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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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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.