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Posted: Jan 18, 2019

TFT Releases SHO-FLOW® 1 Flow Meter Series

VALPARAISO, IN—TFT’s SHO-FLOW® 1 Flow Meter series provides accurate, real-time information for use in testing, training, and firefighting operations about water flow rates on a single hoseline. When installed, the device generates power using water flow to run itself, so no batteries are needed to operate. Power is harvested from an internal moving turbine and will transmit flow rates to any smart device via Bluetooth. The SHO-FLOW is simple, reliable, and easy to use. The new SHO-FLOW 1 is 1.5 inches (38 mm), and a 2.5-inch (63 mm) version will be released later this year.

The SHO-FLOW 1comes in in at 6.1 inches (155 mm) long and weighs 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg). It requires no batteries and comes factory-calibrated. Flow rates can be viewed on any Android or Apple smart device via TFT’s free app, which is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. The flow meter can be easily connected in line with any size hose that has 1.5-inch couplings.

Since flow readings are transmitted to a linked smart device, the unit is rugged and convenient. There is no worry about display screens being damaged in extreme fire service use, no batteries to monitor for operation, and you don’t need to be next to the unit to obtain flow information.

The SHO-FLOW 1 is accurate with minimal friction loss and can be used with water or a water/foam mix. Its flow range is 50 to 300 gpm (200 to 1,150 l/min) with a maximum operating pressure of 300 psi. Inlet/outlets are available in NH, NPSH, and BSP styles. The SHO-FLOW 1 has an introductory list price of $995.00 USD and is available for order through TFT distributors worldwide.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2019

Two Organizations Selected Co-Recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) selected the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative and the Denver Fire Department as the co-recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.

The award will be presented at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25, 2019, in Washington, DC. Named after retired-Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong advocate for our nation’s firefighters and rescue personnel during his 36-year career in Congress, the award recognizes organizations for outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. State Farm Insurance and VFIS serve as the corporate supporters of the award program.

Established in 2016 as a nonprofit organization, the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative brings together members of the fire service and health and safety advocates in the state of Florida to share information and best practices on firefighter health and safety. The program continues to expand, currently covering five regions of the state with plans pending for future expansion. Firefighter cancer prevention, emotional and mental wellness, heath and physical fitness, and safety at all emergency incidents are the key focus areas of the program.

The Denver Fire Department is being recognized for its development of a comprehensive health and safety program. The Denver Fire Department Safety and Training program incorporates fitness, nutrition and behavioral health that can be tailored to the needs of each individual firefighter. The elements are integrated with the department’s safety and training program, beginning with the recruit level and continuing well into each firefighter’s career.

CFSI President Bill Jenaway and NFFF Chairman Dennis Compton issued a joint statement recognizing the 2019 recipients of the Sarbanes award. “We are witnessing dramatic changes in the fire service on the issue of health and safety – changes inspired in part by firefighters at the local level who are passionate about making the profession safer. We commend both the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative and the Denver Fire Department for the two establishment of two successful health and safety programs. What makes these programs successful is the collaboration and cooperation of so many individuals at the local level who care deeply about the health and safety of their fellow first responders. We look forward to honoring both organizations at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner.”

Please click here for additional information about the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Symposium. Approximately 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders throughout the nation are expected to attend the annual program.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2019

NFFF Sarbanes Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the family faces many challenges as they find their bearings and rebuild their lives. Oftentimes, children and spouses of these fallen heroes may not have the necessary funds that enable them to pursue their educational and career goals. Through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) scholarship programs, the loved ones of the fallen can realize their educational dreams.

Applications are being accepted January 1 through April 1 for the 2019-2020 Sarbanes Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, vocational-technical training, and certification and job training programs. They may be used for study at in-state or out-of-state public and private schools.

To be eligible, children must be under age 30 presently and have been under age 22 at the time of their firefighter’s death. All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalency or must be in their final year of high school. Applicants must also be pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies, a certification program or job skills training at an accredited institution and must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full- or part-time student.

In 2018, the Foundation was the beneficiary of a generous donation by David Levy to establish the Alan Patrick Sondej Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be offered on a bi-annual cycle and is designed to provide a scholarship that satisfies the full four-year cost of tuition, books, and where possible, room and board. To start the bi-annual cycle, the Foundation was able to offer a four-year scholarship award to a freshman and a two-year scholarship to a junior. The next four-year scholarship will be awarded in 2020 to a freshman.

Also, in 2018, the Foundation and its partners combined to award $338,921 to 80 applicants who are preparing for careers ranging from Social Work to Civil Engineering to Fire Science. Of the 80 recipients, 47 previously received scholarships and 33 were new recipients.

The U. S. Congress created the NFFF in 1992. The Foundation’s scholarship program began in 1997 and is named in honor of U. S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong supporter of education and America’s fire service family who authored the legislation creating the Foundation.

Together with assistance from generous donors such as Motorola and David Levy, along with the NFFF partnerships with ICMA-RC, National Association of Fire Marshals, Global Health and Safety and the Read more

Posted: Jan 18, 2019

Call for Nominations for 2019 Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award

As the founder of the Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services (VFIS) and co-founder of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, Arthur J. Glatfelter made a difference in the lives of countless firefighters across the nation. Through his generous support of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and his dedicated service on the Board of Directors he also demonstrated his compassion for the families of those who died in the line of duty.

In appreciation for Art’s extraordinary achievements, the NFFF created the Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award to recognize exceptional service to the NFFF by men and women who continue to support his legacy.

Nominations are being accepted now through February 1, 2019. All paperwork, the narrative and the online nomination form must be submitted electronically to the NFFF at The award will be considered annually but may not be presented each year. 

Submission Guidelines:

• The candidate must be nominated by someone other than her/himself.

• Candidates may be submitted posthumously.

• An organization may be nominated for the award, but must be nominated by an individual who is not a part of the organization. 

The nomination narrative must address:

• The individual or organization’s support for NFFF’s prevention and support missions.

• The nominees’ significant impact.

• Documentation of the unique aspects of the candidate’s leadership.

• How the candidate’s contributions have encouraged philanthropic or other substantial support for the NFFF. 

The Selection Committee will be composed of the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. There is not a process for appeal of the Board’s decision.

If awarded, the recipient(s) of the Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award will be honored at an event selected by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The recipient(s) are eligible for financial support as necessary to attend the event to receive their award.

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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Bid Awarded to Build Replacement Henry County (GA) Fire Station

The new station, at 975 Jodeco Road between Meridian Drive and Summer Leigh Drive, will replace for the former station which was on Flippen Road for more than 30 years. That facility was shut down in late 2016 after falling into disrepair and being deemed unsafe. Temporary facilities were constructed on that site, but development and traffic changes over time led county officials to select another site for the permanent station.
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