Industry news
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 20, 2015 - Canadian fire truck manufacturer Eastway911 Emergency Vehicles has a new head of company.

Carleton Place, Ont.-based Eastway911 revealed on Feb. 18 that Andrew Armstrong has replaced Neil Greene as president of the company.

The announcement comes two months after Gibraltar Foundation, an international private-equity group, invested an undisclosed amount in Eastway911. The small, Canadian manufacturing company was self-funded until that point.

Armstrong said in an email Sunday that Gibraltar has now acquired Eastway911, making it a separate, stand-alone company with its own management and board of directors.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Eastway911 than Andrew Armstrong,” Michael Cappy, managing director of Gibraltar Foundation, said in a news release.

Armstrong, whose background is in building brands and business, spent much of his career in product marketing and business management roles for various industries, including 911 dispatching. Prior to joining Eastway911, Armstrong ran his own consulting firm.

Under the new leadership, Cappy said in the release, Eastway911 will “take advantage of opportunities for growth through strengthened product development, the application of new technologies and through additional acquisitions both in Canada and the United States.”
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 9, 2015 - Avon Protection, the maker of the Deltair SCBA, has received an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for working with firefighters to develop the Deltair.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) selected Avon – a United Kingdom- and United States-based company – as the 2014 gold winner in the research category of IDEA for its Deltair SCBA.

Avon was chosen, according to the IDSA website, because of its consultations with veteran firefighters across the United States. Working directly with firefighters, the website states, enabled the company to balance firefighter preferences with current industry standards in its design process.

The Deltair SCBA, according to Avon’s news release, is designed with a completely new platform that includes a single power supply, clearer communications, and an ergonomic design to evenly distribute weight and alleviate pressure on firefighters’ backs and shoulders. The new design also includes a low-profile mask for a greater field of vision.

Avon’s fire-service products are distributed in Canada by Canadian Safety Equipment Inc., CSE Incdendie ET Securite, K&D Pratt Group Inc., Northwest Safework Solutions, and Trans-Care.
Written by Maria Church
Dec. 23, 2014 – A Canadian fire truck manufacturer says it wants to create more jobs following the announcement of a private-equity group investment.

Carleton Place, Ont.-based Eastway911 Emergency Vehicles announced last week that Gibraltar Foundation, an international private-equity group, has invested an undisclosed amount in its company.

“We are looking to hire several key people to lead our manufacturing as well as our sales organization and in general management,” Neil Greene, president of Eastway911, said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Greene was introduced to Gibraltar Foundation through the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of young chief executives. Eastway911, which was self-funded up until that point, was looking for outside capital and took on an equity partner in lieu of a traditional bank loan, Greene said.

The investment in Eastway911 represents Gibraltar Foundation’s “initial entry into the fire and emergency vehicle industry,” Michael Cappy, managing director for Gibraltar, said in a press release.

While private-equity investment is unusual in small- and medium-sized businesses, Greene said the foundation saw high-growth potential in his company.

“They liked the product, they liked people, and they liked the industry,” he said.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 25, 2014 - The wait is over for Canadian fire departments looking to buy the new G1 SCBA from MSA Safety Inc., following the company’s announcement Friday that the design complies with NFPA standards.

The Pittsburgh-based company unveiled its new SCBA design in April at FDIC in Indianapolis. The G1, the company says in its press release, is “the most technologically advanced, streamlined, balanced and customizable SCBA” it has ever produced.

After five years of development, MSA has approval to manufacture and sell the G1, after the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Safety Equipment Institute confirmed the design is compliant to the 2013 edition of the NFPA’s 1981 and 1982 performance standards.

The G1’s platform includes central power from a single battery, smoke-piercing buddy lights, and improved voice amplification. While equipped with technology for Bluetooth, radio frequency (RFID) and near-field communication, the new design has removed any electronic components from the face piece.

William Lambert, MSA president and CEO, says in the release, the company based the G1’s design on feedback from firefighters and customers around the world. The mission, he says, was to develop the “most advanced, intelligent and user-friendly breathing apparatus the fire service has ever seen.”

In Canada, MSA is distributed by Rocky Mountain Phoenix, Safety West, Areo-Fire Ltd., Cumings Fire & Safety, A. J. Stone Company Ltd., Protection Incendie CFS Ltée, ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Ltd., and T & K Fire Equipment.

MSA will begin initial shipments of the G1 immediately and plans to ramp up its Pennsylvania-based production in 2015 to meet a “backlog of business.” Visit www.msafire.com/breathe/ for more information.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 25, 2014 - Scott Safety says it is now one of the largest global suppliers of thermal imaging cameras (TIC) following the company’s announcement Monday that it acquired ISG/Infrasys, a major developer of TIC technology.

Scott Safety, a Tyco International company based in North Carolina, says it now offers the broadest range of imagers on the market after the deal closed on Nov. 20. The acquisition, Scott Safety’s marketing director Jeff Emery said in a joint news release with ISG/Ingrasys, will accelerate new-product development, and expand both companies’ geographic presence, product offerings and service capabilities across North America.

Georgia-based ISG/Infrasys has produced thermal imagers for the fire service for more than two decades. “We look forward to working hand-in-hand to bring innovative new technologies that enhance firefighter safety,” ISG/Infrasys’s CEO David Little said in the release.

Scott Safety distributes and services thermal imaging cameras in western Canada though WFR Wholesale Fire & Rescue in Calgary, in Central Canada through M&L Supply in Ingleside, Ont., and L'Arsenal - Equipements Incendie CMP Mayer in Drummondville, Que., and in eastern Canada through MicMac Fire & Safety Source Ltd. in Fredericton and Dartmouth, N.S., and Levitt Safety Ltd. in Moncton.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 21, 2014 – Starting on Jan. 1, more Canadians will have access to Simplex fire-alarm products though its newest distributor, Troy Life and Fire Safety.

The Owen Sound, Ont., company announced in October a distributors agreement with Pennsylvania-based Tyco Fire Protection Products to bring the Simplex brand of alarms and products to more Canadian markets.

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security already offers Simplex products in major Canadian markets, including Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. Under the new agreement, Troy is authorized to sell Simplex products in select markets in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador and P.E.I.

According to a joint press release, Tyco and Troy’s partnership, which was first established for the Canadian distribution of Asul fire-suppression products, allows both companies to expand business across Canada.

“Once this agreement is in effect, this will be a great opportunity for Troy to have access to leading technology that Tyco is know for around the world,” Troy president Jim McCoubrey said in the release.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 11, 2014 - Glenn Cox, the man behind the RuptureSeal leak-stopping device, is having a pretty good year.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 10, 2014 - An Ottawa-based company has developed a portal that allows firefighters and other first responders to communicate with property owners during an emergency.
Written by Maria Church
Oct. 3, 2014, Chatham, Ont. - On the advent of Fire Prevention Week, an Ontario-based natural gas company has teamed up with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal to donate training funds and prevention equipment to volunteer fire departments.
Written by Maria Church
Aug. 28, 2014, Ocala, Fla. - Fire-truck maker E-One has become the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Bronto Skylift rescue ladder platform.
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
May 27, 2014, Simcoe, Ont. - In July, Canadians’ ability to use email as a marketing or fundraising tool will be significantly restricted. Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1, and with it come some of the world’s strictest anti-spam rules.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
April 24, 2014, Carleton Place, Ont. – Eastway Emergency Vehicles said Thursday that Leslie Clark has joined the company’s sales team. 
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
March 25, 2014 – Dover, N.H.-based Air Vacuum Corp., the manufacturer of the AIRVAC 911 engine exhaust removal system, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
 
The nine municipalities that make up York Region in Ontario teamed up to put together a junior firefighter day for 54 grade-three students, as part of the region's fire protection strategy.
Read the full story here.

 
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
 
Video highlights from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs 2012 Fire-Rescue Canada conference in St. John's, N.L.
 
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
 
Prince Edward and Hastings counties Module A training on June 14, 2012
 
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
 
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference in Gander June 17-20, 2011
 
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Jan. 24, 2014, Toronto – Turnout gear fabric maker W.L. Gore & Associates says it will reseal all turnout gear that has been affected by seam-tape separation.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Sept. 5, 2013, Toronto – Union Gas and the Ontario Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council have donated $35,000 to seven volunteer fire departments across southwestern Ontario for training programs or materials.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
August 13, 2013 – TransCanada and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are developing training programs and educational kits to improve safety for first responders who deal with pipeline incidents.
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