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In the News

Issue 11 and Volume 17.

THE OSHKOSH FIRE & EMERGENCY segment of the Oshkosh Corporation delivered and placed five new-generation Oshkosh Striker® aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles and two Pierce custom emergency response apparatus into service at Changi Airport in Singapore. The new Strikers feature 6×6 axle configuration (with Oshkosh TAK-4® all-wheel independent suspension and an Oshkosh rear steering system) and offer a smooth ride and off-road capabilities. One of the five Striker vehicles is configured with the Oshkosh Snozzle® high-reach extendable turret (HRET). The Snozzle is a multifunction tool that allows the operator to more quickly place suppression agents at the fire source. The Pierce emergency response vehicles include a custom mobile command center, with interoperable communications equipment and live video streaming, and a 26-meter aerial ladder platform with a basket featuring a carrying capacity of 454 kg.

E-ONE has launched a completely redesigned Web site. The site offers a cleaner design and increased functionality and is easier to use for both customers and internal administrators. Added features include larger photography; an events calendar with training classes; trade shows and dealership open houses; and interactive elements such as the product carousel on the products page, the before and after slider on the refurbishment page, and a sliding timeline on the history page. The site is found at www.e-one.com.

GLOBE, THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC), AND DUPONT are awarding fire departments in need with sets of Globe turnout gear as part of Globe’s 125th anniversary celebration. Recipients are being announced each month through December. In the second round of grants, four departments have been selected. The Loyalton (CA) Fire Department will receive 12 sets of turnout gear for its members. Three fire departments in Pennsylvania will each receive four sets of gear. They are the Dunnstown Volunteer Fire Company, the Mapleton Fire Department, and the Upper Black Eddy Volunteer Fire Company #1. In all, Globe will be giving away 125 sets of gear this year.

CUMMINS INC. announced that it has received certification for its ISX15 engine from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting both the EPA 2013 regulations and the new greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency rules that will take effect in 2014. Cummins 2014 greenhouse gas certification is the first engine certificate issued by the EPA. Cummins ISX15 will deliver higher levels of fuel efficiency and reliability in 2013. Efficiency improvements to the base engine include optimized combustion and reduced parasitic load through high-efficiency water, fuel, and lube pump systems. In addition, the ISX15 will achieve up to two percent fuel economy improvement over today’s product. Cummins ISX15 for 2013 uses the same base engine with the XPI fuel system, VGT(TM) Turbocharger, Cummins Aftertreatment System with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, and fully integrated electronics.

DRAEGER SAFETY, INC. announced that a second product investigation by a United States federal agency confirms the integrity of the company’s breathing equipment, refuting suggestions of manufacturing or design flaws. The recent investigation of Dräger’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The investigation found damaged components and signs that point to improper care and maintenance present with the SCBA. The latest NIOSH product investigation report, dated September 4, 2012, came just weeks after an earlier NIOSH review that also found indications of improper equipment. The most recent investigation was prompted by an incident in June, in which a DeKalb County, Georgia, firefighter was said to have been forced to jump from the second floor of a burning building because his SCBA malfunctioned.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC) AND MSA have teamed up with and the FASNY Federal Credit Union to offer members discounted pricing on MSA products with low-cost financing options. Through Volunteer Incentive Pricing (VIP), NVFC members can take advantage of special rates on varying MSA products. MSA produces a variety of fire and emergency service safety products including personal protection equipment, thermal imaging cameras, and detectors. In addition to the discounted pricing, the FASNY Federal Credit Union will provide discounted financing rates as low as 2.99 percent.

THE NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION (NFFF) has received a $1 million federal grant that will help support the Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program, which educates firefighters about preventing line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Some of the grant money will be used to develop several new programs, including company officer development, a fire service curriculum summit, and rules of engagement checklist. Funds will also be directed to programs on behavioral health issues, as outlined in Fire Life Safety Initiative #13 and burn peer support. The grant will also allow the NFFF to expand existing programs such as Courage to be Safe® and Leadership Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge.