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PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC. has secured an order for 11 custom apparatus for the Greenwood County (SC) Fire Service. The order is made up of custom apparatus including five Saber® FR pumpers, four Pierce® dry side tankers, an Ascendant® 107-foot aerial ladder, and a Pierce 100-foot heavy-duty rear-mount aerial tower. This apparatus order has been placed in partnership with South Carolina’s exclusive Pierce dealer, Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus. The custom Pierce pumpers will be spread throughout the county based on call volume, and they will include several special features including a Saber FR 6010 cab and chassis with seating for five, Cummins® L9 450-horsepower engine, Allison® EVS 3000 automatic transmission, 1,000-gallon water tank, Hale Qmax 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, ladder storage in the body, and Whelen® LED lighting package.

USSC GROUP, a manufacturer of custom seating and fire suppression products for the transit, military, and first responder markets, announced the acquisition of VISTA BRAKE LOCK, LLC., located in Sanford, Florida. It manufactures and sells innovative safety and security systems for all emergency vehicles. Invented by Randy Smathers, a 34-year career firefighter and retired division chief, Vista Brake Lock for apparatus equipped with air brakes, and Vista Park Lock for apparatus with automatic transmission shifters are designed to prevent theft of emergency vehicles while on a call.

SPARTAN MOTORS, INC. announced the appointment of Todd Fierro as president of Emergency Response (ER), effective January 7, 2019. In this role, Fierro will have P&L responsibility as well as direct oversight of the sales, engineering, and product management functions. He most recently served as the president and chief operating officer of Heilux, LLC, where he helped transition the business from a product development startup to a sales and manufacturing company.


TRUE NORTH GEAR AND DRAGONWEAR have shared reenergized brand identities. The True North logo retains its familiar ellipse shape while incorporating modifications to the logo’s shape and outline. The continued inclusion of the north-facing arrow within the logo signifies the company’s ongoing commitment to staying the course of the brand’s mission and values. The DragonWear logo shows off the most dramatic change with custom lettering and a new, expanded dragon icon centered within the reshaped badge; both elements convey the strength and protection its products represent. The arc and category ratings retain their valuable placement to allow for immediate, visible identification of safety compliance. The redesigned brand marks will appear on select products in early 2019 and then on additional clothing, gear, and accessories following a rolling schedule.

E-ONE has announced the delivery of a new Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) vehicle to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

E-ONE has announced the delivery of a new Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) vehicle to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Features of the custom EOD vehicle include extruded aluminum 21-foot walk-in EOD body with 77-inch interior headroom; robot bay with 1,000-pound capacity bifold ramp, easily deployed by a single operator; Onan 12-kW QuietOne diesel generator that includes shore power and automatic transfer relay for operations from a fixed power source or onboard generator; two Dometic 15,000-Btu roof air handling units for on-scene cooling and heating; Will-Burt 7-30 Mast with Pelco Espirit camera and controller; and Carefree 110-V power lateral arm awning with auto retract in the event of a high wind gust. The vehicle features an E-ONE customized command interior and additional technology solutions including two interior work stations, tech work benches, electronics cabinet with RU rack with wireless connectivity, and 42-inch LG LED TV monitor in an exterior side body compartment with a lift-up door serving as an exterior command station.

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