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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Acela Truck Company Expands its Line of High Water/Flood Rescue Trucks

Bozeman, Montana—Acela Truck Company recently announced that it has expanded its purpose-built High Water/Flood Rescue Truck line of response apparatus to include multiple new custom body configurations and larger 6x6 models of its Monterra high mobility chassis.

Flooding is the leading cause of disaster or weather-related deaths in the United States and the number of coastal and inland flooding incidents are rising dramatically every year. 2017’s Hurricane Harvey was Houston’s third “500 year” flooding event in only the last few years, yet flood waters continue to stop most first responders in their tracks due to lack of proper equipment to adequately provide aid and safely protect responders.  All 50 states have experienced flooding in the last five years.

Earlier this year, Acela Truck Company, manufacturer of extreme-duty, commercial truck chassis, introduced specialized high-water rescue and response trucks to its line of Monterra 4x4 high mobility chassis. With 47-inch tires, 23 inches of ground clearance, all-wheel-drive, waterproof alternator and starter and proprietary high-water fording kit, Acela’s specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording a whopping 50 inches of water. Monterras are additionally capable of safely responding at top highway speeds of 74 MPH making them perfectly suitable for long-distance response.

As a result of the tremendous response to its original 4x4 High Water/ Flood Rescue Trucks, Acela has expanded its line to include 6x6 models and a number of custom bodies and flood rescue-related options, increasing passenger carrying capacities to 27 passengers and providing faster, safer assistance to those in need. All models are equipped with ample space and payload to additionally accommodate pets, personal property and rescue gear. Acela has designed multiple configurations to suit virtually any agencies’ needs and budget. Popular options include NFPA-compliant warning lighting, scene lighting, fire pump packages, rescue boat racks, liftgates and stairway systems.

Acela’s flood rescue line of truck products was inspired by company president, David Ronsen, a retired firefighter who spent many years as a field-deployed FEMA operations attaché, responding to dozens of catastrophic flooding events.  “I know first-hand how frustrating it is for local fire, law enforcement, EMS, EMA and Search and Rescue agencies to be faced with the challenges of having to rescue thousands of their customers without proper flood rescue equipment”, says Ronsen, “Acela’s product design team committed to designing an incredibly capable new tool for first responders to reliably and safely impact hundreds of people a day…the result is a true game changer.”

The Acela Monterra line of trucks were originally designed for U.S. Army use and are considered to be the most capable wheeled vehicles available in North America. In addition to flood rescue operations, Monterra flood rescue trucks can be used for virtually any disaster response such as tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, mudslides and earthquakes, easily traveling over or through large debris, or double as incredibly capable brush/wildland fire engines, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) support vehicles, cargo haulers and SAR/SWAT team troop carriers, in rural and urban environments.  Monterras were specifically designed to replace obsolete and unsafe military “deuce and a half” and “five ton” trucks and come standard with full parts and service support backed by a bumper to bumper parts and labor warranty. 

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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Winnipeg (Canada) Innovation Committee Approves High-Tech Firefighting Equipment

This time around, the committee granted funding for a $15,450-pilot project to test a Flameguard fire suppression tool that cools fires to help crews more safely extinguish them.  

Another $13,000 three-year pilot study of virtual reality firefighter training also won approval.

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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Tulsa (OK) Celebrates Opening of Fire Station

Firefighters moved into the new facility at 4201 S. 113th W. Avenue July 23 and the old station, which was just adjacent to the new one and reportedly opened in 1968, was demolished shortly after that. The celebration Saturday featured free hot dogs and inflatables for children.

Fire Chief Mike Wood said the new building is about 640 square feet bigger than the previous building, is a single story where the old one had two and the apparatus bays’ overhead doors in the new facility provide more clearance for fire trucks. It will reportedly house up to six firefighters at a time. Former Sand Springs Deputy Fire Chief Tom Jenkins, who left the department in 2009, returned to Sand Springs for the grand opening and delivered remarks.

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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Galion (OH) Fire Department to Receive $133K in Grants

“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown, who released the information in a Monday moring press release. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Galion have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”  

The AFG Program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public. The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis.


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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Rural Metro (AZ) Fire Apparatus in Accident Responding to Drowning Call

The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. Sunday near University Drive and the Loop 202.

Rural Metro Fire says the unit was responding to a drowning call nearby when they were involved in the crash. A five-year-old was taken to the hospital in the drowning call in critical condition and later passed away.

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