne indicates he would like to incorporate the same type of design on his emergency vehicles.
1982

What’s Good for the Goose

1982-Houston Fire Department
Suffering through another of the oil industry's cyclical downturns, Frazer, Inc. president John Griffin, Sr. decides to explore the possibility of building emergency vehicles after seeing one while stopped at an intersection.
1974
1974

The Foundation

1974
The development of a regulated, switching power supply allows utilization of separate on-board generators to run AC-powered equipment. This technological breakthrough lays the foundation for major performance upgrades in data collection. Now trucks can be stocked with computer equipment, air conditioners, and pressurization units.
1966
1966

On the Move

1966
Earlier in the 60s, the seismic industry adds marine exploration and Frazer, Inc. branches out. Outgrowing the capacity of the now 5,000 sq. ft. Alief building, Mr. Frazer purchases land in a developing industrial enclave in Southwest Houston. He finances construction of the original 7219 Rampart facility by selling a portion of the remaining land.
1956
1956

1956 The Early Years

1956 Early Years
Frazer spends the early years fabricating steel equipment for seismic exploration. "Doodlebuggers" (as the operators of land-based recording cabs were known) beat a path to his door. Business is good and the Frazer reputation for outstanding service and quality is born.
1956

Frazer Opens For Business

1956
On May 5, 1956 Charles Frazer, seeing opportunity in the booming postwar economy, decides to strike out on his own. After a few years moonlighting in his garage and in partnership with a neighbor, he opens a 2,500 sq. ft. facility in the Old Alief section of Southwest Houston. Frazer, Inc. is now in business.
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