Safe Trucks Save Lives! Fall 2007 issue
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A Publication of Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association, Inc.
Fall Memebership Meeting . . . . . . . 1 Notes From The Secretary . . . . . . . . 2 Technical Committee Update . . . . . 2 President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Welcome New Members. . . . . . . . . . 3 Fall Membership Meeting. . . . . . . . . 3 Our Man in Washington . . . . . . . . . . 4 NFPA … Upcoming Meetings. . . . . 5 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 GAC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Canadian GAC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Trade Show Circuit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Appropriations Bill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 On the Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 FAMA Scholarship Award . . . . . . . . . 9 NIOSH Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Every Day Is Home Day . . . . . . . . . . 10 NFFF Memorial Weekend . . . . . . . . 10 Member News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Safe Trucks Save Lives. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Photo courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Portola Plaza Hotel
|| Notes From The Secretary By Mike Schoenberger
he year certainly commenced on a very sad note with the loss of Phil Turner. The tribute to Phil in the last FAMA Flyer expressed our sentiment, and undoubtedly touched all of us. I commend Jerry Halpin, who was stepped up to serve as our new President for the next two years. As you know, this role is the most demanding position on the board, but Mr. Halpin quickly assumed this leadership and focused the board on the initiatives we are responsible for. Also, we are pleased that Bill Bruns graciously volunteered to ﬁll the role of the Vice President this year. Bill’s proven experience and professionalism is very welcomed, and we feel honored to announce his addition to the FAMA board. As a ﬁrst year FAMA Board member, I can honestly say it has been very exciting and a unique privilege to serve on the board, and to work closely with members of this organization. My involvement with FAMA started in 1997 when I attended my ﬁrst meeting. Since then, I have been to every meeting, and continue to be amazed at the progress FAMA has made towards our key initiatives and increase of focus on pertinent issues. The progresses FAMA has made in the last 10 years reﬂects on what this organization has accomplished historically, and its commitment to several issues that continue to keep the board and committees on task. It was nice to see and talk to many FAMA members at the Fire Rescue International in Atlanta. This year’s new venue was a nice change of pace, and hopefully the event proved to be beneﬁcial for you. This year’s trade show originally was scheduled for New Orleans; however, the IAFC decided to can-
cel the contract with New Orleans and move FRI to Atlanta. I had the pleasure of representing FAMA on the FRI site selection committee two years ago. The objective of the committee was to select locations for the conference for years 2010 through 2015. Initially, 14 cities were considered and requested to return a proposal package. The site selection committee then evaluated the proposals and decided to visit seven of the initially considered venues. Atlanta was a top choice due to location, the size of its convention center, close and reasonably priced housing, and convenient travel to the international airport. If you recall, FAMA sent out a survey to all members requesting evaluation of the seven cities that were being considered; Atlanta received the highest rating. The cities selected for the 2010–2015 conference rotation are Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Dallas. Other interesting news includes the completion of a study of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The purpose of the study was to assess the performance of the AFG program, identify new strategic directions and recommend ways to most effectively plan, manage, and measure accomplishments. The academy panel recommended several new strategic directions to increase the program’s impact on public health and safety outcomes. The report is nearly 200 pages in length and contains many outstanding facts about the fire service. A copy of this study can be found on the NAPA website (www.napawash.org), and is definitely a recommended read. I’m looking forward to the fall FAMA meeting in Monterey. As usual, the planning committee has put together an exciting schedule of events, so please do not forget to register and join in the fun! Alongside with this great team, FAMA would like to invite you to become an active committee member. Please contact us to gain more information or volunteer. Thank you, and we will see you soon in Monterey! ■
|| Technical Committee Update By Guy Lemieux, Co-Chair
he FAMA Technical Committee met on August 25th in Atlanta, Georgia, for its fall meeting. The event was sponsored through the generosity of FireRescue Magazine. Robert Tutterow, Health & Safety Oﬃcer from the Charlotte (NC) Fire Department, was the keynote speaker, and provided a great presentation on department safety. Robert’s presentation touched on the obvious vehicle safety concerns as well as general occupational safety concerns for ﬁre ﬁghters. Details of the meeting will be included in the minutes, and will be posted, along with Robert’s power point presentation, in the member area of www. fama.org for all members to review. The Chassis Subcommittee hosted a special meeting to discuss 2010 emission plans. Representatives from each chassis manufacturer will travel to each engine plant at the end of October to gain a full understanding of the 2010
Pat Hester, Robert Tutterow, and Guy Lemieux emissions and the impact it will have on ﬁre apparatus. The committee will then determine if an industry exemption should be sought. ■
|| President’s Message
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
By Jerry Halpin
Gimaex of America, L.L.C.
Louis Charles Devaleix, CEO 150 U.S. Highway One South, Suite 302, Jupiter, FL 34477 Tel: (561) 746-8515 • Fax: (561) 746-8518 Email: email@example.com • Web: www.gimaex.com A manufacturer of CAFS and ﬁre apparatus
AMA is coming oﬀ a fantastic meeting in Key West and is looking forward to an equally important and informative year-ending fall meeting. Along with our friends in FEMSA, we meet in Monterey to gauge how well our year will ﬁnish and prepare for 2008. If you are not in Monterey, please make your plans to be with us in Orlando for the spring 2008 meeting. This year’s board has spent a great deal of time evaluating on-going initiatives and projects. Additionally, the board has evaluated the very process by which it manages the business of the association…i.e., committee structure, NFPA involvement, GAC eﬀectiveness and others. The board wants to make certain that it has the capacity now and for future boards to eﬀectively carry out the wishes of the membership. In Monterey, the business meeting will take on a slightly diﬀerent look. The look will be a forerunner to the future. Make no mistake … if any changes take place, the membership will be right in the heart of it. This year certainly has been a work in progress for the board, but the advantage we take away for the coming year will be worth the eﬀort. Enjoy the opportunities that Monterey will oﬀer and remember: this organization serves only if you are involved… be involved! ■
Intec Video Systems, Inc. Jason S. Gerhardt, Sales and Business Development Representative 1365 Palm Court, Greenﬁeld, IN 46140 Tel: (949) 514-5900 • Fax: (317) 468-0028 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Web: www.intecvideo.com A manufacturer of vision systems (camera/monitors), scene surveillance, and thermal imaging Thuemling Instrument Group, In. Tim Thuemling, National Sales Manager 1225 Pearl Street, PO Box 1625, Waukesha, WI 53187-1625 Tel: (262) 547-1789 • Fax: (262) 547-6493 Email: TimThuem@aol.com • Web: www.thuemling.com A manufacturer of pressure gauges Wolverine Fire Apparatus Shane Williams, President 319 Crane Street, Union City, MI 49094 Tel: (517) 741-7544 • Fax: (517) 741-3440 Email: shane@ﬁretrader.com • Web: www.wolverineﬁre.com A manufacturer of ﬁre apparatus and rescue vehicles
|| Final Preparations ... Fall Membership Meeting By Grady North, Meeting Planning Chair
he FAMA fall membership meeting, in conjunction with FEMSA’s annual meeting, is quickly approaching (October 3–7) at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, California. A record number of spouses and guests are attending, and the meeting planners have scheduled a number of events for them. A full buﬀet breakfast, morning shopping tour, luncheon, and an afternoon wine tasting party are scheduled for Friday. You will ﬁnd shopping and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel. As in the past, the hospitality suite is in an ideal location to relax, renew acquaintances, meet new people, and network with other member companies. Please help us thank the folks at Fire Engineering for sponsoring this venue for all FAMA and FEMSA members and guests. On the business side, the joint FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Aﬀairs Committee will provide an update of our legislative activities Friday morning. Friday afternoon features a Buyer’s Roundtable discussion covering a wide range
of issues facing member companies. Friday afternoon wraps up with an interesting and entertaining presentation of the “FISH Philosophy” — something you don’t want to miss. A reception and banquet will follow Friday evening. The FAMA general membership meeting agenda on Saturday morning is “packed” — don’t be late. New this year will be a breakout session for all FAMA committees. If you have not served on a committee before, this is an easy way to take part in discussions and see how each committee works. If you have been inactive on a committee, this is your chance to get more involved or switch to another committee that might be of more interest to you. Members attending the fall meeting will be advised of the latest information regarding government regulations and the NFPA standards, along with a detailed update of future meeting locations. In addition, a live demonstration of the new FAMA web site will help illustrate how to navigate the site, update your company proﬁle and Buyers’ Guide listings. If you are not able to attend the fall meeting, the FAMA minutes and committee reports will provide an overview. However, written reports cannot convey adequately all the information, exchange of ideas, networking and socialization that takes place at FAMA’s bi-annual meetings. Make the commitment now to attend the 2008 FAMA spring meeting at the Renaissance Resort (next to Sea World) in Orlando, Florida — March 14–19. ■
|| Our Man in Washington: Legislative Update By Sean Carroll, Director of Government Aﬀairs, Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)
Congress Prepares to Consider DHS Appropriations Conference Report Upon Return From August Recess
n July 27th, the Senate passed H.R. 2638, the Fiscal Year 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations bill by a vote of 89–4. The House passed a similar version of the spending measure on June 15th. While both bills increase funding for critical programs for the nation’s ﬁre and emergency services, they contain diﬀerences that will have to be resolved in a conference committee which is currently meeting. The Senate bill provides $40.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, $177 million more than the House bill and $2.3 billion more than the Administration’s request. The White House earlier had issued a veto threat against any bill that exceeded the Administration’s requested level. The Senate bill contains $560 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (FIRE Grant), a $13 million increase over Fiscal Year 2007 and a $300 million increase over the Administration’s request. The measure also provides $145 million for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, an increase of $30 million over Fiscal Year 2007. The Administration zeroed out funding for SAFER in the proposed budget. The Senate bill also includes an amendment by Senators Joseph Lieberman (CT) and Susan Collins (ME) that would force an across-theboard reduction in proposed spending in the bill in order to add $100 million for an emergency communications grant program. The House bill would also increase funding for the FIRE and SAFER programs, including $570 million for the FIRE Grant program and $235 million for the SAFER program. Both the House and Senate measures would fund the United States Fire Administration at $43.3 million for Fiscal Year 2008. Senate and House Appropriators are soon expected to resolve diﬀerences between the two versions of the bill and send the conference report to both chambers for ﬁnal approval. Following ﬁnal passage by both houses, the bill will be sent to the White House where the President will decide to either sign the bill or exercise his power of veto. CFSI will continue to provide updates throughout the appropriations process.
Senate Confirms Chief Greg Cade as U.S. Fire Administrator On Friday, May 25th, the U.S. Senate unanimously conﬁrmed Chief Greg Cade to be the U.S. Fire Administrator. He will take over for Chief Charlie Dickinson, who currently serves as acting Fire Administrator. Cade, chief of the Virginia Beach Fire Department for the past eight years, was nominated by President Bush on December 4, 2006 for the Administrator position. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs conducted a confirmation hearing on March 16 and later voted unanimously to recommend his confirmation by the full Senate.
“Our Committee has worked hard to ensure that the Fire Administration has a special place within the Department of Homeland Security, serving not only as the voice of America’s ﬁreﬁghters, but also as one of the Secretary’s principal advisors on ﬁrst responder issues,” said Senator Susan Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and co-chairwoman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “Chief Cade’s 40 years of experience as a ﬁreﬁghter and emergency services coordinator will serve him well in the Administrator’s role.” The Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Act directed changes to the organizational structure of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As of April 1, 2007, United States Fire Administration was transferred from the Preparedness Directorate back to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition, the Oﬃce of Grants and Training which administers the FIRE Act program and SAFER, has also been placed under FEMA’s authority.
Congress Urges President Bush to Enact the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefit Act On Thursday, June 7th, a bipartisan coalition of 101 members of Congress from both the Senate and the House of Representatives sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging the immediate implementation of the Hometown Heroes Survivors Beneﬁt Act. The legislation, which was unanimously approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law more than three years ago, provides a one-time ﬁnancial beneﬁt to the survivors of public safety oﬃcers who give their lives in the line of duty as a result of a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, as of today, the Department of Justice has ruled on only 62 of the 277 claims submitted under the Hometown Heroes provisions of the Public Safety Oﬃcers’ Beneﬁt (PSOB) program — the department has denied 50 claims. Prior to the passage of this legislation, an unintended loophole in the PSOB regulations denied the beneﬁt to families of public safety who suffered fatal heart attacks or strokes. The PSOB was created to make sure those individuals who served their communities as public safety oﬃcers had the piece of mind that their families would be cared for should they make the ultimate sacriﬁce. On July 25th, during consideration of the Fiscal Year 2008 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act, the House overwhelming approved an amendment oﬀered by Congressmen Bob Etheridge (NC-2) and David Reichert (WA-8) to provide additional staﬀ to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the expressed purpose of expediting outstanding claims. The amendment, approved by a vote of 421–2, was in response to claims by DOJ that the backlog in determinations was due to the lack of staﬀ to process the claims received following passage of the Hometown Heroes Act. “I oﬀered this amendment to force the Administration to do right by the widows and orphans of fallen public safety oﬃcers,” said Congressman Bob Etheridge, the original author of the Hometown Heroes Act. “For almost four years, the Department of Justice has dragged its feet and failed to provide the beneﬁts owed under law to the families of the men and women who died in the line of duty. We owe our ﬁrst responders no less than to ensure that their loved ones are taken care of, should they fall while protecting our communi-
ties. Their families should not have to jump through hoops to receive what they are owed.” “I didn’t have the opportunity to vote for the original Hometown Heroes Survivor Beneﬁts Act,” said Congressman Reichert, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “At the time this legislation was moving through the House and signed into law, I was the Sheriﬀ of King County, Washington. I have seen the tears of these families aﬀected by the federal government’s inaction and complacency — and more tears are ﬂowing because of their struggle with the government bureaucracy. Our nation’s ﬁrst responders and their families deserve to know that we truly stand behind them. I will continue to ﬁght for implementation of the Hometown Heroes legislation and proper execution of the Public Safety Oﬃcers Beneﬁt Program.” Please visit www.cfsi.org for continuing updates on this situation.
advocates who share their views about the important role of ﬁre servicebased EMS in local communities. The experts include Dr. Franklin Pratt, Medical Director, Los Angeles County Fire Department; Dr. Eugene Nagle, Miami Fire Department; Chief William “Shorty” Bryson, City of Miami Fire Department; and Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association. Members of the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Steering Committee include the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Fire Protection Association and the National Volunteer Fire Council. A copy of the report is available on Congressional Fire Services Institute’s website (www.cfsi.org). Videos can be obtained by submitting a request to the Congressional Fire Services Institute at email@example.com. ■
Coalition Stresses Importance of Fire Service-based EMS Fire departments are best equipped to deliver emergency medical service, according to a new white paper. Prehospital 911 Emergency Medical Response: The Role of the United States Fire Service in Delivery and Coordination was prepared by leading EMS physicians from three diﬀerent regions of the United States. The 13-page report written by Dr. Franklin D. Pratt, Medical Director, Los Angeles County Fire Department; Dr. Steven Katz, Associate Medical Director, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; and Dr. Paul Pepe, Riggs Family Chair in Emergency Medicine at Southwest Medical Center, describes ﬁre service-based EMS and the time-critical role of the ﬁre service in providing emergency medical care. It is critical that policy makers understand the importance of having emergency medical services provided through the ﬁre service. Fire servicebased EMS is prehospital emergency 9-1-1 medical response provided by the nation’s ﬁreﬁghter EMTs and paramedics. Due to the training, expertise, and equipment of ﬁre service-based EMS responders, they are capable of simultaneously securing a scene, mitigating the hazard, and triaging, extricating, treating, decontaminating (if necessary), and transporting the patients who have been injured to an appropriate medical facility. Time eﬃciency is a key component of the best designed EMS systems. There is no service more capable of rapid multi-faceted response than a ﬁre servicebased EMS system. “The ﬁre service has a proud heritage of providing EMS services in local communities across America,” said Chief Dennis Compton. “What this white paper represents is an awareness that EMS begins the second a 9-1-1 call is placed and highly skilled and trained emergency medical personnel from local ﬁre departments are dispatched to the scene to provide the ﬁrst level of care to victims.” The paper is intended to help organizations as they continue eﬀorts to educate local, state and federal oﬃcials about the role of ﬁre-service based EMS. The paper underscores the importance of the Assistance to Fireﬁghters Grant and SAFER programs in training and equipping ﬁre service-based EMS and the role of the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) in establishing federal EMS policies. The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates has recently produced a video, Fire Service-Based EMS: The Right Response, to complement the new white paper. It features a number of highly respected ﬁre service-based EMS
SAVE THE DATE NFPA … Upcoming Meetings October 11 – 13, 2007 (Thurs/Fri/Sat) DoubleTree Hotel Denver 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO Tel: (303) 321-3333
October 11 & 12 Task Groups October 12 & 13 Full Committee All FAMA members are encouraged to attend any or all sessions
|| In Memoriam
FAMA is truly saddened to report the passings of: Bruce W. Guard, Sr. — May 4, 2007 — Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Alan Fenton — May 24, 2007 — The Will-Burt Company Charles Easton — September 12, 2007 — brother of Sue (Jim) Weigle, Hypro/FoamPro Please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers ... May they rest in peace.
|| GAC Update — Greetings from your GAC By Steve Lawrence, FAMA/FEMSA GAC Co-Chair
his summer marks the middle of 2007s appropriations and grant reviews. The GAC is happy to report that this year’s AFG/SAFER grant program (now that it is under FEMA Director Paulison’s group) is back on schedule. The ﬁrst grants went out on schedule the ﬁrst week of August. The Oﬃce of Grants and Training, under Brian Cowan’s leadership, has done a great job working with the ﬁre service stakeholders to get the program back on track consistent with previous years. It’s great to have the program back under the emergency services side of DHS. On the appropriations side, the House Homeland Security Committee, under the new leadership of Congressman Thompson, gave the AFG program a boost over last year, with the Senate Homeland Security Committee, under the new leadership of Senators Lieberman and Collins, adding an additional $25 million. Our understanding from our working group partners is that we could see the AFG program in the $550–$575 million range for 2008. There are other programs such as DHS state grant programs, rural grant programs and industrial grant programs that our customers will be eligible for that are all increased over last year. Everything is in conference committee currently so we’ll have to wait and see. Watch for details in your weekly GAC e-newsletter. On the GAC initiative front, the programs we are currently working on are beginning to get some traction in DC. Our Firegrantdata.com program has been getting a good deal of attention from the staﬀ members, with one week in July having over 18,000 views. We even had data from the site used in a speech from Senator Kennedy on the Senate ﬂoor! This is encouraging to see the site being so well received by the audience it was designed for. We are continually evaluating the site and more will be coming as it matures.
the Spectrum legislation this fall. Look for news on these initiatives in your weekly e-newsletter. Thanks for your support of the GAC. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us. ■
Your GAC ... Tim Bendle — firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Bonney — email@example.com Ken Creese — firstname.lastname@example.org John Farster — email@example.com George Goros — firstname.lastname@example.org John Granby, Co-Chair — email@example.com Bobby Halton — firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Konsin — larry.konsin@MASnet.com Bob Kreps, Co-Chair — email@example.com Bill Latta — firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Lawrence, Co-Chair — email@example.com Mike Natchipolsky — firstname.lastname@example.org John Sztykiel — email@example.com Bruce Whitehouse, Canada GAC Rep — firstname.lastname@example.org David Gatton, Consultant — email@example.com
... and GAC Resource Staffers: Karen Burnham — firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Dustin Joyce — firstname.lastname@example.org Lynn Powell — email@example.com Gabe Steinbach — firstname.lastname@example.org
GAC web site resources: Other areas we are working on: We are on the planning committee for next year’s 20th anniversary CFSI dinner, a gala that will not want to be missed, with many new events than seen in previous years. Again watch for details in your GAC e-newsletter. The strategic plan is being ﬁnalized for presentation at the annual meeting this fall in Monterey. Thanks to all of you who sent back your surveys, and to those of you who didn’t, please contact Karen Burnham or any of the GAC members to help you with yours. The information you provide us is vital to the success of the program! We participated, along with many member companies again this year, in the CFSI golf tournament at a couple of levels in late August. This is a great event to make new friends with staﬀ members in a very friendly environment. On the Home Day front, many of you had your events during the August recess. Please get us pictures and a summary of your event. If you haven’t planned one yet, there is a tool kit for you at www.famafemsagac.org . Give any of your GAC members a call if you need a helping hand. A new Governmental Aﬀairs subcommittee has been formed in Canada for our FAMA and FEMSA Canadian members. More information may be found in this newsletter (see article at page 7). The GAC continues its involvement in the monthly Fire Service Luncheons, WUI and Radio Digital working groups along with monitoring
Left: Golfers representing the FAMA/FEMSA GAC at the CFSI Annual Tournament in Maryland included Joe Porter, Giﬀ Swayne, Steve Lawrence and Mike Natchipolsky (photographer)
Right: Giﬀ Swayne measures a “closest to the pin” award shot by Mike Natchipolsky (we hear it lived!)
|| Canadian Fire Service: governmental aﬀairs committee By Bruce Whitehouse, Chair [September 18, 2007] Following on the model of the hugely successful FAMA/FEMSA GAC, Canadian members of FAMA and FEMSA have initiated a Canadian version named Canadian Fire Service: governmental aﬀairs committee, or CFS:gac. The CFS:gac will operate under the direction and guidance of the FAMA and FEMSA Boards of Directors, and in order to participate in the process, companies and associations in Canada must be members of the appropriate organization (FAMA or FEMSA). Just as in the US, it is common knowledge that Canadian ﬁre departments need more and better funding if they are to succeed in their mission of being ﬁrst responders. In fact, the Canadian need may be greater – a much smaller population spread across a much larger land mass makes it more diﬃcult to fund, train and equip ﬁre departments. We have all seen numbers from a recent study showing that emergency responses have increased by 40% in the last 10 years. Further, the same study has shown the number of ﬁre service accidents, injuries and fatalities has declined substantially. Training, better equipment and more NFPA compliant ﬁre apparatus are all credited with saving lives and helping to make the ﬁre service more eﬃcient. But the majority of US and Canadian municipalities continue to be protected by under-funded departments using apparatus and equipment that are more than 15 years old. Since 2001, the GAC has been instrumental in encouraging the US Congress and Senate for over $3.3 Billion US to purchase new equipment, update ﬁre apparatus and for improved training. The 2007 appropriations alone total more than $1 Billion US. In recognition that the Canadian ﬁre service is in need of similar funding
streams so that it can continue to service communities and industries, the Canadian version was launched in May of this year as a subcommittee of the FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Aﬀairs Committee. Comprised of ﬁre service industry representatives including apparatus and component manufacturers, equipment suppliers plus ﬁre service personnel, the CFS:gac is aiming high. Based on the outstanding success of the US eﬀorts, but in keeping with the diﬀerent funding streams, the Committee is targeting to increase ﬁre service funding levels to $100 Million nationwide each year. An information session at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in May, an informal presence at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) board meeting in June and a formal presentation to the Maritime Association of Fire Chiefs (MAFC) has resulted in both the CAFC and the MAFC pledging support to the Committee. September will bring a presentation to the full CAFC Board at the Fire Rescue Canada Conference to be held in Niagara Falls. Appropriately titled “Thundering into the Future”, the board presentation will give the nation’s ﬁre service leaders a glimpse of what can be accomplished and of what future funding successes could do for the industry. In addition, more representation from the ﬁreﬁghters is being sought; career, union and non-union, plus volunteers. The frontline ﬁrst responders can provide a hands-on perspective for the operational needs of the ﬁre service. Although there is a long road ahead, with much work to be done, the CFS: gac is hopeful that a coordinated and focused eﬀort will ultimately result in dramatically increased funding from all levels of government and a corresponding improvement in ﬁre service safety and response ability. For additional information, see www.fama.org, www.femsa.org, www.famafemsagac, and www.ﬁregrantdata.com. Inquiries regarding membership may be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
|| FAMA Members on the Trade Show Circuit
Below: David Clark Company
Below: Don Wilson, Sales Engineer, Intellitec Below: Sandra and Randy Vandersee from Duo Safety
Above: Tim Thuemling of Thuemling Instrument Group with Bob Bowen (rep from Dixie Marketing)
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|| Congress Presses Forward on Appropriations Bill By David Gatton, FAMA/FEMSA GAC Consultant
Key DHS First Responder Programs
fter its traditional August recess, Congress reconvened in early September to continue its push toward completing its 2008 appropriations bills by the end of the 2007 ﬁscal year (September 30, 2007). Democratic leaders in the 110th Congress have pledged to complete as many appropriations measures as possible before the deadline. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2008 cleared the full House on June 15th, and was passed by the full Senate on July 26th. The bill must then go to a House-Senate conference committee to iron out diﬀerences between the two measures. The conference report (bill) will then be passed again by the House and Senate before being sent to the president for ﬁnal signature. The president has threatened to veto several appropriations measures that exceed his requested levels of funding including the Homeland Security appropriations bill. Several members of FAMA have expressed interest in additional information on the DHS appropriation measures, particularly funding levels of key programs that eﬀect state and local governments and ﬁrst responders beyond the Assistance to Fireﬁghters Grants and SAFER programs. Below is a chart that summarizes the current year DHS appropriation levels, the president’s requested amounts, and the House and Senate funding levels. We hope that by the time this edition reaches your oﬃce, Congress will have acted and the president will have signed the bill into law. ■
FY 2008 FY 2008 FY 2008 FY 2007 Proposed House Senate Enacted (President) (Passed) (Passed)
Fireﬁghter Assistance Grants
Fire Department Staﬃng Assistance Grants (SAFER)
First Responder State Block Grant (State Formula)
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Grant (State Formula)
Emergency Management Performance Grants
Port Security Grants
Rail/Transit Security Grants
Trucking Industry Security
Intercity Bus Security
Urban Search and Rescue
Metropolitan Medical Response System
High-Risk Non-Proﬁt Organization Grants
Buﬀer Zone Protection
Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants
Commercial Equipment Direct Performance Grants
Total (in Millions)
*Note, the Deﬁcit Reduction Act of 2005 created the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Fund within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Within this fund was created a new $1 billion Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program to make grants to public safety agencies in the acquisition of, deployment of, and training related to interoperable communications systems capable of sharing voice and data signals on the 24 MHz of dedicated ﬁrst responder radio spectrum in the 700 MHZ band.
|| On the Hunt While in Finland, Amsterdam, South Africa, Bill Ballantyne managed to squeeze an afternoon in to hunt (some people golf, Bill hunts!). He took this Kudu Bill while along the Crocodile River up near the Botswana border. DOD: May 4, 2007 TOD: 4:23 pm COD: Lead poisoning (30-06 with a 220 gr jacketed bullet (that Bill borrowed) Taxidermist measured him at 56” that will easily make the Rowland Ward record book (50” minimum). Took 440 lbs. of meat to the butcher and took home the tenderloins and back straps which added another 20+ lbs. It took three people to lift the neck onto the hook in the freezer. Now that’s hunting! ■
|| 2007 FAMA Scholarship Award
|| NIOSH Alert
Adam P. Popiel, 2007 Phillip L. Turner Scholarship recipient [August 31, 2007] The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) officially announced that Adam P. Popiel of Oklahoma State University has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Phillip L. Turner Scholarship. Peter Darley, Chairman of the FAMA Education Committee, reported that, “Our committee is proud to have identified the talents and industry commitment demonstrated by Adam, as well as his ambition and desire to pursue an education to allow him to help integrate the fire service with the technical aspects of fire protection engineering.” Adam holds an associate degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College, and is a junior in his studies at Oklahoma State University in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program. Adam works three campus jobs, while maintaining his grades, and is an active member of American Society of Safety Engineers and Society of Fire Protection Engineers. In addition, he serves as treasurer for the Student Association of Fire Investigators and the Apparatus Coordinator for the Fire Protection Society. Adam served an internship at the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, Wasilla, Alaska during the summers of 2006 and 2007. “The greatest thing about the fire protection and safety fields is the ability to help and protect others. My short-term goal is to pass the fundamentals of engineering exam this spring, graduate and obtain a job within the municipal fire service. Through volunteering as a firefighter for the past seven years, I have learned how rewarding the fire service is, and I want to remain a part of it,” said Popiel. The missions of the FAMA Education Committee are to support and recognize fire protection engineering universities, and to cooperate with other FAMA committees on various research projects. The Committee’s goals are to reinforce the Association’s relationship with noted universities, thus supporting worthy fire protection students, and to provide the FAMA membership with supplementary research data when required. ■
[August 2007] Fire ﬁghters are dying on the job from heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. In fact, sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of on-duty ﬁre ﬁghter fatalities. But many of these deaths can be prevented if proper measurers are taken. Fire departments, ﬁre ﬁghters, and ﬁre service agencies all have a role to play. That is the conclusion of the NIOSH Alert, “Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities Due to Heart Attacks and Other Sudden Cardiovascular Events.” The Alert reviews the ﬁndings from 131 investigations conducted by the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Preventions program. These investigations show that coronary artery disease and sudden cardiac death result from personal and work-related factors. Personal factors can include age, gender, family history, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, and lack of exercise. Work-related factors can include exposure to ﬁre smoke, heavy physical exertion, heat stress, and other physical stresses. In the Alert, NIOSH recommends ways to reduce heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. The recommendations include the following: • Routine medical evaluation programs • Comprehensive wellness and ﬁtness programs • Proper use of personal protective equipment • Proper management of the ﬁre scene to reduce hazardous exposures including heat stress NIOSH is the federal agency whose overall mission is conducting research to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. More information on the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program is available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ﬁre/. Additional information about NIOSH is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh. The Alert is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2007-133/. Please share it with others. ■
|| Trade Show Circuit — continued Top: Dennis Langley and John Grindley from Robwen Below: Fire Research reps Charles Smith, Rick Fix, Peggy McKeever, and Jack McLoughlin
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|| Every Day Is Home Day Illinois
FAMA/FEMSA members from Illinois hosted their Second Annual Fire Service Home Day on September 6, 2007. Over 100 people were in attendance including Chiefs from approximately 50 departments, 23 State and Federal Congressmen and their staffers, and 21 representatives from FAMA/FEMSA companies including Darley, Federal Signal, Emergency One, Fire Chief Magazine, Groves, and Paratech. The Home Day included key speakers on State Legislative issues in the morning and Federal Legislative issues following lunch in the afternoon. The keynote was Speaker Sean Carroll, Director of Government Affairs, for the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Sean brought members up to date on the CFSI’s role in Washington, and discussed the status of the budget discussions on the FIRE and SAFER Acts. He also discussed other legislative issues effecting our member companies and the fire service. He was warmly received by all. Following the meeting, Sean met with Illinois State Representative Don L. Moffitt, who Chairs the Illinois Fire Service Caucus. Representative Moffitt and Sean Carroll discussed how the State of Illinois is a role model for other State Fire Caucus’, and how the two organizations could continue to work together in the future.
On August 29, 2007, Pierce Manufacturing had the privilege of hosting Home Day. Home Day is a FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Affairs Committee sponsored event to build awareness of American firefighters and rally support for this country’s first responders. Helping us host this event were association member companies Oshkosh Truck, Class 1 and United Plastic Fabricating. In attendance were; Marlene Mielke and Brian Heindel representing Senator Kohl, Bob Schweder, representing Senator Feingold, David Anderson, representing Congressman Petri, and Amanda Dietrich representing Congressman Kagen. Also in attendance were Tim Kiefer from Oshkosh Truck Airport Division, Martin Ettledorf from UPF, John Woltman and Rod Riska from Class 1. We are very pleased with the outcome and success of this event. Many questions and discussions arose from the brief presentation given, as well from the partners present who also supply their products to firefighters and first responders. We were able to give them a bigger picture of the need to support each fire department and emergency service office in a unique and factual manner. The feedback from those in attendance was all very positive and forward looking on any services they can provide. Home Day closed with an award presented to each office, as a token of appreciation for all their support in the past, and thanking them in advance for their efforts in the future. We look forward to more involvement with the FAMA/FEMSA GAC in any way that lends more support to these very important causes. ■
|| National Fallen Fireﬁghters Memorial Weekend
An evening Candlelight Service at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will conclude the day. On Sunday, honor guard units and bagpipers will open the Memorial Service with a procession honoring America’s bravest and their families. The national tribute will conclude with the unveiling of plaques listing the names of the 2006 fallen heroes and others being honored who died in previous years. Show your respect by sponsoring special events in your community. Ask your local cable company to make the nationally-broadcast services available so all may share in honoring America’s bravest. ■
ince 1982, a grateful Nation has honored its fallen fire heroes during the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend held in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This year’s Memorial Weekend events will take place October 5–7, 2007. Families of fallen firefighters being honored this year and returning survivors will register at their hotels and attend a welcome reception on Friday evening. Survivors of the fallen firefighters will participate in Family Day activities on Saturday on the National Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg.
Marion County, FL Legislative Home Day August 16, 2007
Hosted by: Florida State Fire College
2nd Annual Legislative Home Day sponsored by Ocala / Marion County Fire and Emergency Equipment Manufacturers This event was held to communicate to state, local and federal officials the importance of their continued support for the first responder community. It was further planned to demonstrate the support for local first responders by business leaders of the community. Represented at this event were the following fire service organizations:
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Florida State Fire College Ocala Fire-Rescue Marion County Fire-Rescue Emergency Medical Services Alliance The following state and federal officials: �� U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns
�� State Representative Kurt Kelly �� Representatives from the offices of: �� Congressman Ric Keller �� Senator Mel Martinez �� Governor Charlie Crist �� Congressman Larry Cretul �� Congressman Steve Oelrich �� Senator Evelyn Lynn �� Senator Charles Dean
Also present were local elected and appointed officials from Marion County, City of Ocala and City of Belleview, as well as other community and business leaders.
Sponsored by: Class 1, Inc. Classic Fire LLC E-One, Inc. Pro Poly of America, Inc. United Plastic Fabricating, Inc.
Demonstrations by firefighters from Ocala and Marion County supported by the Florida State Fire College and Community Technical and Adult Education As stated by Dave Casey, Bureau Chief of the Fire College, “Where better to showcase the fire and emergency service products coming out of Marion County than the facility that trains personnel from all over the state and often from other states and even sometimes other countries? “
A local newspaper stated, “Lawmakers watched Thursday as Ocala’s firefighters and fire equipment manufacturers had a moment in the sun—and in the heat of a 20-foot propane-fueled fireball.” “Not to worry, the fire was part of a demonstration at the Florida State Fire College . The blaze was quickly extinguished to show legislators and local officials what local firefighters can accomplish using locally produced equipment.” U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns said he would support increased funding for fire service grants. “If we don’t both financially and materially support these people, we put ourselves and this community and nation in jeopardy,” he said. “The first responders are a national security basis that should be put into perspective and we need to fund them.”
Support for our First Responders “We’re asking for your help,” Ocala FireRescue Chief Dan Gentry said at the luncheon after the demonstration. “Please be a champion for the fire service, because we need every voice that we can.” In a follow-up call Chief Gentry advised the event had a very positive impact on the City Council members which came to light during budget discussions that took place a week later. Chief Stuart McElhaney, Marion County FireRescue, spoke on the need for continued support for Fire Act Grants. Marion County has received $445,817 in funds from the fire grant program, much of which has gone to firefighter fitness and a mobile fire trainer (simulator) which provides for safe and efficient training of firefighters throughout the county. Bob Kreps, IDEX Fire & Safety President stated, “None of us can overlook the fact that these duties are executed in spite of the personal risk involved. A lot of people take these services for granted. We all expect in our time of need that someone is going to show up to help.”
Tim Dean, President of ProPoly stated, “The forum provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase to local, regional and federal political officeholders and their staff the significant impact the manufacturing community provides to Florida’s economic engine; it also allowed all of us the chance to say thanks to a group of first responder heroes for their selfless service to our community.” “This year’s event was broadened to honor area fire-rescue workers as well as demonstrate the industry’s economic value,” said Ron Ewers. “Our goal was to show our community how much of the fire service we really have here.”
“Local fire equipment manufacturers are an important part of the Marion County economy,” said Mayor Randy Ewers. “The manufacturing community is a huge, huge part of our economic engine.” This event was covered by Rick Cundiff of the Star-Banner newspaper and by WCJB TV-20 news. ■
|| Member News A&A Manufacturing Company, Inc. and POK of North America, Inc. [June 27, 2007] A&A Manufacturing Company, Inc., headquartered in New Berlin, WI, is pleased to announce the purchase of the assets of POK™ Roll-Up Doors of Cambridge, MD. Door manufacturing will be transferred to the A&A manufacturing facility in Valparaiso, IN where A&A’s Gortite® brand roll-up doors are also made. A&A will continue to oﬀer POK’s customers the same high quality product, as well as color-matched painted doors from their in-house, state-of-the-art paint facility in Valparaiso. The addition of POK™ roll-up doors shows A&A’s commitment to growth in the ﬁre and emergency vehicle roll-up door market.
Regional Marketing Manager for Werner Works Inc./PRO-TUFF Uniforms. Additionally, Jim held a variety of positions with R& R Uniforms including Director of Sales and Marketing, and National Sales Manager; while with the Store Acquisition Team at R & R Uniforms, Jim shouldered additional responsibilities in the positions of Senior Manager, Customer Service Manager, and Sales/Management Training Manager. Early in his career, Jim was also a professional EMT/Paramedic for seven years. In total Jim brings over 24 years experience in sales and distribution management to Elkhart Brass. We strongly believe Jim’s customer service focus, his experience in the industry, and proven drive to excel will beneﬁt future growth and development of this Southern Territory. Elkhart Brass is proud Jim has chosen to join our team as we continue to grow to better serve our customers.
Akron Brass Company [August 17, 2007] Due to continued business growth, Akron Brass has announced the addition of a 28,000 square facility in Columbus, Ohio for their Weldon Division. Serving primarily as a distribution operation for material storage and shipping, this capacity will allow increased throughput to best service the many Weldon customers in the emergency response and pupil transportation markets. In addition, Akron Brass announced the addition of Earl Williams as their new Operations Manager for the Weldon Division. Williams was previously employed in operations with a component suppler to the heavy truck industry.
Allison Transmission [August 7, 2007] Toronto and Washington, DC — Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX) and The Carlyle Group announced today they have completed their $5.575 billion acquisition of Allison Transmission from General Motors Corporation. The transaction was ﬁrst announced on June 28, 2007. Allison Transmission, headquartered in Speedway, Indiana, employs 3,400 people and sells its transmissions through a worldwide distribution network and sales oﬃces in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Allison Transmission generates annual revenues in excess of $2 billion. Allison’s Chief Executive Oﬃcer, Larry Dewey commented, ”We’re excited about our future with Carlyle and Onex, which includes plans for new products, new markets, and global growth across the breadth of our business sectors.” The equity investment of approximately $1.5 billion is split equally between Onex and The Carlyle Group. Onex’ share of the investment will be made by Onex Partners II, L.P. and Onex Corporation itself. Carlyle’s share of the investment will come from Carlyle Partners IV, its ﬂagship U.S. buyout fund.
Federal Signal Corporation [August 21, 2007] Federal Signal’s Safety and Security Systems group is pleased to announce recent personnel changes within its Fire/Ambulance Market sales team. Two new District Managers have been added and several promotions announced. Bobby Moses has been hired as the new District Manager for the MidAtlantic States. He brings several years of emergency warning sales experience to the team. Adele Evans joins Federal Signal from E-One to become the new District Manager for Florida. She was previously the Region Sales Manager of Latin America and the Caribbean while at E-One. Jim Sortino was promoted to the position of Market Manager for the Fire/ Ambulance Market. Jim has eight years of experience in marketing and product management speciﬁcally to the Fire/Ambulance market. John Farster has been promoted to Sales Manager. He has over 10 years of ﬁeld experience with Federal Signal. Tony Angelella has been promoted to Regional Manager. He is a third generation ﬁreﬁghter, with seven years of experience with Federal Signal. [August 6, 2007] Federal Signal announced today the acquisition of PIPS Technology, a privately-held developer and manufacturer of automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. The cash purchase price of $115 million was ﬁnanced using existing cash balances and funds available under the Company’s revolving credit facility. See www.federalsignal.com/NewsReleases_2009.asp?releaseId =1037036 and www.federalsignal.com/NewReleases_2099.asp?release ID=1031056 for detailed information.
Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Fire Research Corporation
[July 9, 2007] Elkhart Brass is pleased to announce Jim Melrose has accepted the position of Regional Sales Manager for its Southern Territory Region, which encompasses South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Jim comes to us with 15 years of experience in the ﬁre service as a volunteer ﬁreﬁghter, including time as a training oﬃcer, a captain, and an Assistant Chief. In his prior professional capacity within the ﬁre service industry, Jim served as the Regional Sales Manager of Topps Safety Apparel as well as the
[August 21, 2007] Fire Research Corporation is pleased to announce that Craig Lecy has joined their sales staﬀ as Regional Sales Manager. Craig received a Batchelor of Science Degree in Aviation from St. Cloud State University. In 1996 he joined the Ramsey, MN Fire Department as a paid-on-call ﬁreﬁghter which sparked an interest in the ﬁre industry. Craig joined the FoamPro team at Hypro in 1998 as a Senior Application Specialist. Through the years of ﬁreﬁghting he became involved as a ﬁre instructor and burn team member at Ankora Technical College. Craig is a welcome addition to the FRC sales force.
Harrison Hydra-Gen Ltd. [August 20, 2007] Harrison Hydra-Gen LTD has begun construction on a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. The multi-million dollar project will more than double the existing Harrison Hydra-Gen facility to accommodate more manufacturing and oﬃce space. The building project will take an estimated nine months to complete. The new facility will be located on four acres allowing ample room for building expansion to accommodate future growth. Once completed, the Harris County (Texas) manufacturing facility will include individual production areas for each manufacturing process, new manufacturing equipment, multiple testing stations, additional warehouse space, updated oﬃces and employee locker rooms.
Oshkosh Truck Corp. and Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. [July 10, 2007] Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE: OSK) today announced organizational appointments in its Fire and Emergency Group and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., in order to drive greater agility in the execution of its business unit strategies. In the Fire and Emergency Group, John W. Randjelovic was promoted to CEO, and Thomas (Tom) D. Fenner to executive vice president of Oshkosh Truck and president of the Fire and Emergency Group. Simultaneously, Wilson Jones was promoted to president of Pierce Manufacturing Inc. “These new appointments are designed to align our Fire and Emergency Group to enhance decision-making and knowledge sharing across business units, as well as help continue to deliver the most modern and safe products and services our customers need to perform their jobs,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Truck Corporation chairman, president and chief executive oﬃcer. “We have real business momentum, and the time is right to make this important transition. I like the team we have in place today, and believe that the future for the Fire and Emergency Group is extremely positive.” The Fire and Emergency Group includes the following business units: Pierce Manufacturing Inc., Kewaunee Fabrications, Oshkosh® airport and municipal products, Medtec Ambulance Corporation, JerrDan Corporation, BAI Brescia Antincendi International Srl, and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles. John W. Randjelovic, executive vice president Oshkosh Truck Corporation and CEO Fire and Emergency Group.
John W. Randjelovic: Randjelovic, who remains an executive vice president with Oshkosh Truck Corporation, was promoted to CEO for the Fire and Emergency Group. Randjelovic was most recently president of the Fire Emergency Group and Pierce, and was appointed President of Pierce in September 1998. Since joining Oshkosh Truck in 1992, Randjelovic has distinguished himself in various positions including vice president and general manager of the former Oshkosh Trailer division, and served as vice president and general manager of Pierce. Randjelovic holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Lewis University in Lockport, Illinois. Thomas (Tom) D. Fenner: Fenner’s appointment to the head of the Fire and Emergency Group along with executive vice president of Oshkosh
Thomas (Tom) D. Truck Corporation follows his Fenner, vice presimost recent position as vice dent of Oshkosh president, general manager for Truck and presiairport and municipal proddent of the Fire ucts business unit where he and Emergency Group. was responsible for airport products sales, engineering, production, and service. Fenner was also Chief Procurement Oﬃcer for the corporation, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic procurement activities, global sourcing and supply chain management and development. Since joining Oshkosh Truck Corporation in 1982, Fenner has held increasingly broad and responsible positions predominantly in operations, including vice president, manufacturing operations, at both Pierce Manufacturing and McNeilus Companies. Fenner also served with the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Staﬀ Academy, and is a graduate of the Kellogg-Northwestern Advanced Executive Program. Wilson Jones: Jones, who was named president of Pierce Wilson Jones, Manufacturing Inc., joined president Pierce Manufacturing Oshkosh Truck in 2005, was Inc. most recently vice president, sales and marketing for the Fire and Emergency Group. Prior to that position, Jones was the vice president, general manager, of the airport and municipal products business unit at Oshkosh Truck where he led a strategic international initiative for the company. Jones has more than 22 years experience in specialty vehicle manufacturing and has served on the Boards for both the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association and the American Ambulance Association. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Pro Poly of America, Inc. [August 20, 2007] Pro Poly is pleased to announce the opening of a new factory in Pennsylvania, which will be in operation the first week of September. Mr. Lenny Lottig will be the general manager of Pro Poly Pennsylvania.
Task Force Tips, Inc. [August 28, 2007] TFT’s latest “employee” takes to the road. “Expo One”, weighing in at 10,000 lfb, and 32’ long, “is TFT’s latest eﬀort to help support its OEM distribution partners,” said Rod Carringer, TFT VP of marketing and sales. “It’s a state-of-the-art mobile training unit that will allow customers to see, touch, use, and abuse our products ... a showroom/training facility that goes directly to our customers’ doors.” Mark Riggsbee is Expo One’s new full-time driver who brings with him two decades of ﬁre ﬁghting experience, during which he served as an EMS, paramedic and shift commander.
|| Member News — continued W.S. Darley & Co.
Rob Bond comments, “We’ve been highly successful winning bids from the federal government, but commercially, we’re the best kept secret. We are really excited about the sale potential through Darley’s distribution channel. Our products have so many applications for markets that Darley currently reaches.”
Rob and Kurt Bond of Ohler (seated in middle) with the Darley Board of Directors at the signing of the purchase agreement. [July 23, 2007] W.S. Darley & Co. is proud to announce the purchase of the assets of Ohler Machinery Company. Ohler is located in Janesville, Iowa and was established in 1947 by Ralph G. Ohler. Marketed under the brand Ohler Pumps, this innovative company has produced thousands of pumps for the US Military, US Coast Guard as well as pumps and related equipment for the agricultural, industrial, mining and marine industries. Ohler was recently awarded a contract valued at over $10 million to provide up to 2,300 portable refueling and potable water pumps for the US Marine Corp. Ohler Pump Company manufacturers a complete line of straight centrifugal and self priming pumps, ranging in size from 1” to 6”. The pumps are electric, gas or diesel engine driven, and are portable, trailer, vehicle and skid mounted. The company was purchased by the Bond family in 2003. The business is run by two brothers, Robert (Rob) who manages sales, manufacturing operations, quality and design engineering, and Kurt who is in charge of ﬁnance, purchasing, human resources and process engineering. Both plan to stay on with the company. Rob comments, “The feeling was just right with the Darleys: our core values are very much the same and our management styles mirror one another.” According to Paul Darley, President of W.S. Darley & Co., “The ﬁt is incredible. Ohler oﬀers products that we’ve been planning to develop, the employees are extremely devoted, the quality is top notch and there is room for growth.” The acquisition included approximately 15 acres of land, and Darley already has plans for an addition to the manufacturing facility, adding new machinery and hiring additional employees. Over the years Ohler pumps primarily have been marketed on a direct basis. The complete product line will be oﬀered through Darley’s current distribution network of over 500 national and international pump dealers and service centers, as well as the current Ohler dealers.
[August 17, 2007] Waterous recently announced three organizational appointments in its Fire Pump/Foam Delivery Group to help sustain the Company’s continued growth. Steve Toren, was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing—Worldwide. Toren has been with Waterous for 19-years, and most recently held the position of Western Area Sales Manager. Toren played a key role in the company’s recent marketing initiatives, and in his new role he will continue to provide leadership for the company’s sales & marketing strategy, both domestically and internationally. Gregg Geske, who was promoted to CAFS/Foam System Sales Manager— Worldwide, has been with Waterous for 18-years, and recently held the position of Area Sales Manager. As CAFS/Foam System Sales Manager, Geske will supervise the development, sales, application, installation instruction of new Waterous CAFS and Foam System products including the latest additions to the Waterous product family. Heinz Gee, whom also recently held the position of Areas Sales Manager for the company, now will be overseeing sales operations and working with all OEM’s in North America as the new Sales Manager—US & Canada. Gee has been with the company for 27-years. “We are fortunate to have such hard-working individuals as Steve, Gregg and Heinz,” said Don Haugen, President of Waterous. “Their years of exceptional work and experience will help us as we continue our successful growth.” ■
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