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10/22/2013 -

2013 Career and Volunteer Fire Chiefs of the Year Awarded

Chiefs from Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Dept. in Fayetteville, N.C. and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority in Loveland, Colo. receive national awards at Fire-Rescue International

Fire Chief Magazine, part of Penton Media, Inc.’s Public Infrastructure Group, and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, recently announced the 2013 winners of the annual “Fire Chief of the Year” awards. Volunteer Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr. of the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Dept. in Fayetteville, N.C. and career Fire Chief Randy Mirowski of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority in Loveland, Colo. received the awards.

Winners (selected by Fire Chief Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board) are honored for their dedication and leadership in fire and emergency services. Sponsored by Pierce, the 18th annual awards were presented during the opening session at the 2013 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Exhibits and Conference in Chicago, Ill.


Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr.

Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr. began his volunteer career in the fire service in 1975 and joined the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department in 1976, where he rose through the ranks until being named fire chief in 1980. Called “bright, resourceful and driven,” Chief Johnson has led his department to become the only volunteer fire department in the world currently accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Improvements spearheaded by Chief Johnson resulted in an ISO rating of Class 3, the only volunteer department in North Carolina to achieve this rating. He led a $1.1 million grant project for a regional interoperability voice system, and advocated for a special tax initiative to fund fire and EMS services. Chief Johnson has followed a dual career path with the United States Army and, after 23 years of honorable service, he retired from the Special Operations Command in 1996. He next joined the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office where he was promoted to captain and placed in charge of 125 detectives. In 2001 Johnson was named the emergency services director at the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office & Emergency Management, a position he holds today. Chief Johnson was appointed by the North Carolina State Commissioner of Insurance to the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, and has served as president of the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association since 1980. He was recognized by the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s as its Volunteer Chief of the Year in 2012, and is a recipient of the “Long Leaf Pine”, the highest honor the state offers. He received a B.S. degree from Liberty University and is active in numerous community organizations.

Chief Randy Mirowski

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Chief Randy Mirowski began as a firefighter with the Topeka Fire Department. He moved to Loveland Fire Department where he served as a driver operator and apparatus maintenance engineer. Mirowski then served at the Poudre Fire Authority, where he spent 27 years rising to become a special operations battalion chief. He rejoined Loveland as its fire chief in 2009.

Delwin Smeal Set to Retire

Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. today announced Delwin Smeal, company president, has retired effective Sept. 1, 2013. Smeal has worked for the company for 47 years including the past 20 as president of the organization. “Del has given his whole adult life to our company and our customers,” said Rod Cerny, Board Chair, “he has earned the opportunity to enjoy retirement with Vicki. We all wish them the best.”

Mark Denniston Huber will join the company as president and will be leading a management team with over 400 years of collective industry experience. Huber previously was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Omaha based PayFlex Systems USA, Inc. He serves on boards of companies in the banking, healthcare, and recycling industries in addition to numerous civic organizations.

Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. is among the top 10 manufacturers of fire trucks in the United States. Based in Snyder, Nebraska, the company has been producing fire trucks for 50 years.

NCSFA Partners With Carolina Health Insurance Market

North Carolina State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA) has partnered with Carolina Health Insurance Market to assist its members with obtaining health insurance. With the October 1 opening of the Health Insurance Exchanges in North Carolina, many will have the opportunity to buy high quality and affordable health insurance. Carolina Health Insurance Market will assist NCSFA members in navigating the over 50 policies from two carriers to find the best policy for their individual needs. The company will also help members find out if they qualify for discounts under the plan which can significantly lower premium costs. This is a service that is being provided the NCSFA members at no cost.

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INVISTA’s TECGEN® Brand Welcomes Accomplished Regional Sales Team

INVISTA’s TECGEN® brands, which offer innovative FR apparel technologies for both non-structural performance and protective garments, announced the addition of three experienced regional sales managers to an existing team of experts. The three additions representing the TECGEN XTREME® brand include Dan Tharan, Central region; Alan Myers, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions; and Larry Bucher, Mid-South region.

“These individuals represent an exciting opportunity for this market and our customers as we continue to strengthen the TECGEN® brand team,” said Todd Herring, TECGEN® Xtreme Marketing Director. “With their extensive sales backgrounds and successful track records, we look forward to what these individuals will bring to the company and our valuable customer base.”

Waterous Releases New Web Site

Waterous, a global leader in fire suppression technology released a new version of

The new site makes it easier to find products with drop down menus, side menus and links to product offerings. It separates products into categories - Vehicle Mounted Pumps, CAFSystems, Foam Systems, Portable Pumps, Accessories, Modules, Hydrants and Valves, Industrial. Each product category contains products associated with the top category.

Also added is literature including instructions, dimensional drawings, data sheets, service parts lists, specification sheets, international translations and videos. This data will constantly be updated so you can always know you are reviewing the most current information.

Another addition to the new web site is the MyWaterous Customer Portal. With MyWaterous, customers will be able to check status of orders, track shipments, reprint invoices, quotes or acknowledgments, check status of returned material and check account balances.

About Waterous

Revolutionizing firefighting since 1886, Waterous has been manufacturing the most reliable, performance-enhancing pumps, power take-offs, valves and hydrants the fire service industry has to offer. Based out of South Saint Paul, Minnesota Waterous manufactures its complete product line in the USA.

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