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THE LEARY FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION announced three volunteer fire departments as the winners in its 2018 National “Spot-a-Hero” Technology Grant campaign. The departments received a $5,000 licensing grant for Spotted Dog Technologies’ Rover Incident Response Platform, which send alerts to first responders’ mobile devices with information that tracks responding firefighters and visually identifies hazards, hydrants, and water sources. Chosen for the grant were the Piggott (AR) Volunteer Fire Department, the Prince Frederick (MD) Volunteer Fire Department, and the Elk Ridge (UT) Volunteer Fire Department. To be eligible, volunteer departments were nominated by their community members on the Web site and were selected from the pool of nominees to have the opportunity to apply for the grants.

BULLARD celebrates the 100th anniversary of its “Hard Boiled®” hat (or “Hard Hat”) in 2019. Founded in 1898 in San Francisco by Edward Dickinson Bullard, the company originally supplied carbide lamps and other mining equipment to gold and copper miners in California, Nevada, and Arizona. When Bullard’s son, E.W., returned from World War I, he combined his understanding of customer needs and his experience with his doughboy army helmet to design a protective headgear for miners. The Hard Boiled® hat was introduced in 1919 and represented the first of Bullard’s many innovative designs over the past century. Today, the hard hat is known as the “C30” and is produced from polyethylene plastic, making it lightweight, durable, easy to mold, and nonconductive to electricity.

LION donated turnout gear to the International Fire Relief Mission (IFRM) for distribution to firefighters in southern Ukraine. IFRM collects donated firefighting equipment from across the United States and selected items that are most needed by Ukrainian firefighters. In addition, LION laundered and repaired all donated gear for Ukraine at its Chicago TotalCare Center. LION also donated two of their training products, a new BullsEye digital fire extinguisher training tool and a smoke generator. Trainees use the laser-based fire extinguisher to knock down a realistic simulated fire, while the smoke generator enhances the training experience.

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JOHN CADEGAN was named the new chief of the Quincy (MA) Fire Department (QFD).

JOHN CADEGAN was named the new chief of the Quincy (MA) Fire Department (QFD). Cadegan was previously the QFD’s deputy chief. He replaces former chief Joseph Barron, who retired in July 2018 after 40 years with the department. Cadegan is a 33-year QFD veteran. The local firefighters’ union endorsed Cadegan’s appointment. Quincy has eight fire stations and more than 200 firefighters.

ROSS TIBBETS was appointed as the new chief of Zeeland (MI) Fire Rescue (ZFR).

ROSS TIBBETS was appointed as the new chief of Zeeland (MI) Fire Rescue (ZFR). He replaces former Chief Nick Bonstell, who left the position to become Ottawa County’s emergency management director in April 2018. Mitch Harsevoort was serving as interim ZFR chief. Tibbets was previously the lieutenant and acting battalion chief for the Kentwood (MI) Fire Department and has been a firefighter since 1998. He previously worked with the Georgetown Township (MI) Fire Department, the Wyoming (MI) Fire Department, and Holland (MI) American Medical Response. Tibbets is trained in vehicle extrication, fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous material management.

DAN CRUTCHFIELD was named the new chief of the Astoria (OR) Fire Department.

DAN CRUTCHFIELD was named the new chief of the Astoria (OR) Fire Department. He was previously the battalion chief of the Coos Bay (OR) Fire Department (CBFD) and replaces Interim Chief Richard Curtis, who led the department since September 2018 following the retirement of former Chief Ted Ames. Crutchfield began his firefighting career as a volunteer at 18 and spent nearly 26 years with the CBFD, where he oversaw its fire prevention program and helped implement a smoke alarm program, which resulted in the installation of 500 free smoke alarms throughout the community.

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TRUE NORTH GEAR and DRAGONWEAR have partnered to create a new brand to re-energize both companies’ brand identities. Featured in their rebranding is dynamic artwork that brings a fresh, revitalized perspective to visually represent their unique progression as leaders and innovators within the industries they serve. The True North logo retains its familiar ellipse shape while incorporating modifications to the logo’s shape and outline. The continued inclusion of the north-facing arrow within the logo signifies its ongoing commitment to staying the course of its brand’s mission and values. The DragonWear logo shows off the most dramatic change with custom lettering and a new, expanded dragon icon centered within the reshaped badge; both elements convey the strength and protection our products represent.

ROSENBAUER AMERICA announced that Innovative Fire Rescue Group (IFRG) has been named the authorized sales and service dealer for Rosenbauer America fire apparatus and products for the state of Florida. IFRG, in Ocala, specializes in emergency vehicle sales, refurbishment, and service. It is led by partners Dan Moates, David Cooper, and Phillip Lincoln, all of whom have many years of experience in the fire apparatus and equipment sales and service industries. In addition to the partners, IFRG employs Paul Stephenson and Mark Smith, both veteran Rosenbauer America sales professionals.

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MIKE “DOC” MCEVOY was announced as the new executive editor for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). McEvoy’s duties will include acquisition of new writers for JEMS and new presenters for EMS Today. He is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and has served as the EMS editor for Fire Engineering magazine since 2006. McEvoy is also a nurse clinician in the adult and pediatric cardiac surgical ICUs at Albany Medical Center, where he also teaches critical care medicine and chairs the hospital resuscitation committee. He also chairs the EMS Section Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is the lead editor for the Jones & Bartlett textbook “Critical Care Transport.”

JEFFREY S. JOHNSON was announced as the new chief of the Newport News (VA) Fire Department. Johnson previously served as the chief of the Salinas (CA) Fire Department. In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for an annual operating budget of more than $34 million, 11 stations, and a staff of 380. He has more than 30 years of experience in the emergency medical and fire services. He started his career in 1988 with the Grandview (MO) Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic. Johnson has also earned the Chief Fire Officer certification from the Center for Public Safety Excellence as well as the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer certification.