Industry News 10/15

Oct. 1, 2015
VIKING and Hainsworth have partnered to win a U.S. firefighter contract in New Mexico.

VIKING and Hainsworth have partnered to win a U.S. firefighter contract in New Mexico. VIKING garments incorporating TITAN 1220, a Hainsworth Technology outershell, have been selected by firefighters in Albuquerque, the largest municipality in the state of New Mexico. The U.S. dealer, Unifire, will be responsible for rolling out the kit to more than 800 firefighters in the city.

VIKING is the only manufacturer in the U.S. to use TITAN 1220, which is a double-cloth construction with DuPont Nomex on the face to provide optimal thermal protection, abrasion resistance and color fastness.

“Winning the bid was the culmination of more than three years’ work,” said Grant Grinstead, VIKING’S western U.S. sales manager. “This included extensive trials with the training academy in Albuquerque and then a field trial on one of the fire service’s busiest engines. The climate in Albuquerque is extremely warm, reaching more than 100 degrees F in the summer, which meant that heat stress management and firefighter fatigue were big issues in the bid process. TITAN helps to minimize heat stress with its open, breathable structure maximizing flow of sweat vapor through the inner garment layers. Its patented double-cloth construction allows for a lighter weight thermal barrier, reducing overall garment weight significantly, while providing excellent thermal performance.”

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Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company, an SBA-certified woman-owned small business (WOSB), has broken all of its previous sales records for the first half of a calendar year with 46 trucks sold as of August. Since the company was purchased by owner and CEO Sarah Atchison, the company has sold more than 100 new trucks to fire departments throughout North America.

“Our growth and success during the last year can be attributed to many things,” Atchison said. “Our customers know that we build great trucks at competitive prices with hands-on, caring customer service. Our team works with departments across North America from initial inquiry to delivery to guarantee that each truck not only meets department requirements, but also exceeds expectations. When a customer purchases from us, they deal directly with a member of our team and not through a dealer or distributor. That enables us to assure personal, customized care from start to finish. Our team is committed to continuous improvement and expanding our production and design capabilities as we prepare for even more growth in the coming months and years.”

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Safety Components Inc.’s PBI Max has been selected as the outer shell fabric to protect the firefighters of São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo firefighters started wearing 6-oz. PBI Max after their initial purchase of approximately 1,000 sets of gear delivered in June of 2015. That purchase was followed by an additional 2,000 sets of 6-oz. PBI Max that will be delivered at the end of 2015 and into early 2016. The garments will be designed and manufactured locally by Ansell Hércules.

Engineered with Filament Twill Technology, PBI Max provides up to four times greater trap tear strength compared to fabrics made from conventional rip-stop technology, according to the company. PBI Max also weighs less, allowing firefighters to move easier while reducing heat stress.

“At Safety Components, we are committed to leading the way in the design and manufacture of industry leading personal protective fabrics for firefighting professionals,” said Joey Underwood, vice president of sales and marketing for Safety Components. “Providing these fabrics to countries such as Chile and Brazil is integral in driving our success now and in the future in Latin America as well as the world over.”

Incident Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT) has partnered with Northrop Grumman to develop the Tactical Incident Management System (TIMS). The new solution leverages IRT's expertise in cloud-based incident response and management technology, enabling Northrop Grumman to provide its public safety customers with a state-of-the-art tool.

Northrop Grumman's TIMS solution draws on IRT's Rhodium Incident Management Suite—a cloud-based software that can be accessed via computers or mobile devices. Successfully piloted by the Los Angeles Police Department during several recent events including the BET Music Awards and the World Special Olympics, TIMS provides incident commanders unparalleled command and control information. Simplified planning, managing and tracking of events, and streamlined workflow and situational awareness during operational periods highlight the value of the new TIMS solution.

"The TIMS solution illustrates the substantial leap in incident management tools that continue to benefit public safety agencies in planning, managing and reporting for all types of events and incidents," said Jarret Winkelman, IRT President.

TIMS leverages Rhodium's IAP and pre-plan functionality to provide thorough personnel and asset information. Once an operation is activated, both personnel and assets can be continuously tracked across shifts. Real-time financial metrics can also be accessed to improve post-event reporting.

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