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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

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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Fire districts in Lake Stevens, Monroe could merge in 2020

Two more Snohomish County fire districts are talking about merging. They are District 8 in Lake Stevens and District 7, which is based in Monroe and also serves Clearview, Maltby and much of unincorporated Snohomish south of the Snohomish River. Together, the two agencies could provide fire protection and emergency medical services to about 160,000 people over 141 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:53:11 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Riverside School District says it's time to cleanup 98-acre forest land to reduce fire risks

The wildfires that have choked the summer air with smoke the past few years have caught the attention of the Riverside School District, which is moving forward with a new forest management plan for the 97 acres of trees on the 186-acre school campus on U.S. Highway 2 at Deer Park Milan Road. The forest has been getting hit by Western pine beetles, which are killing some trees, said lead groundskeeper Rob Foster.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

New York senator honors hero firefighter John Heller on Senate floor

VIDEO: A former Oneonta firefighter who died after rescuing his fiancé and nephews from a burning apartment in December was recognized by the New York State Senate on Tuesday. State Senator Jim Seward honored John Heller with a special New York State Senate Resolution. He was granted the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor given by the New York State Senate.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 12 NEWS WBNG
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