As Bailout’s technology continued to evolve, Michael saw an opportunity to leverage his Military experience in team-building and established Bailout System’s Engineering and Product Development Division. This division is focused on bringing Bailout’s revolutionary technology to multiple industries. Always adhering to rigorous design standards, demanding specifications, and quality inspections, Michael and his team began to design the next evolution of fall safety.

Today, Bailout Systems is an employee-owned, nationally recognized company that innovates life safety equipment with broad applications in rescue and other at-height scenarios. We proudly manufacture every Bailout Systems product in the USA.

The reason Bailout Systems got started

After rock climbing at the Red River Gorge, an experience that resulted in a 90-foot fall and a 3-day coma, veteran climber Michael Ragsdale realized that current descent systems were not adequate for high-performance, industry-specific situations. This lack of purpose-built equipment became more apparent when Michael realized that many first responders are forced to use the same gear that had failed him. Michael set out to make rescue safer and more efficient by founding Bailout Systems. Established in 2015, Bailout systems began as a company developing fall safety solutions for the fire industry.

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