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Fire Chief David Cash of Polk County Fire Rescue said, “We purchased our first Pierce Velocity engine in 2010, and our personnel are very impressed with its dependability and overall build quality, so when the time came to order new vehicles, we concluded that it was the right decision to continue with Pierce. These new Pierce vehicles will reduce a significant amount of our ongoing maintenance costs, while providing state-of-the-art technology to help our firefighters save lives and protect property.”
The PCFR pumpers and aerial platform feature an optional forward roof cab design, which enhances interior space for the crew and improves visibility. The department’s pumpers are designed to function as paramedic engines and will be assigned to the busiest of its 45 stations. Each vehicle features seating for six firefighters and a forward-facing EMS cabinet inside the cab.
The Pierce tanker/pumpers, built on Freightliner chassis, each feature a 2,500-gallon water tank. “The larger Pierce tankers will enable our department to replace 18 smaller and aging tankers that have ongoing maintenance issues,” Cash said.
Also, Pierce has announced a strategic purchasing agreement with FAW Bus and Coach Co. Ltd. of Changchun, China, a subsidiary of China FAW Group Corp. Pierce will manufacture fire apparatus bodies and crane-mounted rescue bodies in the U.S. to be exported to China, where they will be mounted on FAW chassis.
KUSSMAUL ELECTRONICS has named Colin Chambliss to the newly created position of vice president of sales. Previously, he was the regional sales manager covering accounts in the eastern U.S. and a portion of Canada. Before joining Kussmaul, Chambless was the Eastern Seaboard regional sales manager for ONSPOT of North America Inc.and director of sales for America LaFrance.
HURST JAWS OF LIFE has launched the new www.jawsoflife.com, built on a responsive platform designed to optimize the user experience on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. It is a single-source location for user manuals, bid specifications and detailed performance characteristics for Hurst Jaws of Life tools.
“We’re very excited to bring our customers a new, easy-to-navigate source of information online,” said Bruce Johnston, director of marketing and product management. “The new jawsoflife.com website offers our customers a better experience with our brand, whether they are at their desk or engaging with the site via a mobile device or tablet.”
The website features a new layout, updated product information, videos and photography, warranty registration, downloadable catalogs, Green Cross registration and a searchable dealer database.
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES INC. has reported on new research that highlights the importance of moisture barriers in managing firefighter heat stress. Although firefighters need protection against extreme heat, the vast majority of calls do not involve this kind of challenge. Instead, managing heat stress is often the real challenge. Gore studied the effects of working in warm conditions and those with low-level radiant loads such as from the sun, asphalt highways, rooftops and even fireground sources, which often pose significant heat-stress challenges.
Allen Maples, product manager in Gore’s Technical Fabrics division, said, “The human body is extremely sensitive to seemingly small increases in core temperature, and these increases can potentially lead to impaired decision-making and heat exhaustion events. The ability for turnout layers to allow greater moisture vapor transmission for evaporative cooling to take place is key to preventing the rise in body core temperatures. Gore evaluated the performance of turnout gear in warmer and low-level radiant conditions, for example when exposed to the sun, and was able to link the heat loss ability of various turnout technologies to the performance in a garment and the impact on the wearer.”
For more information about the study, see www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com/Heat-Stress-Management.
KME and dealer Cascade Fire and Safety have been awarded a five-year contract for multiple pumpers by the City of Vancouver, WA.
Chuck Winkler, Vancouver’s emergency equipment supervisor, said, “We were very impressed with the KME facility, and the workmanship and quality of their products. We are happy to partner with KME and Cascade Fire and Safety on the apparatus contract.”