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FIRST BANKERS CORPORATION celebrates the 10th anniversary of providing scholarships to firefighters and their dependents through its Giving Back to those Who Give™ program, through which it has awarded a total of $35,000 to winners.

First Bankers award 10 $500 scholarships: five to firefighters, and five to dependents of firefighters. The scholarship application period is open from April 1, 2006, to August 31, 2006. Scholarships can be used for any postsecondary education and are not required to be used for emergency-related education. Firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and their children or dependents may apply for these scholarships, which are paid directly to the winner for expenses of their choosing. Applicants must write a 50-word essay on why they are deserving of the scholarship. Applications may be downloaded from the Web site, www.firstbankers.net.

The WILL-BURT COMPANY is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its popular Night Scan® line with a special product giveaway for fire department and emergency management agency crews. The Will-Burt Special Edition Night Scan Powerlite® Sweepstakes begins March 15, 2006, and runs through May 15, 2006. The winning agency representative, chosen at random on June 1, 2006, will receive a specially designed NS10-6000 (OPT) Night Scan Powerlite, which features a blue housing, a low roof-mounted profile, dual-tilt remote control positioning, internal wiring, 6,000 watts of Optimum® quartz halogen lighting, and an integrated saddle.

Eligible active volunteer or paid firefighters may enter by visiting the Will-Burt Web site or by sending their name, fire department or emergency management agency name, full mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address to: The Will-Burt Company Promotional Sweepstakes, Attn: Andrea Russell, P.O. Box 900, Orrville, Ohio 44667. All entries must be received by May 15, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more about Will-Burt, enter the Will-Burt Special Edition Night Scan Powerlite Sweepstakes online, or view a full set of sweepstakes rules, visit www.will-burt.com.

FIRE-DEX will host NEXTEL Cup driver Brent Sherman at Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) booth 709 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 27, 2006, for an autographing session, and will also have the BAM Racing No. 49 Dodge on display throughout the weekend. Fire-Dex is sponsoring BAM Racing’s NEXTEL Cup team, rookie driver Brent Sherman, and the No. 49 Dodge for the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Season. See the Fire-Dex Web site, www.firedex.com, for updates on Brent and BAM Racing.

Fire Dex has hired Tony Scheufler as regional sales manager. He will be managing Fire-Dex protective apparel sales in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS, INC. delivered of seven heavy-duty 107-foot ladder trucks to the Houston (TX) Fire Department. In addition to these aerials, Ferrara recently built and successfully delivered 11 pumpers to the department. The seven aerials each feature a Cummins ISM 500-hp engine, cab seating for six, and a 107-foot heavy-duty ladder with 750-pound tip load. Aerials are built on Ferrara’s custom Igniter cab and chassis.

E-ONE has been certified to offer a wide range of apparatus that meet the latest Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC) requirements. After an extensive review and documentation process, E-ONE can now offer ULC listing for many types of fire and special service apparatus delivered in Canada. The CAN/ULC-S515-04 Standard for Automobile Fire Fighting Apparatus identifies the minimum requirements of performance and design for new firefighting apparatus. Suppliers must validate their individual products and the finished apparatus must undergo independent, third-party testing and certification of the pumps, aerial devices, engines, brakes, and overall vehicle weight and balance.

Normally, ULC listing is only sought for apparatus such as pumpers, aerials, and water tankers. But E-ONE can now arrange for ULC listing of apparatus such as pumpers, aerials, water tankers, initial attack/mini-pumpers, mobile foam firefighting apparatus, skid-mounted units, and a variety of special service units.

E-ONE has named Advantech Service and Parts, LLC as their newest dealer covering Ohio and West Virginia. Advantech has an established track record in the industry. At its new facility in Midvale, Ohio, Advantech will offer on-site and mobile service as well as a full array of E-ONE parts. In addition, plans are in place to expand into additional facilities in other areas of their new E-ONE territory.

BULLARD has named Tracy Williams fire helmet product manager in the Emergency Responder Division. She has 10 years of experience in distribution and retail management, sales, and customer service, and will manage the Bullard line of fire and rescue helmets on a domestic and international level.

INTERNATIONAL SAFETY INSTRUMENTS (ISI) has appointed Gavin McLachlan as director of sales and marketing. He has worked with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), and other organizations in developing and testing products to meet customers’ standards of quality and reliability.

AMERICAN LAFRANCE, LLC recently hired Steve Moore as the new manager of quality assurance. In his new position, Moore will manage the implementation of new and improved systems and procedures of quality assurance within the Ladson, South Carolina, corporate headquarters, He will also manage the inspection and testing of all materials purchased and manufactured. Mark Gobessi has been hired as vice president of engineering, responsible for all aspects of American LaFrance product design and development, including engineering management of the company’s line of chassis, aerials, ambulances, pumpers, rescues, and tankers.

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Michgan-based HELPING OUR OWN (HOO) partnered with the SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY (CA) FIRE DEPARTMENT (SBCFD) to deliver more than 25 tons of firefighting equipment valued at $1.5 million (used value) to the region. The SBCFD had earmarked equipment for HOO’s Katrina relief mission and had dispatched two trucks loaded with equipment to HOO’s headquarters in Michigan Center, Michigan.

SBCFD members joined HOO in making a delivery to the Firefighter Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Holden, Louisiana. The firefighters received permission from their SBCFD superiors to return to HOO to make one more delivery to the region, which benefited four counties in Mississippi.

HOO personnel have been on the ground working with EOC administrators throughout the Gulf region to assess the needs of fire departments and other first responder organizations. Initially, HOO has committed to delivering more than $5 million (used value) of critically needed firefighting equipment and apparatus as requested for immediate use.

More than 200 U.S. fire departments have offered HOO used equipment for its Katrina relief mission; more than 20 departments have apparatus for HOO to pick up, test, repair, and deliver.

HOO is a nonprofit organization that provides salvaged and refurbished firefighting equipment and apparatus free of charge to underfunded volunteer fire departments and other first responders throughout the United States. It also provides equipment and apparatus in response to natural and man-made disasters.

For more information, contact HOO at (517) 764-0641, or (877) 4-HOO-HELP ((877) 446-6435). Web site: www.helpingourown.org.

ROSENBAUER AMERICA’s Team Rosenbauer Rescue returned safely from its nine-day operation in areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina. On August 29, Eric Saulsbury, a New York state Rosenbauer distributor, requested, and the firm approved, funding of $10,000 to support a team providing apparatus, equipment, and repair support to fire and police departments in the Gulf Coast area. Saulsbury and his team had previously assisted in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

After receiving credentials and clearance from supporting Louisiana agencies, Team Rosenbauer Rescue deployed a new apparatus staffed with six firefighter volunteers from Aurelius, Scipio, and Cortlandville fire departments in New York and coordinator Saulsbury, and carried sufficient food and equipment to support a minimum 10-day operation.

The team was paired with the Denham Springs (LA) Fire Department. En route to Louisiana, the team’s role changed; it was to provide equipment for direct search and rescue operations because of the lack of boats and staffing in the affected areas.

On the first day of operations, the Rosenbauer group was split into two teams; one was deployed with a Denham Springs group to the Chalmette/St. Bernard area. It operated with the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Division for boat-supported rescue operations where a significant storm surge had submerged a vast majority of the parish.

The second team deployed with another Denham Springs group to the devastated Slidell area to assist the Slidell (LA) Fire Department, operating out of a single station; its other eight firehouses were untenable. In the face of danger (sometimes from the citizens protecting their property), teams searched house to house for survivors in a maze of complete devastation.

For the last seven days of the team’s operations, it was coordinated and deployed through the New Orleans Police Department command center at Harrah’s Casino in downtown New Orleans. The Rosenbauer teams and the Denham Springs Fire Department members rescued more than 60 victims from their flooded homes, mostly in the Ninth Ward of the city. Many of these were elderly or handicapped victims requiring airlifts using U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Marine Corps Blackhawk helicopters.

The Bonaventure Company (the Louisiana Rosenbauer distributor) and the Denham Springs fire and police departments housed and coordinated the Rosenbauer team during its operations.

TASK FORCE TIPS donated $30,000 to the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Fund to match the response of area residents, TFT dealers, and employees. The matching challenge was initiated in response to employees’ desire to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Within 12 working days, TFT associates and friends surpassed the $30,000 goal.

The RED CROSS is using geographic information system (GIS) technology from ESRI for relief efforts following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Computer mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS Web services have assisted the agency in providing communities and displaced people with food, clothing, shelter, and other essential services. GIS technology has helped support senior-level staff at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as staff operating at local forward command centers involved in setting up shelters, hotel housing, emotional support programs, and providing meals.

With GIS technology, the Red Cross was able to better plan prior to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and respond with greater flexibility and precision after the events occurred, according to Eric Maier, ESRI commercial account manager. ESRI resources helped generate maps and data on wind fields, damaged areas, populations, city infrastructure, streets, and more. ESRI provided on-site staff and resources from its Washington, D.C., office to quickly expand and extend the existing Red Cross GIS platform. In addition, ESRI specialists at the company’s Redlands, California, headquarters worked closely with Red Cross personnel to develop a Shelter Locator ArcWeb Services application that provides address, capacity, population, and other descriptors available to internal Red Cross staff as well as the public.

THALES COMMUNICATIONS, INC. is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide interoperable communication equipment for DHS’ Hurricane Katrina cleanup and reconstruction efforts. Thales has supplied DHS with its waterproof Thales 25 portable radios, which are the small-profile, light, and rugged Project 25-compliant portable digital devices available for homeland security, public safety, law enforcement, and land management application. Project 25 is the industry standard for interoperable government and public safety communications. The Thales 25 offers secure digital communications using Project 25 encryption standards to DHS personnel and interoperability links to local first responders on legacy analog mutual-aid channels.