Kevin Hyde Appointed To Lead American LaFrance’s Fire Division

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01/11/2011 -

SUMMERVILLE, SC – After a two year absence from the fire industry, Kevin Hyde will assume the role of Vice President for American LaFrance’s Fire Division. In his new position, Hyde will be responsible for overall management of American LaFrance’s fire and rescue business.

Hyde will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Summerville, SC. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Before entering the fire industry, Hyde held management positions with Honeywell Systems, Lockheed Martin and Eaton Corporation.

American LaFrance, LLC is headquartered in Summerville, SC, with additional manufacturing facilities in Ephrata, PA. American LaFrance is held by Patriarch Partners, LLC, a private equity and investment firm located in New York.


American LaFrance, LLC Expands Facilities To Include Corporate Service Centers

SUMMERVILLE, SC – In an effort to provide American LaFrance customers the highest level of service, the company is now offering dedicated service center capabilities at its three corporate facilities: Ephrata, PA; Los Angeles, CA; and Summerville, SC. Additionally, the company will also perform general service and repair on other brands of fire and emergency apparatus.

Due to today’s economic pressures, service and refurbishment demand has increased as more fire departments across the country seek to extend the life of their trucks and defer new apparatus purchases. While American LaFrance has performed service out of its Los Angeles facility, this move will be the first time all three of the company’s facilities fall under one parts and service model designed to deliver a full package of services to its customers.

American LaFrance has built out and equipped a state-of-the art dedicated service center at its manufacturing facility in Summerville, SC. This service center can leverage all the manufacturing resources of the Summerville plant, which produces complete apparatus, including in-house chassis, cab, pump and body build operations.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-486-755.




CROSSTECH Footwear Fabric Available for Dual-Certified Footwear

W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. has improved its CROSSTECH footwear fabric so that it enables boots to meet both NFPA 1971, 2005 edition, and NFPA 1992, 2007 edition certifications. Currently the only footwear fabric on the market that facilitates this dual certification, CROSSTECH footwear fabric provides superior comfort because of its high breath ability. Together with its outstanding protection against liquids and the common chemicals specified in NFPA 1971, it also protects against the more aggressive chemicals required for NFPA 1992 certification, such as 98 percent sulfuric acid. This fabric allows footwear manufacturers to use various materials including leather in their boot designs, which results in a lighter, better fit.

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Monroe MTE Tru Ride Air Suspension is now Onspot Automatic Tire Chain Ready

Onspot Automatic Tire Chains, working in conjunction with Monroe Truck Equipment is pleased to announce that every Monroe MTE Tru Ride Air Suspension for Ford F Series 450/550 is now “Onspot ready.” This allows OEMS, dealers or end users to easily ADD the Onspot automatic tire chain system to their vehicles.

Onspot Chains allow the operator to engage and disengage tire chains at the flip of a dashboard switch for increased traction on snow and ice in forward OR reverse.

For more information call Onspot at 800-766-7768, or Monroe Truck Equipment at 877-233-2030,

Smiths Detection Enhances Hazmat Portable Detector for Emergency Responders

Smiths Detection has announced it will integrate advanced decision-support software into its handheld unknown substance identifier, the HazMatID Ranger™, to provide emergency responders with enhanced, in-built information on handling threats.

Rod Wilson, Vice President of Products, Smiths Detection, said: “Our partnership with Alluviam represents a significant step forward for Smiths Detection’s emergency response toolkit. The combination of our handheld HazMatID Ranger with their HazMasterG3 software creates the most effective handheld tool available to provide mission-critical guidance to emergency responders.” 

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Viking Welding Delivers 30’ Fire/Rescue Boat

Charlotte Fire Department has recently accepted delivery of a Response FR-30J fire/rescue boat built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, NH. The 30 foot boat will increase substantially the emergency response capabilities in and along Lake Wylie, and in emergencies it may be trailered to other area lakes.

The boat was designed by Response Marine in Newburyport, MA in close conjunction with members of the Charlotte Fire Department with an emphasis on safety, reliability and mission capability.

The boat has a sophisticated navigation and communications package that delivers full navigation and search capabilities in conditions of no visibility. The system includes side scan sonar, thermal imaging, GPS charting and radar. Additionally, for dive operations there is a built-in diver communication system enabling open communication between divers and surface personnel. This is critical in the very restricted visibility of Lake Wylie, as surface personnel are able to use the sonar to identify objects and hazards in the water and direct the divers to move accordingly.

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