Pierce Manufacturing introduces a new, uncompromising addition to the Pierce® Ascendant® Class of Aerials at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Ascendant 100-foot Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower includes best in class features with superior maneuverability, drivability, operator functionality, and serviceability.
APPLETON, Wis. (April 26, 2018) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today introduced a new, uncompromising addition to the Pierce® Ascendant® Class of Aerials at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. The all-new Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower includes best in class features including superior maneuverability, drivability, operator functionality, and serviceability. Answering the demand for the innovative Ascendant ladder to be available on additional configurations, the 100’ Aerial Tower offers heavy-duty capabilities and the highest level of dependability.
Reaching heights of 100′ vertically and 93′ horizontally, the Ascendant 100′ Aerial Tower packages a 5-section heavy-duty steel tower onto a vehicle with a low overall ride height of only 10’8″ and length of only 41’ 3”. Its 160″ rear overhang minimizes tail-swing offering superior maneuverability and even greater visibility than that of a rear-mounted tower.
“We listened to our customers’ feedback and incorporated elements that exceed expectations with the innovative features of the new Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower,” said Lisa Barwick, director of business development, Pierce Manufacturing. “Exceptional horizontal and vertical reach capabilities, combined with superior maneuverability, drivability, operability, and serviceability functions, address firefighters’ essential aerial apparatus needs.”
This new aerial tower outperforms with a 1,000 lb tip load capacity, up to a 20-degree below grade operation, and a below grade 50-degree scrub area. All of this is accomplished with the truck at a mere 20′ set-back from the building. Its integrated ground pads eliminate time spent throwing ground pads, so setup is streamlined and faster than any other aerial on the market. The apparatus will be ready for aerial operations in under 30 seconds.
“Last year we introduced a class of aerials that set a new benchmark for performance in the industry, and we didn’t stop at taking the platform options and apparatus features a step further,” said Barwick. “The all-new Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower is ideal for customers in the market for a mid- or rear-mounted platform and is unlike any other aerial apparatus available.”
The Ascendant 100′ Aerial Tower is available on a variety of custom chassis and body styles to meet fire departments’ needs. Additionally, the apparatus can be configured with a rear axle rating as low as 48,000 lbs. providing all of the benefits of a lighter weight vehicle such as shorter stopping distances and better performance from the chassis drivetrain. For a comprehensive review of the Pierce Ascendant Class of aerials, visit www.piercemfg.com/AscendantClass for complete specs, video and images.
By Manfred Kihn
Regional Sales Manager – Emergency Responders (Canada), Thermal Imaging Trainer
Rechargeable batteries have a service life so it is very important that you replace these batteries on a schedule. Regular exercise will extend the life of the battery, but eventually they will need to be replaced. Be proactive and establish a plan for replacement.
Based on your FD’s activity level, determine roughly how long a battery should last. Add that time to the date you placed the battery in service and write the future month and year on the battery. As part of your regular equipment checks, members can check the “expiration date.” The month before expiration, contact your Bullard TI distributor to order the new battery.
For example, a moderately busy fire department purchased an LDX and T4X in March 2018 (3-18). The department determines an 18-month replacement schedule is appropriate for them, and therefore writes “Sept 2019 (9-19)” on it. In August 2019, the department will contact its Bullard distributor to order the replacement battery. This approach is simple, obvious and part of a system, which makes it unlikely to fall through the cracks.
Based on average use by your department, determine how long a battery will normally last. Keep track of battery maintenance by identifying each battery with a “1 or 2” or “A or B” and once a month fully deplete the battery in the imager down to RED and replace it with the spare battery in the charger. This basic maintenance will help exercise the NiMH cells and extend their life cycle.
Another option is utilizing a PowerUp Charger, Analyzer, Conditioner which keeps your TI batteries at peak performance in conjunction with a regular inspection and maintenance process.
When it comes to care and maintenance, a thermal imager is not much different from a vehicle. You can ignore the simple things over time and pay for them several times over when there is a major failure. A few minutes, and few dollars, spent over time will help your department avoid large future expenses. For your TI to help you in a fire, you need to help it in the fire station. Give your TI a little regular care to keep batteries charged!
Also see: Powerhouse Charging Station which conveniently stores and charges your T3 or T4 Thermal Imager and a spare battery.
St-Georges, Quebec, February 28th, 2018 – Canadian company MAXIMETAL has been awarded a 5-year contract for $ 32.1M to build 35 pumper trucks for the City of Montreal Fire Department. This is one of the largest contracts in the company’s history, and is the first major contract win since the company formalized its product partnership with US based fire apparatus manufacturer, Pierce Manufacturing Inc.
“This is exactly the kind of opportunity we envisioned when we partnered with Pierce. To be able to respond to Canadian fire departments with world-renowned, high-quality products, custom-built right here in Canada.” said Danny Dufour, the company’s president.
In 2015, Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and MAXIMETAL began a strategic product partnership to better serve the Canadian market. Pierce® sells the Saber® custom chassis’ to MAXIMETAL who, in turn, mounts its own firefighting body configurations onto the chassis. The completed MaxiSaber apparatus are marketed across Canada through the network of Pierce dealers on behalf of MAXIMETAL.
“The MaxiSaber product has really taken off in the past year,” said Chris Sapienza, MAXIMETAL’s director of business development. “We have delivered a dozen trucks into the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario so far, and the project list is growing quickly thanks to the Canadian Pierce dealer network. We anticipate exciting times ahead for our team.”
“The Pierce team is honored to work alongside MAXIMETAL by providing our Pierce custom chassis to fulfill a long-term contract with the City of Montreal Fire Department,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “This partnership is truly a testament to the level of commitment Pierce, MAXIMETAL, and our Canadian dealers maintain to provide the highest level of support for our customers.”
Production of the first 7 chassis will begin immediately in Pierce’s US plant, and the first deliveries to Montreal are anticipated for late 2018, with the last trucks expected to leave the factory sometime in late 2022.
Founded in 1983, MAXIMETAL, INC. is based in Saint-Georges just an hour south of Quebec City. MAXIMETAL is a dynamic, innovative Canadian company with 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing optimized intervention vehicles. Our core specialty lies in two product families: MAXI Fire trucks and MAXI Utility trucks. The company holds ISO9001:2008 certification and is dedicated to providing fire departments and utility customers with quality built, custom-outfitted apparatus engineered to the highest standards. To learn more about MAXIMETAL, visit www.maximetal.com
About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com
Canadian versions of National Fire Prevention Association’s public education resources and materials include metric measurements, Canadian spellings, Canadian data, and French Canadian translations (when available).
Visit the NFPA website to see what’s available.
If you would like Canadian versions of particular resources, please contact NFPA public education representative Laura King.
A burning structure won’t alter its behavior because the crew that shows up is volunteer or career – or some hybrid of both. Fire follows its own rules. That’s one reason you’ll often hear volunteers say “we fight the same fire with the same training as our career brothers and sisters.”
And while that’s true, there are some unavoidable differences. Career firefighters generally have more time, resources and experience than volunteer firefighters. That means they train more often, use better training and firefighting equipment and have more hands-on experience.
Much the same can be said about cancer. As one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths, cancer doesn’t care if the firefighter hails from a career or volunteer fire department. But as with fighting fire, there are some undeniable differences between volunteer and career firefighters when it comes to keeping cancer at bay. Again, volunteers often lack the appropriate resources to follow the cancer prevention best practices as a whole. For example, having a second set of PPE and having laundering machines designed to clean PPE are things many volunteer departments simply cannot afford.
One of the nation’s leading firefighter safety advocates, Chief Billy Goldfeder is an international director for the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section, and a former volunteer firefighter. He’s most known for FireFighterCloseCalls.com and its email newsletter the “Secret List.” He’s also not one to suffer fools or mince words when it comes to firefighter safety. Firefighters often play the volunteer card as an excuse for not reducing their cancer risk, he says. “It’s an invalid excuse. It’s not a volunteer issue, it’s a firefighter issue.”
Yet, volunteer firefighters can take steps to greatly reduce cancer risk despite some of the unique challenges faced in the volunteer segment. As a volunteer firefighter, here are six things you can start doing immediately to better protect your health.
But first, let’s take a quick look at what cancer is. Cancer is basically a malfunction in how your cells operate. Normally, cells grow old and die, then new cells are created to replace those. Cancerous cells don’t die off as they should and they divide and grow new unneeded cells; they can also convince normal cells to divert blood and oxygen to help cancer cells grow and hide from our immune system. That rogue cell growth is the result of changes to our very genetic make-up.
These genetic changes are often sparked by exposure to toxic materials known as carcinogens. And as we’re often reminded, firefighters are about two times more likely to get certain types of cancer than the general population. And many believe that higher risk is due to the toxic airborne soup firefighters are exposed to on every working fire.
So, here are six ways experts say you can limit your exposure risk to cancer while still serving your community as a volunteer firefighter.
- Wear your gear
If you are a firefighter, this responsibility begins and ends with you. Wear all your protective gear and SCBA on any call where toxins could be present. This includes structure fires, vehicle fires and other fires like trash container fires. It is also just as important that you wear all your protective gear and SCBA during overhaul operations. If you are an officer, make sure everyone on scene is wearing their gear properly. There is no excuse for not doing this; it is your first and best line of defense. As Chief Goldfeder says, “Gone are the days of excuses — there are too many firefighters tragically rotting away from cancer. All professions wear their gear — pro football, military, etc. — so stop the b.s. and wear it.”
- Clean your gear
Growing evidence shows that the contaminants that get on a firefighter’s PPE at a fire don’t necessarily stay there. These microscopic, cancer-causing materials fall off and cling to other surfaces and become airborne through off-gassing. As scientists wrestle with trying to figure out how clean firefighter PPE actually is after washing, most experts agree the best practice is a two-step cleaning process.
First, it is important to conduct a gross decontamination on scene after the fire. That means getting as much of the big particles off as possible. Two firefighters can easily clean one another — while still on SCBA air — with a simple dry brush followed by a wet, soapy brush and a hose down. Brushes, mild detergent and a bucket can easily be stored on the first-due truck. And some departments have gone as far as connecting a small garden hose to the pump panel to draw warm water for this on-scene scrub down.
Second, when back at the station, separate and wash the PPE immediately. This should include hoods, gloves, helmets, SCBA and any hoses or tools that were used. Gloves and hoods are especially notorious for harboring cancer-causing particles. And while many volunteer departments cannot afford a high-end PPE washer/extractor and drying cabinet, NFPA’s Ken Willette said in a recent webinar on firefighter cancer that regular washing machines, like those used at home, are a workable solution until funds can be raised for proper cleaning equipment.
However, you should never wash your gear at home; it can leave contaminants in your home washing machine — and those contaminants will spread to your family’s clothing. Likewise, avoid taking your PPE home or in your personal vehicle. If you must carry your gear, Willette urges you to keep it in a sealed plastic bin. That will prevent much of the contaminants from traveling from your gear to your vehicle.
Don’t needlessly expose yourself or your family to cancer by ignoring these simple cleaning steps.
- Clean your body and your house
Be sure to wash the clothes you wear under your PPE and shower as soon as possible after a fire. PPE does a good job of keeping contaminants off you as a firefighter, but small particles can still get on your skin.
It’s also critical to keep the firehouse clean. Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen; exhaust removal systems are a must for every department. If you don’t have such a system or it’s an older model, it is recommended to only run your trucks outside. Keep any offices, dayrooms, kitchens and other common gathering spaces sealed off from the apparatus bay. Not only will this help keep the diesel particles out, it will also help keep the contaminants from your PPE from reaching those rooms — yes, that means you cannot wear your turnout gear in those areas.
And don’t forget the truck. When riding back to the station after a call, all of those contaminants embedded in your PPE are now collecting in the inside of the truck. Make sure to give the interior a good scrub down after every fire.
- See your doctor
Even if you’ve never been sick a day in your life, go to the doctor once a year for a full physical examination. Early detection is key to surviving cancer. If you wait until symptoms are bad enough to “warrant an appointment,” it may be too late. “No one likes going to the doctor,” Chief Goldfeder says. “But you’re a firefighter, so show some of that so-called bravery of yours and make the appointment.”
Remember to tell your doctor on each visit that you are a volunteer firefighter and have an elevated risk for cancer. The International Association of Fire Chiefs published a guide to help medical professionals better understand the inherent health risks of fighting fire.
You can get a copy of the guide here (http://www.fstaresearch.org/resource/?FstarId=11591).
And consider keeping a digital diary of your fires and the exposure incidents; it’s another way you can work with your primary-care doctor to track your risk factors. It will also come in handy if you are diagnosed with cancer and need to prove that it is job related.
- Change your lifestyle
If you use tobacco products, now is the time to stop. If you can’t quit on your own, find the resources to help. Being a firefighter already increases your risk of cancer; smoking or dipping further compounds that risk. If firefighting is driving down a dark road at night, smoking is cutting off the headlines; your chances of hitting something are much higher.
“A 5-foot, 5-inch firefighter weighing 350 pounds had a heart attack. How could that happen?” Chief Goldfeder asks. “A 5-foot, 5-inch firefighter weighing 350 pounds, that’s how. We are in physically exhausting work like an athlete, but in athletics there are practices, warm up, times out, etc. You do get those. So, how fit do you want the firefighters to be that may have to rescue a family member of yours? There’s your answer.”
Take a hard and honest inventory of other risk factors in your life such as unprotected sunlight exposure, diet, excessive weight and alcohol use. Regular exercise, proper sleep and a diet low in saturated fats, simple carbohydrates (white flour products) and refined sugar and high in vegetables, fruits, and high-quality fats will make your body more resistant to several diseases, including cancer. It also will help you better fight off cancer in the event you are diagnosed. Most importantly, it will help you to be a better firefighter.
- Preach it
Remember when you were a kid and your friends convinced you to do something stupid — jump off the roof or throw eggs at your neighbor’s house? Peer pressure worked then and it can work for you now. Encourage your fellow firefighters to accept the challenge when it comes to proactively taking steps to help reduce their risk of cancer.
Find cancer-prevention religion and evangelize it among your fellow volunteer firefighters. Follow best practices through deed and word. That means taking care of yourself and encouraging and supporting others to do the same. Once cancer prevention practices have reached a critical mass in your department, it becomes part of your culture — those who don’t follow those practices will be the outliers and peer-pressured into getting in line with the group’s ideals.
But as Chief Goldfeder cautions, you’ve got to first walk the talk. “Make sure that if you’re going to preach it, you are setting an example. Otherwise start at #1 above. Again. Then go to #6.”
The Other Side of the Hero takes us into the world of the first responder we rarely see: life out of uniform. Actor Enrico Colantoni, who played Sgt Greg Parker for five years on the international hit series Flashpoint, is our guide on this journey.
We’ll get to know first responders through their families, their spouses, their co-workers, and themselves; people who have experienced the flip-side of what can happen when a hero discovers that they are not emotionally immune to all that happens in the course of a shift.
We’ll also meet Vince Savoia, a former paramedic who, some 20 years ago, had to quit his job after a traumatic call that changed his life. He now runs the Tema Conter Memorial Trust.
Several actors who portray first responders on TV are also featured in the doc. These actors acknowledge the responsibility they have to inspire and inform audiences. As Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds notes, young women often tell her they want to do “exactly what she does on TV” as an FBI Profiler. When approached by fans who tell him they want to become a cop because of his show, Colantoni says, “You don’t want to be a cop, you want to be an actor!”
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/197944155
Visit the website: www.theothersideofthehero.ca
If you’re in Canada and would like to host a screening for your community or colleagues, please email: email@example.com
Annual income: $90,000
Savings: $3,000 in savings account; $8,000 in TFSAs; $5,500 in index fund
Debt: $210,000 mortgage; $23,000 car loan
What he does: firefighter; partner in tech startup
Where he lives: Rothesay, N.B.
Top financial concern: “There’s part of me that’s worried that I’m paying into a pension and it will be like what happened at Sears,” he says. “My goal is financial stability – putting enough aside for retirement. Hopefully, there will be enough for me to live on.”
John always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. After studying for a few years at the University of New Brunswick, the now 29-year-old couldn’t wait to fulfil his dream, getting his fire school diploma in 2008 from Holland College in Prince Edward Island.
For seven years John worked full time in St. John in a junior firefighting role that came with considerably less pay than a senior one. Earning $55,000 a year, he repaid his $7,000 student loan in five years. He has since been promoted and now pulls in $90,000 before taxes. He also gets vacation pay and has a shared risk plan, also known as a Target Benefit Plan, which is essentially a hybrid of a defined benefit pension plan and defined contribution plan.
“It’s the best job in the world,” says John, who works four days on and four days off, for a total of 48 hours a week. He currently wants to upgrade to a firetruck driver/hose operator. But he worries about his prospects in New Brunswick, which has seen an exodus of residents in recent years. “It’s struggling,” he says.
John is also concerned about his future pension. “There’s part of me that’s worried that I’m paying into a pension and it will be like what happened at Sears,” he says, referring to the bankruptcy of the Canadian retailer last year and word that its pension is underfunded, , leaving its former staffers with significantly fewer retirement benefits that what they are entitled to. Unlinke a DB pension plan in which which both employer and employees contribute a certain amount and the employer – rather than the employee – bears the investment risk, if a shared risk plan becomes underfunded, the benefits to employees are allowed to be reduced, as opposed to having the deficit paid by the employer.
To that end, he’s building up his equity, having bought a house in 2017 with his wife for $270,000. And he’s building his wealth, belonging to two investing clubs, investing $120 a month primarily in blue-chip stocks. Buying marijuana stocks has also yielded dividends. “In one club, I’ve had a 65 per cent return and in the other club a 45 per cent return,” he says. In total he has made $7,000 over the past three years. John also has investments in his TFSA, which he handles himself through a direct investing account.
Plus, in a move he hopes will yield profits down the road, he’s a partner in a tech startup – a self-serve kiosk service that prints lift tickets for ski hills. For now “it’s a pastime,” he says. “Although the company is profitable, I take no salary in order to reinvest the money to further growth.”
With his high salary and no debt, John is now enjoying a comfortable yet conservative lifestyle. He cuts his own hair. He bought a home gym for his basement to avoid paying gym fees. He eats out a few times a month. And though he travels many times a year – be it Nantucket Island in New England or Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, with his wife and his or her parents – each trip costs him $600, on average, as his parents or in-laws cover accommodation. “Because our parents are close to retirement and enjoying life, we’re able to reap some benefits of that,” says John
Then there is the recent purchase of a 2017 Honda CRV, which comes with a $23,000 loan. “Cars have been my weak point,” he admits.
For now, John is planning a trip to Europe. He wants to start a family in five years. And he hopes to retire at 55 or 60. “I don’t want to take on debt,” he says. “My goal is financial stability – putting enough aside for retirement. Hopefully, there will be enough for me to live on.”
His typical monthly expenses:
$1,090 on mortgage. “We bought our house in July, 2017, for $270,000. I have a $210,000 mortgage.”
$259 on property tax.
$160 cable and internet.
$285 for electricity. “We have electric baseboards. I do have a propane fireplace but I don’t use it much.”
$100 in home insurance.
$30 in hydro.
$75 for home emergency fund. “This is for home maintenance.”
$680 on groceries.
$200 on eating out. “We go out two times a month. We’re not big on fast food. There’s a place [we like] called Italian by Night – it’s kind of expensive.”
$240 on alcohol. “I enjoy having some beers – I spend about $60 a week. Generally, the people I hang out with are my childhood friends. I’ll have a couple of craft beers and some wings.”
$75 on cellphone. “I brought my own phone to Koodo from Rogers.”
$450 for car. “I just bought a 2017 black Honda CRV in October. I paid $16,000 down and the loan is $23,000. I went for the safe bet.”
$150 on gas. “My commute is 10-15 minutes.”
$100 on car insurance. “You have to shop it around.”
$120 in investments. “I’m a part of two investment clubs. I allocate a certain amount each year to invest. We plan to do this for the next 20 years.”
$0 on hair. “I cut my own hair most of the time. I shaved my head for years but my wife wanted me to grow it out.”
$25.00 in banking/investment fees. “My monthly regular banking fees are $15 a month. Direct investing fees are $25 quarterly and $10 per trade.”
$10 for apps. “I subscribe to Apple iTunes.”
$100 on dog. “He’s a golden doodle. I just bought three weeks of dog food for $70. In the spring, summer and fall, I also buy a heartworm and tick medication for him because there are many ticks out here. It’s $200 for the vet once a year.”
$30 in clothes. “I’m not one to buy clothes. I wear the same pair of jeans every day.”
$155 on sports. “I play in a basketball league once a week. It’s $60 a year. We bought two paddle boards in July – they were $900 each. We like to go for hikes.”
$0 on gym fees. “I had a gym membership but I cancelled it. I went out and spent $1,500 on gym equipment and put it in my basement. I now work out five to six times a week.”
$2,900 per year on holidays/trips. “We have the advantage of going on vacation and not paying for accommodation – we wouldn’t be able to do this without my parents or my wife’s parents. We are going to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine in a couple of weeks. My wife’s dad is a part of a private fly fishing club – we go there once a year. My family used to go to Nantucket Island for a week – the last time was in 2016. And we went to Florida–Anna Maria Island – for my wife’s parents’ anniversary. That was $600. We didn’t have to pay for the flight, accommodation or rental car. We’re saving to go to Europe now – maybe the south of France.”
* John’s real name has been withheld to protect his privacy.
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14 Dec 2017
Under the name of EVO 3 Holmatro launches its next generation of cordless rescue tools. The full range consists of battery-powered cutters, spreaders, combi tools and (telescopic) rams. Compared to the previous range the new EVO 3 tools offer much more speed when it counts, i.e. when placed under high loads. Combined with the exact same forces as found in Holmatro CORE Technology hose tools this leads to an optimal performance on new car construction.
Improved technology inside
On the outside Holmatro EVO 3 tools look the same as their predecessors. However, on the inside a lot has changed to optimize performance and speed.
New brushless motor
- Powerful and energy efficient
- Specially built for the application
- No gear transmission between motor and pump, no mechanical energy loss
Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
- Keeps tool speed at a constant maximum level, even at high loads or when the battery voltage drops
Sealed circuit board
- Cast in resin the electronics inside the tool are fully protected against moisture and dust. This is on top of the tools’ IP 54 protection rate against dust and splashing water.
Full range available
Discover all EVO 3 tools: Cutters. Spreaders. Combi Tools. (Telescopic) Rams.
Designed for freedom
Like their predecessors, Holmatro EVO 3 tools are designed to offer the rescuer ultimate freedom. Their inline control handle with 360° access, centrally located at the back of the tool, enables easy operation in any position. And the battery on top of the drive unit is always within reach, even when space is limited.
‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’
Burned-out homes and distraught families are often all that’s left in the wake of a new breed of house fire that feeds off flammable furniture and open-concept designs.
Those fires, which chew through homes with frightening speed, are prompting firefighters and fire-prevention groups in Canada to push for the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes across the country.
“Fires today move very quickly, they are to be taken seriously. I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth,” said Vince MacKenzie, a director with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Read more here.