FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS, INC. announced that the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) has added ten more Ferrara aerial ladders to its fleet. Coupled with the multiunit heavy rescue project, Ferrara Fire Apparatus now has contracts with the City of New York totaling more than $24 million. The vehicles are designed around the Ferrara LP-102—a low-profile, rear-mount aerial ladder. The new aerial trucks will be built on Ferrara custom chassis, featuring a stainless-steel split-tilt cab, a four-section rear-mount aerial ladder, and a stainless-steel body. The trucks will be built to accommodate New York City’s congested streets and to easily fit into the FDNY’s many historic fire stations.

At FDIC 2010, W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. announced the addition of a five-year warranty for its CROSSTECH® three-layer moisture barrier and a three-plus year warranty for its new CROSSTECH® black moisture barrier. To support departments trying to comply with NFPA 1851’s requirements, Gore added these warranties, which include labor and materials for repairs caused by normal wear and tear. The warranty on the CROSSTECH® black moisture barrier is the first of its kind because it specifically covers repairs through the first complete liner inspection set forth in the 2008 edition of NFPA 1851 (or up to 3½ years from the date of manufacture; whichever comes first).

The HOME SAFETY COUNCIL (HSC) and the CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES INSTITUTE (CFSI) presented the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education to Sharon Gamache, senior program manager for High-Risk Outreach Programs at the National Fire Protection Association. The HSC award recognized Gamache for her career-long efforts to protect the interests of youth and older adults, particularly her focus on home injury prevention during the last two decades. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program and the Remembering When: Falls and Fire Prevention Program for Older Adults, as well as their adaptations for non-English speaking populations.

The NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION (NFFF), with the support of PIERCE MANUFACTURING and HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY, announced that their NFFF Full Throttle Support campaign to assist the nonprofit NFFF has generated donations approaching $250,000. In addition, the NFFF along with Pierce and Harley-Davidson named North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Department Captain James Anema of North Whidbey Island, Washington, as the NFFF Full Throttle Support II sweepstakes winner. Representatives from both companies presented the keys of a custom, one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle to Anema at FDIC 2010.

KME announced FIRST PRIORITY EMERGENCY VEHICLES as its new sales representative organization for New Jersey and Delaware. First Priority is located in both Manchester and Flanders, New Jersey. The two emergency vehicle centers encompass all aspects of specialized emergency vehicle sales and service. The sales staff has more than 50 years of fire service sales experience and represent KME’s full line of fire apparatus as well as ambulance and other first responder units. First Priority offers free pick-up and delivery service, allowing their customers the benefit of dedicating staffing resources to the emergency service the needs of the community.

PELICAN PRODUCTS Project Engineer Ted Lynds won the National Institute of Packaging, Handling & Logistics Engineers’ (NIPHLEs) Long-Life Package award. The winning entry, a project Pelican is currently developing for the Navy, claimed victory in the Shipping and Storage Container For Optical Path Components category. Long-Life Packaging award category products feature a complex design and have undergone specialized engineering and testing. They also need to emphasize shipping and protection during long-term storage and be frequently reusable. Participation in the NIPHLE Annual Design Competition is encouraged for all individuals or teams in government, industry, and academia who feel they have made a valuable contribution in the fields of packaging, handling, or logistics.

The AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) sent three technical assessment teams to Chile to learn from the performance of the region’s various infrastructure systems in the aftermath of the February 27 earthquake that killed 340 people. The Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute team explored the earthquake’s and tsunami’s impacts on the region’s seaports, near and distant to the epicenter. The Society’s Structural Engineering Institute team documented structures, both building and nonbuilding, and assessed whether changes to current codes and standards in the U.S. might be warranted. The Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering team examined infrastructure systems such as water and wastewater, transportation, electric power, ports, and schools and hospitals as well as gathered information that could aid in sustainable and resilient development efforts.

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After a nine-year effort, the VALLEY FIREMAN’S ASSOCIATION helped unveil a new firefighter monument in Howard Elmer Park in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The dedication ceremony was attended by more than 100 firefighters from around the area as well as association department and outlying mutual-aid department members. More than a dozen apparatus surrounded the park. The monument features a firefighter sculpted from solid granite atop a finely polished granite block base. The base is engraved with the list of the member departments, a dedication, and the Fireman’s prayer. A concrete observation patio is also planned at the site, and a time capsule will be planted beneath the patio. (570) 888-3465.


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