Industry News 2/14

PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC. has announced its 2014 regional training schedule for Pierce dealers and customers. The company is offering a wide range of apparatus maintenance and troubleshooting classes – featuring a new mobile training unit – at three locations: Appleton, WI; Palmetto, FL; and Las Vegas, NV. Custom training classes are also available at individual fire departments across the country.
The regional training program, in its 10th year, features for the first time in 2014 a specially engineered training unit with built-in training tools, allowing students more opportunities for hands-on learning.
“The hands-on aspect is always a winner, as our customers’ technicians like to learn with their hands,” said Dan Bailey, Pierce product training manager. “With the new mobile classroom training unit, which includes a Command Zone simulator, a PUC pump and TAK-4 suspension, they’ll be able to troubleshoot, dismantle and work on electrical, suspension and pump components right on the truck.”
Offered classes feature a wide range of topics, including Chassis Electrical, TAK-4 Maintenance, Command Zone II, Side Roll Protection Repair, Aerial Maintenance, Husky Foam System and Hercules CAFS Maintenance, Air Brake and ABS Troubleshooting, PUC Repair and Maintenance, Air Conditioning Maintenance and a new Advanced Aerial Class.
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FLIR SYSTEMS INC. is extending a trade-in program that lets fire departments receive an even deeper discount on the purchase of a new FLIR K-Series thermal imaging camera when they trade and send in any other qualifying make or model of firefighting thermal camera. The program was due to expire Dec. 31. Now, the K-Series Trade-in program will remain in effect through the end of day June 30, 2014.
FLIR established an affordable price point for its K-Series line to help municipalities stretch budgets and buy more thermal imagers. To qualify for the deeper discount, fire departments must trade in and send in their existing firefighting thermal imaging camera, regardless of age, make, model or working condition, along with submitting applicable forms.
The goal is to make it more viable for more firefighters to take advantage of the benefits of thermal imaging. By being able to see through smoke and visualize hot spots, K-Series thermal imagers help improve situational awareness and safety, which in turn helps first responders attack fires more strategically and enhances their ability to find and rescue victims faster.
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KME has recognized its top sales achievers at its national sales meeting. KME’s Pinnacle Award recognizes organizations that have had significant growth over previous years. The latest winners included Safe Industries of Piedmont, SC, and Bulldog Fire Apparatus of Woodville, MA, while Metz Fire & Rescue of Guelph, Ontario, was the top award winner.
KME’s Summit Club recognizes the highest overall sales volumes over the last year. The winners included NAFECO of Decatur, AL, and Bulldog Fire Apparatus of Woodville, MA, with First Priority Emergency Vehicles of Manchester, NJ, taking top honors.
KME’s Vision Award is not based solely on sales or numbers. Rather, this award recognizes an organization that has made investments in its business at all levels; training, service, personnel, branding and sales that have significantly affected market share in its region and overall ability to service customers. The recipients are Cascade Fire & Safety from the Western Region; Mac’s Fire & Safety from the Midwest Region; Safe Industries from the Southeast Region; and First Priority Emergency Vehicles from the Eastern Region.