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The Waco Fire Department has taken delivery of a custom-built Lake Assault Boats fireboat and rescue craft. The new vessel provides a wide range of emergency response services on Lake Waco (a 12-square-mile body of water located within the city limits) as well as a section of the Brazos River that flows through the department’s protection area in central Texas. The craft was purchased through Lake Assault Boats’ listings on GSA Advantage Schedule 84 that includes Marine Craft. “Our department first learned about Lake Assault Boats through Lake Travis Fire Rescue, a neighboring department,” explained R. M. Bergerson, Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations for Waco Fire Department. “We’d seen their boat in action and heard good things. We just placed the new boat into service, and its capabilities for firefighting, rescue, and dive operations are impressive.” Hale Attack Max Fire Pump The craft’s firefighting system includes a Hale Attack Max fire pump rated at 550 gpm and powered by a 35-hp marinized engineA pair of 225 hp Honda outboard engines supplies power for the 26-foot craft. The hull features a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door that opens to 90-degrees and can safely be deployed and operated at slow speeds. There are six-foot-long lockable storage compartments on either side of the bow deck as well as storage racks to hold dive equipment. The craft’s firefighting system includes a Hale Attack Max fire pump rated at 550 gpm and powered by a dedicated 35-hp marinized engine. Two TFT portable Hemisphere monitors (one with a fog nozzle and a second with a smooth bore tip) are on board. Water is supplied through a 4-inch intake into a sea chest. Outstanding Cornering Maneuverability The full-width T-top pilothouse is manufactured from 3/16” welded aluminum, has a 76-inch interior clearance height, and features a forward leaning windshield and fixed side windows. The dash console includes a 12-inch touchscreen monitor that controls a Garmin system featuring GPS, Sonar, with SideVu and DownVu, and Chartplotting. “With its twin-engine configuration and extremely stable hull design, the craft’s cornering maneuverability, and overall performance is outstanding,” said Bergerson, adding “we just launched our own dive team, and the hydraulic bow door with integrated dive ladders will help us perform more effectively and efficiently.”
Hale showcased the SafeBuy vehicle-mounted fire suppression system at FDIC 2011 At FDIC 2011, Hale showcased the SafeBuy vehicle-mounted fire suppression system at Booth 1823. Following a year-long tour of the United States' 10 largest fire departments during which the company gathered input on SafeBuy's design, Hale added new bezels, graphic overlays and Class 1 displays to the system. New bezels have been designed to complement the bezels used in Hale's existing line of electronic products. They have tapered and ribbed sides, and they are available in black and chrome variations. The bezels are also available power coated in various colors to help identify different gauges. All color label inserts conform to NFPA 1901 color standards. Class 1 showcased a new series of backlit pressure gauges, which use LEDs to light the liquid-filled gauges. The lighted gauges are available in red, green, blue, yellow and white for 2.5-, 3.5-, 4.5- and 6-inch gauges. They offer bright illumination to increase visibility under extreme fire incident conditions. Class 1's rugged design allows for steady needle viewing under pulsation and vibration normally seen on fire apparatus. In addition, Class 1 introduced UltraView line of displays. The displays featured a fully modular design that allows users to customize more than 100 parameters for electronic engine monitoring and diagnostics. The flexibility and reliability of the UltraView displays make them an ideal fit for SafeBuy. SafeBuy is a system of critical fire suppression components that have been pre-engineered to work together to ensure an uninterrupted flow of suppression agent. From pump to nozzle including the pump house, hoses, monitors, valves, safety devices, diagnostics and plumbing SafeBuy is designed from the ground up to support firefighter safety.
The UltraView is an advanced and rugged display which suits the best for Hale's SafeBuy system Hale showcased its SafeBuy system with many advanced features at FDIC 2011. Hale upgraded its SafeBuy suppression agent delivery system with the most advanced, rugged and effective displays available on the market. The Class 1 UltraView line of displays can be viewed in direct sunlight and fully customizable. The UltraView CAN-based displays feature a fully modular design that allows users to customize more than 100 parameters for electronic engine monitoring and diagnostics. Users can program the I/O (input/output) parameters and add custom graphics and company branding to the display screens. Hale selected the Ultraview display for its SafeBuy system following a year-long tour of the country's 10 largest fire departments to gather feedback. SafeBuy is a pre-engineered system of critical fire suppression components designed to work together to ensure an uninterrupted flow of suppression agent. "The SafeBuy system was designed so that firefighters can have full confidence in the performance of their equipment," said Bruce Lear, Hale's vice president of sales and marketing. "The Class1 UltraView displays give firefighters even more confidence because they get an instant view of all engine parameters that are critical to their specific application. There is nothing a firefighter could need to monitor or display that the UltraView product line can't handle." The UltraView product line included the following features: Variety of different display sizes and mounting configurations Bonded LCD screen, viewable in direct sunlight Rugged/reliable design Easy-to-use configuration software Ability to customize logos, instrument layout and graphics Video integration Translation to multiple languages Easily send updates through a standard USB interface