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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

AMKUS Releases Next Generation ION Tools

Valparaiso, IN—AMKUS Rescue Systems has introduced a next generation of the ION battery-powered rescue tool family. The ION 2.0 cutter, spreaders, combination tool, and RAM all utilize the DEWALT® FLEXVOLT® battery platform. The 60-volt battery operates ION 2.0 tools and will also power both 60- and 20-volt DEWALT tools. It is the only battery that automatically changes voltages when you change tools, so you can share batteries between ION tools and other tools like saws and drills. Batteries are readily available at locations nationwide, usually for less than $100.

The ION tools are built from solid aluminum, so they’re ready for service in the severe duty demanded by first responders. Extrications don’t always take place outside the vehicle; sometimes you have to get inside to move and cut material. That’s when a compact tool like ION really matters. AMKUS tools are between five and 12 inches shorter than competitors’ models so you can make rescue even in cramped quarters.

ION 2.0 tools carry on the AMKUS tradition of rugged tools that are both balanced and backed by outstanding service and support. New ION 2.0 tools can be found at FDIC International booth 3503. In addition, tool demonstrations will be presented from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the FDIC Real Time Demo area on Thursday April 26.

For more information, visit www.amkus.com.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

Braun Ambulances on Display at FDIC International 2018

Van Wert, OH—Braun Industries will be attending FDIC International in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will have five units on display throughout the exposition.

There will be three units in Braun’s booth, 5747, including customer units from Osceola, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Van Wert, Ohio. The Osceola unit is a Super Chief Type I International 4300 that includes unique features like the EVS HiBac integral child safety attendant seat with V4 harness, Whelen Pioneer front scene lighting, the Opticom dual camera system, and Zico SCBA holders. The New Orleans EMS unit is a Liberty Type I Ford Super Duty F450. Its features include the Brigade 360° Camera system, AW Direct Steel Bumper with reflective chevron graphics, OTE temp controlled medical cabinet, and a custom front console with personnel storage locker. The Van Wert unit is a Super Chief Type I International 4300. This unit features aluminum wheels, LiquidSpring suspension, touch screen with 10.6-inch infotainment technology, and PAC Trac in OSS compartment. In addition, this unit will serve as the primary demo vehicle for the latest version of MasterTech FleetConnect. MasterTech FleetConnect is a technology platform exclusive to Braun designed to help lengthen vehicle life, reduce unplanned downtime, and empower remote maintenance and troubleshooting of a vehicle in real-time.

In addition to the units in Braun’s booth, the ambulance manufacturer will have units in the Ford Commercial Vehicle and General Motors Fleet booths. Ford, booth 4857, will have a Chief XL Type I from Elwood, which features include a Ford F450 chassis, Norcold refrigerator, Firecom intercom system, and Stryker PowerLoad system. General Motors Fleet, booth 4039, will feature a Chief XL Type III ambulance on a Chevy G4500 chassis. This unit features a Stealth Power System, MasterTech multiplex electrical system with Fleet Connect, and Valor heated/cooled attendant seat.

Members of Braun direct, including President Kim Braun, VP of Sales & Marketing Chad Brown, and VP of Operations Gary Kohls will be in attendance. Regional Sales Managers Jason Adair, Jarrett Hammons, and Jason Gerhardt and members of the sales support and engineering teams will also be in attendance. President/CEO of Demers & Braun and President of Demers, Alain Brunelle and Executive Vice President of Demers, Benoit Lafortune, will also be in and out of the Braun booth; Braun Industries and Demers Ambulances announced their merger on February 2, 2018. Representatives from Braun’s national dealer network will also be in attendance. Penn Care, North Central Emergency Vehicles, Kodiak Emergency Vehicles, Spartan Fire Apparatus, Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles, Emergency Equipment Professionals, First Priority Group, All Area Fire & Rescue, Hughes Fire Equipment, Glick Fire Equipment, Nexus Emergency Group, and North Eastern Rescue Vehicles will have new ambulance sales representatives at FDIC 2018. Several of Braun’s customers who have vehicles on display at the show will be joining them as well. 

For more information, visit www.BraunAmbulances.com.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

Anger in Georgia county over firing of fire chief

The recent firing of Henry County’s fire chief, Nish Willis was met with almost unanimous disapproval from members of the public and multiple county commissioners at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Willis was terminated on March 21 without a specific reason cited other than “end of appointment.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Henry County Daily Herald
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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

New York Firefighter-Paramedic Dies On Duty

A firefighter-paramedic with a volunteer fire company on New York's Long Island has died in the line of duty. According to a post on the Facebook page of the Greenlawn Fire Department, firefighter-paramedic Kent Stillwagon, 52, died while on duty early Tuesday morning. The department offered no specific details on the incident other than saying it happened around 1:27 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

Minnesota firefighters grapple with 'silent epidemic'

The nightmares still sometimes rouse Brian Cristofono from sleep. Even now, nearly two years after the last calls for help came in, ghosts from his days as a firefighter and paramedic are tough to shake. Babies he couldn’t save. Parents he struggled to comfort. Crash victims beyond reviving. “They leave scars,” said Cristofono, 42.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
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