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FIRE-DEX has appointed Brett Jaffe as president and CEO. Jaffe started his career in the management-training program at Cooper Industries in 1988. During his 11 years at Cooper, he played significant roles in a number of subsidiaries. In 1999, he left Cooper to become president of Tuthill Coupling Group. That business was sold to Eaton Corp. this year, at which time Jaffe became the director of the coupling business within Eaton's Hydraulics Group. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Houston.
“I am very excited that we were able to attract a leader of Brett’s caliber to come in as CEO of Fire-Dex,” said Bill Burke, chairman of the board. “Although I will be stepping back from my active day-to-day responsibilities, as chairman of the board I look forward to maintaining my relationships in the industry and assisting Brett in any way I can as he continues the company’s outstanding record of growth and profitability.”
ROSENBAUER AMERICA and the WYOMING FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION have donated a large shipment of used firefighting equipment to the International Fire Relief Mission (IFRM). The equipment will be delivered to firefighters in developing countries who try to protect their communities with obsolete or, often, no firefighting gear. This was the largest one-time donation in the IFRM’s history.
Members of the Wyoming Fire Chiefs Association collected and delivered a 20-foot-long shipping container packed with turnout gear, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles and packs and other equipment. In addition, Rosenbauer America made a sizable donation.
“The generosity of Wayne, Harold and Helen Boer of Rosenbauer and Chief Craig Haslam of the Fremont County (WY) Fire District is incredible,” IFRM President Ron Gruening said. IFRM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that delivers donated fire and EMS equipment to firefighters in developing countries.
“We have been partnered with IFRM for the past few years now, and we are happy to lend a hand whenever we can,” Rosenbauer America President Harold Boer said. “IFRM is a great organization that helps our fellow firefighters all over the world, and Rosenbauer is proud to be a part of it.”
Part of the Rosenbauer donation will outfit a pumper donated by Dodge Center, MN, Fire Department that is destined for a small city in the Republic of Georgia. IFRM team members visited Georgia nearly a year ago and were shocked by the deplorable condition of its two apparatus. Worse yet, the department had only one working ladder. With Rosenbauer’s gift, the apparatus will arrive in Georgia with a full complement of ladders and tools.
“In addition to trying to protect their city’s residents, that Georgian fire department also has to protect refugee camps and a vast wildland area,” Gruening said.
IFRM was formed in 2007 by retired emergency responders. For more information, visit www.ifrm2007.com.
FIREMAN’S FUND INSURANCE CO. has named 13 fire departments selected to receive funding through a $130,000 grant package designed to help make communities safer. The grants range in size from $3,000 to nearly $21,000.
“As a company, we believe it is important to raise awareness about the significant needs of local fire departments,” said Danielle Cagan, director of the fire department grant program at Fireman’s Fund. “These grants will help firefighters do their jobs safely and efficiently, making communities safer and help firefighters save lives.”
The grant package is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to more than 1,700 departments totaling more than $28 million. Grants are awarded two ways: company employees nominate a fire department for a grant; and independent agencies direct grants based on the growth of their business with Fireman’s Fund.