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04/26/2010 -

Industry news for Spring 2010


Parker will be missed in EMS community

Edward “Cliff” Parker, 50, Captain and Safety officer for the Charleston County EMS, passed away on Thursday, March 25th, after a brave fight with cancer.

Cliff, as he was lovingly known, was a 27 year veteran of EMS, the current treasurer and former President of the South Carolina EMS Association and the former Assistant Director for the Collenton County EMS.

“Cliff was the calming voice in our agency, a true gentleman and a great leader,” said Don Lundy, EMS Director and friend of Cliff for over 15 years.

“I never saw him get angry. He always thought things through and was able to see someone else’s point, even if he didn’t agree with it”.

Captain Parker was born in RAF Lakenheath Suffolk, England, a son of Edward Clifton and Sally Kight Parker on January 16, 1960. In addition to his many accomplishments, he was also a founding member of the International Association of EMS Chief Officers, a Command Officer of the S.C. DMAT Team, a member of the former Board of Governors of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, a member at large of the Lowcountry Regional EMS Board and a member of the Commission of the One Percent Fund with the St. John’s Fire Department.

Cliff was an avid sailor who made numerous open ocean voyages including Trans Atlantic trips.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of John’s Island; a step-son, Kevin Baker; his mother, Sally, of Folly Beach; his father of Dunedin, FL; his siblings, Michael R. Parker, Missy White, David J. Parker, John P. Parker, Richard T.K. Parker and Mimi Parker as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cliff was predeceased by a step-son, Donovan Christopher Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cliff Parker EMS Humanitarian Award in care of the SC EMS Association, P.O. Box 378, Lexington, SC 29071.

Fire Expo 2010

Hosted by the Lancaster County Firemen’s Association, the Fire Expo 2010 will be held May 21-23, 2010. The show will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Over 418 exhibitors in 600 booth spaces and over 230 emergency vehicles will be on display. Attendance in recent years has been over 22,000 .

The Fire Expo is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2101 N. Cameron St., off Rt. I-81 in Harrisburg, PA.

For information on motels and restaurant, contact the Hersey Harrisburg Regional at 877-727-8573 or 717-464-3291


Metrolina Fire and Rescue, Inc. and Anchor-Richey EVS, Inc. have teamed together to offer fire departments and rescue squads a complete line of fire and rescue apparatus — and the service to go with it.

Anchor Richey EVS has been in operation near Hickory for over 25 years. Their 20,000 square foot facility services, wreck repairs, does fabrication, manufactures small to medium fire and rescue apparatus, paints and refurbs. Jobs are handled start-to-finish under one roof.

Metrolina Fire and Rescue is located in Lincolnton and has been in operation for 10 years. Metrolina provides emergency professionals in the Carolinas with the products they need. Smeal awarded the Metrolina Service Department with “Service Center of the Year” in 2005.

“We at Anchor-Richey EVS feel our small to medium fire apparatus is second to none and wanted to represent a builder that matches our desire to build the best. We think Smeal Fire Apparatus, and teaming up with Metrolina Fire and Rescue, is a good fit for our customers,” said owners Matthew Richey and Bill McCormick.

“We at Metrolina can now offer our customers the finest small to medium trucks and our customers will enjoy the benefits of the combined service departments,” says owner Rick Spake.

Kimtek introduces new skid unit

Kimtek Corporation has introduced the affordable MEDLITE Transport Basic (MTB-10) emergency medical rescue slide-in skid unit for UTV vehicles. Designed by firefighters and emergency medical technicians for use by all public safety agencies, the MEDLITE Transport Basic is designed to carry one patient on a long board or a stokes basket and one EMS attendant. The MTB-10’s universal design fits most UTV 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles such as the Polaris Ranger, Kubota RTV900, Kawasaki Mule, John Deere Gator and other off road vehicles.

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