• AKRON BRASS has enhanced its Web site. New features include easy-to-find products with enhanced details; a clear way to request product demonstrations and quote requests from local distributors around the world; live chat, resource material, and technical support; enhanced spotlight on product innovation and engineered solutions; expanded support of unique application solutions such as deicing, mining, marine, and student transportation; and integrated social media components with links to LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+ profiles. Access the site at http://www.akronbrass.com.
• Select HURST JAWS OF LIFE® products in the eDRAULIC, Vetter, Airshore, and Mini-Lite categories are now available through Grainger. "Grainger, a distributor of facilities maintenance products and services, provides Hurst Jaws of Life with a great new avenue for reaching potential customers in the industrial, law enforcement, and government markets," says Bruce Johnston, director of marketing and product management for Hurst Jaws of Life. "This partnership is a great addition to our very successful channel strategy that includes our invaluable dealer network and OEM channels." Hurst Jaws of Life equipment available from Grainger includes eDRAULIC tools and accessories, Vetter products, Airshore products, and Hurst Jaws of Life Mini-Lite hydraulic tools. All products were to be live in February.
• SEAGRAVE FIRE APPARATUS recently received an order for a dive/rescue unit from the Louisville (KY) Fire Department/Jefferson County (KY) Metro Government. This single-axle apparatus falls within Seagrave's Specialist Rescue configuration with modifications for unique requirements. It will feature Seagrave's Marauder II chassis with a Cummins ISX 500 HP engine, an Allison EVS 4000 transmission, a Harrison 20-kW hydraulic generator, and a Command Light tower for on-scene lighting. The 154-inch stainless steel split-tilt cab has seating for six and features a 16-inch raised roof and a cab-to-body walk-through. The Matrix body is stainless steel with a walk-in/walk-around configuration, allowing the responders to put their gear on inside. The new unit will replace a 1990 light-duty vehicle that served as a dive rescue response vehicle.
• LION has announced that BullEx Digital Safety and HAAGEN Fire Training Products are joining the LION organization. This group will benefit from the strong synergy within the LION organization, especially with the LION Safety Resources Group, which develops and manufacturers PPE for fire, military, and police personnel. Together LION, BullEx, and HAAGEN now offer a complete array of highly differentiated products and services to ensure that first responders are ready for action.
• GLOBE MANUFACTURING recently donated $70,000 worth of turnout gear to the Heart of the Pines (TX) Fire Department. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition decided to build a new home for two firefighters in wildfire-ravaged Texas and also rebuilt their fire station. That is where the donation from Globe came in. In making the announcement about the partnership with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Globe's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Rob Freese, says, "Globe is so happy we had a chance to be a part of this special show. These dedicated men and women risked their lives to protect others. We're glad to be able to help protect them so they can come home to their families. Globe has a long history of giving back, and this family and this department is one of the most deserving we've been involved with." The episode is expected to air next Christmas.
• E-ONE has announced that the Little Rock (AR) Fire Department (LRFD) placed an order for a new HP 100 ladder and two custom Cyclone II pumpers with E-ONE and Sunbelt Fire, the exclusive E-ONE dealer for Arkansas. The three-truck order consists of the department's second HP 100 ladder and two of the department's first top-mount pumper configurations. LRFD apparatus committee members walked the E-ONE plant floor to garner ideas from customer units in process when designing the highly custom apparatus. The result was the addition of vista roofs on the pumpers for additional storage and internal compartments to safely house paperwork and binders.
NFPA 1971 Revision on Turnout Gear Delayed
Issuance of the 2012 edition of NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, has been delayed because of several challenges. The proposed standard, which was expected to be issued in January, has had seven challenges made relating to gloves and footwear. No challenges were made on the standard with regard to turnout gear, helmets, or hoods.
The challenges are in the form of a notice of intent to make a motion (NITMAM) says Karen Lehtonen, a member of the NFPA 1971 standard committee and director of products for Lion. All of the tests being challenged already are in the current version of the standard, Lehtonen notes.
The NITMAMs (challenges) will be heard at the NFPA membership meeting, June 11 to 14, in Las Vegas. Lehtonen estimated that the publication date for the 2012 standard would be sometime in August or September.
-Alan Petrillo, staff writer