FIRE LINE EQUIPMENT in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has been appointed the E-ONE dealer for central Pennsylvania. With more than 100 years of combined experience in apparatus maintenance and repair, Fire Line Equipment has an 8,000-square-foot facility that is fully stocked with parts, offering both onsite and mobile service in support of new and used apparatus sales, with a focus on meeting customers’ after-the-sale needs. www.E-ONE.com. (352) 237-1122.
ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, awarded the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL‘s (NVFC’s) National Junior Firefighter Program with a 2011 Power of A Gold Award. The NVFC is one of only nine associations nationwide that received this award. The Power of A Awards are the premier program honoring associations that exemplify how the association industry and its professionals are essential to a stronger America and world. The awards recognize the contributions associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, and driving innovation. The Program was given the award for “The Power to Create a Competitive Workforce” category. www.nvfc.org/juniors.
The Arlington County (VA) Fire Department took delivery of bomb squad vehicles that were ordered last year from ROSENBAUER. The bomb units were purchased under a Federal Urban Area Security Initiative Grant to the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area. The six departments that received units were the Arlington County (VA) Fire Department, Prince George’s County (MD) Fire Department, Montgomery County (MD) Fire Department, Metro Transit Police (DC), Loudoun County (VA) Fire & Rescue, and the Virginia State Police. The units were a joint effort by the team members to replace outdated and undersized units and to provide a uniform platform for teams operating in metropolitan Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. www.rosenbaueramerica.com. (605) 543.5591.
PIERCE MANUFACTURING‘s Pierce® Dash® CF apparatus is now available with the Detroit Diesel DD13 big-block engine and on a broader range of vehicle configurations including tandem axle pumpers, tankers, rescues, and command units. The Dash CF apparatus features a tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails. The vehicle dramatically increases driver and officer interior cab space and improves visibility and serviceability. The 2010 EPA-compliant Detroit Diesel DD13 engine has demonstrated up to five percent better fuel economy than previous engines, while delivering up to 500 horsepower, 1,650 foot-pounds of torque, and near zero emissions. www.piercemfg.com. www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
THE INSTITUTION OF FIRE ENGINEERS—USA BRANCH was awarded a $949,000 grant by the Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety grant program to continue the work of the Vision 20/20 project, which has helped bring together the nation’s fire safety organizations for developing common strategies for reducing the loss of life and injury from fire since 2007. The project’s strategies include increasing advocacy for fire prevention, conducting a national safety education/social marketing campaign, and raising the importance of fire prevention within the fire service. The grant will expand the Community Risk Reduction concepts in five communities including Alexandria, Virginia; Cleveland, Ohio; Palm Beach County, Florida; Rosemount, Minnesota; and Washington, DC. www.strategicfire.org. www.ife-usa.org.
COMMON VOICES, an Advocates’ Coalition of individuals affected by fire, has received two Bronze Telly Awards for a fire safety public service announcement campaign as well as for one of the individual videos within the campaign. The PSA campaign was among more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and web commercials, videos, and films. The award-winning Common Voices PSA campaign is comprised of six testimonies from advocates who are either burn survivors themselves or have lost loved ones to fire. www.fireadvocates.org.
The COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALING (CPC) will launch the Fire Marshal (FM) designation. There are minimum eligibility requirements in the form of academic achievements and practical experience and contributions to the fire prevention field through professional articles, public speaking, teaching and research, professional memberships, community and civic involvement, and technical competence. The program also offers an excellent road map for someone choosing to move up in fire prevention. In addition, fire prevention officers who have a valid International Code Council FM certification will have an advantage when they seek the FM designation through CPC. www.publicsafetyexcellence.org/professional‐credentialing/fire‐marshal.aspx.
The UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FIRE SERVICE INSTITUTE (IFSI) will receive a $996,505 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fire Prevention & Safety Research and Development grant. The grant will fund research on the combined influence of design and size of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on firefighters’ metabolic stress and safety of movement. Firefighter slips, trips and falls, plus overexertion and strain injuries are leading causes of firefighter line of duty injuries. The study’s results will also be valuable for those involved with risk management. The grant is the fifth IFSI has received as part of the DHS’s Fire Prevention and Safety Program. www.fsi.illinois.edu.
THE MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION presented a $1 million grant to the Motorola Solutions Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, both programs of the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and life partners of firefighters who died in the line of duty. The scholarships are awarded annually for full- or part-time study at accredited colleges, universities or vocational institutions. The Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives program is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence through education and training of fire service personnel and leadership. www.firehero.org. www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.