Product Post: Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

This Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light is a member of an extraordinary family of Code 3 warning lights. The revolutionary design of the XTP Series packages style, versatility, and performance into a compact, sleek design providing all the capabilities demanded from a high-performance light for a fraction of the cost. 

The Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

Each model delivers a bright, controllable signal within a sleek, low-profile design. These compact, waterproof exterior lights can be mounted virtually anywhere on a vehicle to meet any need or application. The exceptional design and versatility of the XTP Series makes it the quintessential addition to any emergency vehicle.

The XTP Series is backwards compatible with all XT Series mounting brackets. All XTPs utilize smart sensing electronic technology, allowing the lighthead to use either its built-in flash programming or receive signals from any external flashing device. 

Small yet bright, these lights can be mounted nearly anywhere on your vehicle for optimal coverage.


Each model is compatible with the Code 3 lighthead programmer, allowing for easy, quick flash pattern setup. Models can be programmed to operate on their own or in synchronization with other compatible Code 3 lights. The XTP’s round edges and sleek, slim design blends perfectly on the contours of today’s vehicles. Each low-profile model measures only 0.6 inch (15 mm) in depth. Available with a standard black bezel or optional chrome and black rubber bezels making it customizable and easy to match any vehicle design.

Features:

  • Delivers a bright signal in a sleek, low-profile design.
  • Allows for placement almost anywhere on the vehicle with its compact design.
  • Provides users with a versatile, high-performance exterior light at an affordable price.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Green, Red, and White.
  • 21 flash patterns including Steady-burn.
  • Controllable flash pattern output.
  • Programmable with the Code 3 Lighthead Programmer.
  • Syncable with Code 3’s Chase, MR6, Mega Thin, and M180 lights.
  • Same mounting hole pattern and brackets as the XT lights.
  • Multiple flash patterns with phase 1 and phase 2 syncing capabilities.
  • Black bezel standard.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12VDC
  • Power usage: 6 watts max
  • Temperature range: -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C) 
  • Certifications: SAE J595 Class 1, SAE J575, California Title 13, ECE R65, ECE R10, RoHS
  • Dimensions: 1.4” H x 3.7” L x 0.6” D (36 x 93 x 15 mm)

Code 3 Five Year Warranty

Russian Jet ‘Struck by Lightning’, Killing 41 Passengers

An Aeroflot jet heading to Murmansk, Russia burst into flames after making an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on Sunday. Passengers and crew who were on board at the time of the crash said the plane was struck by lightning, just before it crashed onto the runway.

A plane traveling to Murmansk, Russia was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday after allegedly being struck by lightning shortly after takeoff. Photo Courtesy of AFP

Of the 78 people on board, 41 were killed in the accident. The crash is still being investigated and no officials have commented on whether or not the Superjet-100 aircraft was struck by lightning. The black box, a record of flight data and conversations within the contact, remained intact and is being handled by the investigation team.

Russia’s national carrier reported that the aircraft landed in Moscow for “technical reasons”, though passengers and crew insist that lightning played a role in the accident.

Airport Fire Crews work to put out the blaze as passengers evacuate the Aeroflot jet via inflatable slides. Photo Courtesy of East2West.

The pilot at the time of the crash, Denis Yevdokimov, spoke with Russian media after the accident. He said that lightning disrupted his communication with air traffic controllers, leading him to engage in the emergency manual mode.

Dmitry Khlebushkin, a passenger, told reporters: “I’m alive only thanks to the stewardesses. The girls stood there in the smoke, it was dark, extremely hot, but they pulled people out and helped them get down the chutes”.

Modern planes are built to withstand lightning strikes as many commercial flights often experience lightning strikes during flight. These strikes rarely lead to crashes, however.

Upon landing, the plane was evacuated in under a minute. A stewardess on board the flight, Tatyana Kasatkina, told reporters from Russian media Lenta that people were trying to evacuate before the plane had even landed.

“It all happened really fast, in a matter of seconds… I was pushing passengers out. I grabbed each one by the collar, so that they wouldn’t delay the evacuation,” said Kasatkina.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his condolences with the families of the victims and the government of Murmansk, the region where the plane was headed, has announced a three-day period of mourning.

Texas Fire Department Receives New Fire Equipment Courtesy of Grant

Corsicana Fire Department, located just south of Dallas, Texas, has received a $3,000 fire prevention grant that will go towards new equipment for the entire department.

The grant is courtesy of FM Global, a massive commercial property insurer. The company has awarded millions of dollars in grants towards fire prevention to departments all over the world as part of its strategy to combat fire as the leading cause of property damage.

Fire Chief Paul Henley said the grant will go towards buying new iPads for each fire engine. The iPads will be used in fire safety surveys that will then be stored in a digital database, to ensure performance and safety standards are always up to snuff.

The grant will also go towards assisting the fire teams in charge of pre-fire planning. The teams hope to collect and track data on community infrastructure to help fire crews perform more efficiently and safely when future emergency situations arise.

“This is going to ensure we get out to local buildings,” said Fire Chief Henley. “They will be wonderful fire prevention tools.”

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light

Looking for an intense warning light that can be mounted just about anywhere on your vehicle? Why not try the Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light?

The Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light provides intense lighting in a very compact housing. At under 1″ tall, this light offers serious warning capabilty for almost any part of the vehicle. The Single Color version has Six 4-watt Cree LEDs give this module an intensely bright warning signal. Your choice of either 40° optics for directional punch, or 180° optics for maximum light spread. Imagine the possibilities!

The Single Color version has 20 user selectable flash patterns make sure that this light attracts maximum attention. Combine all of these features in a ultra-rugged, weather-resistant, metal housing enclosure and a Feniex 5 Year Warranty.

Give us a call for pricing at 503-670-4700 or head on over to Sirennet.com

Features:

  • 6 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs.
  • Colors: Amber, Blue, Green, Red, White.
  • 20 flash patterns.
  • Available in 180° or 40° light spread optics.
  • Available brake, turn and steady on patterns.
  • Two programmable modes.
  • Ultra-rugged, weather-resistant, metal housing enclosure.
  • Includes surface mount bezel and protective, rubber mounting pad.

Syncs with:

  • Fusion 1X and 2X Deck/Dash Lights
  • Fusion Mirror Mount Lights
  • Fusion Spoiler Mount Lights
  • Fusion 200 Light Stick
  • Cannon Hide-A-Ways
  • T3 Perimeter Lights
  • Wide-Lux Perimeter Lights

Tech Specs:

  • Input voltage 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 0.75 Amp
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Inches
  • Certifications SAE J595, California Title 13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions 0.85″ H x 4.5″ L x 0.85″
  • Made in the USA

United Nations Praises India’s Cyclone Fani Preparations

When Cyclone Fani made landfall on the southeastern coast of India on Friday, it was the biggest cyclone the country had seen in 20 years. But due to the preparations made by India’s government and emergency services crews, it wasn’t the most devastating.

Cyclone Fani’s path of destruction included bringing down countless telephone poles, like these in Puri, Bhubaneswar. Photo Courtesy of Reuters

Before the tropical cyclone arrived, Indian officials evacuated more than a million people from the southeastern state of Odisha, which was expected to be hit the hardest by the storm.

The cyclone ripped through cities and towns on Friday, causing major damage to homes and infrastructure. It then moved towards Bangladesh, where it caused further destruction and took the lives of 34 people, according to Bangladeshi officials. The death toll could rise, as emergency crews struggle to communicate with survivors who are stranded in the parts of Bangladesh that have seen the most destruction.

“Because of [its] rarity, the tracking and prediction was very challenging. In fact, till 24 hours of landfall, one was not sure about the trajectory it was going to take because of the predictions of different agencies,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a statement.

India wasn’t the only country that suffered at the hands of Cyclone Fani: Bangladeshi people try to fix their homes after Fani tore through their towns over the weekend. Photo Courtesy of Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

“This led to one of the biggest human evacuations in history – a record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours.”

This is not the first time the state of Odisha has experienced major tropical cyclones. In 1999, the Indian state suffered through a 30-hour super-cyclone that wreaked havoc on buildings and roads and killed over 10,000 people.

Nearly 20 years later, Odisha has improved their evacuation drills, public awareness campaigns, and forecasting techniques and the number of deaths has decreased dramatically. 16 people were killed as a result of Friday’s storm and 160 people are reported to be injured.

The steps taken by Indian authorities was praised by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for being “effective” and had “saved many lives”.

Other international experts applauded the swift action of India’s emergency crews and weather scientists. Josh Morgerman, a cyclone expert from the U.S. wrote “Credit goes to #India authorities for their aggressive pre-impact response, including massive evacuations.”

An Inside Look at Coachella Security

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a once-a-year festival held in Indio, California, is one of the biggest and most well-known festivals in the United States. Coachella, as it’s commonly known as, typically draws up to 250,000 people and is held over two three-day weekends in the spring. Festival goers camp, listen to live performances, and do their best to manage the sweltering heat of the southern California sun.

But a festival of 250,000 people requires a lot of planning and management, particularly when you consider the security aspect of it.

Administrative Officer Ben Guitron works for the Indio Police Department, which teams up with festival planners to help staff security and manage festival-goers.

We spoke to Mr. Guitron about Indio PD’s involvement in Coachella security.

“For the last 20 years, we have been the lead law enforcement agency for these festivals in the city of Indio. We provide the law enforcement side of it, but the promoter has other services that help that are security related, like private security,” said Guitron.

Indio Police Department stay vigilant during a Coachella festival Weekend. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Victorio

Coachella and Stagecoach are not the only festivals that call Indio home. The city puts on many festivals, some small and some as big as Coachella, generating hundreds of thousands of people. This requires Indio PD to boost their numbers for festival days in order to keep the city and the event safe.

“Because of our security plan, we never disclose the amount of staffing,” said Guitron. “But because of the amount and volume of services that need to be done, we have to augment our services. So we contract with additional law enforcement services to assist us, which would be the California Highway Patrol and other municipal agencies in the Coachella Valley to help us provide police services. In every aspect the lead agency is Indio Police Department and then all the other agencies work under our direction.”

Coachella draws large numbers of festival goers every year, many of whom choose to camp on festival grounds. In addition to policing the grounds of the festival, Indio PD is also in charge of policing the camping areas and assisting in traffic control.

Photo Courtesy of KESQ

Festivals of this size are expensive but all of the funding for the festivals comes from the promoter and not from any of the city’s budget. And while the city isn’t footing the bill, Indio PD still dedicate a significant amount of time to planning the festival, and other events.

“All of the festivals that we do, depending on the size, as soon as the festival is done we’re already planning for the following year. Even though we have a plan, the plan is never done because we’re always adjusting and modifying. As we get closer to the festivals, we go into festival mode. The two to three weeks before the festival we start narrowing our plan into action.”

But if any Indio citizens are worried that the police are focusing too much on Coachella and not enough on regular law enforcement, they shouldn’t be. To Indio Police, the city of Indio is priority #1.

“Our number one obligation is, obviously, the city, which is almost 100,000 people,” said Guitron. “So we have to maintain the same level of services as if there was no festival. That is our responsibility. We run the city law enforcement service 24/7, 365 days a year and then we have a contingency of staff working with the other agencies for the festivals.”

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Photo Courtesy of NBC Los Angeles

So when Indio police are on festival duty, what is the most common offense that they deal with? The arrests are typically alcohol related offenses, false identification, and possession of drugs. This year’s festival had less arrests than the previous year.

“100,000 people attend the event and on our first weekend, April 11-14, and that event generated 99 arrests. But if you look at the volume of people that attend from around the world, it’s not much, especially when you have an attendance of over 100,000 people,” said Guitron.

And while the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been held in Indio for nearly twenty years, the Indio Police Department is committed to improving their security strategies and keeping the festival safe and fun for everyone.

“We’ve been doing this for over a decade. We learned a lot from our very first festival and we have changed quite a bit. We’ve learned to make changes as needed, we know that there’s never going be a final plan because things tend to change,” said Guitron.

“When something has gone wrong at a festival, we pay attention so we can improve. It’s no different than when there are natural disasters and everyone tries to be prepared. We’re doing the same thing because we want to make sure that the festivals are safe and that everybody enjoys themselves.”

Victim of UNC Shooting Rushed Shooter, Saving Lives

On April 30, a shooter opened fire in a classroom at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte killing two people and wounding four others.

Police arrested the suspect shortly after being informed of the violence, and the suspect remains in police custody.

While the police acted heroically, another hero to emerge from the tragedy was Riley Howell, a 21 year old student who tackled the shooter in an attempt to stop the violence and save lives.

Riley Howell was finishing his freshman year of college when a gunman stormed his classroom on the last day of the term. Howell tackled the gunman, losing his own life in the process. Photo Courtesy of CNN.

Howell was shot dead, as was 19-year-old Reed Parlier, though his bravery saved many other students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said Howell’s actions helped police arrest the shooter sooner and saved lives in the process, and that tackling the shooter was the right thing to do in the situation.

“You’re either going to run, you’re going to hide and shield, or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant. Having no place to run or hide, [Howell] did the last,” said Chief Putney.

Before he lost his life saving others, Howell had dreams of entering the military or becoming a firefighter. He was the oldest of four children and always helped take care of his siblings, while growing up on his family’s farm in North Carolina.

“His faith was strong and he knew what he had to do when people needed him most,” said Howell’s family in a statement on Wednesday. “He was always the guy you could count on and he delivered.”

Howell was finishing up his freshman year of college when the shooting occurred.

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte has identified the wounded as Rami Al-Ramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia; Sean DeHart, 20, and Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina, and Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte.

Shooting at North Carolina Campus Leaves 2 Dead, 4 Injured

Two people were killed and four people were injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte on April 30.

The shooting took place on the last day of classes and prompted faculty to announce a campus-wide lockdown until the shooter was apprehended by police.

Officers who were stationed on the scene for a campus concert rushed the suspect and arrested him after being alerted to the shooting happening in a nearby classroom building.

“Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” said Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker at a news conference.

A UNCC professor, Susan Harden was at home during the time of the shooting but headed to campus once she heard the news to volunteer at a staging area. Harden knew the location of the shooting well, as she had taught in that building before.

“It breaks my heart. We’re torn up about what’s happened,” Harden said. “Students should be able to learn in peace and in safety and professors ought to be able to do their jobs in safety.”


India Prepares for Worst Cyclone in 5 Years

100 million people are in the path of a cyclone heading towards India’s east coast, a cyclone that could be the worst India has faced in the last five years.

Officials have begun evacuating cities and neighborhoods in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall, which is expected to hit India on Friday.

Cyclone Fani creeps closer to the eastern coast of India and is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon. Photo Courtesy of CNN

The tropical cyclone, named Fani, exhibited winds of 130 mph and gusts of 160 mph on Thursday, qualifying it as a Category 4 storm.

Though the cyclone has not landed yet, the wind generated by it have already affected the state of Andhra Pradesh and is expected to impact coastal cities in the state of Odisha as well.

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have begun preparations for the storm’s aftermath by deploying ships and helicopters to be used for search and rescue purposes, as well as delivering supplies to people in need. The Indian Army and Air Force are also preparing for the storm by placing several squads on standby in the states that are expected to be hit the worst by the tropical cyclone.

Nearly 900 shelters have been set up for people who have evacuated their homes ahead of the storm’s landfall, while teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been going door to door warning families of the danger of remaining at home and encouraging them to evacuate.

Fisherman have been urged to stay out of the ocean until it has been determined safe to sail.

Product Post: Able 2 Dual Head LED Mini LightBar

For today’s post, we’re taking a closer look at the Able 2 SHO-ME Dual Head LED Mini Lightbar.

The Missouri-based Able 2 team created the Dual Head LED Mini Lightbar to be extremely bright, aerodynamic, low-profile. It’s a single-level bar with an extruded aluminum base and a clear, UV-resistant polycarbonate dome with gasket.

Sleek and bright, you need this light!

What makes it so bright? The mini bar is fitted with two single color 360° LED beacon style lights with Six 3 Watt LEDs in each beacon. The lightbar also features a built-in flasher that has seven user-selectable flash patterns and there is a Diamond-shaped mirror that enhances each flash.

Permanent-mount models have a 15 foot power cable and mounting hardware. Magnetic-mount models have a 15 foot power cable, fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches, and four 90 lb. pull magnets.

Features:
Two single color 360° LED beacons per mini bar.
Exceptionally bright light from 12 – 3 Watt LEDs. (Six 3 Watt LEDs in each head.)
Available LED colors include: Amber, Blue, Green, Red and White.
Available Lens colors include: Amber, Blue, Green, Red and Clear.
Clear Lenses can be used with any color LEDs.
Amber beacons meet SAE J845 Class 2 standards.
Solid-state flasher has seven user-selectable flash patterns.
Diamond-shaped mirror enhances each flash.
Clear UV-resistant polycarbonate dome with gasket.
Extruded aluminum base.
Permanent-mount models have a 15 foot power cable and mounting hardware.
Magnetic-mount models have a 15 foot power cable, fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches, and four 90 lb. pull magnets.
Made in the U.S.A.

Flash Patterns:
1. Double Alternating
2. Quad Alternating
3. Quint Alternating
4. Double Simultaneous
5. Quad Simultaneous
6. MEGA Alternating
7. Random

Specifications

Permanent Mount:
Voltage: 12 VDC
Amperage: 3 amps max
Dimensions: 2-1/4″ H x 9-1/8″ W x 17-1/4″ L
Wiring: 15 foot power cable

Magnetic Mount:
Voltage: 12 VDC
Amperage: 3 amps max
Dimensions: 3-1/4″ H x 9-1/8″ W x 17-1/4″ L
Wiring: 15 foot power cable with fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches

Able 2 SHO-ME Five Year Warranty

WARNING: Under no circumstance should a magnetic mount light be used on a vehicle in motion. Doing so will violate all warranties and eliminate the possibility of returns or exchanges.