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FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS, Inc. received an order for 21 additional 100-foot rear-mount aerial ladders by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). When this order is complete, 41 Ferrara aerials will be in service at FDNY. Ferrara is at the midpoint in producing the first 20 FDNY 100-foot rear-mount aerials. The aerials are built on Ferrara’s Ultra custom chassis, featuring an all-stainless- steel cab with a split-tilt design, seating for six, and powered by a Cummins ISX11.9 500-horsepower 2010 EPA-compliant engine. The aerials are four-section rear-mount ladders with 100-foot vertical reach. Their compact design is well- suited to the congested streets of New York and the 10-foot, 10-inch travel height will easily fit into FDNY’s historic fire stations that have low door openings.

STREAMLIGHT®, Inc. has donated $109,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer. To date, Streamlight has donated nearly $230,000 to BCRF from sales proceeds of its “pink” flashlight products, designed to raise awareness of the disease. Streamlight introduced its pink Nano Light® in 2009—a tiny keychain light that includes a key fob with the Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon symbol—and in 2010 began offering a pink version of its 2AA ProPolymer® flashlight. The company is donating $1 from every sale of the lights to BCRF. “Breast cancer has such a devastating impact on so many American women and their families, and Streamlight is proud to do its part to help raise money for a cure,” says Loring Grove, Streamlight’s director of marketing and a breast cancer survivor.

KME has received an order for 21 engines from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delivery of the apparatus will begin in early 2012 and will add to the pumpers, aerials, and rescue currently in service in the city’s fire department. The order includes 19 engines and two engines with elevated water towers built on KME’s Severe Service Predator™ chassis. The engines include stainless-steel fire bodies, 500-gallon water tanks, and 1,500-gpm pumps. Two of the units include a 50-foot elevated water tower.

NINE1ONE GEAR, a producer of outerwear for firefighters and EMS professionals, recently announced it has merged with Watershed, a supplier of Gore-Tex industrial rain gear to the agriculture and forestry industries, and has brought all of the company’s manufacturing back to Watershed’s Salem, Oregon-based factory. The newly merged company, which employs 50, is called Watershed Apparel. The transaction was completed by Nine1One President Peter Ettro and partner Russ Monk, of Tigard, Oregon-based High Impact Technology. Watershed’s CEO is Justin Brown, formerly of Nike Inc.

PIERCE MANUFACTURING announced that the Pierce® Dash® CF apparatus is now available with the Detroit Diesel DD13 big block engine and on a broader range of vehicle configurations—including tandem-axle pumpers, tankers, rescues, and command units. The 2010 EPA-compliant Detroit Diesel DD13 engine has demonstrated up to five percent better fuel economy than previous engines, while delivering up to 500 horsepower, 1,650 foot-pounds of torque on demand, and near zero emissions. The Dash CF apparatus features a tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails, with an open interior configuration that helps firefighters better prepare for the unexpected situations they face when arriving on scene.

TYCO INTERNATIONAL Ltd. has reached an agreement to acquire Chemguard, Inc., a provider of firefighting foam concentrates and equipment, foam systems, services, and specialty chemicals. Chemguard will be integrated into Tyco’s Fire Protection Products business unit. Founded in 1984, and based in Mansfield, Texas, Chemguard is a fully integrated provider of fire suppression products and specialty chemicals. For fire suppression, Chemguard produces an extensive line of foam concentrates as well as firefighting hardware and engineered foam systems for industrial, marine, petrochemical/energy, warehousing, forestry, and airport hangar applications. The company’s specialty chemicals portfolio includes fluorosurfactant and hydrocarbon products for firefighting and other industrial applications.

SPARTAN CHASSIS, Inc. recently hosted the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge® (FCC) in Charlotte, Michigan. The two-day event brought out crowds of spectators as some of the best trained, most physically fit firefighters in North America turned out to compete in what has been called the “toughest two minutes in sports.” More than 80 individual and team participants dressed in full bunker gear and breathing apparatus raced against the clock to execute the extreme physical demands of firefighting. The event featured a linked series of five tasks, including climbing a five-story tower; hoisting; chopping; dragging hoses; and rescuing a life-size, 175-pound manikin. “Spartan Motors would like to offer a special thanks to the various fire departments, competitors, vendors, fans, and the many volunteers including Spartan associates who made this spirited event a huge success,” said Tom Gorman, chief operating officer, Spartan Motors.

NAVISTAR, Inc., a global manufacturer of commercial vehicles and engines, including International® brand trucks, recently unveiled a new 70,000- square-foot product support center in Woodridge, Illinois. The new center includes a large office area, three classrooms, a photo and video studio, a computer lab, a tool development and fabrication shop, and 50,000 square feet of hands-on training space for dealer and fleet technicians. The center is home to 80 employees. As a full-time training facility, the center will host dozens of dealer and customer technicians each day for in-depth, hands-on training.

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