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07/25/2010 -

Bobbitt Builds Addition For St. Stephens Fire Department
Bobbitt Design Build recently started work on a 12,700-square-foot addition, as well as renovation of the 2,640-square-foot existing facility for St. Stephens Fire Department, headquartered in Hickory, N.C.


The new building will feature brick and stone detailing, four drive-thru bays for eight trucks, and four dorm rooms. Also, an improved training facility will allow the fire department to improve response time and effectiveness for its service area.

“We chose Bobbitt because of their fire station experience, and we like how they do business,” said Chief Shawn Greene. “Bobbitt’s approach will allow us to remain operational during construction to continue serving our district and maintain our insurance rating. They are also allowing us to give input on the use of local subcontractors and suppliers.”

Free Searchable Information Center Launched by ebrary

A leading provider of digital content products and technologies, ebrary® announces that it has created a publicly available research center featuring hundreds of important government documents related to natural disasters and extreme weather.

“While government agencies house some of the world’s most pertinent information, it is not always easy to search and find the information you need online, especially across multiple websites. Additionally, downloading PDFs, a format used by many government and other agencies for their most important documents, can be extremely cumbersome and frustrating,” said Kevin Sayar, President of ebrary.  “Using DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), and other ebrary services, our staff was able to very quickly and easily aggregate PDF content and develop our new Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center.  All of us at ebrary are extremely proud to put our technology to such good use.”

General Devices Initiates Grant Assistance Program

General Devices, celebrating 20 years in EMS and Emergency Medicine Communications and Telemedicine Systems, has initiated a grant assistance program to assist those in EMS and Emergency Medicine in locating grants, writing successful grant proposals and managing grant-funded projects. This service is offered at no charge to those seeking grant funding for such activities as: improving communications, disaster response, improving patient outcomes, telemedicine, and training and delivery of pre-hospital and emergency health care. In addition to working with a leading grant research team to located applicable grants, General Devices has also teamed up with, a leading grant specialist in EMS and Emergency Medicine. Those in need of grant writers and grant managers will be referred to a selected group of experts with experience in EMS and Emergency Medicine.

Fire Facilities Expands Sales Force

Fire Facilities Inc. is pleased to announce Matt Doyle as sales representative servicing the east coast. In this capacity, Doyle will oversee all aspects of direct selling, which includes facilitating the sales process from conception to completion and beyond. Doyle assists with coordinating the design and construction of Fire Facilities’ training towers. In addition, he handles all post-sale issues such as safety measures to follow while training with live fire.

Doyle brings many years of experience in both the metal building and Fire Service Industries. He was a member of two different volunteer Fire Departments in Michigan, including service as an Assistant Chief. In addition, Doyle served in the Michigan Army National Guard as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist.

General Devices’ new e-Net Messenger Now Available

This revolutionary new way to network and get messages where and when they are needed works with the CAREpoint EMS Workstation as well as standard networked PCs. E-Net Messenger can be used for applications ranging from every day resource sharing and EMS pre-arrival notifications to disaster response activities and coordination.

Save time, communicate faster; improve networking capabilities — that’s what e-Net Messenger is all about.

Kimtek FIRELITE Foam System Multiplies Fire Control Effectiveness

Kimtek Corporation’s integrated “around-the-pump” foam system increases the fire control capacity of the company’s FIRELITE units providing firefighters greater effectiveness in remote or off-road firefighting situations. The rugged, lightweight FIRLITE wild land fire skid units offer quality construction at an affordable cost with foam systems designed for fast, flexible application.

Foam systems enhance water’s effectiveness for fire suppression by not only helping cool the fire as water does, but foam also coats the fuel to prevent contact with oxygen. Foam systems increase the usefulness of the limited water carrying capacity of smaller skid-type fire units with expansion rates from less than 20 to more than 200 times depending on the application. Around-the-pump systems offer the advantages of variable flow rate, variable pressure, no back pressure restrictions so the unit is not affected by hose length or elevation loss and no nozzle restrictions: any size or type of nozzle can be used.


Kimtek Corporation’s integrated “around-the-pump” foam system increases the fire control capacity of the company’s FIRELITE units providing firefighters greater effectiveness in remote or off-road firefighting situations.

Kochek Appoints Larrabee Design Engineer

Kochek Company has appointed Jonathan (Jon) Larrabee to the position of Design Engineer. Larrabee will be responsible for designing new products and modifying existing components to incorporate new materials and technologies to meet the future needs of firefighters.

Larrabee has 16 years experience in fluid flow dynamics first designing components for nuclear submarines, and then designing racing shells for Dirigo/Schoenbrod. For the last 10 years he designed pollution controls devices that use sound waves for cleaning at Putnam based Controls Concepts, where he was V.P Engineering before moving to Kochek. Jon is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. His qualifying project at WPI was Fluid Flow Dynamics of a Displacement Boat Hull.

Kochek Introduces New Self-Leveling Floating Strainer

Kochek Company has introduced a revolutionary new all-aluminum strainer designed with a unique self-leveling float system that makes drafting possible under almost any condition. The high intake ratio allows for maximum volume flow rates while the vortex shield protects against whirlpooling.

The new strainer is the lightest, most compact floating strainer on the market and is available with threaded, Storz, or camlock connections in a range of sizes. With its balanced handle and light-weight design the new self-leveling strainer is easy to carry and deploy quickly. The compact design of the strainer makes for easy convenient storage.

Local Government Federal Credit Union Surpasses $1 Billion Asset Mark

After nearly 27 years exclusively serving North Carolina’s local government employees, elected/appointed officials, volunteers and their families, Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has reached a major business milestone—surpassing $1 billion in assets.

“This is a big moment for LGFCU — particularly right now, when the economy and so many other financial institutions are still struggling,” says President Maurice Smith. “We are fortunate that back in 1983 we were founded on a solid business model with great partners and a strong member focus, and we continue to operate the same way today.”

LGFCU has been known in credit union circles for years because of its unique partnership with State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), with whom it contracts for branch and ATM services. Today, that partnership means any of LGFCU’s 181,000 members can use 225 branches and 1,060 fee-free ATMs across North Carolina.

The credit union’s efforts to support its members during this tough economy are another reason it continues to thrive.

“Serving our members is our sole reason for being,” said Smith. “They are the reason we have reached this milestone, and they are the reason we will continue to strive for the next one.”

Local Government Federal Credit Union serves North Carolina’s local government employees, elected/appointed officials, volunteers and their families. The $1 billion federally chartered credit union is a cooperative of more than 181,000 members associated with various facets of local government in North Carolina’s 100 counties and 546 cities, towns and villages.

North Carolina Firefighter Wins 2010 Ford F-150 by Swiping Debit Card

A Monroe firefighter got the surprise of a lifetime this week when the executive director of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA) personally delivered to him the prize for winning their “Swipe the Card, Win the Truck” sweepstakes—a 2010 Ford F-150.

“When I first saw the sign at the credit union about the truck giveaway, I just sat there and stared at it for a minute and thought, ‘That’d be nice, but it won’t happen to me,” said sweepstakes winner Bryan Hancock, who is a volunteer and paid firefighter with the Town of Mint Hill and the City of Monroe, respectively, as well as a communications supervisor for the Mecklenburg County EMS Agency. “I’ve got a 1983 Chevrolet pickup right now, and it’s on its last legs. I’ve always wanted a new truck. This is incredible.”

The debit card sweepstakes ran from August 2009 to through March 2010. Anyone who swiped their NCSFA Visa Debit Card between those dates was automatically entered to win the truck. The specially-structured Visa debit card, offered by Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), works by donating 50 percent of the merchant’s transaction fee from every purchase to the NCSFA—with no money coming out of the pockets of card carriers.

“This is a wonderful card program because it generates money for a great cause—to enhance the benefits the association offers its 50,000 members,” said NCSFA Executive Director Paul Miller. “We are also very excited to be able to hand one of our own NCSFA members the keys to his new truck.”

The sweepstakes generated 857,000 swipes and more than $75,000 for the NCSFA, which provides training, education and assistance to North Carolina firefighters. Since the card was launched in 2003, more than $368,000 has been generated for the association. More than 5,000 cards are in circulation.

“North Carolina’s firefighters put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call,” said LGFCU President Maurice Smith. “We couldn’t be more delighted to partner with the NCSFA to offer this card because it gives something back to those who are out there serving and protecting us every day.”

Liberty Artworks Introduces Firefighter Bell

Liberty Artworks, a firefighter owned-and-operated company, has introduced the first Bronze Firefighter Monument Bell. This hand finished and detailed bell is a bold and worthy addition to any station or memorial.It tolls tradition with its detailed Maltese scramble emblems and is a one of a kind tribute to past, present, and future firefighters. The bell is outfitted with a removable clapper and is mounted to a base that flows into a large Maltese and is outfitted with concealed stainless steel pins for mounting. Finished in fired on rich brown patinas it is suitable for display outside. The bell is available with our fire design with personalized engraved ribbons as shown or custom with your department logo

PBI Announces Promotions

Walter (Walt) Lehmann has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing - New Markets. In this role, Walt will support the adoption of PBI based products to new regions and markets.  Walt will report to Bill Lawson, Managing Director and COO.

Kim Henry has been promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing for North America Performance Fabrics.  In this role, Kim will support our partners and customers in the North American fire service, military, and industrial markets.  Kim will report to Bill Lawson, Managing Director and COO.

Helmut Zepf has been promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Europe and Middle East.  In this role, Helmut will support our partners and customers in Europe and the Middle East for the fire service, military, and industrial markets.  Helmut will report to Bill Lawson, Managing Director and COO.

PBI Performance Products is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and operates a dedicated manufacturing facility located in Rock Hill, South Carolina and global sales offices in England, Germany, Spain and Hong Kong. Through people, products and perseverance, PBI’s goal is to provide insight into the most demanding applications. Our engineering, sales and technical support together with a family of polymers and fibers offer the very best solutions to a variety of high tech applications.

Chameleon® Hazmat Detection Device

The Chameleon hazardous chemical detection device provides a low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution for first responders.It detects gases and vapors in air, the major threat to responders, where many other technologies only detect hazards in liquid or aerosol form.The reusable Chameleon armband holds 10 disposable sensor cassettes, each detecting a different toxic gas, enabling the user to configure the device for the needs of a specific mission.The sensors change color when toxic gas is present and require no power or calibration. The Chameleon is worn on the forearm and adjusts to fit easily over most turn-out gear and level-A suits.Chameleon, developed by Morphix Technologies, is available from ProPac, Inc.

Syntex Offers New Hose Drying and Storage Racks

Prolong the life of your equipment with Syntex Drying and Storage Racks. These mobile or free-standing racks allow your hose and gear to dry quickly and naturally with simple fresh air. The drying racks feature added hose storage by holding hose on both sides of the rack.

Storage racks help keep your hose organized. Saves time and eliminates back strain. Syntex storage racks are simple to load and unload when you are preparing for a fire. Storage racks are available in two or three tier racks. The steel frames are powder coated for a durable long lasting finish. Standard color is black, with red optional.

As members of the National Fire Protection Agency, Syntex Industries is current on all of the latest standards. Syntex also manufactures portable water tanks, custom crosslay, speedlay and hosebed covers. Syntex also offers floor runners, salvage covers, staging mats and reflective lettering. Syntex has a two year warranty on all of our products.

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