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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

Fayetteville (GA) to Build New Fire Station

For fire station construction, which was approved in the FY2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project budget, the site will require $450,000 worth of fill dirt for site preparation. When the Board of Commissioners approved the demolition at its Jan. 11 meeting, it asked that options for sewer system connection be explored, since the existing septic system is not usable.
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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

Phoenix (AZ) Increasingly Taps Taxis for 911 Callers to Hospital

The number of taxi rides is growing — overwhelmingly so for people in poor neighborhoods — as fire officials wrestle with more calls and limited resources.  

The little-known operation, known as the taxi-voucher program, is billed as a way to tend to medical transports not deemed emergencies. Taxi vouchers are paid for by the city and cost a fraction of an ambulance ride.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

Elmira (NY) Fire Department Getting New River Rescue Boat

The boat holds eight people, and the propless motor will allow for safe travel in shallow water over a rocky bottom.  

The boat and motor will be owned, maintained and stored by the fire department, and will replace a 25-year-old solid hull boat and prop motor. The old boat will be repaired and used as a backup, if needed, according to Fire Chief Joe Martino.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

Chillicothe (MO) Fire Department Now Has Grain Rescue Fire Equipment

The Chillicothe Fire Department has acquired a grain rescue kit through a monetary donation from a Livingston County farm family. This grain rescue kit will provide the equipment needed to rescue a trapped farmer, grain industry worker, or anyone who could possibly find themselves in a grain entrapment, according to Fire Chief Darrell Wright. The chief explained that the kit goes around the person who is trapped to stabilize the grain. The grain is then removed from inside the rescue wall, and the person is pulled out to safety. “This family saw a need for Livingston County and the surrounding area to have a grain rescue kit, so they made a $3,100 dollar donation,” Wright said. This kit will work will other kits that surrounding fire departments have as well, to expand the wall with more panels, or to have extra augers, or just extra helpers. The family donating the funds asked to remain anonymous.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

KIMTEK Announces Upgrades with Mercedes Booster Hose and Draft Kits

KIMTEK Corp, makers of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® Transport skid units for off-road rescue and wildland firefighting, recently announced a new relationship with Mercedes Textiles, Canadian manufacturers of firefighting systems including fire hoses, couplings, adapters, accessories, and fire pumps. KIMTEK has made Mercedes Boostlite® non-collapsible reel booster hose the new standard on all its UTV and Truck FIRELITE® skid units that feature the Hannay 4000 series reels. Heavy duty and kink resistant even at low pressure, Mercedes Boostlite hose weighs an average of 30 lb less than rubber jacketed booster hose. This state-of-the-art addition represents another top-of-the-line fixture to KIMTEK's long list of trusted product offerings available on its skid units, already including W.S. Darley pumps, Hannay reels, Scotty foam systems, and others.

Drafting kit upgrades also in effect  

KIMTEK has also announced that new for 2018, every KIMTEK FIRELITE® FDHP-300 series truck skid unit will come with a complete Mercedes Draftlite® Kit which includes the Hydro-Wick® hand primer, 20 ft of 1.5” high pressure suction hose, and a Hydro-Wick foot valve with strainer. The Hydro-Wick hand primer is hard-plumbed into the stainless steel piping with a separate valve. This kit seamlessly mates to the 5.5, 9 and 13 HP FIRELITE-300 series skid units and assists with drafting from virtually any source of water.

KIMTEK will make the new Mercedes Draftlite Kit available as a stand-alone purchase intended for customers who already own a FIRELITE Transport 300 series or UTV skid unit and want to improve their drafting capability. In this application the Kit's hand primer will include a 1.5" NH (NST) coupling. The Draftlite® kits ship complete from KIMTEK.

About KIMTEK Corporation

Founded in 1984 as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences, KIMTEK Corporation is the largest producer and marketer of ATV/UTV and pickup-truck skid units for public safety agencies in the U.S. KIMTEK's FIRELITE® fire and rescue skid units and MEDLITE medical skid units are now in service worldwide, including all branches of the U.S. military, the National Park Service, numerous NASCAR tracks, sporting complexes, schools, and universities. KIMTEK Transport skid units are proudly made in the USA. For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit the company's websites at www.kimtekresearch.com and www.brushtruckskids.com.

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