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10/14/2011 -

IFSTA Launches Computer-Based Training by Action Training Systems

IFSTA and Fire Protection Publications of Oklahoma State University today launched the sale of computer-based training by Action Training Systems of Poulsbo, Wash. The step is the latest progression of a decades-long relationship between the leading publisher of fire service training manuals and the leading producer of video-based training media for firefighters.

More than 100 computer-based training (CBT) and simulation programs produced by Action Training Systems Inc. (ATS) are now available from Fire Protection Publications (FPP) of Oklahoma State University, the world’s leading publisher of fire service materials and headquarters for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA).

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Helping Families Stay Warm

The need has never been greater and it’s never been easier to make a difference in your community. Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter. 

Charlotte Mechanical, LLC a local heating, air conditioning, and plumbing company is currently collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults. The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to 1624 A Cross Beam Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until  Nov. 14. Charlotte Mechanical will take care of the rest. All donated coats will be given to the Crisis Assistance Ministry for distribution to local people in need. 

Euramco Safety Names MES A-Plus Dealer

Euramco Safety has appointed Municipal Emergency Services (MES) to be an A-Plus Dealer for the company. With this designation, MES will distribute Euramco Safety’s new GX and EX line of Turboventilators.

According to John Skaryak, MES Vice President of Marketing:“MES is excited to be named an A-Plus dealer for their new X-Line of Turboventilators. Euramco’s new lightweight and compact GX200 Turboventilator addresses two key issues for Fire Departments: limited storage space on fire apparatus and available on scene manpower. The GX200 can be pulled from a high side compartment and deployed by an individual firefighter.”

Filmwerks Introduces 3K “Big Light” for First Responders

Filmwerks International, widely known in the event and entertainment lighting market, recently introduced their collapsible 3k “Big Light” at the Southeastern Fire Expo in Raleigh, NC. The retractable light fills the need for a large, bright soft source that can be deployed quickly. “This light can be instantly popped open like an umbrella, powered up with two Edison extension cords and quickly stand mounted,” explains Dorian Williams of Filmwerks. 

Replaceable covers are laminated sailcloth, available in white, black one side for confining brightly lit area when needed, and any color. The “Big Light” can be easily stowed away in/on an emergency vehicle and provides first responders with powerful glare free emergency scene work lighting. One light will illuminate half of a football field.

For more info call 910-675-1145, Offering Lite Force Plus, Low Rider Modern Helmets, the leading online source for firefighting equipment and supplies, is now taking orders for the new and improved Lite Force Plus “Low Rider” Modern Helmets by Morning Pride. The “Low Rider” Helmets deliver a lower center of gravity for superior feel and comfort and are available with ESS Goggles, a four inch Faceshield or EZ-Flips Eyeshields.

The new and improved Lite Force Plus “Low Rider” delivers a lower center of gravity using a six-point suspension system. The specially made headliner cradles your head in comfort while it cushions overhead straps away from your hair and head. No adjustment to the suspension required for the best SCBA interface., a division of Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc., offers product lines from more than 400 manufacturers. For info call 800) 852-6088 or visit

Larson Electronics’ adds Explosion Proof LED Manhole Entryway Light announced the release of an innovative manhole mounted light fixture to its explosion proof lighting inventory. The Magnalight MMLP-1MLED Temporary Manhole Mount Light Fixture is approved for use in enclosed spaces and produces 10,000 lumens of light in a wide flood pattern, making it ideal for illuminating large areas. A 16 inch LED light head attached to a 21” man-way support bracket allows this light to be simply dropped into place on the typical standard sized manholes and entryways used

Larson Electronics’ carries an extensive line of explosion proof LED lights, hazardous location lights, intrinsically safe LED lights, portable explosion proof lights and intrinsically safe LED flashlights.

For more info visit or call 800-369-6671.

Onspot automatic Tire Chains Releases Kit for International Terrastar with Air Suspension

Onspot Automatic Chains is pleased to announce the release of their automatic tire chain kit for the new International Terrastar with air suspension. A kit is also available for the Terrastar with spring suspension.

Onspot thanks Camions International in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada for “proofing” this kit on their parts delivery truck.

For more info call 800-766-7768 or visit

Onspot Chain System Featured on Motorhead Garage

An Onspot Automatic Tire Chain system will be installed on a truck during the show Motorhead Garage TV Series which is aired on the Fox Sports Network at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays and 4:30 p.m. on Mondays.

The date for the show which includes Onspot is Sunday, Nov. 6 and Monday, Nov. 7.

Motorhead Garage, with its hosts Sam and Dave, specializes in demonstrating step-by-step installations of the latest aftermarket products as part of their “Big Rig” series.

Stay tuned!

Micro 50: Eating its Way to a Cleaner Environment

Based on patent-pending microorganisms from Novozymes, Micro 50™, an eco-friendly degreaser, launches in the United States with high hopes for making a strong environmental impact.

Launched in Canada in 2009 by Golden Environmental Products, Micro 50 is an EcoLogoTM certified, eco-friendly degreaser that quickly and naturally removes oil, grease, fuel, and other organics from a host of materials, including water, soil, metals, fabric, and asphalt. It is used at marinas for cleaning boat fuel from the water and docks, by mechanics for cleaning their engines, equipment, and uniforms, and by consumers for degreasing driveways and floors.

Golden Environmental’s global distributor is The Sarjeant Co. Ltd. Golden’s CEO Ron Trivett reveals: “When I first showed them how they could apply Micro 50 to any kind of daily oil spill, they instantly saw its potential.” When fuel oil is being delivered to a home, sometimes small overspills can splash onto the side of the house or driveway. Often, the only way Sarjeants could completely remove these spills was by actually replacing the material, such as brick, wood or asphalt – a very expensive, not to mention inconvenient, proposition. With Micro 50, they simply spray the product on; watch it get to work, and save significant time and money.

Visit to find out more.

Seagrave Receives Big Order from FDNY

Seagrave Fire Apparatus received an order for 12, 95 foot Aerialscope aerial platforms from FDNY.

Seagrave Chairman and CEO A. Joseph Neiner said, “Of course we are thrilled in the confidence FDNY has in the Seagrave product. Seagrave has been building apparatus for FDNY for 110 years.” Neiner credits building apparatus for the City of New York as just one example of why Seagrave is the most trusted brand in the industry. “Building apparatus for FDNY, where fire trucks can be put to the test numerous times a day, requires that you build product to the highest durability standards in the industry and that’s what we have done at Seagrave,” continued Neiner.

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Moving On Up! UNC Charlotte Management Institutes Relocate to Center City

Top-notch leadership training, engaging and knowledgeable instructors, and ample networking opportunities. These are just some of the program benefits and characteristics touted by alumni of the UNC Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management and EMS Management Institutes, however starting with the Fall 2011, co-horts, students should get ready to add great nightlife, modern classrooms, and affordable lodging to the list!

Last month, UNC Charlotte Extended Academic Programs, which oversees both certificate programs, relocated to the brand new $50 million facility known as “UNC Charlotte Center City” in Uptown Charlotte and will hold all continuing education classes at this new site.

Transitioning to Center City does not mean more expense for students. Lodging is available at a group rate of $70 per night at the Hampton Inn in Uptown Charlotte which includes free breakfast, free parking and a free shuttle to and from class. Daily commuters will receive free parking near UNC Charlotte Center City via a permit issued by the program staff. The Hampton Inn is across the street from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and is just blocks from the Uptown EpiCentre and Time Warner Cable Arena.

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