About RagTop

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.

Our Story

As the industry leader in fire helmet repaints, refurbishment & customization, we make quality our standpoint! 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. With over 1000+ refurbishments to date, our work passes the test every day in some of the busiest cities in America.

At RagTop, we can offer you an expansive variety of fire helmet services to create the most streamlined customization and restoration experience. We can get it done for you right from helmet colors to hardware, repair work to liner modifications! Our helmet technicians lay down the work with the bar raised to the top. Their goal to maintain your helmet's quality and functionality is above all else. We are bringing you 100% of that quality with 100% of the time and effort, no matter what. It's what we do. Being experienced with many helmet models allows us to get the job done effectively and efficiently.

With the newest addition of RagTop Customs, we can also offer you fully customizable composite fire helmets for Cairns 1010/1044 and MP Ben-2/'s available right through us! No hassle. No worries.

WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR HELMET AS IF IT WAS ONE OF OUR OWN!

"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 at pete@ragtopfire.com. Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business."

- Pete Callan, Founder // RTI

Our Team

Pete Callan

Founder & Owner

Pete Callan is the owner and operator of RTI starting in 2008/9 with repairing Poly-Carbonate helmets. Pete then branched out into servicing leather helmets for 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 a larger shop in Hamden covering approximately 3000 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

Shop Manager & Technician

Mike started with RagTop in 2015 to help with the growing amount of leathers coming in each month. After a year apprenticing, Mike now ensures the shop runs 5 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 II models. You can follow his work on Instagram.
His modeling work is available by commission by contacting Mike via DM.

Dan Calcagni

Helmet Tech & Paint

Dan started with RagTop in 2017 and has been an important worker for the restoration process. On the days Dan is in the shop, helmets come his way for disassembly and paint prep the majority of the time. He works alongside Mike most days in the shop, assisting him in both painting and assembling helmets. He also lays down the work onto helmets as they come into the shop day in and day out to help boost the speed for the customization/refurb timeline! Dan is a Firefighter with the City of Stamford.

Chelsea Curreri

Helmet Tech & Repairs

Chelsea is a firefighter in Westport, CT and began work here at the shop in August of 2020.

Rob Vece

Helmet Tech & Sanding

As a graduate from Technical school, Rob started work here at RagTop in May of 2021. He has been a volunteer for Cheshire Fire Department for 3 years. initially he began doing odds & ends around the shop and assisting staff in their work, eventually becoming experienced enough to be a helmet tech and a proficient sander in the helmet prepping process. Rob is a reliable worker as he was always mechanically inclined, allowing him to be well versed in more practical instances for helmet work.

At the shop, Rob's role involves prepping the helmets through our sanding process and disassembly. He handles cleaning up the surface of helmets after they've been stripped and gets them set for the guys in paint. As a main pillar of the restoration process, his tasks are pivotal to the consistency and fluidity of our services.

Joseph Persico

Photographer & Social Media Specialist

As a graduate of East Haven High School, Joseph joined the team in late February of 2021 initially starting in the shipping department, assisting the shop in packaging, fulfilling store orders and intaking helmets for restoration work. Nearly a month later, his role expanded into managing the social media platforms and content creation of the business as he was well versed in the formulas that make up these platforms, as well as being a skilled photographer & adept colorist.

While shipping our helmets on the side, Joseph handles all of our DM's and questions throughout social media and works apace with our office manager on the website and it's products! If you're contacting us through our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, it's more than likely that you're talking to him!