Industry News 12/13


W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES INC. has issued a firefighter product safety alert, along with information about enrollment in a product remediation program. The alert is in response to isolated incidents of seam-tape separation observed in turnout gear in North America – using both Gore and non-Gore moisture barriers – that has been stored in its original packaging for three or more years before being issued and worn. Gore’s alert identifies the affected GORE products and a course of action for proper product remediation. No seam-tape separation was observed for turnout gear using GORE moisture barriers that had been removed from its packaging before being stored.

Gore investigated the issue and determined that the GORE-SEAM tape affected has been used with CROSSTECH moisture barriers (Type 2C), CROSSTECH black moisture barriers (Type 2F) and GORE RT7100 moisture barriers (Type 3B and Type 3D). The GORE-SEAM tape used with CROSSTECH® three-layer moisture barriers (Type 4A) is unaffected.

For turnout gear using GORE moisture barriers stored for more than three years and affected by this situation, Gore will remediate the gear. This North American program involves a newly developed GORE-SEAM tape that is markedly unaffected by the storage interactions causing this issue. Evaluation of this issue outside North America is underway. For more information, see


ALLIED SPECIALTY VEHICLES (ASV) has appointed Dan Peters as president and CEO of E-ONE INC. He replaces Kent Tyler, who was named president and CEO for the newly formed ASV Bus Division.

“With his extensive background in the first responder industry, we’re thrilled to have Dan taking on this new role as Kent prepares to lead the Bus Division,” said Peter Guile, president and CEO of ASV. “His customer-focused approach and proven business leadership ability will allow him to seamlessly take over this position at E-ONE.”

Peters has more than 15 years of experience in the first responder industry – four years in an executive role with a fire apparatus manufacturer and 12 years with a fire industry supplier, where he was president from 1998 to 2008 and vice president of sales and marketing from 1996 to 1998.

“I’m very excited to be back in the fire industry, especially with E-ONE who is recognized as an industry leader and innovator,” Peters said. “Kent, Peter and the E-ONE team have made E-ONE a name to be reckoned with in the fire industry and I look forward to working with the E-ONE team, dealers and customers to continue building upon that legacy.”

Peters was president of Collins Bus Corp. since early 2013. He is a former president, board member and committee chair of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA).


WATEROUS has released a new version of Benefits of the website are:

• Made it easier to find products with drop-down menus, side menus and links to product offerings

• Separated site by fire suppression and industrial applications

• Separated products into categories – Vehicle-Mounted Pumps, CAFSystems, Foam Systems, Portable Pumps, Accessories, Modules, Hydrants and Valves and Industrial

• Added literature, including instructions, dimensional drawings, data sheets, service parts lists, specification sheets, international translations and videos

Another addition is the MyWaterous Customer Portal that lets customers check the status of orders, track shipments, reprint invoices, quotes or acknowledgments, check the status of returned material and check account balances.

Phase two of the new site will follow with added features, scheduled to appear in mid-2014.


SCOTT SAFETY has been certified by the North Carolina Department of Labor as a participant in the Carolina Star Program. State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry attended a ceremony at the company’s Monroe facility on Oct. 28 to present company officials with the Carolina Star flag and a certificate.

The Carolina Star program recognizes companies for exemplary safety and health programs in the workplace. One criteria of the program is that worker injury and illness rates and lost/restricted workday rates must be at least 50% below the national rate for the company’s industry.

“As a premier manufacturer of safety devices, it is important that we hold ourselves and those around us to the highest standards of health and safety and that we live these values on a daily basis,” said Andrew Chrostowski, vice president and general manager for Scott Safety.