In The News

Issue 12 and Volume 21.

GLOBE, DUPONT PROTECTION SOLUTIONS (DUPONT), and the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC) have announced the latest round of winners in the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway. The Northwest Washington Volunteer Fire Company in Salem, Indiana, and the Sylvia-Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Dickson, Tennessee, will each be outfitted with four sets of new Globe turnout gear. The Northwest Washington Volunteer Fire Company serves a 44-square-mile area in southern Indiana. After seeing a 25 percent increase in structure fires and a 50 percent increase in brush fires over the past few years, it enacted a recruitment campaign that increased its staffing from four to 11 firefighters. Most of its annual budget is spent on insurance, so it requested donated gear from other area departments to outfit its new volunteers. Although it was able to get sets for everyone, all of the gear is more than 10 years old, with most more than 15 years old.

The Sylvia-Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Department is a small department in a very rural section of Dickson County, Tennessee. With new leadership, the department has increased from two members in 2013 to 16 members in 2016. The new membership has been hard at work, launching an annual smoke detector campaign; hosting fundraisers; and receiving an Insurance Services Office rating, which saves local homeowners an average of $200 a year on their insurance premiums. Unfortunately, it only has 10 sets of turnout gear for its 16 active members. Seven of those sets are more than 10 years old and are worn and mismatched.

Globe was also recently awarded the 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for its new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear.

PIERCE MANUFACTURING announced that MacQueen Emergency Group, a subsidiary of MacQueen Equipment Group of St. Paul, Minnesota, is the new Pierce dealer for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Established in 1961, MacQueen-a well-known name across the Upper Midwest-represents several leading heavy-equipment brands, including Pierce’s sister company, Oshkosh Airport Products.

The footprint of MacQueen Emergency Group features a brand new 43,000-square-foot company headquarters on St. Paul’s east side that offers a training center and 14 service bays. The company will also serve Pierce customers from the 12,000-square-foot Apple Valley, Minnesota, facilities previously used by the local Pierce service team (Red Power Diesel). Additionally, the company operates a full-service facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as a fleet of mobile service teams to blanket the territory.

SCOTT SAFETY’S Scott Sight was recently recognized with a Popular Science 2016 “Best of What’s New” award. Scott Sight, the first in-mask, hands-free thermal imaging camera, was recognized in the security category. It provides improved visibility in smoke-filled environments and gives firefighters the ability to quickly locate and rescue victims or identify exit routes in deteriorating conditions. Following the receipt of regulatory approvals from the National Fire Protection Association in early September, Scott Sight is now being shipped and used by fire departments across the United States.

SAFE FLEET EMERGENCY AND INDUSTRIAL has announced that Keith Watson has joined the company as the southeast municipal sales manager for Elkhart Brass.

He will report to Ron Truhler, divisional vice president, North American sales. Watson brings more than 30 years of experience in the fire service industry, most recently representing Elkhart Brass products as the hydraulics specialist on the West Coast for Shur-Sales.

HURST JAWS OF LIFE, INC. has added Anthony Morabito as northeast regional sales manager. A volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years, Morabito’s experience ranges from end user expertise to almost 12 years as a HURST dealer. Morabito comes to HURST from Firematic, where he worked as a dealer specializing in repairs, teaching HURST tool classes, air bag classes, and bailout system training. He also served as a terminal manager for an armored car company for 13 years. As a volunteer firefighter, Morabito held every rank from second lieutenant to chief, has numerous certifications, and was nationally certified as a level 2 fire service instructor.

The NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION (NFFF) welcomes FLIR SYSTEMS, INC. as a gold sponsor. The NFFF will direct proceeds from FLIR’s sponsorship to fund programs that honor the fallen, assist their survivors, and aid in the prevention of future line-of-duty deaths and injuries by delivering more thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to more firefighters on the line.

FLIR designs and develops a variety of TICs for firefighters, including handhelds, ladder-mounted cameras, and aerial drone kits that allow firefighters to gain a perspective from multiple angles. With the ability to see in complete darkness and see through smoke, to identify hot spots, to navigate safely, or to remain oriented during response missions and locate and rescue victims easily, FLIR provides a thermal solution to help improve awareness and safety of firefighters.

Spartan Emergency Response Honors Jimmy Faulkner, Bill Foster for Contributions to Firefighting Industry

SPARTAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE, A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., has awarded Jimmy Faulkner, service manager for Dallas (TX) Fire-Rescue, with its William F. Foster Outstanding Service Award. The award, presented at this year’s annual Fire Truck Training Conference at the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, Michigan, recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to advancing the safety and maintenance of emergency response vehicles. Prior to leading fire apparatus maintenance efforts for Dallas Fire-Rescue, Faulkner led technician education curriculum for the California Fire Mechanics Academy, Spartan’s Fire Truck Training Conference, and Texas A&M University. Prior to that, he owned and operated his own fire apparatus maintenance company and worked for fire equipment manufacturers Crash Rescue Equipment Service, Inc., and American LaFrance. Faulkner began his career in fire-rescue serving as a firefighter and paramedic.

In addition, William Foster, founder of Spartan Motors, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s conference. As a lifetime contributor and advocate in the industry, Foster recognized a need for technician training and began the first Fire Truck Training Conference in 1994. Now in its 22nd year, the conference is regarded as the leading mechanical and maintenance training forum for fire vocational vehicles and their components. It includes educational sessions presented by industry experts, hands-on fire-truck-specific diagnostics, service and maintenance training, and emergency vehicle technician certification opportunities. Since its inception, the conference has grown from four educational subjects to more than 35 classes covering regulations, requirements, and industry trends.