Industry News 3/12

PIERCE MANUFACTURING has received an order for three aerial tiller vehicles from the Columbus, OH, Division of Fire. Each apparatus will feature an Arrow XT chassis, 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladder with a radio-controlled monitor, 500-hp Detroit Diesel engine and seating for six firefighters.They will be placed in service beginning in June 2012.

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LOCUTION SYSTEMS INC. has been commissioned to provide its CADVoice automated dispatching and fire station alerting system to the City of Durham, NC. The city will implement the radio version of CADVoice automated dispatching and fire station alerting for its 32 fire and EMS stations.

HURST JAWS OF LIFE is now on Facebook at The official Hurst Jaws of Life fan page on Facebook was created to provide a direct connection with emergency service personnel who use the company’s tools and equipment.
The fan page will be an avenue through which rescuers who have received Green Cross awards are recognized. The Green Cross program honors rescuers who have used Hurst Jaws of Life equipment during a rescue to save lives. The fan page will also share rescue industry news, technology advancements, product news and photos and videos from training events.

AMERICAN LAFRANCE has named Jeff Adams supervisor of the Ephrata Corporate Service Center in Pennsylvania. He joined the company in 1987 and was aerial production line manager from 1997 to 2009. The service center is adjacent to the American LaFrance Aerial Manufacturing Facility, which produces the LTI aerial product line.

AWG FITTINGS has acquired LANCIER RESCUE SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE, which manufactures hydraulic rescue tools and support equipment. Warehousing and service of Lancier products for the North American market will be moved to a new AWG facility in Walpole, MA. Manufacturing of all Lancier products is moving to the AWG home office in Giengen, Germany. Terry Bradner has been named director of sales for the Rescue Tool Division, covering the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He has 20 years of experience in the rescue tool industry and 10 years with Lancier.

E-ONE reports that the Town of Apex, NC, Fire Department is the first to place an eMAX apparatus into service. “The first 48 hours it was in service, our eMAX ran on two severe vehicle accidents and performed great,” Apex Fire Chief Mark Haraway said. “Having the engine and rescue capability on one truck is invaluable.”
E-ONE’s eMAX offers the fire protection found in pumpers with the storage ability often only found in rescue units. “We looked at similar products by other manufacturers, but we felt the eMAX appeared to have a better layout,” Haraway said. “Now that we have all our equipment in place, we’ve realized just how true that is. Our eMAX is Class A-equipped for NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) as an engine, accredited as a medium-duty rescue, carries 2,000 feet of hose and still has room to spare.”
The apparatus features the maximum amount of storage on a maneuverable body design due to the narrow pump operator’s panel. “Our guys drove the eMAX down tight streets with ease, but when they turned in a cul-de-sac without having to reverse, they were sold,” Haraway said.