Boots & Coots offers the industry the world’s most experienced well control company.
Most of our personnel trained and worked under well control pioneers Red Adair, Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews. Boots & Coots has carried on the tradition as the premier well control and emergency response company in the world.
The experience of Boots & Coots personnel is unmatched in the industry. In response to our industry's changing needs, today we offer the most complete range of pressure control services available.
The timeline below offers a glimpse into how deep the roots of Boots & Coots extend within the oil and gas industry, beginning with the father of modern well control techniques Myron Kinley, to Red Adair, Boots Hansen, and Coots Matthews, and finally Halliburton.
||First oil well put out with explosives by Myron Kinley and his father.
||Myron Kinley starts the M.M. Kinley Company.
||Paul "Red" Adair joins the M.M. Kinley Company. In the years that follow, Asger "Boots" Hansen and Edward Owen "Coots" Matthews also begin their careers under Kinley.
||Red Adair forms the Red Adair Company. Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews eventually join Adair.
||Adair and his crew control the "Devil's Cigarette Lighter" in Gassi Touil, Algeria, landing Adair on the cover of Life and elevating him to "hero" status.
||"Hellfighters", starring John Wayne, is released in the United States. Adair acts as technical advisor to the film and becomes a lifelong friend of John Wayne.
||Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews leave the Adair Company to form Boots & Coots.
||Iraqi soldiers ignite more than 700 oil wells as they retreat in defeat at the close of the Persian Gulf War. Over 30% of the fires are controlled by specialists from the Red Adair Company (which later became International Well Control [IWC]) and Boots & Coots.
||Adair retires and sells his company to Global Industries. The senior management of the Red Adair Company leaves Global Industries and forms International Well Control.
||IWC and Halliburton Energy Services join forces to create the WellCall Alliance.
||International Well Control acquires Boots & Coots, reuniting the world's most experienced well control specialists and fire fighters.
||Boots & Coots begins offering prevention services.
||Boots & Coots enters the snubbing/hydraulic workover business with its purchase of Hydraulic Well Control from Oil States International.
||Boots & Coots purchases StassCo. with snubbing/hydraulic workover operations in the Rockies' Cheynne basin, opens a North Texas location and enters the pressure control rental tool business.
||Boots & Coots purchases John Wright Company.
||Boots & Coots merges with Halliburton.