Industry News 11/15

Nov. 1, 2015
The 2015 Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award For Outstanding Achievement in Fire Service Training was presented to Kevin Roche.

During the General Session of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) 82nd Annual Validation Conference, the 2015 Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award For Outstanding Achievement in Fire Service Training was presented to Kevin Roche, Assistant to the Fire Chief, Phoenix Fire Department (ret.) and Managing Partner, FACETS Consulting, LLC. The Award is the highest honor IFSTA can bestow to an individual who has made significant contributions to the training of firefighters. Roche was recognized for his 35-year fire service career, dedicated to firefighter training and safety. He made significant contributions to the development of many NFPA standards that impact firefighter safety. Most notably NFPA 1710 and NFPA 1500 were impacted by his work. Roche’s work is also recognized in producing the annual national firefighter death and injury reports, as well as national fire station activity reports that are widely distributed. These reports are extensively referenced and have informed the work of others involved in firefighter safety.

During the award presentation, Roche was noted for his leadership as he emphasized emerging fire service issues through creating and managing more than 30 conferences as part of the Phoenix Fire Department. These conferences, with national scope, trained thousands of firefighters and fire officers across America in the critical areas of Health and Wellness, Incident Command, and Managing Change when these issues were first emerging as fire service priorities.

Catalina Ciobanu has been appointed Marketing Leader – The Americas at PBI Performance Products. Ciobanu brings with her 10 years of experience in the fire service industry. Prior to joining PBI, she held a marketing role at Honeywell First Responder Products where she led the development and execution of branding and marketing communication strategies, and she also managed the graphic design and trade shows and events team.

“I’ve spent most of my career in the fire service industry with companies that developed products aimed at protecting firefighters and first responders in the field,” said Ciobanu. “I look forward to continuing that commitment as I begin a new chapter with PBI.”

In her new role, Ciobanu will be responsible for developing the marketing, branding and communications strategies for PBI. She will oversee the development of advertising campaigns, sales tools and collateral material, as well as manage conferences, trade shows, seminars and special VIP events. Ciobanu will also be involved in business development activities and sales efforts.

LION recently completed construction of its new state-of-the-art training center. Housed in LION’s corporate office, LION University provides advanced education on the complex and technical nature of firefighter PPE. Each course, designed to challenge and engage participants, is supported with a comprehensive curriculum with instruction from leading industry professionals. The goal of LION University is to keep LION dealer sales representatives current on requirements of first responders, and technical advancements across the marketplace. For more information, visit

Silver Lake is making a $1 billion investment in Motorola Solutions. Motorola expects to use the investment to accelerate growth in its smart public safety solutions and services businesses through new partnerships, investments and acquisitions.

“Silver Lake has a proven track record of creating value by partnering with leading technology companies around the world,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “This strategic partnership and investment combine Silver Lake’s expertise in technology products, services and information solutions with our vision to create safer communities and more successful businesses. It represents a strong vote of confidence in our company’s strategy and future growth opportunities.”

In connection with Silver Lake’s investment, Egon Durban and Greg Mondre, managing partners of Silver Lake, will be appointed to Motorola Solutions’ board of directors when the transaction closes.

Veridian has acquired Glove Crafters to add to its expanding portfolio of PPE. Veridian's product line already includes structural and proximity turnout gear, wildland, extrication and technical rescue gear and firefighter's hoods and accessories.

“The addition of Glove Crafters reinforces Veridian's position as a leader in firefighter's protective apparel,” said Bill Van Lent, president and CEO of Veridian. “We are continuously on the lookout for strategic opportunities to complement our existing product lines and support our valued customers.”

For more information about Veridan Fire Protective Gear, visit

Pentair Engineered Solutions has obtained UL listing and FM approval on its line of fire pumps with advanced metallurgies. The approval gives operators the ability to combine the design, performance and quality standards of fire pumps built and tested per NFPA 20, UL, and FM, with the advanced metallurgies specifically selected to combat corrosion, extend pump service life and maximize uptime.

The UL/FM Approval of these pumps also means industrial users now have a complete line of Pentair fire protection pumps (to 5,000 gallons per minute) from which to choose. Advanced metallurgies available for use in all major components of split case and vertical turbine pumps include 316 Stainless Steel, Duplex and Super Duplex Stainless Steel, as well as Nickel-Aluminum-Bronze.

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