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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

KIMTEK Marks 35 Years of Innovation

Orleans, VTKIMTEK Corp, makers of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® Transport skid units for off-road rescue and wildland firefighting, have announced plans to celebrate the company's 35th anniversary with a number of events planned throughout 2019. KIMTEK Transport skid units fit easily into most utility vehicles and pickup trucks, enabling first responders to travel over rough terrain and through tight clearances with essential fire and/or medical rescue equipment and attendants. Markets have responded enthusiastically, resulting in record demand for KIMTEK products around the globe.

Reaching this corporate milestone represents a personal achievement for KIMTEK president and founder Kimball Johnson, a multiple patent-holder and retired fire chief who understands firsthand the challenges of meeting off-road rescue needs while under strict budget constraints typical for municipal and government agency emergency departments. "After spending decades talking with first responders about the challenges of meeting off-road rescue and firefighting demands, I appreciate the particular needs of these agencies and departments," he said. "They need resources that are reliable, versatile, and affordable. It's why I started KIMTEK Research then, and it's why our team keeps researching, adapting, and providing medical and fire rescue solutions that exactly meet first responders' needs now," he said. 

Johnson and several KIMTEK employees are themselves experienced first responders, having routinely performed off-road rescues and wildfire suppression as part of their duties with fire departments and ambulance squads. This field experience makes it inherently easier for KIMTEK to develop off-road solutions that are designed, built, and priced right.

About KIMTEK Corporation

KIMTEK was founded in 1984 by Kimball Johnson, holder of several U.S. patents and a former EMT and fire chief, as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences. Headquartered in northern Vermont, KIMTEK's Transport skid units are now in service in all 50 United States, all of Canada, all branches of the military, the National Park Service, numerous NASCAR tracks, sporting complexes, schools, universities, industrial and commercial facilities throughout the country, and other vital applications worldwide.   KIMTEK's Transport units are designed to work interchangeably with existing and new equipment, optimizing municipal budget dollars and enabling easy, affordable upgrades.  

Since the company's inception, KIMTEK's mission has been to offer affordable, practical solutions for the agencies they serve, resulting in highly popular emergency response products that emphasize modularity and flexibility and which offer the best in-class warranty coverages.  More information about KIMTEK research and products is available at the company website: and Read more

Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Chicago Rigs by Steve Redick

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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Custom Fab & Body Pumper-Tanker

Yucca (AZ) Volunteer Fire District pumper-tanker. International 7500 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 380-hp engine; Darley KSP 1,000-gpm PTO pump; UPF Poly 2,000-gallon tank.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Inside a Historic Washington DC Fire Station


The current fire engine simply has “Columbia” painted on the front — a nod to the company’s roots, which trace back to the volunteer Columbia Fire Company, which was created in 1804. And the fire company’s history is intertwined with American history.

“During the War of 1812, when the British attacked the capital, they actually burned our first firehouse down first, before they started burning the capital down,” said veteran firefighter Margie Dickey, who’s spent her entire career at Engine 3. “So if you take the firehouse out of the picture you have more success with your other endeavors.”

“The volunteer firefighters begged the British not to burn the firehouse down because it didn’t belong to the government. It was privately owned,” Embrey added. “But the British said ‘Maybe so, but it’s on government property, so it’s gone.’”

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Davis (CA) Firefighters Retiring Fire Apparatus Hit by Bullets


Davis firefighters were on the scene of the traffic collision when that opened fire, killing a police officer. The firefighters said they could feel the bullets whizzing by them that night.

Acting fire chief Dennis Reilly showed the fire truck inside a City of Davis fleet garage. This fire truck serves as a symbol for the terrifying night that Davis will never forget. Because of the memories it brings back, Reilly said the firetruck will not be put back in service. They plan to retire it for good.

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