A Guide to the Whelen Avenger II SOLO Combination Linear/TIR Dual LED Dash/Deck Light

The Whelen Avenger II SOLO Combination Linear/TIR Dual LED Dash/Deck Light has a subtle and functional design and can be easily transferred between vehicles. New technology in the form of a Linear/TIR optics combination allows for high intensity warning and illumination. The small deck light doesn’t take up much space either, allowing for other light bar combinations on your vehicle without creating a bulky look.

As a sequel to the Avenger I, the Avenger II has not lost any of it’s predecessor’s functionality or efficiency.

Each side has 12 Super-LEDs total: 3 TIR and 9 Linear. The SOLO colors for each side include: Amber, Blue, Red, or White, with multiple flash patterns available. The hardcoated lenses are scratch resistant and help to minimize UV damage.

The universal swivel brackets feature 3 suction cups that easily fit the shape of any windshield or permanent mount. This light also features black polycarbonate housing and 10 feet of straight cord with cigar plug featuring two switches for On/Off and Scan-Lock flash pattern control.

This deck light is SAE Class 1 Certified.

Specifications Include:

Voltage: 12 VDC

Dimensions: 1-3/4” (44mm) H x 4-1/2” (114mm) D x 10-1/4” (260mm) L. Height with adjustable mounting bracket for all models: 1-3/5” (41mm) to 2-9/10” (74mm).

Whelen Five Year Warranty Part Number(s): AVC21AA, AVC21AC, AVC21BA, AVC21BB, AVC21BC, AVC21RB, AVC21RR, AVC21RC

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As Yellow Vest Protests in France Continue, Support Drops

For 13 consecutive weekends, Paris has witnessed demonstrations by the Yellow Vest (Gilet Jaune) protestors which have often broken out into violence.

Yellow vest demonstrators marching on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018. /AFP

For 3 months, hundreds of anti-government protestors have marched through the French capital leading to violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police, arrests, vandalism, and recently a conviction.

French boxer Christophe Dettinger, a retired national light-heavyweight champion, was sentenced to one year in jail for punching an officer during a protest on January 5. The attack was caught on camera. Dettinger maintains he was defending a woman he believed was a victim of police violence.

What initially began as a protest against high diesel prices and high cost of living has become a demonstration against inequality and anger towards French President Emmanuel Macron.

However, recent polls show that French residents do not believe the current group of protestors represents the initial demonstrations, as both extreme left-wing and extreme right-wing members and anarchists have joined the Yellow Vest movement and been blamed for turning to looting and rioting during marches.

Protesters wearing yellow vests at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A survey conducted by polling company Elabe indicated that 56 percent of French citizens think the weekly protests should end. This is up 11 points from early January and is also the first time a majority of citizens have shown opposition to the demonstrations.

While support is waning for the yellow vest activists, the movement still hopes to achieve a seat in government though they are not politically unified and lack an appointed leader.

Thursday’s Product Post: Federal Signal Pro LED Beacon

The Federal Signal Pro LED Beacon comes in both tall and short domes with single or dual color options (Amber, Green, Red, White, and Blue). If your rig is already hooked up to other FedSig products, the Pro LED Beacon can sync with that equipment using FSLink™ syncing technology to allow you to alternately flash patterns. Pretty cool, right? Not to mention each beacon has 25 built-in flash patterns, low power function, and two flashing modes. Some models even feature an auto-dimming function.This beacon is perfect for work trucks or fire vehicles, it’s flexible to mount and an effective warning signal that meets SAE Class 1 (Amber, Blue, Red, White), CAC Title 13 (Amber, Blue, Red), and NFPA Upper (Tall models; Amber and Red). 

The video below gives a more in depth look at the Beacon, plus some great banter between Sirennet TV’s biggest stars Stuart and Chris. Check it out!

Sirennet Breakfast Show #2

The second episode of the Sirennet Breakfast Show is now available to watch on YouTube!

This episode features an extensive look at Whelen mini lightbars, like the Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar that boasts 100,000 hours of light and 46 scan-lock patterns and the Responder LP Linear, a slightly more rugged lightbar (thanks to its polycarbonate base) that gives a robust beam to give more off-access into corners.

We also go in depth into Whelen Century Mini Lightbar series – specifically the 11″, 16″, and 23″ models.

The products discussed in the show and links to view them in detail are posted below, as is a link to the new Breakfast Show episode. Thanks for tuning in to Sirennet TV!

Featured Products:

Whelen Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar

Whelen Responder LP Mini Lightbar – Polycarbonate Base

Whelen 11” Century Series Mini Lightbar

Whelen 16” Century Series Mini Lightbar

Whelen 23” Century Series Mini Lightbar

Federal Signal Announces Products Compatible with 2019 Ford F-150 PPV MU759 l 2-8-19

The company announced the following product applications
and brackets can be used for the 2019 Ford F-150 PPV MU759 l 2-8-19.

Product Applications:
• HKB-FRD15-44 is the recommended hook kit for mounting 44-, 45-, and 46-inch light bars. HKB-FRD15 is the
recommended hook kit for mounting 51- and 53-inch light bars.
• New ESB2-FRD15ND can be used to mount (2) DynaMax®/ES100C speakers in the grille of the vehicle using pre-drilled holes.
• Existing RB-FRD15 is the recommended Rumbler® bracket for models without Ecoboost. New RB-FRD15E is the
recommended Rumbler bracket for models with Ecoboost®.
• New IPX-GRL14 can be used to mount IPX/MPS lights in the grille of the vehicle using pre-drilled holes.
• New CNSM-FRD18ND can be used to mount a 4-head CN SignalMaster™ in the grille of the vehicle using pre-drilled holes.
• Existing vehicle specific SpectraLux® ILS Low-profile Center Focused (SIFM) models can be mounted to the front headliner
of the vehicle.
• New MPSMW9-FRD15MIR can be used to mount MPSMW9 lights to the side mirrors of the vehicle.
• New SLB-FRD15ND can be used to mount an 8-head CN SignalMaster or Latitude to the rear headliner.
• New FR-F150FOG can be used to mount (1) 4×3 FireRay® in each fog light of the vehicle.
• New MPSM6-FRD15RB can be used to mount (3) MPS6U/MPS620U lights to each running board.

A link to the full press release can be found here: https://www.fedsig.com/sites/default/files/news/pdf/MU759%20product%20applications%20and%20brackets%20can%20be%20used%20for%20the%202018-2019%20Ford%20F-150%20PPV.pdf

#SirennetStreetReporter Honolulu Police Department Closer Look

#SirennetStreetReporter Anthony Chang sent us 2 photos of Honolulu PD vehicles last week, and his reporting was so thorough we felt we had to share it on the blog.

The first photo features a Ford Taurus Police Interceptor with full HPD markings and logos.

Admitting that he could be mistaken, Chang spotted a Liberty II lightbar, Mirror-Beams with ION lightheads in blue, as well as blue ION lightheads on the sides below the vehicle number, and white IONs in the Setina push-bumper, all from Whelen Engineering.

“There also seems to be white LINZ6 lightheads on the side of the push-bumper. At the back, the lighting package is finished off with Vertexes mounted in the brake light and reverse light housings, along with a pair of SpitFire SFP1s on the rear deck. There’s also a siren speaker mounted on the push-bumper, and I suspect there’s a Howler since I’ve heard the lower tone siren from these Police Interceptors before,” Chang writes.

Honolulu PD’s Ford Taurus Police Interceptor
Courtesy of Anthony Chang

Chang also sent in a snapshot of an unmarked Toyota 4Runner, which can be used as both for personal and patrol purposes by some HPD officers. These lucky officers get to choose what car they want from an approved list featuring the Toyota Camry, Dodge Charger, Nissan Altima, and the Nissan Murano, among others. Most officers tend to go with the Toyota 4Runner or Toyota Camry.

Unmarked Toyota 4Runner used by Honolulu PD.
Courtesy of Anthony Chang

When it comes to lighting, Chang says most rigs feature Whelen products. “4Runners and other subsidized vehicles use the permanent mount version of the Whelen Responder LP Mini. At the back, a Whelen Dual Avenger is either mounted on the deck or to the headliner. Officers are also free to add on a dash light, surface-mount lightheads, and/or hideaway strobes,” writes Chang.

“Although the permanent mount version of the Responder is used, the mini bars are actually mounted to a custom-built crossbar that clamps to the door jamb of subsidized vehicles. The wiring for the bar is then run through the door jamb, just like you would with a magnet mount light. The crossbar is removable, allowing officers to dismount the Responder when they’re off-duty.”

Thanks again for all the information and photos, Anthony! We’ll just be sitting here picturing ourselves on the beach in Honolulu with our tricked out 4Runner parked somewhere nearby.

Snowball Fight between Washington Police and Kids goes Viral

A rare snow day in Puget Sound, Washington State called for an epic snowball battle between Duvall police officers and a group of local kids.

The video of the showdown, which has since gone viral, shows policemen pulling up to the scene in squad cars. The officers repeat “No mercy, boys, no mercy!” as they take on a “group of hostiles” but eventually retreat as the kids’ firepower turns out to be too much for the cops.

Check out the video, which was posted on Duvall PD’s Twitter page, below:

Greenville, N.C. Buys New Ambulances to Help Shoulder Fire Crews’ Burden

New ambulances at a Greenville, North Carolina fire department feature heavy-duty stretchers to help reduce workplace injuries among firefighters.
Courtesy of: WITN.com

A fire department in Greenville, North Carolina has received several new vehicles that will act as ambulances to help with patients and take some of the burden off of paramedic teams.

The vehicles are equipped with special stretchers that will make it easier to move heavy patients, as the department has seen a 25% increase in workers comp injuries in recent years. The stretchers aim to take some of the weight, literally, off of firefighters’ shoulders.

The special stretchers can hold up to 700 pounds.

This story was first reported by WITN.com

Massive Fire at UK Supermarket Warehouse brings out over 300 Firefighters

A warehouse used by United Kingdom online supermarket chain Ocado in the town of Andover went up in flames in the early hours of February 5, bringing out over 300 firefighters to put out the fire.

200 firefighters were initially called out to help extinguish the blaze that was first reported on February 5 at 2:44am GMT. Fire crews confirmed that automated packaging machinery was involved in the blaze.

Aerial footage of Ocado warehouse fire in Andover, Hampshire, UK.
Courtesy of: Sky News

On February 6 the fire escalated, causing 100 residents in the surrounding area to be evacuated from their homes due to fears of possible explosions from a three-tonne cylinder of toxic ammonia gas located in the burning building. The fire service deemed the event a “major incident” and called in additional crews of firefighters. The total number of firefighters working the blaze is estimated to be 300.

Four of the firefighters have been treated for minor smoke inhalation, but no other injuries or issues were reported by crews or staff at the warehouse.

Speaking with the BBC, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services said the fire was “no longer considered to be a major incident and roads around are the site are open” but said crews would be at the warehouse “for weeks”.

Crews working to put out the blaze at Ocado warehouse in Andover, Hampshire, UK.
Courtesy of: BBC