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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Pierce Ascendant 110-Foot Aerial Platform Purchased by Town of Taber (Alberta, Canada) Fire Department

Pierce Ascendant

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, received an order for a Pierce® Ascendant™ 110-foot single rear axle quint aerial platform from the Town of Taber Fire Department located in south central Alberta, Canada. Built on a Pierce Enforcer™ chassis, the aerial platform delivers an industry-leading 110-foot vertical reach and a 90-foot horizontal reach. The vehicle will be delivered next summer.

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“The Pierce Ascendant 110-foot single rear axle aerial platform is one of the signature product offerings in our new Ascendant class of aerial apparatus, a group of innovative aerials that set the new industry benchmark for performance,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “The Ascendant class includes a wide range of ladder and platform configurations, and enables fire departments to achieve a longer reach on a more compact vehicle. That’s why fire departments of all sizes have quickly made the Pierce Ascendant the most popular new aerial apparatus in our company’s history.”

Steve Munshaw is Fire Chief of the Town of Taber Fire Department. “We have 186 buildings that require an elevated aerial water stream and, based on our search criteria, we knew it was going to be a challenge to find an apparatus that would fit the fire suppression and rescue needs of our community,” Chief Munshaw explained. “We evaluated a number of manufacturers and, while on a visit to Appleton, we were able to run the Ascendant aerial platform through its paces. We absolutely fell in love with it and it became our number one choice.”

The Pierce Ascendant 110-foot single rear axle aerial platform for the Town of Taber features a 450 hp engine, a Command Zone™ advanced electronics system, a four-door cab with seating for six firefighters, and Pierce’s PSV seats for the driver and officer. The vehicle also features a Pierce proprietary PUC 1500 gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank, and a Husky® 3 single agent foam system.
The Ascendant aerial device achieves a remarkable 110-foot vertical reach and a 90-foot horizontal reach, and features tip load capacities of 750 lb. (dry) and 500 lb. (wet). The ergonomically designed, three-person basket is rated to carry 100 lbs. of additional equipment. A single monitor located at the fly section can flow up to 1250 gpm.

“We have 35 paid-on-call volunteer firefighters and only three full-time members, so one crucial criteria was finding a truck that required a less restrictive commercial driver’s license, yet delivered a long enough reach to support our community’s growing needs,” added Chief Munshaw. “Plus, Pierce’s product quality and dealer support, available through Commercial Emergency Equipment, were other very important factors.”

Pierce dealer, Commercial Emergency Equipment, offers a network of full-service locations. It is a division of Commercial Truck Equipment, Corporation, renowned for its professional engineers, designers, and certified heavy-duty mechanics, welders, and fabricators who are expert in a wide range of truck applications and integration solutions. “We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with Chief Munshaw, Deputy Chief Cote, and their team through this entire process,” said Mike Thomson, Customer Service Manager for Co

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Seattle Police: Assault suspect holes up in home, starts fire in overnight standoff

A man is in custody Thursday after he violated a court order and assaulted a family member and then barricaded himself inside a home for hours, starting a fire and causing significant damage inside the house, police said. The incident began around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to a call about a domestic violence order violation in the 7300 block of 52nd Avenue NE.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 10:49:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Fire tears in Kennewick home, pet dies inside

A dog died and a home was badly damaged after a blaze broke out in a Kennewick home. An officer spotted the smoke coming from the house on the 1200 block of West First Avenue around 8:20 a.m. Thursday. When firefighters from Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and Benton County Fire District 1 responded, they found flames coming from a bedroom window.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 9:28:39 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

1 Person Dead, 3 Firefighters Hurt In Head-On Collision In Cash

A crew with the Cash Volunteer Fire Department was traveling northbound in response to a call when another vehicle heading southbound crossed over the center line and into the fire truck. The collision caused the fire truck to overturn, and the other vehicle burst into flames.

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Code 3® Announces Bacteria-Killing Patient Compartment Light Powered By Vital Vio

Code 3 Bacteria Killing Light


Code 3®, Inc., a leading manufacturer and developer of light and sound emergency products, announced the launch of its new germ-killing Patient Compartment Light Powered by Vital Vio.

Code 3’s Patient Compartment Light powered by Vital Vio’s VioSafe™ White Light Disinfection™ Technology multi-tasks by providing continuous disinfection of bacteria on objects and surfaces, while providing safe illumination with its precisely engineered wavelengths of visible light. Vital Vio’s lighting technology is proven effective in killing bacteria and other harmful organisms including: MRSA, Salmonella, E. coli, and C. diff.

The continuously disinfecting Patient Compartment Light, used in combination with regular intermittent cleaning, dramatically reduces deadly germs. It is safe for workers to perform normal course operations while these lights are in use, as opposed to ultraviolet (UV) lighting methods that require downtime. Code 3’s Patient Compartment Light easily installs and integrates with existing overhead fixtures, and is Triple-K compliant.

“We were able to integrate Vital Vio’s VioSafe™ antibacterial technology into our existing Patient Compartment Light – allowing for easy installation inside industry standard seven inch cut outs, and for easy retrofit into existing ambulances,” said Bryan Lohbeck, product manager, Code 3.

Code 3’s Patient Compartment Light Powered by Vital Vio is 9.0 inches in diameter and 0.5 inches in depth. Units operate on 12-24VDC systems. The Patient Compartment Light is KKK-A-1822F certified, AMD compliant, and internationally certified by IEC and UL. Each model comes with a 5-year warranty.

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