Fire Department, People, Pumpers

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Issue 12 and Volume 16.

PIERCE MANUFACTURING• PIERCE MANUFACTURING has placed four Pierce® Saber® custom fire trucks into service with the Tucson (AZ) Fire Department. The department’s apparatus fleet of frontline engines and ladder vehicles is 100 percent Pierce, with the Saber being the new standard chassis for the department. Each of the four Saber pumpers is equipped with a 450-hp engine, 19-inch front bumper extension, seating for six firefighters, 750-gallon water tank, 1,250-gpm single-stage pump, galvanneal body, 30- and 20-gallon foam cells, roll-up compartment doors, slide-out trays and swing-out tool board to carry a range of rescue tools and equipment, air bottle storage in fender panels, hydraulic ladder rack, two crosslays, and an LED lighting package.

• CRIMSON FIRE, INC. announced that Environmental Products has joined its distribution network as a dealer. The company will provide sales, service, and parts for Crimson Fire Star, Legend, and Classic Series fire apparatus in Georgia and Florida. Public Safety Solutions Group, a division of Environmental Products, will provide emergency response vehicle sales, parts, and service and will focus on developing key customer relationships, introducing a new lease plan, and staffing and training their employees to serve the new product line. The company has three parts and service locations in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Pembroke Park and Winter Garden, Florida, and offers mobile service capabilities.

ELKHART BRASS• ELKHART BRASS has received an order from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for its high-rise firefighting technology, the HEROPipe™ system. The HEROPipe System is a lightweight water delivery system that allows firefighters to deliver master stream gpm to any floor of a high-rise structure from the vantage point of the floor below. “Having evaluated the capabilities and operational considerations of this new technology, the HEROPipe™ System will provide our department with a new tactical advantage to mitigate large-scale high-rise incidents on floors that are out of the reach of current exterior attack methods. Taking into consideration all conventional or intentional threats, I believe the HEROPipe™ System will provide our first responders with a vital and effective tool toward their effort to protect the lives and property of New York City,” says Deputy Assistant Chief Jack Mooney.

The company also announced that Sean O’Connell has accepted the position of vice president of finance and administration, reporting to Don Sjolin, chief operating officer. O’Connell will be responsible for financial reporting and planning for the company, and he will manage the finance, IT, and human resources departments. O’Connell was most recently vice president of finance at Elkhart Products, where he was responsible for the financial activities of the company. In addition, Tomas Saavedra has accepted the position of vice president of international sales, also reporting to Sjolin. Saavedra will lead the development and growth of the company’s international sales.

• FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Inferno and Igniter vehicles equipped with Meritor Wabco Electronic Stability Control (ESC), manufactured from April 2009 through October 2011. The ESC module may cause the ESC system to activate unnecessarily when the vehicle is driven in a particular manner on certain unique road conditions and may adversely affect the slip angle calculation by the ESC module. Visit for more information.

• E-ONE acquired the patented Rhino multiposition, high-performance bumper turret from Crash Rescue Equipment Services, Inc. The Rhino combines the dual flow rate of conventional primary turrets with the ability to lower its vertical position, providing extinguishment characteristics to gain control of the fire. The Rhino will be available in two configurations: 375 to 750 gallons per minute (gpm) and 600 to 1,200 gpm. E-ONE will stock parts, provide service, and ensure a seamless transition from Crash Rescue for current Rhino customers. Rhino will continue to be available for sale and will be the standard solution for E-ONE aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) trucks.

• THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S (DHS) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE (S&T) has announced the upcoming completion of the final pilot of the Multi-Band Radio initiative. Four pilots have been conducted across the nation with the latest version of the multiband radio, which will culminate in the radio’s ultimate transition to the emergency response community. The multiband radio enables police officers, firefighters, and other emergency response and management personnel to use a single mobile radio to communicate with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. The multiband radio can replace up to five different radios at a cost comparable to one of the existing high-end portable radios. Such advancements provide responders with cutting-edge communication capabilities to respond to emergencies. S&T’s Multi-Band Radio initiative has sparked industry development of multiband radio technology, now commercially available and being developed and marketed by three manufacturers—with more on the horizon.

STREAMLIGHT® INC., a manufacturer of high-performance flashlights, has announced that it now has a Facebook® fan page, Twitter™ feed, and YouTube™ channel. These are the official social media platforms for the corporation. Customers are invited to follow the pages and video channel for the latest news and updates about Streamlight products, marketing promotions, community and corporate initiatives, and special events. The links also feature customer testimonials and product videos illustrating flashlight features. The Streamlight pages and video channel can be accessed by clicking the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube icons at

HALE recently conducted two educational seminars in China. The training sessions highlighted the equipment and strategies used in high-rise firefighting. More than 30 fire chiefs from the Beijing Fire Bureau and regional fire brigades attended an educational seminar held at the Fire Bureau. Li Jin, deputy director general of the Beijing Fire Bureau, led the training with Dominic Colletti, Hale’s chief brand marketing manager. During the course of the presentation, Colletti introduced North American best practices for high-rise firefighting applications, as well as solutions currently deployed by major fire municipalities in the United States. Hale held a second seminar in Chongqing. More than 40 fire chiefs attended the seminar, presided over by Zhang Jianming, director general of the Chongqing Fire Bureau. High-rise firefighting strategies and pumps were the main focus. Other topics addressed included building codes and the use of a compressed air foam system (CAFS) in high-rise fire suppression.

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