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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Officials Break Ground on New North Malvern (AR) Fire Station

Officials recently broke ground on the new North Malvern (AR) Fire Station located on Moline Street, according to a report on

Lance Howell, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, with Malvern Mayor Brenda J. Weldon and Malvern Fire Chief Jeremy Harper helped celebrate the beginning stages for the new fire station.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Danville (PA) Fire Department Given Approval to Purchase $1.4M Ladder Truck

The Danville (PA) Fire Department was recently given approval to proceed with the purchase of a new ladder truck for an estimated price of $1,450,450, according to a report on

After some numbers were kicked around, it was found that, if purchased immediately, the truck would bear a $184,612 shortfall due by July 2022.

The borough agreed that it would have to back up the fire company and come up with the $184,612 if the fire department could not raise that amount, the report noted. Authorizing the order of the truck would also commit the borough to:

  • Making a $500,000 payment within 30 days of signing;
  • Front the 2023 and 2024 cash amounts in 2022;
  • Assume sale of the current ladder truck for at least $200,000 by July 2022.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Lightning eMotors and REV Group Subsidiary to Produce Electric Ambulances

Commercial vehicle manufacturers Lightning eMotors and REV Group, Inc. announce they are co-developing zero-emission, all-electric ambulances with Leader Emergency Vehicles™, a REV Group subsidiary. Available to government agencies, municipalities, commercial operators, hospitals, and non-profit organizations, delivery to customers is expected to be at the end of this calendar year.

“Electrification is reaching all different types of fleet vehicles, and ambulances are a logical next step,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “These zero-emission vehicles are powerful, smooth, and quiet, and drivers will love them. As a fully electric model, they have no tailpipe emissions, so it’s a healthier choice for the air you breathe as well.”

The new Leader ambulances will be based on the fourth-generation Lightning Electric Transit Van from Lightning eMotors. Leader’s High Roof Transit van offers up to 105 kWh of battery capacity that can be charged via Level 2 AC charging or DC fast charging. This model is equipped with dual rear wheels providing a 10,360 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

“REV Group’s vision is our continuous pursuit to improve the quality of life for our customers and communities,” said Rod Rushing, President and CEO of REV Group. “This pursuit includes our commitment to investing in innovative technology and leading in the electrification of commercial vehicles.”

The ambulance chassis will be electrified at Lightning eMotors’ Loveland, Colorado facility and then built at Leader’s facility in South El Monte, California.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Photo of the Day: April 15, 2021

Pierce—Centralia (IL) Fire Department pumper. Saber cab and chassis; Cummins L9 450-hp engine; Waterous CXC20 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 1,000-gallon water tank. Dealer: Tim Learned, MacQueen Emergency, Whitestown IN.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Historic ship provides unique training opportunity for Florida rescue teams

VIDEO: Pasco County rescue crews got a unique training experience Wednesday aboard the historic American Victory Ship docked in Tampa. Pasco County Fire Rescue Special Operations Division bought all three shifts of crews to do some advanced confined-space training 60 feet down in the ship’s hull – training they might not otherwise be able to get at home.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
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