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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Nine Dead, 16 Injured When Van Hits Toronto Pedestrians

UPDATE

A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen says the driver of the van is in custody but Yuen has not provided any possible cause or motive in Monday's incident. He says the investigation is continuing.

Yuen also has not given any details on the injuries.

EARLIER:

TORONTO (AP) — A van apparently jumped onto a sidewalk Monday at a busy intersection in Toronto and struck down pedestrians before the vehicle was found and the driver taken into custody, Canadian police said.

Authorities said at least seven people were hospitalized with injuries, while a photo from the scene showed an apparent body on the sidewalk, but police did not immediately provide details on casualties. CTV News said at least four of the hospitalized victims were in critical condition.

It was not immediately clear what caused the van to strike the pedestrians in the north-central part of the city. Police did not immediately identify the driver.

"At this point it's too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured," Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.

A witness, Phil Zullo, told Canadian Press that he saw police arresting a man who had been driving a Ryder rental truck and saw people "strewn all over the road" where the incident occurred.

"I must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers," Zullo said. "It was awful. Brutal."

Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said first responders were treating multiple patients, but wouldn't confirm the number or severity of injuries.

Police shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the incident and Toronto's transit agency said it has suspended service on the subway line running through the area.

The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies for those involved. "Our hearts go out to everyone affected," Trudeau said in Ottawa. "We are going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours."

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Fire Apparatus at FDIC International 2018 HOT Evolutions

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

FDIC International: Making the Most Out of Connecting with the Fire Service

By Chris Mc Loone

Although exhibiting at a trade show is an opportunity to show off a company’s latest and greatest, exhibitors also value the interaction they have with show attendess. Dave Meyer, director, sales and marketing, Pierce Manufacturing, says, “The most important part of exhibiting at FDIC International is making the most of the opportunity we, in partnership with our dealer network, have to connect with the more than 30,000 fire service representatives that will be in attendance. The time we spend with those who use our products on a daily basis is invaluable—and provides us with the critical insight and feedback needed to make continual apparatus advancements. In addition, we are excited to reflect on all we have learned from the past year as we get set to introduce the latest and greatest innovations, apparatus, and technology enhancements at FDIC 2018.”

Pierce will, of course, be displaying several new innovations—one of which was to be unveiled on April 26. Additionally, the company displayed a clean-cab pumper designed using feedback and research provided by workplace health and carcinogen reduction advocates. Additionally, the Pierce booth is featuring the all new Saber® featuring a Ford powertrain. Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience a rapid configurator that provides authentic, engineered approval drawings in less than 10 minutes. At the company’s booth in the Indiana Convention Center, where Pierce will showcase its aftermarket capabilities, there will be on-the-hour tech talks.

The connections made at FDIC International, however, continue to be an experience at the show that the company considers important benefits. “We value the time we have at FDIC International to connect one on one with fire service representatives,” says Meyer. “We are committed to providing a wide range of educational tools and opportunities to connect with the many Pierce product experts who will be present. Our hope is that all attendees will take advantage of the hands-on training and resources offered, and we look forward to listening to and collecting ideas and feedback that is sure to come our way.”

Pierce’s booths are 5501, 14000, 14010, and 8807.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Bullard EcoX is the economical solution for fire departments

 

The Bullard EcoX is the economical solution for budget-constrained fire departments to put more “Bullard Tough” thermal imaging cameras (TICs) in the hands of their firefighters. The EcoX is equipped with Bullard’s X Factor image clarity technology, providing firefighters with clear, crisp, detailed images. The TIC comes standard with basic Super Red colorization that highlights high-heat scenes in yellow, orange, and red.

All X Factor TICs come standard with a five-year, industry-leading, full-service warranty on parts and labor. Stop by Bullard’s FDIC International 2018 Booth #1213 for a chance to win an ECOX TI. Learn more at www.bullard.com/product/ecox.

 

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