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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

No Injuries After St. Louis Fire Apparatus Hits Parked Car

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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Government shutdown delays Southeast Thurston Fire Authority grant

Southeast Thurston Fire Authority commissioners authorized the transfer of about $114,000 of general funds to cover expenses within the authority’s SAFER volunteer grant that hasn’t received funding this year due to the partial government shutdown. SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants, are federally granted funds distributed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fire departments and organizations to help them maintain firefighter training.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:06:38 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response

Citing the devastation and expense of fighting Washington’s wildland blazes, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz proposed a “groundbreaking strategic plan” Thursday to prevent and respond to wildfires. The plan by Franz, who oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is part of her $55 million budget request to lawmakers that would boost the state’s wildfire capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
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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: www.kimtekresearch.com and Read more

Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Chicago Rigs by Steve Redick

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