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Posted: Aug 22, 2019

Kalkaska Township (MI) Fire Department May Buy Vintage Fire Apparatus

The station house at Kalkaska Township Fire Department Station No. 7 might soon have a new addition to its fleet of emergency vehicles, reports The Review.

The Village Council was scheduled to formally authorize the conveyance of a vintage 1920s Ford fire engine to Station No. 7. The truck is currently in storage at the village's DPW facility.

The vintage fire truck had been stored at the Kalkaska Clean Water Treatment Plant before being moved to the village’s Department of Public Works garage at the Kalkaska Village Offices.

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Posted: Aug 22, 2019

Pelican Debuts New Bright Colors for its VAULT by Pelican Multi-Purpose Cases

Pelican Products, Inc., known for its premium high performance cases including the Pelican™ Air, classic Protector Case™ and Storm Case™ lines introduced brightly colored Marine Blue and Bright Green, to the rock-solid and more affordable VAULT by Pelican case lineup. Designed to offer class-leading durability and dependable protection for sensitive gear such as camera equipment, drones, telescopes and other valuable, potentially fragile items, the new bright green and marine blue equipment cases are available in V100 (Interior: 11.0 x 8.0 x 4.5 in/Exterior: 12.3 x 12.0 x 5.2 in) and V200 (Interior: 14.0 x 10.0 x 5.5 in/Exterior: 15.4 x 13.1 x 6.2 in) sizes. The full line of VAULT by Pelican cases range in price from $39.99 to $199.99 and are backed by a 1-year guarantee. To learn more, go to

Rock-Solid Durability So You Can "Handle Without Care!"

The two new multi-purpose VAULT by Pelican cases ensure rock-solid durability, boasting heavy-duty handles and hinges, nail-tough stainless steel lock hasps and a shock-resistant, high-impact polymer shell to ensure users can "handle without care" and be confident their valuable gear will be protected from everything including harsh weather, accidental drops or kicks, dust, and even baggage mishandlers. In addition to the two new green and blue multi-purpose cases, the VAULT by Pelican series also includes eight additional models ideal for safely and securely carrying equipment, and firearms and ammo.

Key features of the new multi-purpose VAULT by Pelican cases:

  • Crushproof, Dustproof and Weather-resistant Construction
  • Easy to Open Push Button Latches
  • Layered Foam Interior
  • Heavy-Duty Solid Handles
  • Stainless Steel Lock Hasps

Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 21 countries, with 22 international sales offices and six manufacturing facilities around the globe. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli Products, S.L.U. For more information, visit or

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Posted: Aug 22, 2019

Mike Weis Announces Recapitalization of Weis Fire & Safety and Draft Commander

Salina, KS—Mike Weis is proud to announce the recapitalization of Weis Fire & Safety and Draft Commander led by B12 Capital Partners.

Mike Weis, along with his father Gary, and Gary’s wife Char, have devoted themselves to providing quality products and services to fire departments across the nation. Recapitalizing the business allows Gary and Char to start the next chapter of their life–retirement.

With the recapitalization, Mike remains in the ownership group and continues as President of the new Weis Fire and Safety Equipment, LLC. He will be joined by David Hansen, the new CEO, who brings over 35 years of manufacturing leadership experience.

“Our goal with this partnership is to provide a stronger sales and marketing presence for Weis Fire and Draft Commander,” says Weiss. “Our existing customers can rest assured that our quality, customer service and business philosophy are not changing. We strive for no disruptions to operations during the transition.”

Michael Wedel, of B12 Capital Partners notes, “We are very excited to be partnering with Mike and thank Gary and Char for all they have done for the fire industry. We are committed to working with Mike and the rest of the Weis team to deliver the quality products and superior customer service the market has come to expect.”

Hansen notes, “It’s business as usual for Weis Fire. We have Mike Weis continuing as president. All employees are being retained, and operations will continue right here in Salina. Mike and Gary have done a remarkable job growing this business and it’s an honor to carry on their legacy.”

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Posted: Aug 22, 2019

St. Petersburg (FL) Fire Rescue Receives Three New Specialty Fire Apparatus

Lieutenant Steven Lawrence, PIO for St. Petersburg Fire Rescue has announced that the department has received three new specialty fire apparatus.

“We have put our ‘new’ high-water/brush truck into service,” he says. “It will be housed at Station 7 and be called Brush 7. The vehicle was bought from the state and fully refurbished to meet our needs, and it has the capability to move 15-20 people and access flooded areas within our city. It’s a 1995 Stewart & Stevenson Standard Cargo truck LMTV, 4×4 with a fully automatic transmission.

“Hazmat Utility 5 was delivered to Station 5. This new utility truck was built on a Ford F-550 chassis with the body and center console custom built by E-ONE in Ocala. Hazmat Utility will respond to the majority of hazmat incidents within St Petersburg. This truck will be able to rapidly respond to incidents throughout St Petersburg and neighboring areas.”

Lawrence continues, “Station 4 welcomed their new heavy rescue. The heavy rescue will support the Technical Rescue Team(TRT) and is able to respond to any technical rescue call within Pinellas County, Florida.”

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Posted: Aug 22, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-KME 101-Foot TDA

Summerville (SC) Fire Department 101-foot AerialCat™ tractor-drawn aerial ladder. 94-foot horizontal reach; Predator Severe Service LFD tractor and chassis; seating for seven.

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