Calif. Dept. Obtaining New Engine, Thanks to Resident

Marinwood officials this week recognized longtime fire commissioner Ron Marinoff for his work, including helping the Marinwood Fire Department secure a new engine.

Marinoff, 82, was a key player in helping the department roll out a $492,826 engine, set to go into service May 1, Chief Tom Roach said.

“In 1977 he became a Marinwood Fire Commissioner and he’s been involved all those years on a number of levels,” said Roach, who helped recognize Marinoff at Tuesday’s Marinwood Community Services District board meeting. “He’s instrumental in getting things done.”

For more than two years, fire department officials looked into purchasing a new fire engine to replace the district’s 21-year-old model, but had trouble coming up with the money. As a representative of the community service area for Upper Lucas Valley that contracts with Marinwood for fire service, Marinoff came up with a funding scheme.

Community Service Area 13 makes up 26 percent of the fire department’s total budget, which is $2.42 million and finances 10 full-time firefighters and a fire chief. Marinoff suggested the CSA pay its share of the engine up front instead of over 10 years.

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Toyne Fire Apparatus to Display Unique Pumper at FDIC

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At the 2015 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) event, there was quite a buzz in the Toyne booth. The Iowa-based fire apparatus manufacturer introduced attendees to their brand new Priority Response Vehicle (PRV) and has since been named one of the ˜Top 9 Most Interesting Firefighting Products of 2015″ by FireRescue1.com. During this year’s event, which takes place at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on April 18th through the 23rd, Toyne will unveil the PRV XL Edition.

The PRV XL Edition, which boasts an additional 87.25 cubic feet of compartment space than the PRV, also includes the versatile pump panel that is available as a “slide out and down,” slide out tool board or stationary mounted in a compartment or the cab, allowing departments to select the pump panel placement that best fits their needs. The PRV XL, just like the PRV, has been designed to do the work of two apparatus, as well as to be the first apparatus on the scene.

The PRV XL Edition also includes the versatile pump panel that is available as a “slide out and down,” slide out tool board or stationary mounted in a compartment or the cab.

“We’re looking forward to displaying the new PRV XL Edition,” said Mike Schwabe, President of Toyne. “The PRV has gone over very well for us and we continue to receive great feedback from fire departments on the enclosed pump panel options and maximized storage space.”

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Two new fire trucks come to Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety

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Little did community members know in 2004 when they voted for a 10-year capital purchases bond measure for Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety (MVFLS) what a great deal their fire department would come up with 11 years later.

In an effort to put their community’s bond dollars to good use, administrators analyzed and prioritized needs while watching for the best deals. Through their analysis (with bond dollars being used for equipment and improvements only), the district determined that two rigs, 30 plus years old, needed to be replaced. Normally, each rig would have a life span of 25 years.

After researching the options, apparatus committee members and administrators determined that for the price of one outfitted engine, they could purchase 2 “program” trucks that would foot the bill for outlying stations in Ravensdale and Hobart. These two brand spanking new trucks would come with no bells or whistles. Each truck sits on a 2015 freightliner chassis and contains a 1,500 gallon water tank with a 1,250 gallon per minute pump. The department already has one tender with a 2,500 gallon capacity. Adding these two trucks to the fleet simply updates the water capabilities of the district – especially when it comes to the outlying areas of the greater Maple Valley area.

With these two new additions to the MVFLS fleet, and their water capacity, throws back memories to the 1980-90’s when the department modified a fuel truck with trailer in order to haul water around the district where needed. Finally sold off in the late 1990’s, time has come once again to strategically place the new trucks where they can be deployed quickly in time of need.

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Mesa 1997 fire truck donated to East Valley Institute of Technology

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Student firefighters at the East Valley Institute of Technology have a new donated fire truck to train with.

The Mesa City Council at a study session Monday, Nov. 9, approved donating a 1997 Pierce Quantum, 1,500-gallons-per-minute fire pumper to EVIT. It has been in service since 1997 with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.

“It’s been a very successful program throughout the years. In the past we have donated two other trucks over the course of time that have served the students and faculty very well there,” Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said. “It’s a great partnership to allow those students to have kind of a real-world experience on what is for them great equipment to be able to use. But I think it’s a very worthy request.”

“It’s wonderful. I’m glad we’re doing it,” Councilman Alex Finter said. He worked as a firefighter and fire captain for the city of Mesa.
The donation was approved in a 7-0 vote by the council. Voting yes were Mesa Mayor John Giles; Vice Mayor Kavanaugh, District 3; and council members David Luna, District 5; Chris Glover, District 4; Dave Richins, District 1; Mr. Finter, District 2; and Kevin Thompson, District 6.

EVIT is a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts. High school students from Apache Junction, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe, Higley and J.O. Combs spend half their day at EVIT and the other half at their sending high school. EVIT’s main campus is at 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa. For information on EVIT’s fire science program, go to www.evit.com/firefighting.

Tara Acuna, assistant to the fire chief, told the council that the truck to be donated has more than 200,000 miles on it.

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Avondale, Pa., Puts Decked Out Pumper in Service

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Avondale, Pa., Volunteer Fire Company, in Chester County, has put in service a 4 GUYS pumper built on a Spartan Gladiator cab and chassis equipped with a 4 door 6 seat climate controlled cab, raised roof, full height rear doors. It is powered by a 500-hp Cummins ISX-12 diesel engine and an Allison 4000EVS automatic transmission. To fight fire it has a Hale QMAX-XS175-23L, single-stage pump, a 1,000 gallon UPF Poly Tank III water tank, FRC InControl 400 pressure governor, and a Hypro Foam Pro 3012 foam system with 30 gallon Class A foam tank. It’s also equipped with a Kussmaul auto-eject, LED compartment lighting, slide-out tool trays & boards, saws, fans, tarps, forcible entry tools, R.O.M. shutters, Harrison 10kW hydraulic generator, Will-Burt Night Scan telescopic light tower, ladder and hard sleeve tunnel, Blitz Fire, Hurst extrication tools, auto-crib, high rise kit, Hannay electric reel, front suction, Federal Q2B mechanical siren, front booster reel, FRC Evolution LED brow light, front Hannay electric reel, Roto-Ray, and LED warning lights.

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Great Falls enters purchasing group for fire trucks

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The city of Great Falls is entering the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which is a cooperative purchasing agreement, to purchase two new fire trucks for Great Falls Fire/Rescue.

GFFR officials drafted bid specifications for two new Rescue Pumper Apparatus.

During the process, GFFR Chief Steve Hester and the fleet manager looked into using H-GAC instead of the traditional process.

The city has used other cooperative purchasing agreements in the past, including State Contract purchasing, City of Billings/Great Falls Interlocal Purchasing Agreement and the U.S. Communities purchasing programs, according to the staff report.

During a City Commission work session about the agreement Tuesday, Hester said this option gives the city the ability to get exactly what it wants at a better price.

“What we write into our specification is what we get,” he said.

The current city fire apparatus have custom chassis, which are costly, Hester said.

In the proposal for new trucks, the department decided to use commercial chassis and build the fire truck around that.

Hester said that option saved enough money the department will be able to buy two trucks instead of one.

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IDEX Corp. completes $224 million purchase of Akron Brass Holding Corp.

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IDEX Corp. (NYSE: IEX) of Lake Forest, Ill., announced it completed its $224.2 million purchase of Wooster-based Akron Brass Holding Corp., which makes firefighting equipment for fire truck manufacturers, public fire services and industrial facilities.

Andy Silvernail, chairman and CEO of IDEX, said in a news release that Akron Brass “is a natural addition to our Fire & Safety/Diversified Segment and will provide our customers in the global firefighting industry with an expanded offering of world–class products and solutions.”

Akron Brass’ products, sold under the Akron Brass and Weldon brand names, include apparatus valves, monitors, nozzles, specialty lighting, electronic vehicle–control systems and firefighting hand tools. In February, when IDEX announced the all-cash deal, it said Akron Brass had revenues of about $120 million in 2015.

The seller was British engineering supply group Premier Farnell Plc, which last September announced it intended to sell Akron Brass.

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Pierce Pumper with Snozzle Turret Protects N.M. Oil Facilities

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Pierce Manufacturing Inc., placed a Pierce Arrow XT fire apparatus outfitted with the Oshkosh-exclusive Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) on duty with the Malaga Volunteer Fire Department in Eddy County, New Mexico. Since going into service, the apparatus has proven itself in several emergency responses, protecting crude oil pumping and storage facilities located throughout southern New Mexico and West Texas.

“The Pierce Arrow XT, matched with our exclusive Snozzle HRET, is a powerful and proven combination, providing excellent reach and firefighting power,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “Originally developed for aircraft emergencies, we’re seeing a real spike in interest for the Snozzle HRET with specialized applications such as those in oil producing regions. The real-world experiences of departments such as Malaga, New Mexico, speak volumes for its capabilities and performance.”

“On a single day, in particular – during the aftermath of a lightning storm – the apparatus traveled more than 300 miles and its crew put out four different tank battery fires,” explained Pecos Davis, fire chief for Malaga Volunteer Fire Department. “On another occasion, we responded to a series of tank battery fires with a neighboring district. They were fighting it with hand lines trying to put it out. We pulled up with the Snozzle, set the foam percentage at three percent, and put it out within 15 minutes.”

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Power Play: Picking the Right Apparatus Generator

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Electric power is one of those things that when you need it, you need it and there shouldn’t be any messing around to get it. When we walk into a room, we hit a light switch and we’ve got lights. Firefighters want and need the same kind of reliability when it comes to AC current on fire scenes.

Experts agree, at a fire scene there should be no compromise when it comes to electric power.

“In the fire industry, you don’t get a second chance, its life or death,” said Paul Newton, vice president of sales and marketing for Harrison Hydra-Gen, in Houston, TX. “If power is needed on a dump truck, or a plane de-icer, or other some sort of non-emergency vehicle, perhaps there’s some room for compromise,” he said, “but not on fire apparatus.”

When firefighters think about generators and emergency AC power, there are a number of options for apparatus. Years ago, it was common to have inverters—devices that use DC power to create AC power, primarily for scene lights and small AC devices—on fire apparatus.

Portable generators then became in vogue and still later, on-board generators, built in to the apparatus and often powered by PTO shafts from the apparatus itself made their way to the market.

As demands on firefighters increased, and the number of tools and lights correspondingly increased, apparatus inverters could not keep up with the demand for power. Even good inverters would max out at about 400 to 500 watts of AC current. To put that in perspective, many cheap gasoline generators sold in big box stores today provide 4,000 watts or more.

Internal combustion-powered generators were the answer and they are still very prevalent in the fire service today. Some can provide 10,000-watts of power, if driven by an appropriate engine.

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