About

Our Mission

With over 1000 refurbishments to date; our work passes the test every day in some of the busiest cities in America.

You have purchased an expensive piece of safety equipment protecting the most important part of you - and we take great pride in making sure it’s up to the job.

RagTop has been in the leather helmet refurb/restoration business since 2010, which gives us the distinction of being one of the longest running companies out there. We have a 3,000 sq. ft. shop in a commercial setting, with all top of the line equipment ensuring nothing but the best quality. We are a fully insured business as well, which means your helmet is covered from the minute it arrives in our shop until it arrives back to you. Any and all questions can be directed to me pete@ragtopfire.com. Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business. Pete Callan Founder-RTI.


Our Story

RagTop has been in the Fire Helmet restoration business since 2010, which gives us the distinction of being one of the longest running companies out there. We have a 3,000 square foot shop in a commercial setting, with all top of the line equipment ensuring nothing but the best quality. We are a fully insured business as well, which means your helmet is covered from the minute it arrives in our shop until it arrives back to you. With over 750+ refurbishments to date; our work passes the test everyday in some of the busiest cities in America.

We take care of your helmet as if it was our own! 


Our Team

Pete Callan

Pete CallanFounder & Owner

Pete Callan is the owner and operator of RTI. Starting in 2008/9 with repairing Poly-Carbonate helmets. Pete then branched out into leathers servicing the local CT area, where leather services quickly came into demand. RagTop operated out of Pete's home until 2015, where they then expanded into their Woodbridge facility. RagTop now encompasses the 2nd level of a commercial facility covering 750 sqft. 

Pete Started his fire service career in 1999 as a volunteer with the Dunbar Hill Fire Department in Hamden, CT. In 2003 he joined the United States Air Force as a Firefighter, continuing after his 4 years Active Duty into the Connecticut Air National Guard until 2014. Pete Served 3 tours in the Middle East, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq with the 506th AEG, 2006 & 2009 in Kuwait with the 386th AEG. 

In 2014 Pete was hired by the City of New Haven, CT and is currently assigned to Rescue Company 1.  


Mike Persico

Mike PersicoShop Manager

Mike started with RagTop in 2015 to help with the growing amount of leathers coming in each month. After a year apprenticing, Mike now ensure's the shop runs 3 days a week to keep up with demand. 

Mike started his Fire Service career in 1987 with the City of New Haven, retiring after 25 years. Mike's assignments included, Engine 4, TAC 2 and he was a founding member of the city's Squad Companies; assigned to Squad Company 1 as the Assigned Driver. 

Mike is an incredibly talented artist, who regularly paints detailed fire service and World War 2 models. You can follow his work on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/map410/. His modeling work is available by commission by contacting Mike at ragtopindustries@gmail.com


Ashley Shapiro

Ashley ShapiroRetro Division

Ash is the owner/operator of Capital City Fire Helmets LLC, EST 2010. Mainstream Retro brass, Retro helmet sales….all started with CCFH. In 2020, the decision was made to redirect Capital City and create the Retro Division with Rag Top Industries.

Ash started his fire service career in 2007 with the City of Hartford Fire Department, CT. He is currently assigned to the city’s rescue company.

*Photo courtesy of Pat Dooley/SquadFirePhotos*


Dan Calcagni 

Dan started with RagTop in 2017 and has grown into the role of managing the daily and weekly tasks of the shop. Dan handles emails, order tracking, social media, shipping and receiving parts orders and whatever else gets thrown at him. 

Dan is a Firefighter with the City of Stamford.

If you reach out to us, whether it's by phone, email or social media....chances are you're talking to Dan!