Category: Sirennet Blog

Merger between Emergency Reporting and First Arriving Announced

The lead company in cloud-based record management for the fire and emergency services sector, Emergency Reporting (ER), has announced it will merge with First Arriving, an organization that offers services like marketing and recruitment as well as technology and website development for EMS, fire, and public safety workers.

The merger will allow departments who buy the programs to display data and incident alerts in real time, as well as critical messaging. Users will be able to identify hydrants that have been labeled out of service, calendar appointments, scheduling, equipment maintenance updates, and much more.

Dave Adams, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Emergency Reporting is excited about the expansion of his company.“We continuously search for innovative companies in the fire and EMS industry that we can create useful and seamless integrations with and that will maximize efficiency for our users,” Adams said in an interview with FireFighterNation. “First Arriving fit the bill – and we’re happy to welcome them to our growing community of partners.”

First Arriving CEO Dave Iannone is also looking forward to the merger. “Emergency Reporting connects first responders with software to improve response time, operations, and overall efficiency. Their integrations are a powerful addition to our Dashboards, providing on-duty personnel the critical data they need to be ready to respond,” said Iannone to FireFighterNation. “We are excited about the many solutions ER provides to fit our clients’ individual needs.”

Product Post: Code 3 M180SMC Multi-Color Intersection/Takedown/ Puddle Light

Who doesn’t love a 3 for 1 special?

The Code 3 M180SMC Multi-Color Intersection/Takedown/Puddle Light combines 3 lights into one compact form making it one of the most versatile lights ever offered by Code 3. 

This Class 1 warning light is a versatile combination of 3 functions: Intersection Warning Light, a Takedown Light, and Puddle Light for ground illumination. Three separate trigger wires enable independent control of the 3 functions. Uses the same bezel and rear mounting holes as the MR6 light. Any brackets designed to fit the MR6MC will also work with the M180SMC.

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Features

  • 69 Multi-Color Flash Patterns.
  • Multi-Color, Center Section LED Colors: Amber/White, Blue/Amber, Blue/White, Red/Amber, Red/Blue, Red/White.
  • 3 distinct functions: 180 degree warning, Takedown, and Puddle Light.
  • The Puddle Light shines down to create a 5 foot diameter bright white ground light.
  • Three separate trigger wires enable independant control of the 3 functions.
  • Will sync with Chase Multi-Color, MR6 Multi-Color, and Mega Thin Multi-Color LED lights.
  • Can be mounted anywhere an MR6 can.
  • Uses the same bezel and rear mounting holes as the MR6 light.
  • Any brackets designed to fit the MR6 will also work with the M180SMC.

Specifications

  • Operating Voltage: 12-24 VDC
  • Current Draw: 0.9 Amps @ 12 VDC
  • Operating Temp: -40°C to 77°C
  • Certifications: SAE J845 and J595 Class 1, E/Reg. 65, R10, IP67, Meets Photometric Requirements for California Title 13.
  • Dimensions: 0.9″ H x 4.5” L x 1.5” W (22.86 mm x 114.3 mm x 38.1 mm)

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Alaskan Ferry May Hire Canadian Police to Assist U.S. Border Agents

An Alaskan ferry service that frequently docks at a ferry terminal in British Columbia will contract an armed team from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to help assist the unarmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who monitor the ferry.

The armed Canadian police will protect U.S. agents who operate out of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. They will be working as employees of the ferry service, which has been confronted with budget cuts as a result of legislature created by the Alaskan state government.

U.S personnel are not allowed to carry firearms while carrying out passport and contraband checks, though there is an agreement in the works for allowing U.S. officers to be armed during these searches.

The plan to hire armed Canadian police is in motion, but has yet to be confirmed publicly.

Product Post: Whelen Inner Edge FST

The Whelen Inner Edge FST is a new take on an industry classic. The newly designed Inner Edge FST Series is low-profile, and features a much more versatile shape to fit better with your vehicle’s contours. It also features Whelen’s all new, Proclera Silicone Optics. These optics sharpen the light output and even make them powerful enough to punch through tints. The Inner Edge FST Series is available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO technology.

Another improvement to this classic bar is the addition of BroadBand Blue. BroadBand Blue delivers a higher intensity light with consistent color, making you look brighter and bigger to other motorists, but without blinding other drivers or pedestrians.

Backed by a Whelen 5 Year Warranty, this is a product you don’t want to miss out on. Give us a call or check out our website for information on pricing and quotes.

• Meets SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII specifications
• Mounts to visor anchor points
• Available as passenger side only or driver and passenger side
• 38 Scan-Lock flash patterns
• Available in Red, Amber, White, and NEW BroadBand Blue
• Low Current models are available with SOLO light modules
• WeCan models are fully programmable, providing individual control of each color, and are available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO interleaved light modules
• NEW Proclera Optic Technology features 100% silicone internal optics
• Vehicle specific housing minimizes flashback to vehicle passengers
• 17′ cable included
• Ships fully assembled
• 12 VDC
• Five or six lamps (per side)
• Depth and height vary by vehicle model
 

Oklahoma Window Cleaners Rescued From Unstable Lift

A pair of window cleaners were working their way up the 50-story Devon Tower building in Oklahoma when their metal basket began to swing wildly. Emergency responders rescued the two cleaners who are now being checked for injuries.

High winds and reports of an unstable crane are thought to be the cause of the basket swinging out of control.

Once the cleaners were rescued, the metal basket continued to swing wildly, smashing into several windows of the Devon Tower before emergency crews were able to stabilize the crane and lower the basket down.

Petition Grows to Add EMS to Connecticut PTSD Bill for Fire and Police

A bill proposed in Connecticut hopes to help firefighters and police officers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some citizens are wondering why emergency services personnel were left out of the legislation.

The exclusion of EMS workers from the bill motivated Derrick Caranci to start a petition asking congresspeople to amend the legislation by allowing EMS personnel to also receive help in dealing with the stresses of their job.

As of Wednesday evening, the bill had 4,000 signatures. Once it reaches 5,000 signatures, the bill will be sent to the Connecticut State House and the governor, as well as the State Senate.

Some of the signees have written comments explaining their support of the petition. Matthew Behuniak, a firefighter, believes EMS personnel deserve compensation just as much as fire crews do.

“I am a member of Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Local 1739,” said Behuniak. “My job as a firefighter and paramedic is no different than that of a privately employed or volunteer EMT or Paramedic. They deserve to be included in this bill!!”

The bill itself has wide support from both sides of the aisle. The legislation proposes a year of workers’ compensation coverage to all firefighters and police suffering from PTSD. Volunteer firefighters and parole officers would also be eligible to receive support.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Arrow Board

Sometimes you need a light that can both warn and direct traffic. That’s where the Feniex Fusion Arrow Board comes in.

The Fusion Arrow Board features innovative multi-color technology (Amber, White, Red, and Blue in various combinations) and is engineered on the Fusion platform. Combining the Fusion 800 and four Fusion 200 Light Sticks, the arrow board has 57 flash patterns for dual color. That’s a lot of flash pattern options.

The Feniex Fusion Arrow Board in action.

You can choose between 40° optics for long range penetration or 180° optics for a wide light spread. Worried about the installation? Don’t be. The Fusion Arrow Board has built-in surface mount hardware, making for easy installation. 

There are a lot of directional light boards on the market, but none of them are as cost effective or advanced as the Feniex Fusion Arrow Board.

Color options available are All Amber/White, Half Amber/Red and Half Amber/Blue, or Custom. Optics options are All 40° optics, All 180° optics, or Custom. If you choose Custom on either dropdown we will contact you for configuration.

Amber is an available color option, as well as blue, red, and white.

Features

  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AB, AR, BW, RB, RW.
  • 57 flash patterns for dual color
  • Rugged weather-resistant enclosure
  • Encased in Rugged, aluminum extrusion
  • Built in surface mount hardware
  • Made in the USA

Capabilities

  • 2 programmable modes
  • Directional Patterns
  • Takedown or Work-Light
  • Flood Mode

Specifications

  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 6 Amps
  • Dual Color: 192 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications: SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 15.05″ H x 42.55″ L x 2.7″ W
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet

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Seaplanes Collide in Alaska Killing 4, Injuring 10

Two sightseeing planes carrying cruise ship tourists collided on Monday, leaving four passengers dead and ten wounded. Two people remain missing.

Local emergency responders work with federal and state agencies to rescue victims of a deadly seaplane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday. Photo Courtesy of Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP

Federal investigators are expected to arrive in Ketchikan, a city south of Juneau, on Tuesday to try and determine what led the planes to collide in midair. In an email to the Associated Press, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer reported that the collision was caused by unknown circumstances.

Both planes were carrying passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship. One plane, a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by Taquan Air, was carrying eleven people when it went down over the Tongass National Forest. Ten people were taken to a nearby hospital. Marty West, spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, reported all patients to be in fair or good condition.

Three of the five people on board the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, perished as a result of the collision. It has yet to be determined which plane the fourth victim was on board.

Emergency teams and locals helped federal and state agencies to rescue the stranded passengers after the crash.

“It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” said Deanna Thomas, who works as a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government.

Taquan Air, the company who operated the first sightseeing plane, has suspended all operations while federal investigators work to determine the cause of the collision.

The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver, British Columbia on May 11. It was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday but Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on board the cruise ship, said the ship was not on schedule to arrive in Anchorage and passengers were unsure how the accident will impact the remainder of the trip.

Trade War with China Means Rising Cost of Lights

As the trade war between the United States and China intensifies, lights businesses are feeling the effects, as are their customers. The rising costs of importing LED products are forcing lights manufacturers and lights resellers to raise prices.

In April of 2018, the Trump administration published a list of 1,300 Chinese exports that would be taxed 25 percent following a Section 301 investigation. In July of that year, Trump announced more tariffs would be put into effect on nearly $200 billion worth of Chinese products. One item that appears on both lists? LEDs.

The government began imposing the tariffs in July of 2018, and since the tariffs were put in place the U.S. based companies that purchase from and manufacture LED products in China have felt the effects. These companies mainly purchased LEDs to be used in wafers and backlighting, but the US government ramped up the trade war by placing even more tariffs on Chinese goods, including ten categories of products featuring LED lighting.

These LED lighting products make up approximately 75 percent of China’s lighting exports, so the tariffs will have a major impact on the Chinese lighting economy. But they have also started to impact the U.S. lighting economy, and its shareholders.

Cree, a United States-based lighting company that relies heavily on LED products for their business, has estimated that the tariffs will decrease its earnings per share by nearly two percent during 2019.

In order to offset the costs of exporting LED products from other countries, or manufacturing the products in the U.S., companies have raised prices on many lighting items. This is bad news for consumers, but good news for LED manufacturers based in Mexico and Asian countries other than China, as they will see a boost in sales as resellers turn to them while tariffs remain in place.

CEO of Sirennet, Stuart McLoughlin, said the tariffs have already impacted prices of the LED products he sells.

“Prices rose the first part of 2019 and we are now getting strong indications from factories that prices will continue to rise,” he said. “Overall, we could see a thirty percent price rise by August.”

Product Post: SoundOff mPOWER Fascia 3” Perimeter Lights

SoundOff’s mPOWER Fascia series features the most compact LED lights on the market. With the options for Single, Dual and Tri-color capability, the mPOWER Fascia line of perimeter lights is sure to have something for everyone. 

Fascia’s next generation design and mounting options allows the light to be integrated nearly anywhere on the vehicle. Compact, bright, and able to be mounted almost anywhere, this light can really do it all.

The mPOWER Fascia series is the result of a collaboration with Dow Corning to develop ClearDuty optical design. ClearDuty molded one-piece housing and optic design delivers advantages over conventional polycarbonate lenses. These advantages include: A smaller footprint with maximized candela output, greater resistance to gravel pitting, scratching or cracking, improved sealing to prevent water from entering light, and higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.

mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are synchronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors. 

Worried about over-voltage? Don’t be. The mPOWER Fascia series features an “Over-Voltage Protection” which can detect an over-voltage condition, causing the module will flash an over-voltage warning pattern of 50mS ON/950mS OFF to alert of the over-voltage condition and protect the electronics from damage due to heat/voltage. 

These SoundOff lights don’t stop there. They also have built in “Thermal Compensation Protection”. The LED module is designed to provide maximum power output while providing protection to the electronic components by reducing the output power at extreme temperatures. The mPOWER Fascia series is available in 3 mounting styles: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, and Screw Mount.

Features:

  • Single, Dual and Tri-color capability
  • Ability to integrate visually into today’s police vehicles
  • Collaboration with Dow Corning to develop ClearDuty optical design
  • ClearDuty molded one-piece housing and optic design delivers advantages over conventional polycarbonate lenses
    • A smaller footprint with maximized candela output
    • Greater resistance to gravel pitting, scratching or cracking
    • Improved sealing to prevent water from entering light
    • Higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.
  • mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are syncronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors.
  • These lights have Over-Voltage Protection.
  • These lights have Thermal Compensation Protection.

Specifications

  • INPUT VOLTAGE RANGE: 9-32 Vdc
  • CURRENT DRAW: < 1.0 Amps @ 12.8Vdc, < 0.5 Amps @ 25.6Vdc
  • OPERATING TEMPERATURE: -40° C to +65° C
  • CERTIFICATIONS: SAE J595 and J845 Class 1 certified and CA Title 13, Article 22 compliant

MOUNTS: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, Screw Mount

DIMENSIONS

  • Quick: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.47” (1.2cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Stud: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Screw: 3.52” (8.94 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)

SoundOff Signal 5 Year No Hassle Warranty