Apparatus/Equipment News

Issue 11 and Volume 17.

Panasonic Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC now comes with an Intel® CoreTM i5-3320M vProTM processor (up to 3.3GHz) with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Other enhancements include expanded storage, a more responsive touchpad, and an innovative ambient light sensor that allows automatic backlight shutoff to improve battery life. With these and other upgrades, the reliable Toughbook 19 continues to be the ideal investment for a broad spectrum of demanding work environments, including the military’s front lines, in police and emergency services vehicles, and in the field for use by service workers and utility and maintenance technicians. Optional integrated 4G LTE wireless or 3G Gobi mobile broadband is another feature of the Toughbook 19, allowing workers to stay connected almost all the time., 877-803-8492

WatchDog LT loud and rugged voice pager is a nondisplay version of the USAlert’s WatchDog. The LT is a more compact, lightweight option with one or two channels. With the four-position switch, the LT is easy to use. Users may choose tone alert, vibrate alert, both tone and vibrate, and on-/off-duty capability. LT includes up to four minutes of stored voice with bidirectional playback and will not lose messages during power off. The Watchdog LT is IP66-rated, which provides total protection against dust and powerful water spray., 561-394-9969

CommandSim SimsUshare Mobile software is available on the iPad for rapidly creating fire training simulations based on one’s own buildings and hazards. SimsUshare Mobile for the iPad is the world’s first iPad mobile app for creating fire training simulations. The app is available in iTunes immediately for $9.99. With the introduction of the iPad version, SimsUshare is available across platforms on mobile phones (Android), tablets (iPad/Android/Windows), and laptops and desktops (Windows/Macintosh). SimsUshare Mobile and Desktop Companion applications complement CommandSim’s other award-winning simulation software, for team training at command training centers. The app is currently available for purchase on iPad, Android, Windows, and Mac platforms., 888-511-2452

Streamlight® Inc. ProTac® HL high lumen light delivers 600 lumens and 16,000 candela peak beam intensity. The light is Streamlight’s first programmable, handheld, lithium battery-powered flashlight. Featuring Streamlight’s TEN-TAP™ programming, the ProTac HL enables users to select among three programs to suit their preferences or operating needs: high/strobe/low (the factory default setting), high only, or low/high. In addition to its high lumen light and candela output, the ProTac HL provides a run time of one hour and 15 minutes and a beam distance of 253 meters on the high setting. On the low setting, the light delivers 33 lumens and 800 candela over a beam distance of 57 meters and 18 hours of run time. The strobe setting provides 2.5 hours of continuous run time., 800-523-7488

Icom America waterproof F3261D series VHF/UHF portable radio offers a built-in global positioning system (GPS), emergency functions, and durable construction. Using 6.25-kHz IDAS™ technology, the F3261D digital portable complies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrowband mandate that takes effect on January 1, 2013. All versions of the F3261D series are IP67 dustproof and waterproof and come standard with surveillance and emergency features. The lone worker and man down functions both activate emergency signals if the transceiver is not used or is left in a horizontal position for a set duration. Select F3261D versions have built-in GPS and a position reporting function that sends current position data to other radios or dispatch stations at regular intervals or a preprogrammed time. Similar to other IDAS™ portables, the F3261D series VHF/UHF portable accepts an optional GPS microphone accessory., 425-454-8155

Comprehensive Robotic Firefighting System includes the Bulldog RS1 and the RS1-T2 “Thermite.” Designed from the ground up to keep firefighters and first responders clear from harm, the Bulldog RS1 and the RS1-T2 Thermite robot can get near a fire and deliver their payloads, either water or foam, from up to a quarter mile away. The robot itself is built on a modular base capable of handling a number of configurations the user may need, including a hydraulic arm, visual or sensor reconnaissance, or a miniplow., 207-247-2777

Pelican™ Products, Inc. 9460 and 9470 Remote Area Lighting Systems (RALS) are part of Pelican’s line of area lighting systems that provide alternatives to generator powered lights. Both lights have been engineered with the Intelligent Control System that calculates and displays current battery life and allows the user to regulate the intensity of the light and choose the desired run time. The 9460 RALS features two swiveling telescope masts (each extends to nearly six feet) and two 360 degree articulated light arrays. The 9470 RALS (shown) features 24 LEDs (six for each head) mounted on four six-foot, telescoping light towers. Both lighting systems are available in either black or yellow., 310-326-4700

Workrite Uniform Company, Inc. line of knits represents new styling in a fabric called TenCate Tecasafe® Plus. These knits are dual-hazard, so they protect against both arc flash and flash fire. These knits are geared toward both industrial and fire service customers. The line integrates new styling from Workrite, with a more modern fit, and key features such as longer tails, raglan sleeves on the T-shirts, and high-low hems on the polos. In addition, Workrite’s dual-hazard knit shirts retain their strength, shape, and color after repeated launderings. The FR protection is inherent and cannot be worn or washed away., 805-981-6502

SimsUshare Mobile rapid fire training sim-builder app was recently approved for sale on the iPhone and iPod Touch, complementing its availability on the iPad, Android, Windows, and Mac OS X platforms. SimsUshare can be used to enhance drills and tabletops with local buildings and structures as well as to incorporate in promotional exams and all-hazards incident management certification programs. SimsUshare Mobile is designed to help provide trainees with a realistic picture of potential situations to have them practice what they would say and do. It provides an easy way to rapidly create “what if” situations in your first due; teach recognition-primed decision making, smoke reading, and situational awareness; develop scenarios in the field or at the office and use them virtually anywhere; share scenarios among colleagues and friends; have trainees come up with their own scenarios for practice; apply meaningful views of your district for tabletop exercises and hands-on promotional exams; and take and share snapshots of training scenarios to enhance after-action reports and other presentations., (215) 627-8146

Strongback™ fire truck body is for brush and wildland firefighting trucks. These lightweight marine-grade aluminum beds are built for easy maneuverability and operation in tough-to-reach areas and difficult terrains inaccessible to larger fire trucks. These field-tested units feature a frame made of six-inch structural T6 extruded aluminum “C” channel side rails, four-inch-long sills, and cross members on 12-inch centers to endure extreme off-road use. Boxes and baskets can carry tools and supplies and provide quick access. The units are built for GMC, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Freightliner, International, or other brand trucks. Highway Products also works with National Fire Fighter Corporation to build these units to fit individual needs., 800-866-5269