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04/21/2013 -

S.C. Fire Apparatus Named Rosenbauer Dealership

Rosenbauer America announces the appointment of South Carolina Fire Apparatus of Fort Mill, S.C. as its Authorized Sales and Service dealer lead by Ron J. Cheves and George J. Rieder.

Chief Ron J. Cheves (ret.) has 39 plus years as a volunteer in the fire and emergency services rising to the position of fire chief. He currently manages the Red Ribbon courses for the VCOS section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and in 2012 was appointed by the IAFC to NFPA 1720, the standard for Organization and Deployment by Volunteer Fire-EMS Dept. “In partnering with Rosenbauer, we can expand our product offering to have a fit in every community in South Carolina. Rosenbauer’s experience and understanding of this diverse market allows for a mutual commitment to superior customer service and providing first-class emergency vehicles,” says Cheves.

George J. Rieder also retired from the career fire service as fire chief. He has more than 50 years in the fire service, and a previous owner of a very successful Rosenbauer dealership in Tenn. and Ga. After selling the dealership George became regional sales rep for Rosenbauer where he remained until now.

Contact [email protected] or call 803-802-2044 for more information.


BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent for the FilmArray® System

BioFire Diagnostics, Inc., recently announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,394,608 covering the company’s FilmArray system.

FilmArray’s proprietary technology represents a significant advancement in user-friendliness and multiplex infectious disease testing capability for hospital clinical labs. This is the first U.S. patent issued to cover the FilmArray system, and BioFire has exclusive rights to the patented technology.

As part of the FilmArray system, BioFire has developed the FilmArray Respiratory Panel (RP), which rapidly detects nucleic acids in nasopharyngeal swabs obtained from individuals suspected of respiratory tract infections. Requiring only two minutes of hands-on time, FilmArray RP has about a one-hour turnaround time, and simultaneously tests for 20 viral and bacterial targets.

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Kimtek MEDLITE™ Series Offers Flexible Rescue Solutions

Kimtek’s MEDLITE™ Transport compact skid unit series is designed to be a cost effective, flexible solution for emergency response in environments not suitable for the traditional ambulance. These lightweight slip-in skid units expand the versatility of ATV/UTVs. The MEDLITE Transport is ideal for use by all public safety agencies and has applications on golf courses, sporting events, industrial plants and mines, and back country rescue. It is built for off road rough all terrain and wild land situations. It is a very effective way to put the EMT right next to the patient during transport.

For more information, call 888-546-8358 or visit

Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers

The Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers feature WBGT in a portable, lightweight device that requires no water or time-consuming setup, and provides accurate readings within minutes of exposure to the environment. The Kestrel line offers two Heat Stress Trackers, the Kestrel 4400 and the Kestrel 4600. Both units feature measurements of all heat stress parameters, with the Kestrel 4600 also featuring a digital compass for wind direction.

The Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers have the ability to store data in its memory, allowing users to record information throughout a period of time and refer back to it later. The units include a portable vane mount that can be attached to any tripod in order to record data over a period of time while users are performing other lifesaving services.

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RAE Systems Receives Global Leadership Award in Gas Detection

RAE Systems, Inc., a leading provider of toxic-gas and radiation monitoring solutions was recently awarded the prestigious Frost and Sullivan Global Leadership Award for gas detection, based on the global research organization’s independent market research.

The annual award showcases companies in various market segments that capture the highest annual compounded growth over the past five years based on Frost and Sullivan’s independent analysis of worldwide markets. In the three-year period ended Dec. 31, RAE Systems achieved an impressive average year-over-year revenue growth exceeding 13 percent, and in the past five years, realized a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 percent—nearly double the industry CAGR.

“RAE Systems is a high-growth company that is gaining market share faster than other market participants in the gas-detection space, driven by its successful integration of wireless communication and data transmission capabilities into its products,” said Frost and Sullivan Research Analyst Anita Pamu. “RAE Systems has established itself as a one-stop shop for gas detection and monitoring solutions.”

NCPGA/PERC Industry Responder Conference, June 1-2, 2013 in Raleigh, N.C.

The propane industry continues its commitment to the safety and well being of our nation’s industrial fire service, hazmat responders and the public. With the establishment of the Propane Emergencies program in 1998, the propane industry has provided funds in excess of $5 million to train over 250,000 firefighters and propane professionals.

As a partnership between the Propane Education and research Council (PERC) and the North Carolina Propane Gas Association (NCPGA), this Industry Responders Conference (IRC) is being held as a means to exchange the vital propane safety information, techniques and experiences among important propane safety stakeholders.

For More Info, contact David Donahue, 919-787-8485.

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