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10/26/2015 -

Firehouse Expo Going
to Nashville in 2016

Firehouse announced at last week’s Firehouse Expo in Baltimore that it’s 2016 event will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the change in location, Firehouse Expo will move to the fall, with October dates for 2016.

“It was not our original plan to be in Nashville in 2016,’ said Ed Nichols, Vice President of Events, “however, circumstances required us to find a new location and Nashville made the most sense.

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President and CEO Paul Darley left, with Founder and President, Kimball Johnson.

It’s a hub to the southeastern United States, is easily reachable by air or car and offers built in entertainment opportunities to exhibitors and attendees at no additional cost in a way very few venues can offer.” Additionally, Nichols added, “The way the state has embraced the announcement and the support that has materialized so far has been impressive.

“The Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association is excited for the opportunity to partner with Firehouse Expo. Firehouse has a long history of supporting firefighter education, training and safety, which aligns with the mission of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association and the Tennessee fire service,” says James Fountain, President of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association.

Firehouse Expo will take place October 18–22, 2016, at the Music City Center in Nashville. Firehouse World will take place January 31–February 4, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

For more information regarding Firehouse Expo 2016, please contact Show Manager Brian Cassell at [email protected].

KIMTEK Expands into Second Facility

Kimball Johnson, founder and president of KIMTEK Corporation, has announced the purchase of a second facility in Orleans, Vermont where production of the company’s full line of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® transport skid units will continue and expand. Custom designed for ATV, UTV, and pick-up trucks, KIMTEK’s slide-in medical, fire and rescue skid units are sold worldwide. 

With the addition of the new facility, it triples the amount of space now available for company operations, from what was the original facility in Westmore. The holder of several U.S. patents and retired Westmore Fire Chief, Mr. Johnson says he is pleased the increased space affords KIMTEK greater opportunity to create new designs; specifically prototypes targeting off-road transport needs within the international medical and fire and rescue communities. KIMTEK office headquarters have been relocated to the Orleans facility.

KIMTEK moved into the new facility, located at 326 Industrial Park Lane, in May of this year with an official facility opening and ribbon cutting event Sept. 25, 2015 with several dignitaries in attendance including several state dignitaries, many vendor representatives and most notably Paul Darley, CEO and President of W.S. Darley.   

For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit the company’s website at www.kimtekresearch.com

Fire-Dex Acquires TECGEN PPE Brand for Fire Service Market

Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, has acquired TECGEN PPE®, an innovative flame resistant fabric and garment technology from National Safety Apparel (NSA).  Fire-Dex is the exclusive licensee of the TECGEN PPE® product line for the first responder market. This acquisition will strengthen Fire-Dex as a global PPE leader, focused on protecting firefighters. This unique technical solution will expand Fire-Dex’s head-to-toe offering.  Steve Allison, Director of Sales, states “The TECGEN PPE® fabric and product designs are outstanding for modern day firefighter activities for more than 90 percent of department calls. NFPA 1971 structural firefighter gear is critical safety equipment but departments need additional function specific PPE that impacts their safety and comfort.” 

“Fire-Dex and TECGEN PPE® are two of the fastest growing brands in the fire industry. This acquisition is a great fit for Fire-Dex as it further strengthens their leadership position in the PPE, fire apparel business” said Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel.  Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina, OH, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, NFPA hoods, helmets, gloves and boots. For more information on Fire-Dex visit www.firedex.com. Also, see more at “Fire-Dex and TECGEN PPE® are two of the fastest growing brands in the fire industry. This acquisition is a great fit for Fire-Dex as it further strengthens their leadership position in the PPE, fire apparel business” said Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel.  Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina, OH, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, NFPA hoods, helmets, gloves and boots. For more information on Fire-Dex visit www.firedex.com. Also, see more at www.fire.tecgen.com.

Backyards and  Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference

October 22-24, 2015

Everyone wants to make sure that family, friends, pets and members of their community are safe from the devastating effects of wildfire. By gaining knowledge about effective safety actions, we can reduce the risk of property loss and better protect those we care about. Learn how to achieve successful community wildfire preparedness at NFPA’s Backyards and Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference.

The conference is being held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Oct. 22-24 2015. Learn about cutting edge research, the latest information to help reduce your wildfire risk, and so much more. Meet and network with community leaders and renowned national experts from the fire service, academia and the insurance industry. Register at www.nfpa.org/backyardsandbeyond and join the wildfire safety discussion in Myrtle Beach in October!

Aladtec’s Workforce
Management System

Harrisburg Fire Department Easily Handles Complex Personnel Scheduling After Switching to Aladtec’s Online Workforce Management System

Because public safety organizations are a 24/7 operation, scheduling staff on a spreadsheet, white board, calendar or another manual method is very time consuming and by nature leads to errors. “Because we are a combination department we have both rotating schedules and flexible/availability schedules. Our rotating schedule has to be one of the most complex, which also includes Kelly days. For 15 years we used an Excel spreadsheet for scheduling and then posted it to a web calendar,” explains Tim Wooten, Battalion Chief A-Shift, Harrisburg Fire Department in North Carolina. “There were always multiple versions of the schedule around the stations which caused confusion. Due to multiple versions and constant errors we decided it would be best to find a better way.”

For more information visit www.aladtec.com

Syntex Industries’
Patent Pending Safety Hinge

Tired of smashed fingers or holes in your collapsible water tank? Syntex Industries has an exclusive patent pending safety hinge that prevents those costly accidents from happening all together. Syntex has also added a quick snap latch to every discharge chute. No more trying to tie or untie difficult knots in the field.

Each of Syntex Industries portable water tanks folds down to a mere seven inches wide.  We only use one inch square tubular frames on all of our water tanks, making them stronger and added a more durable 5/16” diameter rope that lasts longer.  Best of all, we have added a limited two year warranty on each and every water tank sold.

As members of the National Fire Protection Agency, Syntex Industries is current on all their latest standards.  Syntex Industries also offers a wide array of other products as well.  We manufacture custom made hosebed covers, crosslay covers and speedlay covers.  They also have ground covers, salvage covers, floor runners and staging mats available. Syntex Industries also has custom lettering available on any of their products as well. We at Syntex Industries have short lead times and our personal guarantee is on each and every product that is manufactured at our factory. 

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