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E-ONE, a member of REV Group (REV), a manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire and emergency, and recreation markets, is delivering on a multiunit award from the DLA Troop Support’s Heavy Equipment Procurement Program (HEPP). The contract includes nine U.S. Army 4×2 custom structural pumpers. The new U.S. Army pumpers have E-ONE Typhoon™ chassis with seating for four firefighters.

Each of the pumpers has cab storage that includes three medical cabinets and an exterior gear compartment. The heavy-duty front bumper includes a Line-X-coated gravel shield. These pumpers also feature 750-gallon water tanks, 50-gallon foam tanks, Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm water pumps, and high-capacity electronic foam systems. The high-strength, extruded aluminum cab features a “built-in” roll cage to provide maximum protection and comfort for firefighters. Additional features include lower hosebed and crosslay heights for improved accessibility from ground level, LED lighting, and aluminum diamond-plate hosebed covers.

PAUL CONWAY FIRE has announced two personnel appointments. Keith Miles will serve as sales representative for Western Illinois and Eastern Missouri. Dave Liske will serve as sales representative for Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. has promoted a number of its key executives and created a new executive-level position to lead the company’s customer service, product quality, and customer satisfaction initiatives. Mike Bowman has been named vice president of sales with responsibility for all Smeal, LTC, and UST brand apparatus. Joe Heilhecker has been promoted to vice president of operational excellence, manufacturing systems & lean. John Kastl serves as the vice president of engineering. Mary O’Donnell-Voi has been promoted to vice president of organizational development & leadership. Paul Pieragostini has been promoted to vice president of procurement & supply chain. Sanjeev “Sonny” Tara joined Smeal in February 2016 as vice president with responsibility for the company’s Ladder Tower Co. and US Tanker Co. businesses. Jeff Wegner has been appointed to the position of vice president of quality systems.

SAFE FLEET recently announced the acquisition of Rear View Safety (RVS). Based in Brooklyn, New York, Rear View Safety is a fast-growing provider of backup camera systems and video-based road safety solutions. Rear View Safety has been instrumental in driving the rapid adoption of video systems in commercial fleets including government fleets, recreational vehicles, truck, trailer, commercial van, construction, emergency, bus and shuttle, agriculture, and industrial vehicles. “We are delighted to welcome the Rear View Safety business into the Safe Fleet family. This acquisition supports our vision to build the leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles,” says John R. Knox, president and CEO of Safe Fleet. “The addition of Rear View Safety expands Safe Fleet’s leadership position in specialty video products for fleet vehicles in North America and one of the top suppliers worldwide. The RVS product line is complementary to Safe Fleet’s existing video products and positions Safe Fleet as a leading video supplier in all of its fleet end markets.”

ALEXIS FIRE EQUIPMENT recently announced it will become partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The current partnership is effective between April 16, 2016, and April 15, 2017, and Alexis will donate $1,000 for every fire and medical unit sold within the Continental United States. Owner Jeff Morris is passionate about this newly formed partnership. “There are very few people who haven’t been touched by childhood diseases. Everyone, from our employees to the customers we serve to the communities we live in, has been affected by cancer in some way. Knowing the impact that St. Jude has on the patients and their families, it makes us proud to know we can contribute to such a worthy cause.”

WEIS FIRE & SAFETY EQUIPMENT CO., INC. has delivered a Draft Commander 3000 A/T Mobile Fire Pump Testing & Training Unit to Central Power Systems & Services in Wichita, Kansas. Extra equipment includes the Draft Commander Gauge Testing Kit, which allows users to quickly test the accuracy of the gauges on apparatus pump panels, and the Draft Commander Master Monitor.

St. Petersburg (FL) Fire & Rescue has completed a project involving the MagneGrip Vehicle Exhaust Removal System at its fire stations that will make the environment safer for firefighters inside the stations. The systems are installed, fire personnel have been trained, and the department expected the systems to go into use in March. The vehicle exhaust removal systems will remove harmful emissions produced when fire apparatus engines are engaged inside the engine bay area. When fire apparatus start up inside the engine bay, a wireless sensor automatically switches the MagneGrip exhaust fan on. Then all of the toxic exhaust soot and gases are extracted through sealed ductwork and safely dispersed outside the building, making a cleaner and safer working environment.

FIRE-DEX promoted Jeff Koledo to national sales manager. This position will allow Koldeo to lead, mentor, and direct the sales force as Fire-Dex moves forward into the next phase of growth. The Fire-Dex sales team will now report to Koldeo with this current advancement. Steven Clawson also recently joined the sales team as the Texas account manager and will report to Sr. Regional Sales Manager Tory King.


In checking the references for fire station architects, check not only the references given but also for previous clients not on the reference list-these do not have to be fire station clients-to learn something of the performance of the architect.

Don Collins
Captain, Clemson University Fire Department

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