In the News

Issue 12 and Volume 17.

HONEYWELL is donating more than $600,000 in first responder products to aid in relief and recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Honeywell, the makers of Morning Pride turnout gear for first responders, will donate more than 19,000 personal protective products including protective footwear, gloves, hoods, and helmets. The protective gear will be distributed via the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Long Island, New York, to first responder teams in affected areas in New York and New Jersey. During the last year, Honeywell has donated more than $1 million of safety products to support disaster relief, first responder, and other nonprofit agencies to protect those serving our communities.

GLOBE, DUPONT, AND THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC) are giving away sets of gear to volunteer fire departments in need. In the fourth round of donations, gear has been awarded to the Hammon (OK) Fire Department, the Chester (TX) Volunteer Fire Department, and the Fairview (WV) Volunteer Fire Department. The Hammon Fire Department will receive six sets of new Globe turnout gear. The Chester Volunteer Fire Department serves a community of about 410 residents in Tyler and Polk Counties, Texas, and has only three full sets of bunker gear, all 15 years old. The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department will receive 12 new sets of Globe gear.

PIERCE MANUFACTURING has received an order for four Pierce® aerial tiller vehicles from the San Jose (CA) Fire Department. Built on the Arrow XT™ chassis, these are the San Jose Fire Department’s first Pierce aerial tiller vehicles, and all four will be placed into service in spring 2013. The vehicles are built with raised-roof cabs, seating for five firefighters, and integrated frontal impact and side roll protection systems. Each vehicle features a 100-foot aerial ladder; TAK-4® independent suspension on both the front axle and the fifth-wheel trailer; and an overall length of 57 feet, five inches to meet fire stations’ apparatus bay requirements.

STREAMLIGHT INC. recently donated $107,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to achieve prevention of and a cure for breast cancer. To date, Streamlight has donated nearly $336,000 to BCRF from sales proceeds of its “pink” flashlight products, designed to raise awareness of the disease. The company donates $5 from each sale of its recently introduced Pink Strion® LED tactical light, as well as $1 from sales of pink versions of its Nano Light® and 2AA ProPolymer® flashlights. “Breast cancer affects millions of women and their families, and Streamlight is proud to continue doing our part to help raise money for a cure,” says Loring Grove, Streamlight’s global brand manager and breast cancer survivor.

SPARTAN ERV (EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES) recently announced that the City of Toronto Fire Services (TFS) has awarded Spartan ERV and its authorized dealer, Dependable Emergency Vehicles, an order for 12 custom fire apparatus. The Spartan ERV pumpers will be built on the Metro Star from Spartan Chassis with a Cummins 400-hp ISL engine. All units in the order include the Advanced Protection System (APS) from Spartan Chassis. This system offers outboard sensors, side impact air bag protection, full side curtain air bags, driver’s knee air bags, intelligent seat belts, as well as steering wheel-mounted driver air bags and officer knee air bags. Spartan cabs and chassis are designed, engineered, and tested to meet ECE-R29 and other structural safety standards. The Star Series includes a pump system that produces 2,000 gpm and features a side-mount panel, a cold-weather package for extreme winter environments, and capacity to carry 600 gallons of water. The stainless steel body was custom designed to meet the needs of the Toronto Fire Services.

WITMER PUBLIC SAFETY GROUP has announced a new and improved Web site that incorporates features and functions designed to make customers’ shopping experiences easier, quicker, and more streamlined. Among the new features is the integration of customer ratings and reviews so visitors can see what fellow firefighters have to say about a particular product and add feedback. Dynamic imaging allows visitors to see a 360-degree view of the most popular products. A zoom function allows closer looks at many products to see the details that are called out in a product’s description. Pages at now load 30 percent faster than the old site. A department can create a list of items needed in larger quantities and submit a request for quote to the Bids and Quotes Team, who will prepare a custom quote. Several additional features are currently under construction and will be added to the site as they are completed. Among the upcoming features are live in-stock status and online order status/tracking.