Industry News 4/12

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...


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Only U.S. fire departments that are members of HFSC’s free “Built For Life” Fire Department (BFLFD) Program can apply for the stipends (see www.homefiresprinkler.org/index.php/residential-fire-sprinkler-programs). To apply for the $1,500 technical/vocational education program stipend, visit homefiresprinkler.org/fire-services/student-program-2013-application.html. To apply for the $1,000 side-by-side demo stipend, visit:homefiresprinkler.org/fire-services/stipend-program-application.html.

 

RESCUE 42 INC. has relocated its offices and factory to accommodate the planned manufacturing expansion for both the rescue product division and the new VAULT product line. The new site, located at 370 Ryan Ave. in Chico, CA, was once a Fleetwood Motorhome manufacturing plant. Rescue 42’s portion of the facility encompasses nearly 20,000 square feet of manufacturing and 3,000 square feet of office space.

“We are astounded at how much growth Rescue 42 has experienced over the years,” Tim O’Connell, company owner, said. “With every move, we’ve doubled or tripled our space and outgrown it within just a few years...We had simply run out of room to increase the volume of our current rescue products and could not begin production on our new VAULT line.”

The expansion of the production lines will be executed in stages to minimize down time, but several upgrades to the existing system were executed during the move. New power systems were installed to support the machinery and welding stations, while the compressed-air and vacuum systems were upgraded. Future plans include adding more manufacturing machinery and expanded welding and assembly stations.

 

PIERCE MANUFACTURING has joined New Jersey’s first state-sponsored cooperative purchasing program for fire and emergency apparatus. The program enables fire departments to buy Pierce vehicles quickly and easily through its local dealer, FIRE & SAFETY SERVICES LTD. Pierce’s contract (A83457) runs through January 2018.

“By providing fire departments with a broad selection of vehicle choices from multiple manufacturers, this New Jersey state contract enables precisely what was intended,” said Bobby Williams, vice president of sales and marketing. “We are confident that fire departments, after close evaluation, will see the many advantages Pierce offers in terms of quality, performance, long-term value and low cost of ownership.”

The program is an organized state effort to obtain pricing and contract process efficiency benefits for municipal fire departments.

“We’re excited to participate in the program, and we applaud the state for quickly putting it in place – especially in light of the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to fire apparatus across the state,” said David Russell, president of Fire and Safety Services. “In addition, our team of 14 salespeople – all current or former firefighters – understands that fire departments need vehicles and after-the-sale support they can count on for the long term.”

Pierce has developed a comprehensive list of vehicles – including pumpers, rescues, tankers, aerials and wildland trucks – that can be ordered through the program. Fire and Safety Services has posted component lists for all available vehicles at www.f-ss.com.

 

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.”