BioFire Defense NGDS Contract Award
BioFire Defense, LLC of Salt Lake City, UT was awarded the Next Generation Diagnostic System (NGDS) Technology Development contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) after 12 months of competitive prototyping. The eight year $240 million biodefense program is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office’s Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPEO MCS) office. The NGDS program will expand BioFire’s FilmArray diagnostic menu by developing Biothreat test capabilities for use across all four branches of the DoD.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver the most cutting edge diagnostic system to our Warfighter,” said Kirk Ririe, CEO of BioFire Defense. “The motivated team at JPEO has pushed an aggressive schedule and a cost effective approach that will be met by exploiting our FilmArray’s commercial diagnostic capabilities, to provide for our Nation’s biodefense and improve DoD health care.”
BioFire Defense, LLC, formerly Idaho Technology, Inc., is a subsidiary of bioMerieux Inc. (Durham, NC) and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. BioFire Defense is focused on technology innovation and product development of pathogen identification and the life science applications. It has developed and provided products for defense, food testing, and the life sciences since 1990.
BioFire Diagnostics, LLC, its sister subsidiary, continues delivering and expanding the clinical applications of the FilmArray System to hospital-based clinical laboratories across the world.
AirHAWK Air Cleaners Used at Dade County FD
MagneGrip Group supplied diesel exhaust removal equipment for Dade County Fire Department (Miami, Florida) to be installed for removal of vehicle exhaust and other hazardous contaminants in 40 fire stations.
The unique system was designed by the fire department and specifically engineered to operate in a warm-climate location. Exhaust removal manufacturer, MagneGrip Group, furnished 81 of its AirHAWK air purification units and 155 CO-NO sensors. These were coupled with Greenheck exhaust fans supplied by the mechanical contractor who installed the system. MagneGrip Group also designed and manufactured special control panels that automatically control the on/off and run-time functions of the system to achieve peak efficiency.
USSC Strengthens Resources
USSC Group announced recently that Dan Veselsky will be joining USSC to develop and foster key national accounts in the fire and emergency vehicle industries. Dan will bring an unparalleled level of experience to USSC after 21 years of decorated service in the fire industry.
Christian Hammarskjold, CEO of USSC Group, said “Dan’s experience and incredible industry knowledge make him a key addition to our team. We welcome Dan, his wife Tammy, son Mason and daughter Brook to the USSC family. As we continue to grow and innovate, Dan’s entrepreneurial attitude and exceptional reputation will play a key role in our success. Dan will be an integral part of USSC’s commitment to expanding our presence in the fire and emergency vehicle industry where we will continue to introduce innovative seating solutions to the marketplace.”
For more information about USSC Group go to www.usscgroup.com.
Gore Remediation Program and New GORE-SEAM® Tape Certifications Address Fire Department Needs
Following its November 2013 Product Safety Alert for firefighter turnout gear, W.L. Gore and Associates has worked with fire departments, dealers, and manufacturers throughout North America to assess and reseal, as necessary, the seams of turnouts with Gore moisture barriers. In the first two months since the alert, Gore has successfully remediated both stored and worn gear for metropolitan and volunteer departments that enrolled early-on in the remediation program. Industry response has been positive to Gore’s remediation program, and Gore will continue to collaborate with all responding departments on potentially affected gear.
In conjunction with the remediation program, Gore has developed a new GORE-SEAM® tape. This new tape is unaffected by storage interactions, and it eliminates the need for new gear to be stored in open air. Turnout gear manufacturers are working to rapidly incorporate the new tape into their products utilizing Gore moisture barriers. Already, at least four manufacturers expect to complete certification and to change production lines over to the new tape soon thereafter.
To review the original firefighter Product Safety Alert and related FAQs, please visit www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com/FirefighterProductSafetyAlert. To enroll in the remediation program, please call 800-455-4681.