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Finding

in an Arid Climate Plan now

for the Annual Fall Meetings and Conference in Glendale, AZ Preliminary Schedule pages 12 -13

Industry and Member Outlook Summaries

page 16

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Page 2

Near-Miss Reporting: Partners in Safety Page 14

trade show report card Page 17

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president’s message

FEMSA  News

Finding growth in an arid environment can

to its core values of providing information to

seem like a complex challenge. To create what

its members and working with the industry

feels like the smallest sustainable growth can

partners it serves. Our government initiatives

take focus, long range planning, and some

and growth in our statistics program remain

short term adjustments to bear any results.

key facets in growing the association and the

Without these efforts, innovation would be

members of FEMSA.

like seeds blowing in the wind, landing on the first barren patch of open ground, with little

While finding growth in a less than fruitful

chance to bear fruit. Fortunately, this indus-

environment is a formidable challenge, I can

try and this trade association are pretty astute

guarantee you’ll find the seeds of progress and

at overcoming tough conditions.

innovation at the FEMSA annual meeting in Glendale, Arizona, September 26 - 29, 2012.

Summer 2012 Official Publication of Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association, Inc. P.O. Box 147 Lynnfield, MA 01940-0147 Phone - 781-334-2771 Email - info@femsa.org Website - www.femsa.org Twitter - www.twitter.com/FEMSANews Copy and Advertising Deadlines: Contact the FEMSA office. Provided to members as a benefit of membership. Articles from members are encouraged. FEMSA reserves the right to edit for factual content, brevity and clarity. Articles with product placement and branding will be edited or referred for paid advertising placement.

Growing a company or a career in challeng-

The FEMSA Meeting Planning Committee

ing times is much like raising a family. It can

and FEMSA Education Committee have again

seem like the values, habits and guidance you

put together a program that will foster growth

put forth have landed in a desolate wasteland

for you and your company. Don’t miss this

and refuse to take root. But one day you

opportunity to learn about the innovation and

notice from their actions that growth actually

economics of the fire service, and the business

DID occur because you kept focused and

tools that will enrich your growth in the fire

made the necessary adjustments in approach

service. Keep focused. Make adjustments.

to attain the strived-for results.

And count on FEMSA to help you grow in

Governmental Affairs/CGC

this climate.

Marketing/Newsletter

have been many opportunities to falter as

Sincerely,

we struggle to do more with less. However,

Education

Greg Toritto, Committee Chair Janet Wilmoth, Board Liaison John Granby and Rick Singer, FEMSA Co-Chairs

Membership

Joe Porter, Committee Chair Doug Schaumburg, Board Liaison Barbara Connolly, Committee Chair Judy Weigand, Board Liaison

service and those that serve it are progressand adaptation. FEMSA continues to stick

Bill Lawson, Committee Chair Janet Wilmoth, Board Liaison

Nominating

it is very obvious that a segment of the fire ing during these times through innovation

Annual Meeting Planning

Joe Skey and Gabe Steinbach, Committee Chairs Paul Andrews, Board Liaison

It is certainly not the easiest time in the fire service or the industry that serves it. There

Current Active FEMSA Committees:

Dan Reese

Statistics & Research

James Long, Committee Chair Dan Reese, Board Liaison

Strategic Planning Executive Committee

Trade Shows Advisory / Report Cards Ken Nielson, FEMSA Chair

User Information Guide Program Don Welch, Committee Chair Bill Van Lent, Board Liaison

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contents 2

President’s Message

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2012 FEMSA Board of Directors

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Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC)

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Task Force Tips Host Home Day Celebration

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FEMSA Welcomes its Newest Members

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In Memoriam

2012 FEMSA Board of Directors Officers/Executive Committee Dan Reese

(2012)

President

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FEMSA at FDIC

(781) 334-2771 info@femsa.org

(2014) PBI Performance Products, Inc. (704) 554-3865 William.lawson@pbiproducts.com

Bill Lawson Vice President

Mike Natchipolsky (2012) Secretary-Treasurer (2012/ST1) Firehouse.com (301) 486-3225 mike.natchipolsky@cygnusb2b.com (2013)

Executive Committee Member

Janet Wilmoth

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Annual Meeting and Conference Program

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Near-Miss Reporting

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Personal Responsibility Code

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FAMA/FEMSA Industry Outlook Survey Summary

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FAMA/FEMSA Member Outlook Survey Summary

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Trade Show Report Card

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Member News

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2012 Fire Service Events Calendar

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David Gatton Governmental Affairs Consultant

Development Initiatives, Inc. (202) 957-6530 dgatton@dinitiatives.com Bob Grimaldi

Travel Planner

Rome Travel Bureau, Inc. (904) 495-5055 rometravel13@gmail.com James J. Juneau Legal Counsel

(972) 866-8333 jjuneau@juneauboll.com

Paratech Incorporated (815) 469-3911 knielsen@paratech.us

Executive Committee Member

CFSI Dinner and Seminars recap

Karen Burnham Executive Assistant to the Board

Alexis Fire Equipment (309) 482-6121 danr@alexisfire.com

Ken Nielsen

Canadian Governmental Committee (CGC)

FEMSA Professional Resources

(2014)

Fire Chief Publications (312) 840-8410 janet@firechief.com

Gabe Steinbach Simon Steinbach Webmasters

Windmill Hill Consulting, LLC (314) 504-0945 gabe@windmillhillconsulting.com

Board Members Paul Andrews (2013) FirefighterNation.com /Go Forward Media (240) 595-2352 paul@goforwardmedia.com

Rick Singer (2012) Akron Brass Company (330) 287-7023 rsinger@akronbrass.com

Melinda Freeman   (2012) Kidde Fire Fighting (352) 804-4709 melifree@mfi.net

Giff Swayne (2012) Past President Holmatro, Inc. (410) 768-9662 x103 gswayne@holmatro-usa.com

John Granby (2013) LION Apparel, Inc. (937) 415-2843 jgranby@lionprotects.com

William Van Lent (2014) Veridian Limited, Inc. (712) 262-5200 bvl@veridian.net

Doug Schaumburg (2013) Casco Industries, Inc. (318) 865-5107 doug@cascoindustries.com

Judith Weigand (2014) Amkus, Inc. (630) 515-1800 jweigand@amkus.com


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2012 FEMSA and FAMA Hill Day a Success

By Dave Gatton

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hanks to everyone for making 2012 Hill Day a success! We had 28 companies, represented by 34 individual participants, make a record 77 visits to congressional offices over a 24-hour period. This year’s Hill Day was held in conjunction with the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C. where CFSI celebrated the legacy of Hal Bruno and other fire service leaders. As the congressional appropriators begin to mark up their bills for fiscal year 2013, the FAMA and FEMSA congressional visits could not have been better timed. Hill Day teams visited with Maine Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee responsible for the reauthorization of the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) and the SAFER (hiring) programs. Others met personally with Representative David Price, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security. Still others consulted with staff of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. And the list goes on as our

Hill Day teams fanned out across the Capitol to meet with other appropriations committee members and hometown congressional representatives to educate them on the vital role our industry plays in equipping first responders to protect the public and save lives. Our message was straightforward and simple: The AFG program is one of the most efficient federal programs in existence, using only five cents of every dollar for administration. That means 95 percent of funding goes to fire departments to meet critical equipment needs. Secondly, our nation’s 1.1 million firefighters and emergency response personnel play a critical first responder role in our national response strategy; thirdly, the verdict is in: the AFG program is making real progress in helping to fill critical equipment gaps in the fire service; and fourthly, our nation’s fire service industry both creates American manufacturing jobs and is the source of innovation to help first responders protect the public and themselves. Representative Rob Andrews (NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Fire Caucus and a devoted supporter of the fire service told the fire dinner attendees that they are selfless in their service to the people within their community, but now they need to be a little selfish and tell people what is needed to preserve the fire service. He said nothing more epitomizes the American character than the service exemplified in the local firehouse.

Massachusetts delegation on Capitol Hill (l-r:) Karen Burnham (FAMA/FEMSA), Jeff Mazza (Bulldog Fire Apparatus), Jeff Koledo (Fire-Dex), Congressman James McGovern (3rd-MA), Chief Tom and Mrs. Cheryl Bogart (Lynnfield, MA), and George Goros (United Plastic)

Representative Andrews is right. We need to be more vocal, not less, in communicating to Congress what is needed to protect and serve the American public. We need to aggressively make the case that, as a critical part of our national response strategy, local first responders need federal resources to provide what is the most basic role of government: the protection of its citizens on a daily basis. That is what FAMA and FEMSA did on Hill Day. We took our message to Congress to help the fire service make its case. We will continue to do so. Thanks again to everyone who participated. Hal Bruno would have been proud.

TASK FORCE TIPS HOSTS HOME DAY CELEBRATION

TFT Chief Financial Officer Martin Sonnenberg (left), Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, and TFT CEO Stewart McMillan broke bread and shared thoughts during the company’s recent Home Day event.

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ndiana Congressman Mike Pence joined state and local guests recently for Task Force Tips’ Annual Home Day celebration, a part of TFT’s ongoing effort to help policy makers understand the importance of building and sustaining an economic foundation that will aid in the funding and promotion of state firefighting departments. TFT designs and manufacturers firefighting and water delivery equipment. “TFT has a

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significant economic impact on this community, on this state, as well as on our nation with the jobs we create, the equipment we manufacture, and with the taxes we pay,” said TFT CEO Stewart McMillan. “Not only do we design and manufacture firefighting and water delivery equipment that helps protect and serve people the world over, but we also help create an economic base that our communities can rely and build upon.” Congressman Pence, an Indiana gubernatorial candidate, spoke with employees during his TFT plant tour, gathering comments and suggestions to help formulate his program aimed at bolstering the state’s skilled workforce. In the luncheon that followed, Pence conducted a roundtable discussion, soliciting thoughts from area first responders, politicians, and business people. “It’s my belief that the best ideas for Indiana come from Indiana,” Pence said. “As we work on our jobs plan, I believe it is essential that we first listen to Hoosiers who are creating jobs in the

city and on the farm.” As one of Northwest Indiana’s kingpins in private sector manufacturing, TFT employs 191 skilled workers full time. Its employees have a high school degree or above, and a number of them entered the company through area vocational training or internship programs. “Even though our company has expanded well beyond U.S. borders in its business ventures, we still depend on local skill and educational talent pools for recruitment and hiring,” said TFT Chief Financial Officer Martin Sonnenberg. “We’ve found that a number of people who work here tap into our company’s educational assistance program, furthering themselves in particular areas of interest . . . such as in vocational arts or in secondary education. That may be one of the factors that helps us maintain our high employee retention rate.”


Furrowed brow…deep in thought

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ony Barboza is working his magic on the GAC mapping project, a snapshot of the combined FAMA and FEMSA membership

footprint in the US and Canada. This helpful data, based on member responses to the GAC survey, will show the extensive reach and representation of

our two trade organizations. THANK YOU, Tony!

FEMSA Welcomes its Newest Members Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. David Russell, President 200 Ryan Street South Plainfield, NJ 07080 Tel: (800) 400-8017 Email: drussell@f-ss.com Web: www.f-ss.com Manufacturers’ representative FIRE 20/20 Larry Sagen, Executive Director 1011 Shore Drive Bremerton, WA 98310 Tel: (360) 373-4422 Email: lsagen@fire2020.org Web: www.fire2020.org Facilitates/connects Fire/EMS with their multi-cultural communities to increase the reach and effectiveness of diversity recruitment and retention, emergency response, and community risk reduction programs.

Hale Products, Inc. Richard Tull, Manager of Product Training 700 Spring Mill Avenue Conshohocken, PA 19428 Tel: (610) 825-6300 Email: rtull@idexcorp.com Web: www.haleproducts.com Manufacturer of pumps and foam systems/water handling Kimtek Corporation Kimball Johnson, President 2163 VT RT 5A Orleans, VT 05860 Tel: (802) 525-4061 Email: sales@kimtekresearch.com Web: www.kimtekresearch.com Manufacturer of skid units for ATV/UTV, pickup trucks and full UTV vehicle chassis for use by fire departments

Leader North America, Inc. Thomas Fox, Operations Manager 960 Old Mountain Road Statesville, NC 28677 Tel: (704) 528-1157 Email: info@leadernorthamerica.com Web: www.leadernorthamerica.com Physio Control Ms. Corey Carlson Grant Consultant 11811 Willows Road NE Redmond, WA 98052 Tel: (763) 478-3900 Email: corey.c.carlson @physio-control.com Web: www.physio-control.com Manufacturer of cardiac monitor defibrillators, CPR devices, AED’s, Qa/Q1 software tools, etc.

In Memoriam We sadly share the news that Trey Harding has died. Trey was the oldest son of Glyn Harding of Ferrara Fire Apparatus. Trey was married with a young daughter, and served as a driver for the Baton Rouge Fire Department. A funeral mass was held March 5th.

Your personal notes of condolence may be sent to: Mr. & Mrs. Drew Sutphen + Family c/o Sutphen Corporation, P.O. Box 0158, Amlin, OH 43002 Please keep the entire Sutphen family in your thoughts and prayers.

An education fund has been established by Professional Firefighters Local 557 for Audrey Claire Harding, Trey’s daughter. All donations may be sent to the Baton Rouge Fire Department Federal Credit Union as follows: Account #3449-B Local 557 - Audrey Claire Harding Education Fund

John Swanson of Kochek Company shared the sad news that his youngest brother, Scott Swanson, died on March 18th. Scott was 54. Condolences may be sent to John at: 1538 E Clinton Trl, Charlotte, MI 48813, jswanson@kochek.com

Baton Route FD FCU PO Box 40118, Baton Rouge, LA 70835 Tel: 800-798-4619

Jill Granby-Wadleigh, sister of FEMSA Board member John Granby, passed on May 11, 2012.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society by phone at 800.227.2345 or by mail to: American Cancer Society, 500 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502.  Your personal notes of condolence may be sent to: John and Karen Granby 7475 Forest Brook Blvd., Centerville, OH 45459.  

Your notes of condolence may be sent to Glyn Harding, c/o Ferrara Fire Apparatus, P.O. Box 249, Holden, LA 70744. FEMSA and FAMA are truly saddened to report the April 30th passing of Mrs. Lois J. Sutphen, mother of Drew (Judi) Sutphen of Sutphen Corporation.

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Canadian Governmental Committee (CGC)

By Richard Boyes, Chairman

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embers of the CGC travelled to our nation’s capital, Ottawa, in March to meet with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) Board of Directors to make a presentation about Canadian Governmental Committee. Past Chair Brian Nash and I represented the CGC and we were very pleased to have John Granby of the FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Affairs Committee (US) attend as well. The team made a co-presentation outlining what the CGC is and what our goals and objectives are. John provided an overview of how the CGC

fits within the GAC and FAMA and FEMSA organizations. John’s knowledge and experience provided much insight for the CAFC Board of Directors, especially regarding the success of the GAC and how it has become a valued partner with other United States Fire Service associations. Brian and I spoke about how the CGC can help the CAFC to move its issues forward as we all have a common goal of an improved fire service. I would like to thank John Granby for taking time to travel to Ottawa and assist the CGC. His contribution was invaluable and he made it much easier for Brian and me. Many thanks go to Brian Nash too for his assistance and knowledge. Since the meeting, we have been informed that the CAFC is willing to work with the CGC and have a seat on the CAFC Government Relations Committee. The CAFC will provide formal notification to us once they make some internal changes to recognize the CGC. This notification will probably occur after their annual

FEMSA Members on the Trade Show Floor at FDIC

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conference in late September. We followed one of John’s teachings of “Showing up and making friends!” Based on positive developments with the CAFC, release of the Ten Important Facts Survey is on hold until we get formal recognition from the CAFC. I know everybody is anxious to get the survey out but we will have much more success with the endorsement and consultation of the CAFC to get the information we need. Rest assured that the survey will begin as soon as the official approvals are in place. My estimation is that we will launch the survey in early fall. I am very pleased with the progress of the CGC, and I hope to report more progress after the CAFC annual meeting. I would be remiss if I did not thank the committee members for their hard work and support to get the CGC to where it is today. Thanks again and have a great summer.


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LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP: 24th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner Program Salutes Our Legacy by Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director

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ithin the first five minutes of the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner, the theme of the 24th annual dinner program became quite evident. Louis J. Amabili, a former member of the Presidential Commission on Fire Prevention and Control

FAMA and FEMSA members and guests gather after the 24th annual CFSI dinner.

that authored the seminal report, America Burning, delivered the welcoming remarks to 1,600 fire and emergency services leaders. Following his remarks, he introduced Chief Billy Goldfeder and his son, Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Goldfeder who delivered the Pledge of Allegiance. Those two moments in the program captured the

career in the fire service….Forty-one years later, another generation of fire service leaders is now tasked with the mission to take over where my generation left off – to work together as members of one fire service to ensure that all firefighters have the training, equipment and knowledge to perform their jobs safety and effectively.” The annual CFSI dinner is the national tribute to our nation’s fire and emergency services. The keynote speaker for this year’s program was United States Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell. Appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mitchell spoke about the importance of working together. “As leaders in the fire and emergency services, it is incumbent upon us to work together as partners and to reach out to each other as stakeholders. During lean times, such as these, it becomes more evident – if we are to succeed,” said Mitchell. He went on to say that the fire and emergency services is “full of problem-solvers. I’m convinced that any problem can be solved if we involve all of resources we have as a service. When finances are tight, the cliché, ‘Don’t work harder, work smarter’, is often heard. Well, working together is smarter. The process may take longer, but it is smarter.”

ticipated in the dinner program. Senator Tom Carper (DE), Congressman Rob Andrews (NJ) and Congressman Peter King (NY) also offered words of thanks and gratitude to the audience. The program also featured four major award presentations for both individual and organization leadership. Marcine Goodloe, of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association was the recipient of the 2012 CFSI/ Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training received the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. This award is co-sponsored by CFSI and NFFF with corporate support from VFIS and State Farm Insurance. The CFSI/ MedicAlert Foundation Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award was presented to the Mesa, AZ Fire Department (Career), Selden (NY) Fire Department (Volunteer) and Center Point, AL Fire District (Combination). The final award, the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education, went to Meri-K Appy, one of the nation’s leading figures in fire safety education. A new partnership was

The program included a special tribute to the late Hal Bruno by Congressman Steny Hoyer. The latechairman emeritus

Congressman Steny Hoyer pays tribute to the late Hal Bruno. He is joined on the stage by Hal’s two sons, Harold (l)and Danny (r) Bruno.

CFSI Board member Louis Amabili meaning of this year’s dinner theme, “Legacy of Leadership.” “Forty-one years ago, I was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, “ said Amabili, a member of the CFSI Board of Directors. “It was the greatest honor of my 10 Summer 2012 • FEMSA.org

of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and former master of ceremonies of the dinner, Bruno passed away in 2011 following a brief illness. “For those of us who had the privilege of calling Hal a friend, we know how he always treated everyone he met with respect, courtesy and kindness,” said Hoyer. “ On Capitol Hill, party affiliation meant little to Hal. Within the fire service, the same can be said of one’s rank. He treated everyone the same. In doing so, he was genuinely liked and respected by all.” Rep. Hoyer was one of four members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus who par-

formed between CFSI and the International Fire Service Training Association at Oklahoma State University to co-sponsor this award. “Each year, CFSI takes great pride and honor in hosting this event for our nation’s fire and emergency services,” said Executive Director Bill Webb. “As I have often said, we organize a dinner and seminar program. It is the people who attend that make it THE National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. We hope to fill the ballroom next year with 2,500 fire service leaders as we celebrate our 25th annual tribute.”


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Near-Miss Reporting: Partners in Safety By Amy Tippett, NMRS Program Manager By Amy Tippett, NMRS Program Manager

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he National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System (NMRS) launched its website (www.firefighternearmiss.com) in August 2005 at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Denver. As our industry returns to Denver this August, NMRS has received 5,000 reports from firefighters/EMTs across the country sharing their experiences so that others can learn from them. The mission of NMRS is to provide data and case studies for efforts related to preventing and reducing firefighter/ EMT injuries and fatalities. This is done by collecting, sharing and analyzing near-miss reports to support improving safety in the fire and emergency service. NMRS is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. As we approach the 7th anniversary of NMRS, this is an appropriate time to look at some frequently asked questions about NMRS regarding equipment-related reports.

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: Does NMRS post reports with manufacturer names on www.firefighternearmiss.com?

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: No. Each submitted report is reviewed by two trained report reviewers who are chief officers with at least 15-years experience. They remove all identifying information including individual names, department names, addresses and manufacturer names. The de-identified report is then posted on the public website. The report reviewers also code various data points on the administrative side of the program and this secondary analysis data is NOT posted on the public website. If the report cites a manufacturer’s name, this

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: Does NMRS investigate reports of suspected equipment errors on behalf of fire departments?

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: No, NMRS does not investigate any reports. If the report submitter has provided their contact information (which is optional), then the report reviewer will contact the report submitter for additional information. The report reviewers are trained to encourage the report submitter to contact their local manufacturer representative to report any issues with the equipment. The report reviewer then follows protocols that may include contacting the manufacturer to relay information regarding the report. NMRS will not provide department information to the manufacturer in order to protect the confidentiality of the report submitter. NMRS does encourage manufacturers to provide a bulletin or other informational documentation that NMRS can post on the website.

“NMRS has been fortunate to work with forward-thinking manufacturers who understand the role of near-miss reporting in firefighter/EMT safety.”

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: Is NMRS a repository for equipment and apparatus complaints from firefight-

ers?

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: No. When the program launched in 2005, there was a concern from the industry that NMRS would become a repository for complaints about equipment and apparatus even though that was not the purpose of the program. This in fact has not happened. The majority of the reports received, do not have anything to do with equipment. And the reports that are equipment related, usually site human error as one of the contributing factors.

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information is redacted from the posted report however it is coded on the administrative side of the program. This is done so that if a pattern emerges, NMRS staff can work with the manufacturer.

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: Can a manufacture use near-miss reports to promote their product?

: No. As stated in the “Privacy Statement” on the website, you may download one copy of content from the website for personal, non-commercial use. However, it is recommended that manufacturers use near-miss reports to enhance their knowledge of how their products are being used on the frontlines. For example, if you manufacture SCBA, use the “Search Reports” feature of the website and read some of the 500 reports that mention SCBA. This snapshot of events involving SCBA may trigger ideas on improvements to training manuals or maintenance recommendations.

Q

: Does NMRS work with manufacturers to provide safety-related information to members of the fire and emergency service?

A

: Absolutely Yes! NMRS has been fortunate to work with forward-thinking manufacturers who understand the role of near-miss reporting in firefighter/EMT safety. By working together, NMRS can help manufactures provide information to their customers regarding the importance of properly using and maintaining equipment. To view some examples of safety bulletins that manufacturers have provided to NMRS, visit http://firefighternearmiss.com/index.php/main-resources/146


PERSOnAL RESPOnSIBILIty cOdE 1. Fire Fighting and Emergency Response are inherently dangerous activities requiring proper training in their hazards and the use of extreme caution at all times. 2. It is your responsibility to read and understand any user’s instructions, including purpose and limitations, provided with any piece of equipment you may be called to use. 3. It is your responsibility to know that you have been properly trained in fire fighting and/ or emergency response and in the use, precautions, and care of any equipment you may be called upon to use. 4. It is your responsibility to be in proper physical condition and to maintain the personal skill level required to operate any equipment you may be called upon to use. 5. It is your responsibility to know your equipment is in operable condition and has been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 6. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in death, burns or other severe injury. In 2005, FEMSA published and copyrighted a Personal Responsibility Code (PRC). Through the PRC, members that provide emergency response equipment and services warn responders of the dangers inherent in their profession and point out that failure to follow the guidelines outlined may result in death, burns or other severe injury. This publication has been endorsed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA), and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). Members may order several formats of the PRC or enter into an annual licensing agreement to use the PRC in company literature, on web sites, or wherever it best suits the member company. Contact the FEMSA office - info@femsa.org - for further information on this program.

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FAMA/FEMSA Industry Outlook Survey Summary by Jeff Hupke

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he FAMA Education Committee, on behalf of FAMA and FEMSA, completed the annual “Industry Outlook” survey. Information was gathered from 225 fire departments, career and volunteer, across the US and Canada. Respondents were generally more optimistic than in recent years. 56% of the respondents anticipate making a major purchase over the next fiscal year, up from 37% when we did the survey two years ago. We asked about actions that departments expected to take due to economic conditions and 46% indicated that their standard operating procedures would change, up from 21% in 2010. Another meaningful change observed was the number of respondents who received a grant. The percentage dropped from 70% in

“The Education Committee used the survey to identify the most important factors that contribute to choosing apparatus and equipment. ” 2009 to 47% in 2011. Not surprisingly, 54% of the departments indicated that helping raise the overall awareness of funding sources was one of the most important actions that FAMA/FEMSA members could take.

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The Education Committee used the survey to identify the most important factors that contribute to choosing apparatus and equipment.

The survey also asked participants to rate the importance of various sources when departments are seeking information on apparatus and equipment. Word of mouth ranked at the top as the most important information source followed by trade shows and manufacturer websites.

To see how safety, price, alternative fuels, and all the other influencers were rated by participants, we’re providing complete survey results to FAMA and FEMSA on the associations’ web sites in the secure member area (user name and

The Education Committee encourages members to download the survey results in their entirety. This useful data can help us listen to our customers, better our companies and improve the industry

FAMA/FEMSA Member Outlook Survey Summary

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n addition to the Industry Outlook Survey, which has been done each of the last three years, the FAMA Education Committee completed an initial Member Outlook Survey. Drawing from 92 FAMA and FEMSA member companies, each of the different geographies was adequately represented. Many of the questions in this survey asked members about the current state of their respective companies and what they were anticipating next year and even three years out. The general trend that we are seeing is optimism and improvement. Factory capacity, revenue growth and capital spending

are all expected to increase over the next few years. This is optimism that has not been seen in the emergency industry since before the recession. Another interesting survey result is that 66% of the respondents anticipated growth in their export business. 32% of the companies indicated that exports currently make up 5% or less of their revenues. The survey also asked respondents to rank their concerns about various issues including health

care costs, economic conditions, competition, and federal regulation to name a few. The scaled ratings allowed five choices from “1 – This does not impact my business.” to “5 – Keeps me up at night.” We have happily provided the detailed survey results in the secure member area of the association web sites where we’ve organized the information into handy pie charts and tables. The Education Committee encourages members to view and download this useful data.

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trade show report card update By Summer Johnston and Ken Nielsen (Paratech)

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y the time this issue of FEMSA News hits the streets, Firehouse World and FDIC will be a distant memory and we’ll be getting ready for the next round of trade show fun. The fire service industry exhibition season is officially in full swing.

section: “Services” has been added to help get more detailed feedback about topics that address a wider range of FEMSA and FAMA members’ show concerns. We hope you find these additional questions an improvement to the survey.

This year, as some of you have hopefully already noticed, there have been additions to the Trade Show Report Card questionnaire. A new section: “Staging” and an expanded

In late March, a survey was sent out asking the membership if there were other trade shows not currently part of the Trade Show Report Card that should be considered for it. Thank

2011 ATTENDANCE RESULTS

EXHIBITORS

ATTENDEES

you for your input! We are still in the process of compiling the results. Don’t be surprised if a survey shows up for a trade show outside the usual suspects. Survey results from Firehouse World in San Diego and FDIC in Indianapolis will incorporate the modified scale for the new questions. Be sure to look for that in the next newsletter.

FEMSA/FAMA MEMBERS EXHIBITING

FIREHOUSE WORLD 305 6,801 86 FDIC 840 28,718 165 (FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE)

NEW YORK CHIEFS-FIRE 2011 346 13,996 62

FIREHOUSE EXPO 326 13,998 79 FRI 538 8,904 127 (FIRE-RESCUE INTERNATIONAL)

Yearly GPA Trade Show

2010 2011 2012

Firehouse World

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FDIC 3.14 3.44 NY Fire Chiefs

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FRI 2.48 2.63

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Member News Visitors to the Akron Brass website will notice a few changes that offer improved website functionality, easier navigation and product search capabilities. Akron Brass listened to their customers and implemented their suggestions to improve the website. “Enhancing the customer experience is our top priority,” said Sarah Hay, eMarketing Manager, who led the development of the redesign and launch. “It is clear that Akron Brass’s online presence is a critical component to our marketing communication strategy.” Akron Brass encourages customers to test drive the redesigned website at http://www. akronbrass.com.

Allegiant Emergency Services Partners with MSA Allegiant Emergency Services is now an authorized sales and service dealer for MSA in South Dakota. Allegiant President Mark Brenneman announced, “We are extremely excited to have partnered with MSA. Over the years our customers have come to Allegiant for the tools and vehicles they depend on to do their job safely. Now as a Channel Partner with MSA, we can provide South Dakota fire departments with the complete line of MSA Fire and Safety products. MSA is a leader in the fire and safety industry and we are now able to bring additional innovative and quality products to our customers. In addition to sales, Allegiant is committed to offering service of new and existing MSA products by offering on site service and repairs as well as required annual flow testing of MSA Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.”

Eric D. Pasch Appointed CEO of Bullard The Board of Directors of E.D. Bullard Company has appointed Eric D. Pasch as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2012. Mr. Pasch joined Bullard in 1999 as Director of Finance and was quickly promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, positions he held until last year. Mr. Pasch succeeds Richard C. Miller who joined Bullard in 1985, served as the Company’s President and CEO since December 1998, and retired at the end of 2011. Mr. Miller will remain an advisor to the company in 2012 and will continue to serve on its Board of Directors. Founded in 1898, Bullard manufacturers personal protective equipment and is headquartered in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

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spent the last five years with Globe Manufacturing. Robert spent three years in customer service before becoming a Regional Sales Manager his last two years with Globe. His experience and knowledge will be an asset as Casco grows.

Ferrara Fire Apparatus Receives Industry Safety Award Holden, LA – Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC) has once again awarded Ferrara Fire Apparatus with the LWCC Safest 70 Award. The LWCC award is in recognition of Ferrara’s outstanding excellence and commitment to workplace safety. Ferrara, a custom fire apparatus manufacturer first received The Safest 70 Award in 2011. The Safest 70 is presented annually to 70 Louisiana companies in recognition of their commitment to safety. Approximately 18,000 Louisiana companies are LWCC policyholders. Ferrara Fire Apparatus President and CEO Chris Ferrara said the recognition was affirmation of the company’s beliefs in constantly focusing upon and improving overall safety. “We say the products we build here ‘Lead the Way in Firefighter Safety.’ That all starts by creating a safe work environment for our employees. We can’t tout safety for our customers without first making sure our employees stay safe.”

Prize of the business media,” ABM’s Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media. Paying tribute to the Neal Award winners, ABM President & CEO Clark Pettit said, “We are so proud to honor these journalists and editors. Their deep expertise, ability to push progress across existing and new media channels, and successful track records of informing the industry in important issues place them at the forefront of their fields.” Firehouse’s integrated coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 included a 276-page book, “WTC: In Their Own Words,” featuring exclusive photos and interviews with firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack; in-depth coverage in the September 2011 issue; special educational programming and a fire service tribute to 9/11 responders at Firehouse Expo, and original reporting on Firehouse.com from Shanksville, PA and New York City. “What an incredible honor to be recognized by ABM and our peers,” says Patricia Maroder, Publisher, Firehouse®. “The Firehouse team worked extremely hard in pulling together an enormous amount of content, and to produce the content in a variety of platforms. The team also found the right balance of content -- by honoring those we lost, recognizing those who assisted in the recovery and rebuilding efforts, and capturing the sentiments of the fire service and our nation at large ten years later.”

FireRescue magazine/FirefighterNation.com Present Awards Firecom Partners with Simulation Technology to Enhance Firefighter Driver Training Simulation Firecom has announced a partnership with Simulation Technology, LLC to make Firecom wireless communication headsets available as a standard component of firefighter driving simulation systems. By incorporating wireless headset communication systems, the highly realistic driving simulators deliver a completely immersive training environment that includes crew, dispatch and training communication with the same headsets that trainees will use while actually en route to the fireground.

Firehouse was named a Neal Award winner by American Business Media (ABM) during the 58th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony in New York City. Firehouse was saluted by a distinguished board of judges for its 9/11 Anniversary coverage in the category of Best Integrated Package. Often hailed for its preeminence as the “Pulitzer

In April, the 2012 Fire Service Writers Awards were presented by FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com and FireEMSblogs.com. Here are highlights of the recipients and awards: Dave Statter, whose blog Statter911.com is among the most popular in the fire service, won the “Keeping Us Honest” award for his thoughtful and consistent reporting. The FireGeezer.com blog, written by Mike Ward and Bill Schumm, received an award for their 5 Years of Service as leading bloggers. Willie Wines and Rhett Fleitz, both of the Roanoke (VA) Fire-EMS Department, won the “Unrivaled Support of the Fire Service” award for their blogs IronFiremen.com and FireCritic. com (respectively), recognizing their support of causes ranging from FDNY’s Rescue 2 Mayday Fund to coverage of Memorial Stair Climb events. Homer Robertson, a Captain with the Fort Worth (Texas) Fire Department and author of FireRescue/FirefighterNation. com’s “Quick Drills” column, for 5 Years of Service. Kevin Milan, a Training Officer with South Metro (Colo.) Fire Rescue and author of


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Member News FirefighterNation.com’s Training column, for “Innovative Training Content.” Bob Vaccaro, Fire Chief (Ret.) of Deer Park (N.Y.) Fire Department and author of FireRescue’s Apparatus Ideas column and FirefighterNation.com’s Inside the Apparatus Industry column, for “Most Prolific Author.” Greg Jakubowski, Chief, Lingohocken (Pa.) Fire Company and author of FireRescue magazine’s Fire Attack column, and Bill Schumm and Sam Yardumian of FireGeezer.com, for “Writer/Blogger Collaboration,” in recognition of their story “Bringing Tristan Home,” about firefighter Tristan Smith, who was killed in action while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Bill Carey, who has served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant with the Hyattsville (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department, was given the “Staff & Blogger Appreciation” award for his blog BackStepFirefighter.com, and his dedicated coverage of news and issues in the fire service.

FireRescue1.com Acquires FireRecruit.com FireRescue1.com, an online resource for the firefighting community, announced that it has acquired FireRecruit.com, a comprehensive employment website and job subscription service for firefighters, and will be incorporating it into the FireRescue1.com Network of news and information websites. Founded in 1994, FireRecruit.com provides 15,000 members and 2,000 active subscribers with access to nationwide fire department recruitment information. Thomas McCormick Promoted to Director of Business Development at Praetorian Group Praetorian Group, parent company of FireRescue1, is pleased to announce the promotion of Thomas McCormick to the position of Director of Business Development. Thomas joined the Praetorian Group in 2009 as a National Sales Manager and has since grown the number of advertising partners on FireRescue1 and EMS1 by 50% in less than three years. In his new role, Thomas will be leading Praetorian Group’s Fire and EMS sales and relationship management teams. In addition, he will continue to focus on new business relationships, providing custom marketing solutions to public safety companies looking to reach a broad audience of first responders. Prior to his position with Praetorian, Thomas was National Sales Manager with both CBS Radio and then ABC Radio, implementing and building their online business portfolios in Northern California.

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First Line Technology Announces Expansion of Sales Team. First Line Technology, LLC, the 2012 National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Success Story Winner, expanded its sales team early this year to include two experienced salesmen, both of whom have been working in the emergency preparedness and disaster response industry for many years. First Line is proud to announce that Dennis B. Ottey and Jeff Paden have joined the First Line sales team as of February, 2012. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Dennis and Jeff to the First Line Technology sales team,” said First Line Technology Vice President Randy Sakowitz. “The experience that these two salesmen bring will contribute immeasurably to our continued business growth. We look forward to all they have to offer and to many years of working with both Dennis and Jeff.” Dennis B. Ottey, First Line Technology’s new National Sales Manager, brings a wealth of disaster mitigation and sales management experience to the team. He holds current certifications from the Emergency Management Institute for NIMS, ICS and HICS, and has a clinical background in emergency medicine as a ER Technician, EMT‐P and Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant. Dennis is an expert in DHS/HPP‐ASPR and related Federal grant requirements and has spent the last eight years supporting the development and rollout of the nation’s emergency preparedness and all-hazards initiatives. In his free time, Dennis enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake with his wife, Jacqui. Jeff Paden, First Line Technology’s new Military/Federal Sales Manager spent the last 10 years as OEM Director of Sales and Marketing for the development, sales, manufacturing, and fielding of more than $45 million in military and commercial CBRNE APR and PAPR respiratory protection products to JPEO‐CBD activities, NG CERFP & HRF,USSOCOM, JSOC, FMS, SWAT and multiple OEMs. Key military and federal programs that he worked on included IPAPR for SCBA‐G, JSAM (Rotary) blower system, and more than 10,000 NIOSH‐approved PAPR kits fielded by CERFP, NGRF and HRF operators. Jeff is celebrating 20 years of marriage to Susan Wilhelm Paden this year and is co‐owner of ShutterBooth Maryland and ShutterBooth Northern Virginia. In his free time, Jeff enjoys fishing, shooting, cooking, and collecting antique cast iron cookware.

Gimaex of the Americas, LLS is pleased to announce their recent relocation to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida:

Financial Center at the Gardens 3801 PGA Blvd., Suite 1001 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Tel: (561) 746-8515 Fax: (561) 746-8518 The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has announced the winners of its four national awards. Recipients were honored during the NVFC’s spring meeting and banquet on April 28, 2012, in Alexandria, VA. NVFC’s 2012 awards recipients are: Chief Lawrence Plumer NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award Award sponsored by Rosenbauer America James Conomea NVFC Fire Prevention Award Award sponsored by First Alert Cherryville Fire Department NVFC Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award sponsored by Tyco International Katherine Brierley NVFC Junior Firefighter of the Year Award sponsored by Tyco International Among other items, award recipients received a trip to Alexandria to attend the award ceremony and the Junior Firefighter of the Year also receives a trip to a Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. Thanks to support from Tyco International, a new junior firefighter recruitment video is now available for download on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site at www.nvfc.org/ juniors. Program advisors and department leaders can use the 4-minute video, which features juniors participating and explaining their interest in junior firefighting and their plans for their future, to recruit youth for their program at the local level. The video can be downloaded and taken to schools, community organizations, or department open houses to educate youth and adults about the benefit of junior firefighter programs.

KIMTEK Research Launches New Website. Newly restructured website opens access to Fire Fighters and Emergency Services KIMTEK Corporation, provider of skid/slip-in units for Fire, Emergency services and industry, recently launched its new website, www.kimtekresearch. com. The wholly redesigned and revised website includes navigation connecting visitors to information on KIMTEK’s range of products and services. The website design has a fresh new uncluttered look and format that lets users locate information simply and effectively.


Member News KIMTEK’s president Kimball Johnson says of the launch, “ Our new web site embodies KIMTEK’s commitment to meeting the changing needs, challenges, and digital expectations of our customers. In keeping with our goal of simplifying the business process, our new site provides flexibility to change and grow as our users’ needs do.”

L.N. Curtis & Sons is pleased to announce its newest Sales Professional, Scott Marshall, serving our customers in the East Los Angeles County, Southern Nevada and San Bernardino/Mojave Desert area. Scott has extensive experience in personal protective clothing. Scott has a great sense of responsibility, integrity and is an outstanding customer satisfactionoriented team member.

LION Acquires BullEx, HAAGEN to Offer First Responder Training Equipment, Resource LION is excited to announce that BullEx Digital Safety and HAAGEN Fire Training Products have joined the LION organization. Along with LION, the Albany, New York-based BullEx and Netherlands-based HAAGEN companies now form the world’s largest provider of fire training systems and centers as a new division within the LION organization called the LION Training Resources Group. “LION has a legacy of offering first responders unprecedented innovations critical to preparing them to do what their jobs require because they are safer, healthier, more comfortable and more functional,” said LION CEO Steve Schwartz. “With BullEx and HAAGEN as part of the LION group, we offer another critical aspect of readiness.”

Spartan Motors, Inc. (SMI) has announced the major building blocks of a global emergency response (ER) strategy for Spartan’s continued growth in the North American and global marketplace. Actions include:

Expanding Spartan’s brand power to gain continued benefit for Spartan Chassis’ OEM partners and their dealers.

Collaboration with Renault to develop the North American ER marketplace

Accelerated new product development

As part of Spartan’s growth strategy, Dennis Schneider has been named president of Spartan Motors’ Emergency Response business. A longtime manufacturing, operations and logistics executive with experience in the U.S. and abroad, Schneider, joined Spartan Motors in January as vice president of Crimson Fire. He will now oversee the business that designs, engineers and manufactures emergency response vehicles and cab/chassis in both the North American and global emergency response markets. Additionally, Spartan Motors announced that Colden Enterprises, which sells, repairs and refurbishes fire apparatus in western New York, has become the most recent dealer to join Spartan ERV.

Streamlight Donates to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Renews Bronze Helmet Sponsorship Streamlight, Inc., donated $17,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) with proceeds from sales of the company’s Red Nano Light®. Streamlight earmarks $1.00 from the sale of each keychain light to the NFFF. The company also announced the renewal of its “Bronze Helmet” sponsorship of NFFF with a contribution of $10,000. Both donations will assist the non-profit organization in commemorating the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and supporting their families and co-workers.

Execution of a shared strategic vision with the French company Gimaex – an OEM with a strong global business in the emergency response industry.

“Firefighters are committed to saving lives, and they risk their own lives to do their jobs,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “It is an honor for Streamlight to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s programs, which celebrate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and assist their families and colleagues.“

Global consolidation of brands in the ER marketplace. The Crimson Fire brand will be replaced with Spartan ERV and all emergency response products will be branded Spartan in all geographies.

Streamlight’s sponsorship of NFFF helps fund various initiatives, including the organization’s National Memorial Weekend tribute to fallen heroes, which this year will be held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD,

October 6-7, 2012. A plaque with the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2011 will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during the tribute. Streamlight’s sponsorship support also helps fund scholarships awarded to spouses and children of fallen firefighters, and counseling programs for agencies that have lost colleagues in the line of duty.

Super Vac recently completed a move to a newly remodeled building at 3842 Redman Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado. Encompassing 160,000 square feet, the new building contains all Super Vac manufacturing processes including our foundry for the casting of fan blades. In addition to the new building, there is another

20 acres of land for future expansion. Super Vac had been located 12 miles south in Loveland, Colorado for the past 50 years, but had grown to the point of exceeding available space and was spread over 5 buildings, some separated by a city street. The new building is designed to be very energy efficient with computer controlled lighting, security and air movement. The washing process for the powder paint area has been engineered to be zero discharge. The west end of the property is a designated wetland, including a warm water spring that is heavily visited by migratory ducks and geese. The wetland and surrounding buffer area will not be disturbed. The expansion was necessary to accommodate the increased order levels for PPV, Smoke Ejector, Confined Space, and Large SVU style fans. By moving all operations under one roof, there is much efficiency to be gained to reduce both lead times and product costs. During the FRI in Denver this August, there will be bus service and tours of the new building.

TenCate Protective Fabrics expands its market presence in US and Canada TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, maker of protective fabrics for the Fire Service, Industrial and Defense markets, has reached an agreement regarding an asset transaction with Difco Performance Fabrics Inc. in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). This transaction has further increased Summer 2012 • FEMSA.org

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Member News the commercial presence andmanufacturing activities of TenCate in the US and Canadian protective fabrics markets. Among the assets being purchased by TenCate are all of Difco’s brand names and other intellectual property associated with Difco’s protective fabrics product portfolio. This transaction is in line with the strategy of TenCate to expand its activities in these markets both geographically and through a broadening of its product portfolio. Difco is a recognized producer of protective fabrics in the Canadian and North American markets. This strategic transaction is an important step for TenCate in forming a stronger presence in the Canadian market and throughout North America.

Towers Fire Apparatus was appointed as a Hurst dealer in Illinois for three product lines with a territory that includes central and southern Illinois. Towers will also provide repair service and annual maintenance on Hurst tools. Mark Sale, outside apparatus coordinator for Towers, attended the

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FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Vehicle Maintenance Symposium in Orlando, FL. Mark covers Indiana and central Illinois for Towers. Paul Costello and Bob Fleming, service technicians for Towers, attended Mako’s Advanced Distributor course held in Peach Tree City, GA. The seminar taught maintenance, repair and operation of Mako compressors and purification systems.

Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence as one that recognizes successful employer-employee joint safety programs based on workplace injuries/illnesses vs. industry standards, as well as innovation and strategic development of safety policy and approaches. It is a highly competitive award, given to only a handful of Pennsylvania companies each year.

Brad Towers, President of Towers, and Mark Sale, outside apparatus coordinator, attended Rosenbauer’s new chassis launch in Dallas, TX with ride and drives at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Ziamatic Corp. has been awarded the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence, an outstanding achievement in their ongoing commitment to workplace safety. The fire and safety equipment manufacturer recently entered their second year of SHARP status, and was the first company from Bucks County to do so. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor, in conjunction with WorkSafe PA, describes the

The award was presented to Ziamatic by Pennsylvania Labor Secretary Julia K. Hearthway. “As a manufacturer of emergency services equipment for over 50 years, we felt it was important to share in the safety ideals of our customers,” said President Michael P. Ziaylek. “Here at Zico it goes above and beyond simply producing a quality product. We want firefighters to know that we have their best interests in mind, and that starts at home, making sure our own employees know their health is one of our top priorities.”


2012 fire service events SHOW/MEETING IAFC Eastern Division FDIC - Atlantic Quebec Fire Chiefs Convention FCABC Annual Conference & Fire Expo Oklahoma State Firefighter’s Assoc. Convention Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs NFPA Conference & Expo IAFC Missouri Valley Division IAFC Southeastern Division NYSAFC FIRE 2012 NEAFC Fire, Rescue, EMS Firehouse Expo Texas A&M Municipal Fire School Dept. of Defense Training Conference Fire Rescue International FAMA Technical Committee Meeting Contiuing Challenge HazMat Conference New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention Alaska Fire Conference Fire Rescue Canada FAMA/FEMSA Fall Meeting Int’l Conf. for Fire & Rescue Executives NFFF Memorial Weekend FireShowsReno EMS World Expo Volunteer & Combination Officers’ Symposium Hawaii Fire Chief’s Conference Industrial Fire, Safety & Security Northern Virginia FireRescue & EMS Expo

DATE 5/31-6/2 6/3-6/5 6/2-6/5 6/3-6/7 6/6‐6/9 6/7-6/9 6/11-6/14 6/13-6/15 6/13-6/16 6/13-6/16 (Exhs: 6/14-16) 6/20-6/24 7/17-7/21 (Exhs: 7/19-21) 7/22-7/27 7/30-8/3 7/31-8/4 (Exhs: 8/3-4) 8/2 (3 pm) 9/4-9/7 9/14-9/15 9/17-9/22 9/23-9/26 9/26-9/29 TBA 10/6-10/7 10/23-10/25 10/29-11/2 11/8-11/11 11/8-11/11 11/13-11/15 11/30-12/2

LOCATION Trevose, PA Wolfville, NS Rimouski, QC Richmond, BC Norman, OK Winkler, MB Las Vegas, NV Independence, MO Hampton, VA Verona, NY West Springfield, MA Baltimore, MD College Station, TX Denver, CO Denver, CO Denver, CO Sacramento, CA Wildwood, NJ Sitka, AK St. John’s NF Glendale, AZ TBA Emmitsburg, MD Reno, NV New Orleans, LA Clearwater Beach, FL Kapulua, HI New Orleans, LA Chantilly, VA

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