Wed, 11 Jan 2012|
Hi, I'm Paul Darley and thanks for tuning in to our January issue of Inside Darley. I tell you there has been a lot going on in the fire service in Washington D.C. over the last 30 days. Hopefullly you have heard by now two major grand awards were made made during the middle of December, one was for $17.2 million, the other for $19.7 milllion under the AFG grant program. Also during the month of December. Funding for 2012 was finalized and approved, and President Obama signed that into law on December 23rd, where the funding for the AFG program as well as the safer program have both been cut 17%. So they're both going down from 405 million down to 337.5 million. So. That's good news that those programs are intact but unfortunate that they are being decreased. But funding for fire service and first responders is being really cut across the board when you look at it at more of a macro level FEMA and the fire and fire service and first responders are actually gonna be taking a cut of about $1 billion. In 2012 compared to 2011 and that affects a lot of programs. Our customers, rely on such as USE and other federal and state programs. So it's critical that you continue to reach out to your congressman and make sure that the, the needs of the fire service and first responders are really being heard and being addressed moving forward. And so how do fire departments deal with this downturn in, in funding and I'll tell you, we've attached for you here a great article that was. Put out by the urban fire command as well as the metro fire chief's organization and it really talks about fire service deployment, assessing community vulnerability and it talks to specifically how fire departments are being challenged with the budget crisis, rising, Call volumes, personnel and equipment shortages, security issues, just an overall expectation to do more with less. And how they can then go and deploy their resources and make sure that they are communicating their needs to their village managers, to their communities. And it talks about firefighter safety and injury. Civilian safety and injury, and lastly property loss and environmental impact. So, some good stuff here that we hope that you as a fire chief will pass along to your audiences as well as you as a, perhaps a fire equipment salesperson might want to share with some of your customers. For our military customers and those of you who are hunters and all, Hopefully, you'll be visiting the Shot Show is Las Vegas January 17th through the 20th. That's a sportsman, hunting, outdoor and tactical show. Darlie's gonna have a big booth there to address all and meet with all of our military customers who, it's really out biggest military show of the year. But we'll be out and displaying some really cool things, including a remote-control. A vehicle that is used in combat from Macro USA, a good partner of ours, as well as just some really high tech weaponry and, and type of supporting special operations equipment that hopefully you'll stop by and see. We're gonna be in booth 7003 on the lower level Out of the convention center in Las Vegas. So, hopefully, you'll, you'll come over and visit us. And, it's amazing to see when we're at those types of shows, the overlap between firefighters, military, and just our general customer base. Customer base, the number of international folks who come. It's a pretty cool show, if you've never checked it out we would encourage you to do so. I'll tell you, during the last 30, days, or last 60 days, we've had a lot of international customers come in to see us. From southeast Asia, from Latin America, from the Middle East and they all come in talking about firefighting equipment and pumps, and, but they all leave talking about our water purification equipment. So, we've attached for you here a 2012 portfolio of our purifier line that we hope you'll download into your. Darley Water Purification file and it's amazing as I look at what our team of engineers, you know, two Ph. Ds and environmental engineering, and other folks supporting them have really done in water purification in just about 24 months. It's really amazing. You'll see here 14 new product lines for water purification, plus a bunch of accessories to go along with those so. Hopefully you can download that, we would also encourage you to goto www.purifiresystems.com. That's our website for our water purification, and got some neat stuff going on there. And it's interesting over the holidays I had a chance to read a book entitled Water. And the water crisis in this world is absolutely amazing when you figure there's 9 hundred million people on the face of this earth who don't have clean drinking water on a daily basis. That's one in eight people. 80% of disease stems from unsafe water. 80% of disease around the world. Stems from unsafe water, so, it's really a crisis that maybe you don't feel is gonna, is hitting you immediately right now, but believe me, it's coming and when it, when it, when it hits you, wherever you are, Darley will be there with the products to support you. Lastly, we've attached for you here just a copy of our 2012, Employee yearbook, so, if you're interested in downloading that you can have a look at who it is from our company that you're dealing with on a regular basis. So, thanks for tuning into this issue of Inside Darley, if there's anything we can be doing to support you, we hope you'll reach out to us. Thank you very much.