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PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has delivered five Pierce® Enforcer® pumpers and an Ascendant® 107-foot aerial ladder to the Mobile (AL) Fire and Rescue Department. The delivery represents the first Pierce apparatus to be put into service for the department. Mobile customized the engines to be compact apparatus with short wheelbases, allowing for greater maneuverability to fit into tight stations. Other features include high-visibility scene lighting, TAK-4® independent front suspension, 500-gallon water tanks, and Waterous 2,000-gpm pumps.

CLARION UX FIRE & RESCUE GROUP is introducing a new key buyer program at FDIC International (April 8-13, 2019). The key buyer program called “MATCH!” connects decision making fire and rescue service personnel with exhibitors who provide products and services that address the immediate needs of their departments and the communities they protect. Qualified attending participants for FDIC International’s MATCH! programs will include authorized buyers made up of high-ranking fire officers, committee members, and chairs with purchasing authority and power who have demonstrated an immediacy of purchase. In exchange for participating in the MATCH! program, these key buyers will receive an elevated attending package with exclusive perks, privileges, and services. This will include exclusive access to innovative matchmaking technology and a personal program manager, Chris Marinaro, who will assist them with securing prearranged meetings with exhibiting companies based on mutually matched interests.

What started as an order for a few ROSENBAUER AMERICA airport rescue firefighting (ARFF) units has ballooned into an order for 71 ARFF units for the United States Air Force (USAF). Rosenbauer America is scheduled to build 32 Panther 6×6 units, of which three will also have the Rosenbauer Stinger high-reach extendable turret piercing nozzle. The remaining 39 ARFF apparatus will be Panther 4×4 units. The total contract awarded is nearly $50 million. Some of the features of these ARFF units for the USAF will include ultra-high-pressure pumps from Waterous, twin disc transmissions, and Volvo D16 Tier IV inline six-cylinder 16.1-liter engines.


VALOR FIRST RESPONDER SEATING launched its first cab configurator, allowing users to pick their own seats in a generic cab configuration. The configurator tool allows users to control every aspect of the customization process, from choosing which seat to input into the cab to the color combinations associated with them. The configurator gives details of each seat by clicking into them. Specifications on seat adjustments, colors and materials, capacity, and more can be found with each style of the seat in each of the main locations. Visit for more information.

CMC has announced its 2019 CMC School schedule of courses for rescue professional training. The CMC School will be available at strategic locations around the country, which allow for individuals to enroll in Confined Space Rescue, Rope Rescue Technician I/II, and Trench Rescue classes. The open enrollment calendar for 2019 courses is now open for early registration at

Editor’s Note: In the article “Importance of Friction Loss and Flow Testing” (September 2018), the inline gauges were mislabeled as “pitot” gauges in Figure 1 and the text. This does not affect the conclusions of the article. Many thanks to reader James Regan for pointing this out.

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