Reginald Foster Dagnall was a British engineer and aircraft designer. During the 1914-18 war he was employed by Airships Limited, a company manufacturing kite balloons and and blimps. Dagnall went on to establish his own company "RFD" where he designed and manufactured inflatable flotation devices and the earliest rubber dinghies. Beginning its early days in Guildford, England and then moving a short distance to Godalming, the RFD factory eventually moved to Dunmurry, Northern Ireland in 1952.

The factory remains today and employs almost 280 proud employees who design and manufacture a range of high quality and award-winning safety products for marine and aviation customers worldwide. The factory was recently visited by HRH the Princess Royal, and in 2012 was awarded the Queens Award for Innovation and the award for 'Most Improved Factory' from the institute of Mechanical Engineers.

After over 90 years in the market, the RFD brand is world-renowned, and remains the leader of marine safety, survival products and solutions. These products and technologies have served a pioneering role in the marine industry, and has always paid careful attention to the challenges that customers and users face, to develop premium and cost-effective solutions. This intuitive focus makes RFD the forefront brand of survival technology.