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Ruth Lee Premises in Corwen

Ruth Lee Ltd was founded over 30 years ago in the Kensington area of Liverpool. Ron and Ruth Lee owned a small business that employed a number of sewing machinists that specialised in the repair of Silver Cross prams.

A family friend who at the time worked for Merseyside Fire Brigade approached Ruth to see if she would be able repair one of their own inhouse made training manikins which was made from hessian sacking and old hose.

Ruth being the entrepreneur that she is said that she could make something better and the first Ruth Lee Training Manikin was born. Merseyside Fire Brigade were so impressed that they placed an order for more manikins straight away. Ruth then approached Cheshire Fire Brigade and North Wales Fire Brigade with the training manikins and they quickly followed suit and placed orders.

The company then moved to the town of Corwen in Denbighshire, North Wales where the family home became the new workshop with the attached barn being converted to accommodate all the equipment needed to manufacture the training manikins. Ruth toured the whole of the UK demonstrating the training manikins to the numerous brigades to the point where we supply 100% of the UK Fire and Rescue Services.

Ruth Lee Fire and Rescue Equipment became Ruth Lee Ltd in 1999 with Ruth's daughter, Susan Edwards, becoming Managing Director. The company relocated to a former school in the centre of Corwen in 2001 and have twice had to expand the premises to cope with the rapid growth in the company.

The company now employs more than 20 people and we are proud of the team we have built. 

Why should you deal with Ruth Lee?

Ruth Lee have been manufacturing rescue training manikins from their factory in North Wales for over 30 years and are the only ISO 9001:2008 accredited manufacturer of rescue training manikins within Europe, so you can be assured that you will be ordering a manikin whose quality is second to none.

Would you know any of our existing customers?

Almost certainly: 100% of the UK's Fire Services.

We also supply extensively to the Military, Police and Ambulance Services on a regular basis. 

We developed our water rescue dummy with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and the British Navy, we also have also supplied the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) for over 15 years.

All the UK's international airports use our products, along with several aviation training centres; we also supply many chemical and oil companies as well as offshore drilling facilities.

We now export over 60% of our production, with the USA, Australia and Germany being our biggest markets.


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