Industry News 8/14

PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC. has announced plans to host its second annual Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, on Sept. 6, 2014, beginning at 9 A.M. Last year, Pierce’s inaugural stair climb at Lambeau Field – with nearly 600 participants – was among the largest first-time stair-climb events in the country.

Memorial stair-climb events are in tribute to the 343 firefighters who gave their lives during the tragic events at the World Trade Center on 9/11. All funds raised benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the families of fallen firefighters.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to Pierce’s first 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and, as a company and a community, we’ve made a commitment to continue as well as expand and promote the event in 2014,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president Fire & Emergency. “Becoming a participant – or supporting a team or group – is a moving experience and one that has changed many lives.”

The Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb gives participants and attendees the opportunity to experience historic Lambeau Field in a unique way. Members of the community are invited to climb as much as the equivalent of 110 stories – the height of the fallen World Trade Center towers – on the steps of Lambeau Field. Each climber is given a badge, with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters, to symbolically complete the climb with one of the fallen.

The Pierce 2014 Memorial Stair Climb is a memorial event, not a timed race, and participants can climb to any desired level. (An adult or guardian must accompany minors who participate.) The cost is $30, and pre-registered participants will receive an official event T-shirt. All funds raised go directly to the NFFF to assist the families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
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DUPONT has been awarded an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Award and the Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacture of DuPont Nomex at the company’s Spruance plant in Richmond, VA.

Nomex is a flame-resistant fiber produced by DuPont for use in a wide variety of industries from firefighter turnout gear to transformer insulation. The award is for innovation in the DuPont Nomex manufacturing process and was led through collaboration between DuPont Engineering and DuPont Protection Technologies. The team designed and installed equipment at the Spruance plant to economically recover energy that was previously unused and ultimately wasted. The new equipment reduced energy use by 54% in this portion of the process.

“This project is an example of how DuPont Protection Technologies is committed to protecting people and critical processes, as well as the environment. Our products provide exceptional protection, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to do more to protect the environments in which we live and work,” said Marc Doyle, president of DuPont Protection Technologies.

The improvements that DuPont made to its Nomex manufacturing facility reduced the amount of steam the company needed to purchase, which allowed the steam provider to burn less coal and save more than 200 tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition to energy savings, the process improvements lowered the amount of waste water produced from this operation by approximately 2 million gallons per year.


ROSENBAUER has received an order from Miami-Dade, FL, Fire Rescue for 30 pumpers for Operations and one pumper for Miami International Airport. All 31 pumpers are to be built on the Rosenbauer custom Commander chassis. The pumpers will be powered by 450-hp Cummins ISL engines and Allison 3000 EVS transmissions with retarders. They feature the Rosenbauer Green Star Idle Reduction Technology system.


GLOBE FIRE SPRINKLER CORP. has a new website, The website features a vertical sidebar that lets users quickly narrow searches for the models they are looking for. Each model has a data sheet that can be accessed without leaving the page. The website also includes links to major sprinkler industry websites, its Facebook page and design and engineering resources, including a full CAD library.

SPARTAN ERV has received an additional 14-unit order from Cuerpo General de Bomberos Voluntarios del Peru (the General Body of the Peruvian Volunteer Fire Department) in Lima, Peru, as an addenda to a 56-unit order secured in October 2013. It is the largest fire apparatus order in Spartan Motors’ corporate history. The entire 70-unit order will consist of Spartan ERV pumpers built on Spartan Metro Star chassis.

In addition, Spartan Motors has delivered 12 units, including a 136-foot TelStar aerial apparatus, to Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion (Arauco) in Santiago, Chile. TelStar features a 136-foot telescopic and articulated aerial platform capable of an “up, over and down” range of motion to navigate around parapets for roof rescues, clear power lines and trees for access and provide for below-grade rescues. TelStar is a product of Spartan-Gimaex Innovations LLC, a joint venture with French apparatus manufacturer Gimaex.


SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. has named HAR-ROB FIRE APPARATUS as its dealer for central and northeastern New York. Har-Rob technicians are certified with Hale, Waterous, Darley, Akron, Elkhart, FoamPro, Spartan, Weldon, Harrison and more. Also, Smeal has named KOLAJA FIRE EQUIPMENT AND SALES as its dealer for western Pennsylvania and western New York. Kolaja, based just south of Union City in northwestern Pennsylvania, also is a distributor for Horton Emergency Vehicles, Leader Emergency Vehicles (Type II) and U.S. Tanker Fire Apparatus.