Industry News 3/14

W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, following its November 2013 Product Safety Alert for firefighter turnout gear, has worked with fire departments, dealers and manufacturers throughout North America to assess and reseal, as necessary, the seams of turnouts with Gore moisture barriers. In the first two months since the Alert, Gore successfully remediated both stored and worn gear for metropolitan and volunteer departments that enrolled early in the remediation program. Gore will continue to collaborate with all responding departments on potentially affected gear.

In conjunction with the remediation program, Gore has developed a new GORE-SEAM tape that is unaffected by storage interactions and eliminates the need for new gear to be stored in open air. Turnout gear makers are working to rapidly incorporate the new tape into their products using Gore moisture barriers.

To review the original firefighter Product Safety Alert, see To enroll in the remediation program, call 1-800-455-4681.


CUMMINS INC. and NISSAN unveiled a technical study called the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner - Powered by Cummins at the recent Chicago Auto Show. The heart of this vehicle is a concept 2.8L turbo diesel engine, developed at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, IN, that produces approximately 200 hp and more than 350 pound/feet of torque. The concept 2.8L has been matched with a Nissan Frontier Desert Runner 4x2 in a project to evaluate the viability of the package for North America.

“These trucks really highlight modern clean-diesel engine characteristics, with the durability and power that Cummins customers have come to depend on,” said Dave Crompton, Cummins vice president and general manager-Engine Business. “The Nissan Frontier is a great platform to demonstrate the potential of a Cummins-powered compact pickup for the U.S. market, and this project will help to gauge market reaction and evaluate future plans.”

In addition to these 2.8L-powered concept trucks and the new 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel for the next-generation Titan, Cummins, Johnson Matthey and Nissan have partnered on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ATLAS research project. The cost-shared research program is instrumental in developing new diesel engine and emissions-control technology to meet future emissions regulations and demanding fuel-economy requirements.


HME INC. has announced the awarding by the California Department of General Services of a multi-year contract to produce Type I apparatus and Type III apparatus for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has accepted an HME Ahrens-Fox Model 34D Type III, which is mounted on an International 7400 commercial chassis and powered by an International 330-hp engine. The apparatus is equipped with a FoamPro 1600 foam system, 20-gallon Class A foam tank, 500-gallon poly water tank and HME Hydra technology.


HAIX, a manufacturer of firefighting, rescue, law enforcement, hunting and forestry footwear has redesigned its website,, to create a cleaner, more user-friendly platform that is easier to navigate. Besides presenting an all-new look, the ecommerce website offers:

• More comprehensive product information so customers can make informed decisions on products before they buy

• New search and filter features that let customers easily find the products they are looking for or that cater to their interest

• HAIX customers can provide feedback on the products they buy and are easily able to see what others have to say.

• HAIX customers can create an online account to streamline future purchases

• New HAIX wish list feature lets customers track products for future purchases.


HARRISON HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS has named Tim Allaband as northeastern region manager, responsible for forecasting, marketing, training and sales. Allaband most recently was vice president of Redstorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus, responsible for overall sales and service to five states; focusing on career and volunteer fire departments. Previously, he was vice president of sales and service at Singer Associates Fire Equipment and mid-Atlantic district manager for Pierce Manufacturing. n