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PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC. recently announced an order for 15 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus from the Clackamas Fire District #1 in Oregon. The purchase includes six Pierce® Dash® CF custom pumpers, two Pierce Arrow XT™ aerial tillers, three Pierce 3,000-gallon tankers, two Pierce Type 3 wildland apparatus, one Pierce Arrow XT heavy-duty rescue, and one Pierce air-light heavy-duty rescue.

The six Pierce Dash CF pumpers each feature a Detroit DD13 470-hp engine, TAK-4® independent front suspension, and PUC pump configuration.

The two Pierce Arrow XT 100-foot aerial tillers are designed to navigate the many narrow roads in the district’s older communities as well as the roundabouts and cul-de-sacs found in many of the newer communities. These apparatus each feature TAK-4 independent suspension, Command Zone advanced electronics, a 300-gallon water tank, a full complement of ground ladders, and blue LED lighting along the entire length of the aerial device.

Other vehicles on order include a Pierce Arrow XT heavy duty rescue with a Detroit DD13 525-hp engine, TAK-4 independent front suspension, and TAK-4 T3 independent suspension on the tandem rear axles for enhanced maneuverability and greater ride comfort. A second heavy duty rescue vehicle is a Pierce non walk-in configuration that will refill SCBA air bottles on scene and also provide rehab for firefighters.

The pair of Pierce Type 3 wildland apparatus are built on Freightliner M2 chassis with 4×4 all-wheel drive, seating for four firefighters, 500-gpm two-stage pumps, and Pierce Husky® 3 single-agent foam systems.

The three Pierce tankers will support firefighting operations throughout the district’s many rural areas. Pierce dealer Hughes Fire Equipment LLC of Springfield, Oregon, provides local service and support.

TYCO and SCOTT SAFETY are proud to announce they have awarded $35,000 to support seven community organizations across the United States. The following organizations received a Tyco grant on behalf of Scott Safety: Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Burbank, California; Solutions For At Risk Youth, Inc., Vallejo, California; D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation, Washington D.C.; Troops to Firefighters, Atlanta, Georgia; Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation, San Angelo, Texas; 24-7 Commitment, Lewis Center, Ohio; and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). Each grant will be used to fund a specific program or outreach initiative supporting each group’s local community.

ROSENBAUER AMERICA, LLC has hired a new government sales manager, consortium purchasing manager, and national sales manager. George Bergamini has taken the position of government sales manager for Rosenbauer America. Donley Frederickson, who served as the national sales manager for the past 25 years, has moved into the position of consortium purchasing manager. Dave Reichman assumed the role of national sales manager on January 1, 2016, after previously serving as the northeast regional manager for Rosenbauer.

SAFE FLEET EMERGENCY & INDUSTRIAL GROUP has announced that Rick Fix, divisional vice president of national sales, has retired effective April 15, 2016. Fix was active within the NFPA community, helping the organization with new safety standard recommendations, and a long-time active participant in FAMA.

The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation has once again selected FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS as one of the top 70 safest companies in Louisiana. Only 70 companies out of more than 18,000 insured companies are chosen by the LWCC. This is the fourth year in the past five that Ferrara has received this award. The LWCC Safest 70 is awarded to companies in Louisiana and acknowledges excellence, outstanding performance, and a strong commitment to workplace safety.

P.L. CUSTOM BODY AND EQUIPMENT CO., INC. (PLCB) added Dependable Emergency Vehicles to its growing family of distributors. Dependable will be providing sales and service for the Rescue 1 division of PLCB to emergency services providers in Canada. This marks the entry by Rescue 1 into the Canadian marketplace. Dependable Emergency Vehicles is the emergency vehicle division of Dependable Truck and Tank, Ltd., of Brampton, Ontario. It was founded in 1975.

HME has announced that Stuart (FL) Fire Rescue has taken delivery of a MiniEvo mini pumper. Built on a 2016 Ford F-550 chassis, this truck combines HME Hydra Technology™ with a Hale DSD pump. The truck features an FRC TurboFoam system with a 15-gallon foam tank, a 400-gallon T-tank, 139 cubic feet of compartment storage space, 40 cubic feet of hosebed storage, painted roll-up doors, ladder storage above the right side compartments, Fire Research body quartz lighting, and shelves located throughout.

LAKE ASSAULT BOATS, part of Fraser Shipyards and a manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, showcased a Lake Assault 28-foot fireboat at FDIC International 2016. The modified V-hull, custom-built craft features the Mercury® Joystick Piloting and Skyhook® Digital Anchor systems for boat control, enhanced safety, and performance. The simple-to-operate Mercury Skyhook Digital Anchor system uses GPS technology and an electronic compass to automatically control shifting, throttling, and steering to help first responders maintain heading and position when responding to an emergency. The Mercury Joystick Piloting system provides safe and easy one-handed maneuvering in tight spaces.

USSC Group announced that Joe Mirabile, vice president, business development, and corporate counsel, has been named president. In this capacity, he is responsible for all divisions and company operations.

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to Gary Handwerk on his March 2016 article, “The Ins and Outs of Fire Pumps: Intakes.” It reinforces ideas that I have been trying to reinforce. My fire company recently put into service a 2015 two-stage 1,500-gpm pump, and we are analyzing the correct deluge gun for optimal delivery. I suggested a six- or eight-inch and I was laughed at for the idea as we have two other 1,500-gpm pumps with four-inch deluges. I have never felt they delivered optimal pressure.

Dennis Sharpe
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

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