Ballam: New Products Debuted at Firehouse Expo

Fire service trade shows continue to be a great place to see new products and Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore was no exception.

They do use one product that’s a little different than others, a fabric made by Nor-Fab called OMNI-Elite that the manufacturers claim has a unique twill weave that makes the external shell more comfortable and, more importantly, more flexible.

Ricochet says their gear is cut and sown for ‘maximum mobility” with anatomical patterning. Additionally, all the gear is made in a shop in Philadelphia means they can have quick turnaround times on any order. Price? The company says they’re comparable to the other companies in the business.

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W.S. Darley finished a brand new initial attack pumper at the last minute, just in time to make it to Firehouse Expo. The Ford F-series based pumper featured a four-door cab and chassis and an impressive 1,500 gpm pump.

It amazes how manufacturers can get big water out of tiny trucks. It’s technology and innovation at its highest art form.

Darley’s pumper was so “fresh” off the line, the sales material had not caught up with it. We’ll have to wait for details on the apparatus. Keep an eye on to catch the latest on the new apparatus and all W.S. Darley news.

As I have said before, attending shows, especially Firehouse Expo and Firehouse World, is one of the best ways to learn about new products and services that can make a big difference in how you do your job daily.