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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Midwest Fire Hires New Sales Representative

Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire) recently announced that the company has hired Joseph Hlushak as a new sales representative.

Hlushak will work one-on-one with customers during the sales process and build relationships with prospective buyers.  Hlushak graduated with his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls (USF). He brings with him more than two years of sales experience and manufacturing knowledge from Wheeler Tank. While at USF, Hlushak also worked on forging relationships with donors and developing alumni contributions.

 “Hlushak is a great addition to our team,” said President & Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Fire Sarah Atchison, “with customer service, sales, and manufacturing experience, he brings a lot of the skills that are needed to serve our customers.  We look forward to the fresh ideas he brings along with his winning customer service attitude. We are confident Hlushak will help us continue to serve our customers with excellence and professionalism.”


Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company has been manufacturing high-quality fire tankers and pumpers since 1987. We work directly with our customers, never through dealers, to keep costs down and communication consistent during the entire sales and manufacturing process. By creating long-term relationships with our customers, we are able to help devise state-of-the-art approaches to meet each department’s needs. We take pride in our work and our ability to produce some of the highest quality, most innovative tankers and pumpers on the market.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Officials: Fire rages at huge fruit warehouse in Bingen

A two-alarm fire is burning at Underwood Fruit & Warehouse in Bingen, Wash., Klickitat County Dispatch says. Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Klickitat Public Utility District says the fire is causing 600 power outages in the area. They say the flames burned a conductor line that serves many homes.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 9:29:34 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

'An Armageddon-type situation': Issaquah firefighters witness Calif. wildfire destruction

As firefighters continue to battle the deadly wildfires in Northern California, they've been getting help from all across the West Coast, including dozens from Western Washington fire departments. Included in the group are 14 firefighters from Eastside Fire and Rescue in Issaquah. "Watching it on TV, and seeing it in real life is a night and day difference," said Battalion Chief Dave McDaniel.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 8:27:14 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Fire guts former used car dealership on East Sprague in Spokane Valley

A former used car dealership was heavily damaged by fire early Wednesday morning in Spokane Valley. Spokane Valley Firefighters were called to the former Best Bet Auto, 4605 E. Sprague Ave. just before 4:30 a.m. Crews from Valley Engine 6 were first to arrive and immediately noticed heavy smoke and fire billowing from the structure.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 8:02:22 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Pair of Lake Assault Fire-Rescue Boats Now on Duty with the San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department

Lake Assault Boats, has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in California. The versatile landing craft style vessels – one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long – are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios. Shown here is the 28 foot craft. Photo courtesy of Brandon Barsugli, San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department.

SUPERIOR,WI—Lake Assault Boats, a manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department. The versatile landing craft style vessels—one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long—are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios.

“Having two of our boats on duty with the San Bernardino County Fire Department is an honor,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “This is a highly regarded department that is charged with serving a very large and diverse fire protection district, and we are proud to help enhance their on-the-water emergency response capabilities.”

The 28-foot craft is stationed in Needles, California, and serves on the Colorado River. “This boat serves multiple purposes along a vitally important stretch of the river; we can directly fight fire or support ground-based operations, and it has comprehensive dive and rescue capabilities,” explained Brian Wells, engineer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department. “It also is designed to serve as a wildland team personnel carrier and ATV transport, addressing just about any emergency scenario that we encounter along the river.”

The 26-foot boat provides protection to resources along Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. “This mountainous region has a history of wildfires, and one of our unique challenges is protecting the many large houses that are close to shore but inaccessible by road,” said Wells. “We can station this boat at the backside of the house and use our deck monitor, or draft from the lake and take hoselines up to the fire scene. We can also lay hoselines to support land based fire apparatus.”

The fireboats are each outfitted with twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines and include the Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems. Both feature a 1,500-gpm Darley pump (powered by a dedicated V-8 engine) along with a TFT monitor and three discharge ports. The boats include a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door (with an integrated ladder), dual dive doors, a davit crane with twin socket locations, and a full-width T-top pilothouse. The onboard electronics include dual 12-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash, Garmin radar and sonar with SideVu and DownVu, chart plotting, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. Lake Assault provided three days of on-the-water orientation ahead of the boats being put into service.

“We first learned about Lake Assault through another fire department in the Tahoe area, and a couple of our guys flew up there to check it out,” said Wells. “When we started looking into their build quality and ability to customize to meet our department’s requirements, they floated to the top of our list. We have come to learn that they are a first-class builder, and I would recommend Lake Assault to anybody.”

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