Firefighter Turnout Bags

SEASON 8 EPISODE 12
PitchBags and accessories made from firefighter turnout gear
EntrepreneurNiki Rasor and Matt Rasor
Asked For$250,000 for 33%
Deal$250,000 for 50%
SharkLori Greiner
StatusOUT OF BUSINESS

Company Background

What is Firefighter Turnout Bags?

Firefighter Turnout Bags takes recycling to a new level by giving retired firefighting gear a second life. Old firefighting turnout jackets that end up stored and unused are transformed into a range of distinctive bags. In addition to making sales, Firefighter Turnout Bags helped fire departments reduce their carbon footprint.

Who Owns Firefighter Turnout Bags?

Founder and CEO of Firefighter Turnout Bags, Niki Rasor, enjoys the creative aspect of her business but didn’t have aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur. However, the rise of Firefighter Turnout Bags’ popularity made a businesswoman of her.

Founder’s Story

Founder and CEO of Firefighter Turnout Bags, Niki Rasor, enjoys the creative aspect of her business but didn’t have aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur. However, the rise of Firefighter Turnout Bags’ popularity made a businesswoman of her. In her difficult youth, Niki taught herself to sew to alter thrift shop clothes.

Niki is married to Carlos, a San Diego firefighter. He would unknowingly inspire Niki’s idea for Firefighter Turnout Bags by asking her if she’d be able to take a pocket off his turnout jacket. Of course, she could, and she did. Niki is not the wasteful type, so she sewed a purse from the pocket and one of his old work suspenders.

People took notice of her impressive purse when she took it out with her. Friends soon started requesting their own turnout bags, and Niki was happy to make the bags for them.

Niki soon began charging for the bags, but it wasn’t until she told inquisitive firefighters about her “firefighter turnout bag” that the business idea was born. She applied for a business license and began promoting her new business. Niki and Carlos took Firefighter Turnout Bags to Shark Tank with the hopes of securing a deal with one of the Sharks.

Firefighter Turnout Bags Shark Tank Update

Did Firefighter Turnout Bags Get a Deal on Shark Tank?

On Shark Tank Season 8 Episode 16, Niki Rasor and Matt Rasor accepted an offer of $250,000 for 50%, from Lori Greiner.

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  1. It seems this business never made it. Link is a dead end. I suspect Lori figured out there are all kinds of danders pathogens on that gear.

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