Apparatus, Pumpers, Rescues

In The News

Issue 8 and Volume 23.

Ellie Mulcahy

HURST JAWS OF LIFE® has announced that Ellie Mulcahy joined the manufacturer of rescue tools as general manager (GM). The new post allows former GM Chris Jaques to focus on his growing duties as president of HURST’s parent group, IDEX Rescue, a role he has held in conjunction with his GM duties for two years. Mulcahy has worked in the steel and related manufacturing industries for nearly 25 years. She began her career as a quality engineer for United States Steel Corporation and held positions in quality management and sales for nearly 10 years. Mulcahy has focused on the automotive category for most of her career, from making steel for car parts to cutting steel to be formed into shapes for cars. That experience gives her a unique perspective as she steps in to manage the manufacture of rescue tools carefully designed to allow first responders to cut, bend, and lift the advanced high-strength steels of vehicles.


KME FIRE APPARATUS has launched its the new extreme-duty aerial, the Tuff Truck™ AerialCat™. The new Tuff Truck was specifically designed to meet the demands of a challenging urban environment with tight streets and numerous obstacles. The 103-foot Tuff Truck AerialCat is a maneuverable ladder with a 12-foot jack stance designed to set up in compact areas. It features an unrestricted 500-pound tip load and a 1,500-gpm waterway with Store Front Blitz™ and -7- to +80-degree unrestricted operation range. The Tuff Truck is built on KME’s 96-inch Severe Service™ cab with a 500-hp engine and Allison 4000EVS transmission. Other features include 25-inch-deep compartments, a wheelbase as short as 198 inches, a design that can accommodate a 650-gallon tank and enclosed ladder storage, and a short overall length of 38 feet 4 inches.

HME Delivers Custom Ahrens-Fox Rescue Pumper

HME Delivers Custom Ahrens-Fox Rescue Pumper

The Monitor Township (MI) Fire Department has taken delivery of a custom Ahrens-Fox rescue-pumper. This truck is built on an HME 1871 Spectr chassis and features the MFDxl-12 cab with raised roof for plenty of room as well as a large windshield for increased visibility. Also featured is a full-body-height transverse compartment ahead of the pump house, a TFT Hurricane RC Deck Gun, a Hannay booster hose reel, and a 10-kW Harrison generator. The apparatus is powered by a Cummins 400-hp ISL9 engine and an Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission. It also features a midship Hale Qmax 1,250-gpm pump and UPF 800-gallon water tank.

KUSSMAUL ELECTRONICS has announced a leadership change. Dale Tompkins has assumed the role of president. Tompkins is experienced in the emergency, warning, and vocational vehicle space, having served as president and CEO of Code 3. Prior to Code 3, Tompkins was part of marine leader Brunswick Corporation, where he served in senior corporate and business leadership roles. In his role, Tompkins will be responsible for driving the profitable growth of Kussmaul Electronics including its expansion into new vertical markets such as the vocational truck market. To that end, Tompkins’s dual title includes Market Segment President for Specialty Vehicle Power.

SVI TRUCKS recently added two new apparatus dealers to its dealer network: 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment, located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana Emergency Equipment, located in Youngsville, Louisiana. The two dealers join SVI’s highly selective dealer network, made up of only 25 dealers across the nation that are experts in the custom-build process. 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment is a firefighter-owned business that specializes in selling and servicing apparatus customized to the fire department’s needs. Louisiana Emergency Equipment is owned, operated, and staffed by individuals with more than 35 years of experience in the firefighting industry. Both new dealers will offer SVI’s full line of fire apparatus including rescue trucks, hazmat units, command vehicles, pumpers, tankers, law enforcement vehicles, and more.

REV GROUP, a manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands, has entered a multiyear partnership with HAAS Alert Safety Cloud service where E-ONE, Ferrara, and KME fire apparatus with AXIS Smart Truck Technology will also be equipped with the HAAS Safety Cloud to allow first responders to broadcast their route to nearby motorists via smartphone apps when emergency vehicles are nearby. By delivering real-time alerts to drivers and connected cars, the HAAS Alert responder-to-vehicle (R2V) service can aid in preventing collisions and enabling safer and faster emergency response. The new service will give firefighters another tool for protecting their crews and the public.


SUTPHEN CORPORATION has announced major expansion and production changes. The company has acquired a new state-of-the-art facility in Urbana, Ohio, that will house the Sutphen Service, Parts, and Refurbishment Center. The new facility includes space for expanded parts warehousing and sales, service bays, and dedicated refurbishment bays, which is an up-and-coming side of the service business. Another focus will be on training and education, as the company plans to unveil Sutphen University at the new facility. Sutphen is looking at plans to use the space that currently houses Service as increased production for its line of custom pumpers. That move would then allow for increased production space at the company’s chassis division.


PETZL recently concluded the 2018 RopeTrip International Challenge and Symposium in Germany, crowning its first-ever winning team from North America. Every two years, the Petzl RopeTrip brings together leading professionals in the rope-access community for an event that showcases best practices, cutting-edge technique, and industry camaraderie through friendly competition and educational seminars. This year’s competition entailed four unique qualifying challenges such as the Water Bucket and the Coal Mine challenges, allowing rope access professionals to demonstrate both individual and team skills. It also included the Climb Up Race, a competition that tests a rope access technician’s speed. In the end, the RAT—CANADA Team (Remote Access Technologies of ACUREN) was the first team to successfully return all of their rescuees to the ground, becoming the first North American winner in the history of the RopeTrip Competition.

IDEX CORPORATION has acquired the intellectual property assets of Phantom Controls, Incorporated. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Phantom Controls will operate within the IDEX Fire & Safety segment. The deal combines the water flow expertise of Hale Products, Akron Brass, and Class 1 Electronics and the operational capabilities and innovative pump operation of Phantom’s system called S.A.M. (Scene Apparatus Manager). The S.A.M. technology improves fireground safety and reduces operational complexity during mission critical response. Phantom Controls founder and career firefighter Jason Cerrano will continue with the business.

DEMERS AMBULANCES has launched a new online parts catalog. The new catalog, which is accessible from the Demers Ambulances Web site, offers multiple benefits to both end users and dealers in reducing downtime and checking product availability. Demers’s new online parts catalog will assist both dealers and end user clients in searching, identifying, and ordering new parts for their vehicles.