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including a diagnostic pump panel, a Fire
Tech brow light, a Will-Burt light tower with
Spectra light heads, a 1,500-gpm pump,
a 500-gallon water tank, and the storage
capacity of a 16-foot rescue body.
Spartan Emergency Response demonstrated
its Mobile Gateway that includes a number
of connectivity features. “Even if the com-
munications infrastructure is compromised
or down,” says Rich Holzman, director of ER
sales for North America, “the system provides
the architecture required to enable fleet man-
agement, prognostics, diagnostics, and other
capabilities.” Dan Slater, Spartan Emergency
Response president, says, the Mobile Gateway
“enhances safety, productivity, and informa-
tion access for firefighters.”
The increase in natural disasters illus-
trates the criticality of communications infra-
structure and the negative impact when it
breaks down. The Mobile Gateway has a max-
imum cellular range of up to 25 miles, giv-
ing it a better chance of finding an active cell
tower, even in a disaster zone.
Spartan Emergency Response also showcased a new Advanced Climate Control system for its vehicles and unveiled an intelligent
backup camera system with video processing.
Darley Co. displayed an unusual firefighting use for the InstantEye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it sells. Mike Mocerino,
Darley’s robotics project manager, mounted
the InstantEye quad-copter on a telescoping
tripod on top of a side-mount pumper. “The
pump operator can use the three InstantEye
cameras to view the fire scene on the other
side of his pumper,” Mocerino says. The one-pound InstantEye also can be flown carrying
a thermal imaging unit with a 4X zoom-able camera, 3-D mapping software, and an
attachment for high definition video.
Harbor Guard Boats introduced a 40-foot
boat that can serve in fire suppression, rescue,
and ambulance capacities, according to Tim
Spooner, vice president of sales and distribution. He says the all-aluminum boat can take
on heavier seas and carry larger fire pumps
and more equipment and can be set up as an
ambulance with medical monitoring equipment, ventilators, and incubators.
North American Fire Hose Corp. debuted
its Dura-Boost 800 Plus, a double-jacketed
booster hose made of 100 percent synthetic
nylon. Mike Peterson, senior sales manager,
says the fabric construction has a very fine
weave for improved abrasion resistance and
to resist snagging in wildland firefighting
situations. He adds the hose’s monofilament
wire construction maintains hose shape
on a reel with and without the hose being
charged with water.
Cummins is offering vehicle makers a
single-module diesel aftertreatment system
that takes up 60 percent less space than
the current two-module system, says Chris
Crowel, emergency vehicle salesperson.
Crowel points out the new system, which
will be available late in 2016, is 40 percent
lighter than current systems and meets all
efficiency and performance ratings.
Personal Protective Equipment
In personal protective equipment, Sterling
Rope introduced an escape kit pocket bag
designed to fit in the pocket of bunker pants,
a small pulley adjustable rescue kit, and its
lightweight Bolt Escape Belt.
Honeywell First Responder Products
debuted its new emergency medical services (EMS) two-layer, two-piece response
gear that’s compliant with NFPA 1999,
Standard on Protective Clothing for
Emergency Medical Operations. Claire
Miller, vice president of marketing, says
the gear is resistant to blood and body fluid
penetration, has high breathability, and has
a heavy-duty outer shell for better durabili-
ty at the forearms and lower legs.
Safety Components, the maker of Glide
thermal liners and PBI Max outer shell fabric, introduced Sigma, a new flame-resis-tant (FR) fabric made up of meta-aramid, FR
Lenzing, polyamide, and para-aramid fibers,
says Jamie Martin, sales and marketing development. He says Sigma offers first responders
the best combination of flash/thermal protection, durability, comfort, and appearance in a