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COLUMBITECH INC., a mobile VPN security provider, has partnered with ZCO CORP., the company behind FireTab and PolicePad software, to provide firefighters and police with uninterrupted, secure access to public-safety records. The software runs on iPads, iPhones and Android devices, providing access to 911 calls, fire hydrants, hazardous materials and other mappings. In addition, PolicePad and FireTab provide out-of-vehicle mobility, use built-in cameras, support multiparty messaging and connect to surveillance systems. Zco uses the Columbitech application SDK to integrate mobile VPN functionality into the FireTab and PolicePad software.
The Columbitech mobile VPN is FIPS 140-2-validated by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It supports advanced two-factor authentication with unique client certificates, user-based public key infrastructure, one-time passwords, smartcards, biometric systems and software and hardware tokens. Information is encrypted, using up to 256-bit AES encryption. The VPN eliminates problems with dropped connections in remote areas. It creates a persistent connection between the mobile device and the server as firefighters and police move around and switch networks or temporarily lose coverage.
“Columbitech enables us to deliver information in compliance with the CJIS requirements while improving the availability of the PolicePad and FireTab applications in areas with spotty coverage,” said Gary Mueller, vice president of business development at Zco.
ALL-AMERICAN HOSE LLC has appointed Jeff Hale as national sales manager. Hale, a retired fire chief, previously was regional sales manager.
“Jeff has been an integral part of our organization’s rapid growth,” company President Dan Corner said. “His track record of success within AAH, along with his relationships with our customers, has earned tremendous respect from the entire sales organization making him a perfect fit to lead the sales division.”
R•O•M CORP. has hired Don Fishel as vice president of sales and marketing. Fishel has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and industry. Most recently, he was the senior director of sales and marketing strategy for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc.
“Don has a proven track record of driving change and growth. He understands the results we’re looking for and has a great vision of how we can take R•O•M to the next level,” CEO Jeff Hupke said. “His well-rounded background in sales, engineering and marketing are a great fit for ROM and will help us continue to drive year-over-year growth during difficult economic times.”
SCOTT SAFETY has pledged $10,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. The donation will go to help firefighters impacted by severe disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. The fund provides stipends of $250 to help firefighters meet basic needs in the wake of a federal- or state-declared disaster.
“We are grateful for this generous contribution from Scott Safety and their continued support of the fire and emergency services,” said NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer. “We have received over a hundred requests for assistance from volunteer first responders whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Sandy. Thanks to support from individuals and organizations like Scott Safety, we are able to provide assistance to those in need.”
The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund relies entirely on the support of individuals and organizations to assist volunteer first responders in need. The NVFC donates all administrative costs associated with the fund, so 100% of contributions go to help volunteer first responders impacted by disaster. With Hurricane Sandy, the fund was receiving more requests than it could fulfill, but donations from Scott Safety, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and individuals enabled the NVFC to meet the demand.
In addition to donating to the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, Scott Safety donated 30 Air-Pak self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department and two other volunteer departments in Breezy Point, NY, and will also donate 20 Air-Paks to an affected fire department in New Jersey. Breezy Point, a community largely populated by firefighters and police officers, was hit especially hard by Sandy. At the same time a storm surge caused flooding, the community was hit by one of New York City’s worst residential fires in 150 years. In all, 111 houses were lost in the fire, and many more were ruined or damaged by wind and flood waters.