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Company Founder: Douglas M. Smith


Company founder, Douglas M. Smith, began his firefighter EMT career in a suburban area outside of Portland, Oregon in 1983 as a student firefighter with Happy Valley RFPD (now part of Clackamas Fire District #1). “In the cool climates of NW Oregon, we used to put the IV fluids on the defroster vents to warm them on the way to a call,” he recalls.

After attending Fire Science course work at Portland Community College in Oregon, Douglas volunteered at Missoula RFPD in Montana, became a “Reserve Firefighter” at Lewiston Fire Dept in Idaho and received his 1st full time offer as a firefighter in Clarkston, Washington where he retired in April of 2006. During his career as a firefighter paramedic, he noted that nothing was being done to effectively warm iv fluids in the pre-hospital arena. “Well, I’ll change that,” he vowed and set off to build iv fluid warmers for fire & ambulance services.

“It’s quite a struggle to take an idea through design, prototyping, testing, FDA clearances and to market,” recalls Doug. “If you knew what it would cost up front, you would do something else!” Smithworks is dedicated to building the finest equipment possible. Subassemblies are sourced domestically wherever possible.

What began as a need within his department is now serving the same needs of hundreds of emergency services, both domestically and around the world. In the years since it’s inception, Smithworks has produced over 10,000 iv fluid warmers.

Smithworks Medical, Inc. will continue to innovate and refine products. We will also introduce new products that are designed with the patient and care provider’s needs in mind.

“We are big enough to get it done and small enough to care.”

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