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Waco Fire Department Purchases Lake Assault Boats Fireboat And Rescue Craft For Emergency Response Services
Waco Fire Department Purchases Lake Assault Boats Fireboat And Rescue Craft For Emergency Response Services

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 Products Announces Joseph Neal As Technical Service Team Leader To Customer Support Team
Hale Products Announces Joseph Neal As Technical Service Team Leader To Customer Support Team

Hale Products, a provider in high-performance firefighting pumps and equipment, announces the addition of a new Technical Service Team Leader to its professional Customer Support team. With a strong commitment to its customers, this new hire brings years of technical repair and maintenance experience from the fire industry. Joseph ”Joe” Neal will manage the internal technical support team. Neal has both technical and mechanical expertise from his years of service with Spartan Motors, a Fire Apparatus Manufacturer, where he served as a Field Engineer. Mechanical equipment experience Prior to his work at Spartan, Joe also supported mechanical equipment at E-One, HMA, and the US Army as a helicopter mechanic. Neal has a very strong work ethic as well as an understanding of the customer base for Hale Products. “With the addition of Joe, we further strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our customers,” stated Christine Tarro, Customer Service Manager. “His adept technical background and strong customer focus make him a valuable addition to the Hale Customer Support Team.”

Hale Products Manufactures Pumps, Foam Products And Electrical Systems For Emergency Services Professionals
Hale Products Manufactures Pumps, Foam Products And Electrical Systems For Emergency Services Professionals

For more than 100 years, Hale Products, Inc., a division of IDEX Corporation’s Fire Suppression Group, has a been an industry provider. Two years after consolidating all of its production, engineering and customer facing groups to a central location, Hale is still one of the companies in the fire suppression industry that is a total solution provider. Hale designs, manufactures and tests its product lines onsite at its 150,000-square-foot headquarters in Ocala, Florida. The company also uses global resources for materials to supplement its product lines. Emergency services product manufacturers The collective of our businesses and the resulting product portfolio offers a complete package for our customers" “The collective of our businesses and the resulting product portfolio offers a complete package for our customers,” said Bill Simmons, group general manager IDEX Fire Suppression Group. “Customers know Hale and Class 1 and Godiva as separate entities, but we want them to understand that all three together create a total solution approach.” Hale Products manufactures fire pumps, portable firefighting pumps, foam products and electrical systems for emergency services professionals. “There is immense value when you are able to purchase a complete system and can trust that every part of that system was designed, manufactured and tested as a unit,” Simmons said. Centralized customer service center Hale has also expanded production space and upgraded its testing capabilities in Ocala, a move that enables the company to expand multiple product lines from a single location. Customers also can obtain order updates, technical support and other information through a centralized customer service center. “We are a streamlined, more efficient, agile organization,” Simmons said. “With an eye on the future, we’re excited to be able to tell this comprehensive story of our brand.”

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