Industry News – 01/31/17

PGI Announces the Introduction of Cobra NextGen Fire Fighting Hoods

PGI identified some 40 years ago that a flame resistant hood was an integral component of a firefighter’s personal protective ensemble. It’s only fitting that the originator of the first fire fighting hood would develop the next generation of fire fighting hoods for today’s first responders.

You ultimately judge a fire fighting hood by how well it fits, how well it performs and how comfortable it feels. The Cobra™ NextGen™ Hoods, manufactured by PGI, outperform conventional fire fighting hoods on all three counts. The new line of Cobra NextGen Hoods, introduced at FDIC 2016, builds on our most popular Cobra Ultimate Sure-Fit™ Hood with improved contour that better shapes to one’s head for improved fit and comfort. A fuller cut builds a little “ease” into the hood so it doesn’t fit skin tight like typical fire fighting hoods. This more generous cut provides improved thermal resistance from heat and flame due to the extra space (layer of air) between hood and head. Plus, a 1.25” increase to the width of the patented Sure-Fit panel affords a more consistent seal fit with most SCBA masks and mask hardware.

Traditional manufacturers of fire fighting hoods tend to skimp on fabric. PGI’s industry leading experts added six additional inches to the width of each hood to provide exceptional coverage while reducing bunching at the chest and back. The market’s longest hood, measuring a full 23” (five inches longer than standard NFPA requirements) — ensures complete chest and shoulder coverage and helps to keep hoods tucked in even after laundering shrinkage.

All Cobra NextGen Hoods are UL Classified to meet or exceed the design and performance requirements of NFPA 1971 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. And, with nine flame resistant fabric choices available, multiple contrast stitching options and the ability to customize your hood with embroidered patches or ink heat transfers, selecting the right fire fighting hood has never been easier. Cobra NextGen Hoods are now available from PGI as well as leading fire service dealers around the world.

For more information on Cobra NextGen Hoods visit or call 800-558-8290.


ESI’s Apparatus Division Rapid Response Units Have Set the Baseline for the Rapid Response Market

EMS Today awards ESI “Hot Product of 2016” with their Rapid Response Unit Today 2016

The ESI Apparatus Division, a Pennsylvania based company, has introduced the next generation of Rapid Response Units. Rapid Response Units are used to serve the emergency services market as a small and inexpensive emergency responder. These units introduce a more efficient and economical way that can handle about 80 percent of regular calls. The reinforced fiberglass Rapid Response body slides into the bed of a pickup truck and is secured with a patented clamping system. This allows easy insertion and removal of the body similar to a pickup camper. That effectively reduces remounting costs and will allow the department to transfer the paint color, graphics, lighting and all interior up fit designs. The low cost of the overall ownership of the vehicle, and transferability of the unit from truck to truck has made this unit popular throughout North America.

ESI fabricates custom interior configurations, installations, and finishing aspects that result in an emergency response unit. The interior configurations are only limited by the purchaser’s imagination. The ESI Rapid Response Units are designed to fit any eight or six and one-half foot domestic pickup, including Ford, Chevrolet/GMC, and Dodge. RRU will fit almost anywhere in a fleet, including as a command vehicle, fire police unit, light rescue, non-transporting medic units, fire investigation unit, hazmat response or for water rescue purposes.

Precision Rescue Vehicles based in Asheville, NC is the exclusive distributor for ESI in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennesee.

Fire Station Marquee
Challenge 2017

Louis Panzer, Executive Director of NC811 is asking fire stations across the state to show their support during the month of April by reminding their community members to call North Carolina 811 at “811” before any digging project – large or small. One free call to 811 three full working days prior to digging starts the process of having underground utility lines marked. This simple call reduces the chance of diggers unintentionally striking a utility line (gas, electric, communications, water or sewer) and causing inconvenient outages, harm to themselves or someone else requiring response from Fire/EMS, and/or repair costs.

Louis asks that you simply post a brief reminder to call 811 on the marquee in front of your fire station during April.

Here are a few examples to consider:

  • Know what’s below. Call 811 before you dig.
  • Digging soon? Call 811 first.
  • April is Safe Digging Month. Call 811 before you dig. 
  • Call 811 or you may be calling 911.

Don’t have a marquee at your location? You can still take part in spreading the message by contacting us for a free banner to hang up outside your station.

A grand prize winner will be chosen in May to receive a check for $1,000.00.  Second and third place winners will each receive a gas grill. 

Your marquee or banner must be present in front of your station the entire month of April.

For more information about the contest, visit

New KIMTEK Website Targets Brush Truck Market

FIRELITE® transport skid units transform assorted truck and vehicle beds 

KIMTEK® Corporation, the world leader in off-road fire rescue skid units for UTV side-by-sides and pick-up and flatbed trucks, has announced the launch of its new website dedicated to the needs of fire fighting agencies using pick-ups and flatbed trucks for off-road wildland fire fighting. The new website,, can be accessed directly or linked via the company’s main website, KIMTEK® Corporation, the world leader in off-road fire rescue skid units for UTV side-by-sides and pick-up and flatbed trucks, has announced the launch of its new website dedicated to the needs of fire fighting agencies using pick-ups and flatbed trucks for off-road wildland fire fighting. The new website,, can be accessed directly or linked via the company’s main website,

The new site features the company’s FIRELITE Transport Series of high quality, affordable fire skid slip-on transport units equipped with lifetime-warrantied copolymer water tanks, Honda driven Darley-Davey pumps, Hannay reels, and Scotty Foam Systems. Available in multiple configurations, they feature all aluminum diamond plate construction, stainless steel piping and are available with storage areas, patient rescue areas, or with fully enclosed brush fire equipment boxes and pre-connected cross lay trays. KIMTEK expertly designs and builds FIRELITE units in Vermont to the specifications of fire fighting agencies, industrial complexes, sports venues, agricultural ranches, and other organizations requiring affordable, all inclusive skid slip-on units that rapidly transform their pick-up and flatbed trucks into effective brush trucks. 

Foundation Ambulance, Inc. Opens New Facility in Fayetteville, GA

Custom Remounts and Transit Ambulance Conversions

Fayetteville, GA, January 3, 2017:  Foundation Ambulance, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of our new 12,000 sf facility in Fayetteville, Georgia. Foundation offers a full staff of ambulance craftsmen with over 200 years of experience in metal fabrication, electrical, mountdown, cabinetry, upholstery, graphics, and paint with a quality unsurpassed in the ambulance industry.  We invite you to experience the difference of a strong Foundation.

  • Superior Craftsmanship
  • On-time deliveries
  • Fair prices

For more information visit or call 678-826-2219.

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