Solutions for the Past, Present and Future

James with Windjammer/Ventry Fan, Circa 1996

James, 1996, with a Ventry Fan (originally called Windjammer Fans)

Captain's hat resting on the fan

For positive pressure ventilation (PPV) in firefighting and other industrial ventilation jobs requiring portable fans, today’s Ventry® PPV Fans have the same fundamental elements as the first models made almost three decades ago: efficient propellers; open-flow guards; and the patented three-legged designs.

However, we also regularly innovate and—here’s what’s really different—we do not just apply innovations to one new model; we apply all improvements to all models, adding value and making every Ventry Fan even better, year after year after year.

So, while all Ventry Fans are exceptional, modern models are quite different than older models.

Just a few of the improvements which are reflected in all Ventry Fans* made today:

  • Hammercoat powdercoat finish
  • Solid aircraft-grade aluminum legs
  • Visibility upgrades (free upgrade)
  • Greatly improved rubber feet (chemically bonded metal within the rubber)
  • Double reinforcement of open-flow guards
  • Reconfigured wheels & handles and addition of stair skids where applicable
  • New accessories
  • Many items are not highly visible, but steadily increase performance, value, safety...
*All applicable innovations are also applied across the entire line of all-terrain, portable scene lighting.

    Solutions then. Solutions now.

    Solutions originally, solutions now.

    Positive pressure ventilation poses many of the same challenges to firefighters today as the tactic did 30 years ago. We solved those issues when designing our very first PPV fan and those solutions have proven to solve the new problems faced by firefighters as well. We knew that our PPV Fans had to…

    “Why would anyone buy a fan that weighs more than 100 pounds?” This was Joan’s question to Ken after she had seen a 100+ pound fan at a tradeshow. As an experienced firefighter, Ken answered, “Because they haven’t lifted it yet.”
    • be light enough to lift;
    • fit on the truck;
    • not be in the way of crew and other equipment;
    • be intuitive and easy to deploy and operate;
    • operate on its own and without being propped up;
    • aim at the target, even if there are obstacles like stairs, rope or hose;
    • move a lot of air;
    • not blast people or itself with sand or rocks when running;
    • not be so loud as to interfere with on-scene communications; and
    • be ergonomically sound in case the user was tired, stressed, or not so young and nimble.

    Even the first Ventry Fans solved these problems through common sense, tried-and-true aircraft technology, and smart design. Ventry Fans have achieved high air volumes with small engines while minimizing weight, bulk, noise, carbon monoxide, and expense. Why? Because what you need from a ventilation fan is air, not horsepower.

    As it turns out, in solving the challenges to firefighters presented by PPV, Ventry’s unique design also made them excellent fans for hot air balloon inflation, brush/stump burning, and other industrial applications where time, lives, and money are at risk.

    VSI is dedicated to making the best products possible, improving and evolving in response to our own hands-on experience, our customers’ feedback (who tend to be smart, progressive, generous with compliments and vocal about concerns), and the latest science.

    In shopping for PPV fans/blowers, you may notice questionable graphics, data and terminology. Ventry Solutions, Inc. does not make claims that can’t be proven, use relative terms like “most” and “best,” or twist science to suit our products. Our approach is and has always been to focus on efficiency, safety, strength, and simplicity, then continually adapt and refine and perfect the products.

    We offer fans to fire departments on risk-free, free trials and in-person demonstrations. We also offer long warranties and life-time factory support. We are a company interested in earning your business now AND in the future.

    How It All Began

    Back in 1989, Myron Richardson was chief of the HLFVD (he’s been a firefighter since 1976). He showed a PPV fan advertisement to John Neils and asked, “Can you build something like this?”

    John Neils (James’ and Joan’s father) looked at it for a minute and said, “Sure!” Then he went around and asked other fire fighters what they didn’t like about existing ppv fans. They all told John to “Get it up off the ground!”

    The first fan had four legs. It didn’t work well. The next generation had 3 straight legs. To improve stability, the legs’ curve was soon added. Myron tried to talk John out of the curve because he didn’t want to bend the legs, but he lost that battle. Myron remains a valued member of our team to this day.