Fire Industry News for August 2019

Motorola Solutions Appoints Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi As Chief Technology Officer

Motorola Solutions has announced Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi as the company’s new chief technology officer. Saptharishi, who has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience, will lead innovation across the company’s platforms in mission-critical communications, video and command center software. Areas of focus will include applications that bring together artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence to rapidly interpret vast quantities of data, as well as new user inter...

Motorola Solutions Acquires Avtec Inc., A Provider Of Advanced Dispatch Solutions For Public Safety

Motorola Solutions, Inc. announced it has acquired Avtec Inc., a U.S. provider of advanced dispatch solutions for public safety and commercial customers. Based in South Carolina, Avtec provides voice over internet protocol (VoIP) dispatch services over land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband networks. Its services enable customers, including airlines, railroads and energy companies, to connect operations center personnel using Avtec dispatch solutions with workers in the field using two-way radio...

Motorola Solutions Introduces New Features To PTT Platforms For Public Safety And Commercial Customers

Push-to-talk (PTT) is essential to communicate across extended teams who use a variety of devices on either land-mobile radio (LMR) or LTE networks. Motorola Solutions is introducing new features to its PTT platforms for commercial carriers, public safety ASTRO 25 radio users and commercial MOTOTRBO radio users. These PTT solutions will be on display at IWCE 2019 along with new communication solutions such as the MC-Edge to monitor remote sensors and enable automated alerts over ASTRO 25 networ...

Motorola Solutions And Sierra Wireless Provide First Responders With LTE Broadband In-Vehicle Communications

When first responders are on the road, they need to be able to share data in real time, regardless of where the mission takes them. Motorola Solutions, Inc. is teaming up with Sierra Wireless to deliver LTE broadband in-vehicle communications as part of its integrated platform for mission-critical communications. Incorporating Sierra Wireless’ AirLink LTE in-vehicle routers into Motorola Solutions’ offerings will allow police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to...

Blue Watch Firefighter Crews And Darren Fenton Receive Tyne And Wear Fire Authority And CFO’s Commendations

Firefighter Darren Fenton, from Gateshead Blue Watch, plus Blue Watch crews from Byker, Gateshead and Newcastle Central Community Fire Stations – led by watch manager Lee Denny – have been recognized following the brave and successful water rescue of a man who had jumped into the River Tyne on 15th December 2018, at 5 am. The Blue Watch crews received Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations, while Darren received a Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Meritorious Conduct Award. Using skil...

Fike’s Suppression System Installed At A Major Chemical Company In The UK After Undergoing Thorough Testing

A major chemical company in the UK had been running a large spray drying process for many years. They thought the explosion risk had been mitigated by installing suppression systems on the main dryer and cyclone and flameless venting on the filter. These had activated over 30 times, for real explosions, and the system had so far done its job. However, the frequency of activations increased and eventually an explosion in the main filter led to damage in the plant, despite the protection system....

VFIS Sponsors The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Award To Honor Organizations Contributing To Firefighter Safety

In partnership with the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, VFIS is proud to sponsor the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award annually. The award is designed to honor organizations that provide outstanding contributions to firefighter safety and wellbeing. This year, co-recipients have been selected, and these incredible organizations are set to formally receive their award at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency...

VFIS Recognizes The Avon Fire Department For The 2018 VCOS-VFIS Illness And Injury Prevention Award

VFIS and the IAFC's volunteer-combination officer section are pleased to announce Avon (Connecticut) Fire Department as the 2018 VCOS-VFIS Illness and Injury Prevention Award recipient. The Avon Fire Department has successfully undertaken and implemented a comprehensive health and wellness program for all members. It begins with compliant annual physical exams, and includes physical performance qualifications which determine which job tasks each member can and should perform. Wellness and fitn...

KME Builds A Rescue Pumper For Coplay (PA) Fire Department With Enhanced Facilities

The Coplay (PA) Fire Department needed to replace a 30-year-old engine and an equally aging rescue truck. But instead of purchasing two new vehicles, it decided to merge their functions into a single rig, a rescue-pumper. “We were replacing a 1986 Mack engine and a 1984 rescue squad,” says Brandyn Bechtel, Coplay’s assistant chief. “The engine was an open-cab model, and there were lots of mechanical issues with the rescue squad, and it was no longer feasible to keep repa...

Fike’s FM-200 Safeguards Vital Data And Equipment In Chicago’s Financial Institute

In April, 2009, a financial institution located in downtown Chicago was protected from the possibility of a large fire. Earlier that evening, an electrical component in the self-contained air conditioning unit had overheated and caught fire. The AC unit was located in close proximity to highly sensitive equipment in a computer room. Fortunately, the computer room was protected with a Fike clean agent suppression system, using the gaseous chemical suppressant, DuPont™ FM-200® — d...

Fike’s ECARO-25 Makes Hammersmith Hospital In UK EC 2037/2000-Compliant

The Hammersmith Hospital in London, UK, has a very busy radiology room for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray procedures. The different apparatuses within this room and its corresponding data control room are very expensive equipment which were protected from fire by a Halon fire suppression system. Regulation 2037/2000 We know that Halon is damaging the ozone layer and adding to the global warming problem. Therefore, the European Community has issued a regulation 2037/2000 which makes...

Fike’s ECARO-25 Used To Update The Emergency Response Equipment At CJCFPD’s Missouri Unit

In 2005, the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) updated the dispatching system at its Adams Dairy Parkway location in Blue Springs, Missouri. The updates included creating a state-of-the-art 911 call center complete with a sophisticated computer, CAD network and emergency response equipment. Mindful of the necessity to protect the high-value, new equipment and its important service to the community, CJCFPD called on long-term partner, Fike Corporation, and their local dist...

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