• SEAGRAVE FIRE APPARATUS was recognized by the FDNY for its dedication and support provided during the recent tragic events following Superstorm Sandy. The award was presented by Mark Aronberg, assistant commissioner for FDNY fleet services, to A. Joseph Neiner, chairman and CEO of Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, during FDNY’s visit to Seagrave’s company headquarters.
A portion of the inscription on the plaque reads “FWD Seagrave Once Again Stepped up to Provide Much Needed Assistance to the FDNY, In Our Most Difficult Times We Can Always Count on the Men & Women of FWD Seagrave for their Continued Support.”
• TENCATE ADVANCED COMPOSITES NORTH AMERICA announces that Northern Composites, of Hampton, New Hampshire, will serve as an eastern United States representative for TenCate regarding tooling prepregs and materials. As reported last year, TenCate and 3M have joined forces to market and support 3M’s line of tooling prepregs featuring 3M’s matrix resin technology. This 3M innovation uses nanosilicas to create a more durable, robust, and dimensionally accurate tool for the fabrication of composite parts. Northern Composites will have responsibility for supporting customers in the eastern half of the United States.
• PIERCE MANUFACTURING, part of the Fire & Emergency segment of Oshkosh Corporation, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a public open house scheduled for July 13, 2013, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pierce 41 manufacturing facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. Visitors to the event can attend the 100th ceremony at 1:00 p.m., visit the new Pierce History and fire truck and Oshkosh truck displays, view interactive fire and safety education, participate in kids activities and games, go on rides on fire apparatus, and take manufacturing tours.
To round out the celebration, Pierce is hosting a 9-11 Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Sunday, July 14 to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).
For more information on the event, visit http://www.piercemfg.com/100thopenhouse to register for the open house and the 9-11 Stair Climb.
• STREAMLIGHT®, INC., a provider of lighting for first responders, has donated $25,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), including $15,000 in proceeds from sales of the company’s Red Nano Light®. Streamlight earmarks $1.00 from the sale of each Red Nano Light to the NFFF. The company also contributed an additional $10,000 for renewal of its “Bronze Helmet” NFFF sponsorship. Both donations will assist the nonprofit organization in commemorating the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of duty and supporting their families and co-workers. Streamlight’s sponsorship of NFFF helps fund various initiatives, including the organization’s National Memorial Weekend tribute to fallen heroes. Streamlight’s sponsorship support also helps fund scholarships awarded to spouses and children of fallen firefighters and counseling programs for agencies that have lost colleagues in the line of duty.
• FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS unveiled its F-Shield chassis frame corrosion protection for the Ultra, Inferno, and Igniter models of custom fire chassis. F-Shield is a process that encapsulates the chassis frame, cross members, fasteners, and fixed accessories mounted on the chassis. The fuel tank, air reservoirs, and their brackets are treated separately before assembly. These additional steps ensure these components are completely sealed with the F-Shield process prior to installation, resulting in no unprotected areas on the chassis. Every part of the chassis frame is thoroughly prepped and then cleaned prior to beginning the F-Shield application. Components with moving parts, such as spring suspension, steering, shock absorbers, and so on, continue to be painted with Ferrara’s DuPont Imron certified paint finish.
• AVON-ISI has changed its name to AVON PROTECTION. The new name and logo were unveiled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The company was called Avon-ISI after Avon Protection acquired ISI in 2005. Company executives said they decided to complete the transition to Avon Protection as they prepared to introduce the company’s first major platform upgrade since the ISI acquisition.
• L-3 D.P. ASSOCIATES (L-3 DPA) has been awarded a contract from the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) to provide the Chicago (IL) Fire Department (CFD) with three FireSim™ driver simulators.
The simulators will be installed at the Chicago Fire Academy to train the CFD’s engineers responsible for navigating fire apparatus while en route to routine and emergency situations. Students will receive simulation-based training designed to enhance their ability to drive safely in normal, wet, and icy conditions; make emergency stops; manage hazardous driving environments; and correctly position equipment at a fire scene.
The FireSim simulator features three 50-inch, high-resolution plasma displays that provide a 205-degree view of the driving environment. Each simulator’s fire engine cab is equipped with a glass dashboard, seat, steering wheel, brake, and clutch and accelerator pedals for a true-to-life experience. Force-loaded steering provides engineers with real-time feedback that augments their muscle memory during situations such as a tire blowout or sloshing loads. An easy-to-use touch-screen display enables instructors to control the training exercise while also monitoring performance and providing real-time feedback to engineers.
• KME has announced that the Nashville (TN) Fire Department has awarded KME and NAFECO (KME’s Tennessee Dealer), an order for a 101-foot tractor drawn AerialCat™ ladder. The tiller will include a KME Predator™ MFD cab with seating for six and an EMS compartment. Other chassis components include an auto lube system, independent front suspension, air ride rear suspension, and 500-hp engine. The tiller body will include a PTO/hydraulic 10-kW generator with hydraulic rescue tools. The KME 101-foot ladder includes a prepiped waterway with a 1,500-gallon-per-minute (gpm) rating and a 2.5:1 structural safety factor based on a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 500-pound rated tip load.
The company also announced that the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department has awarded KME an order for 11 custom pumpers. The award is part of a multiyear contract with options for future apparatus purchases. The pumpers will be built on KME’s Predator Severe Service™ chassis. Features include 450-hp engines, 1,750-gpm two-stage pumps, 500/30 gallon water/foam tanks, Class A foam systems, and five-year bumper-to-bumper warranties.
• INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property-including the TECGEN® brands-and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The TECGEN flame-resistant garment products expand INVISTA’s existing performance and protective fabric offerings as well as add a new skillset to the company. The acquisition includes two flame-resistant brands: TECGEN Select® brand and the TECGEN Xtreme® brand. The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA® fabric brand.