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FDIC 2024 Product Watch: Hot gear and tech tools to check out

The exhibit hall features thousands of products and services for fire departments and EMS agencies

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By FireRescue1 Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — This week, tens of thousands of firefighters are traveling to the FDIC to learn in the classroom and the exhibit hall. Thousands of fire service products and services will be on display, including the following:

  • MSA (booth #1711/1911) shows off the new MSA Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet.
  • Cres Cor (booth #13123) will display its UVC + Heat cabinet Germicidal ultraviolet light (UVC) and heat at 120 degrees F that effectively kills viruses and bacteria on moisture-sensitive equipment and electronics
  • Brigade Electronics (booth #2004) will be showcasing AI360, its latest 360-degree camera that utilizes AI to recognize humans within a predefined detection zone and warn drivers before a possible collision occurs.
  • Ziamatic (booth #13105) is displaying the new SURE-GROUP tool and equiment mounts for the most common and irregularly shaped tools and equipment used by firefighters.
  • Dräger (booth #2311) is showcasing the AirBoss SCBA.
  • Super Vac (booth #3417) will unveil a new battery-powered smoke ejector.
  • Command Light (#3505) will release its new battery-powered mobile light.
  • Polaris (booth #3369) will be displaying three of their fire and rescue RANGER UTVs.
  • Hartwell Medical (booth #2500) will showcase the FASPLINT FULLBODY vacuum splint demo table.
  • L3 Harris (booth #5165) is showcasing advancements in their NFPA 1802-compliant portable radio system, enhanced by GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and LTE capabilities.
  • Panasonic Connect (booth #10321) is demonstrating their latest rugged TOUGHBOOK solutions. Experts are available to discuss the benefits of rugged devices and using a holistic tech ecosystem.
  • 5.11 (booth #2647) representatives will be on hand with the 5.11 station jacket and company line of clothing.
  • Rocky Boots (booth #10082) is exhibiting their current line of products, as well as some new boots for 2024.
  • AeroClave (booth #4956) is introducing the RDS3110 system for cleaning and treating ambulances.
  • (booth #12017), an emergency response and management solution for the fire service, is introducing new features for splitting crews on a single vehicle into multiple assignments and an acknowledge button for crews to affirm receiving information from incident command.
  • Wheeled Coach (booth #3920), a brand of REV Ambulance Group, will showcase three ambulances.
  • ImageTrend (booth #4621) is introducing CQI for Elite Fire and RMS and offering interactive demos.
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MSA Safety launches new Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet

New helmet one of the lightest weight traditional-style fire helmets on the market

PITTSBURGH — As one of the most recognized and treasured pieces of firefighting safety equipment, the fire helmet stands as a point of pride and tradition in the fire service. Today, MSA Safety, Inc. (NYSE: MSA), launches the new MSA Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet. In the North American fire service market, the Cairns 1836 is one of the lightest weight traditional-style fire helmets available that meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

The Cairns 1836 features a reduced ride height, enhancing comfort, fit and balance for the wearer. Additionally, the new helmet includes a patent-pending slide-lock system, which eliminates the need for any special tools to disassemble the helmet, ultimately enabling quicker and easier maintenance. Coupled with the slide-lock system, the Cairns 1836 also features removeable soft goods, making the ear covering, interior liner and ratchet pad easier to clean. Finally, the helmet is adaptable to a wide range of head sizes fitting 95 percent of firefighters, based on National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) head size test data.


“We’re proud to bring to North America the Cairns 1836 helmet, which is one of the lightest weight traditional-style choices firefighters can make on the market today,” said Stephanie Sciullo, President of MSA Americas. “The Cairns 1836 was developed with feedback from firefighters top of mind – decreased weight, increased comfort, ease of maintenance and attention to fit. We are excited to add this to MSA’s product portfolio that provides head to toe protection for firefighters.”

The Cairns 1836 helmet has a number of features to benefit firefighters and help to simplify inventory management and automate compliance for cleaning, inspecting and retiring helmets. Each Cairns 1836 helmet comes with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, making it easier to track and manage the helmets through MSA FireGrid Inventory Management software.

Additional Cairns 1836 features include:

  • New eye protection options, including an articulating integrated Defender® Visor, with NFPA Bourkes, a 4-inch faceshield and ESS goggles as options;
  • Laser-etched product and certification information in the helmet, which eliminates the need for labels;
  • A pivoting ratchet and headband with three adjustable positions for additional comfort and excellent compatibility with a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) facepiece;
  • Two sizes of customizable leather fronts, with several front holder options, including a new silkscreened eagle; and is
  • Available in traditional black, red, white and yellow, plus a variety of painted colors.

The Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971 requirements. The helmet will be making its debut at the 2024 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana, this April. The helmet is currently available for order, with more information available here.

Decontaminate moisture-sensitive electronics with Cres Guard mobile decontamination cabinets

Visit Cres Guard at FDIC booth #13123

MENTOR, Ohio— Cres Cor Health & Safety, manufacturers of Cres Guard, the mobile biological decontamination cabinet for first responders, has released Cres Guard UVC + Heat cabinet Germicidal ultraviolet light (UVC) and heat at 120 degrees F that effectively kills viruses and bacteria on moisture-sensitive equipment and electronics. The introductory price is $7,300 per unit.

The Cres Guard, since its introduction at FDIC 2021 has seen a strong, positive response among fire, police, and military first responders. Cres Guard is the first mobile decontamination cabinet that reduces biological hazards on structural firefighting and first responder gear in a quick, 15-minute chemical-free cycle. With more than 80% of responses being medical, personnel are often exposed to such hazards as flu, COVID-19, MRSA, and bedbugs. The Cres Guard UVC + Heat cabinet is Certified by SGS to UL-CSA 60335-1 for electrical safety.

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Cres Cor Health & Safety

The new cabinets feature two modes, UVC for objects such as cell phones radios and laptops with a reduction of viruses/bacteria 99.99%, and UVC + Heat mode for items such as scissors, keys, ID badges, googles with an enhance reduction of viruses/bacteria 99.999%. Examples of viruses/bacteria include MS2, Staph, and E.coli.

“The Cres Guard UV/Heat unit has shown to be helpful with humidity-sensitive items such as cables, cell phones, remote controls, cuffs, flashlights, tools, etc. These units used in combination along with other devices will provide long-term safety and wellness not only for our staff but for their families as well,” comments Chief Sabo, Concord (Ohio) Twp Fire Department.

Cres Guard (FDIC booth 13123), now in its fourth year exhibiting at FDIC, has its moist heat technology cabinets being used by the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Mentor Fire Department, Ohio and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and many more departments throughout the U.S.


Brigade Electronics to bring virtual reality to FDIC

Experience the VR experience at booth #2004

PORTLAND, Ind. — Brigade Electronics will be bringing virtual reality to its stand when it attends FDIC International 2024.

Known for its innovative road and worksite safety solutions for vehicles and machinery, Brigade will be giving visitors the chance to experience AI360 – its latest 360-degree camera that utilizes artificial intelligence to recognize humans within a predefined detection zone and warn drivers before a possible collision occurs.

In addition to its VR experience, Brigade will also be showcasing its award-winning Backeye360 – a 360-degree camera that provides a complete bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings in real-time – and Brigade Telematics, a cloud-based remote fleet management system.

Ziamatic releases new tool and equipment mounts

Check it out the new gear at booth #13105

YARDLEY, PA - Ziamatic has recently released a newly designed and engineered addition to its SURE-GRIP product line, making mounting even easier and more effective for many of the most common and irregularly shaped tools and equipment.

The new SURE-GRIP Tool and Equipment Mounts (model SG-VM-275 and model SG-VM-275-Y - with a yellow strap) are designed with a 2.75″ stand off from the mounting surface and have a .75” to 2” grip range.


“The importance of the new SURE-GRIP that is different from the other options in this product line is the stand off from the mounting surface, said Keith Creely, VP of Ziamatic Corp. “Our new SURE-GRIP allows anything from .75 inches in diameter to 2 inches in diameter to be mounted as well. This new bracket is efficient when one needs to suspend tools and equipment further away from the mounting surface.”

The new SURE-GRIP Tool and Equipment Mounts feature:

  • A 2 3/4″ stand off from mounting surface to bottom of the tool cradle
  • A 3/4″ to 2″ grip range
  • A molded-in support arm that provides assistance and stability while securing a tool or equipment
  • A high-tensile strength plastic base
  • 1″ wide heavy-duty, all-weather hook & loop straps that have secured your tools and equipment for over 20 years. The straps conform to the handle, no matter the shape, providing a tighter, more “true” grip on every tool.
  • Dual rubber pads that combine for a premium grip

Dräger’s sneak peek into the future: AirBoss SCBA

Visit booth #2311 to view the newest SCBA


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Houston, Texas – In an electrifying fusion of tradition and innovative modernization, Dräger is thrilled to announce an exclusive sneak peek of its latest breakthrough at FDIC 2024: the AirBoss SelfContained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), representing the pinnacle of Dräger’s firefighting excellence.

Set against the dynamic experiential display of Drägertown at Booth #2311, this much-anticipated reveal will take center stage in Downtown Indianapolis from April 18 to 20, paying homage to the bravery and dedication of firefighters while showcasing a revolutionary leap in safety technology.

In Drägertown, firefighters can immerse themselves in a firsthand introduction to advanced gear poised to redefine firefighting standards, providing attendees an unprecedented chance to engage with Dräger’s upcoming breakthrough. Featuring over 10 units ready for hands-on trials, the AirBoss stands as the crown jewel of Dräger’s showcase, embodying an exceptional fusion of ergonomic innovation and lightweight construction, meticulously engineered for the immense rigors of firefighting. Crafted with user-centered development principles, the AirBoss marks a significant leap forward in designing the symbiosis between firefighters and their vital equipment.

Evolving from the esteemed Dräger PSS 7000 lineage, the AirBoss progresses with detailed attention to the diverse pressures of today’s and tomorrow’s firefighting challenges. Further boasting a harmonious blend of durability, versatile adaptability, and enhanced visibility through Dräger’s signature “Buddy Lights,” this engineering philosophy is complemented by a streamlined maintenance process tailored to meet the critical pace of emergency response scenarios, with no tools required. Additionally, Dräger underscores the SCBA’s forward-thinking capabilities by embedding latent technologies positioned to activate in response to future advancements, suggesting its longevity and adaptability in the face of emerging challenges.

Super Vac to unveil new battery-powered smoke ejector

Visit booth #3417 to learn more about the smoke ejector

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Super Vac, one of the leading manufacturers in fire ventilation equipment, will launch its new battery-powered Smoke Ejector at FDIC 2024. This Smoke Ejector joins Super Vac’s already-popular battery fan lineup of 16”, 18” and 20” PPVs, all powered by non-proprietary, easy-to-source batteries.


Like Super Vac’s existing battery PPV lineup, this new smoke ejector can be powered by your choice of DeWalt FLEXVOLT, Makita XGT, Milwaukee REDLITHIUM or HURST EWXT/E3 batteries. Depending on battery selection, this Smoke Ejector provides up to 93 minutes of run time. The Smoke Ejector is also equipped with standard shore power, allowing the unit to operate on 115 VAC or 220 VAC power.

Launching in a 16” model, the Super Vac Smoke Ejector weighs just 38 lbs., is 25.5” x 18.875” x 9.75” and features dual carry handles, making the fan easy to position for negative pressure ventilation. Featuring a totally enclosed motor, this variable-speed smoke ejector delivers 6,700 cfm.

Super Vac’s Smoke Ejector can be paired with a number of accessories, making this fan even more versatile. Accessories, like a belt-cuff duct adapter, standard or hazardous location spiral ducts, industrial stands or door bar/fan hanger can help you direct or elevate your airflow. Additionally, the Smoke Ejector can produce mist or foam with our Mountain Mister and Foam Generator accessories, respectively.

Wheeled Coach showcases three ambulances at FDIC

Visit booth #3920 to learn more.

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Wheeled Coach, a brand of REV Ambulance Group Orlando, Inc., a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc., will showcase three ambulances at FDIC International.

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Wheeled Coach

All three Wheeled Coach trucks on display feature the Per4Max Seatbelt Safety System and Wheeled Coach Cool Bar HVAC System:

Type 1 for West Hancock EMS, Iowa: Built on a Ford F450 4x4 chassis, this 170” Type 1 Modular Body ambulance features a custom a Killer graphics/paint scheme exterior with a curbside forward backboard compartment, front and rear Liquid Spring suspension. Inside the ambulance has a custom heart monitor tower at the head of squad bench with two pull-out drawers, and a WAECO temperature control drawer.

Type 1 Texas Edition for Laredo Fire Department, Texas: This 170’ Texas Edition on a Dodge 4500 4x2 Chassis has eye-catching red paint and gold leaf graphics, Liquid Spring rear suspension and dual shorelines. Inside includes all-aluminum interior cabinetry, a locking drug box, Vanner LifeSine inverter/charger, ZICO slide and flip-out oxygen storage and paramedic-designed acrylic organizers. The cab has a custom front console, and backup and interior cameras. The unit also features FireTech-HiViz LED Lighting Package,

Type 3 165+ Updated Design Demo: Shown on a Chevy G4500 Chassis, this 165” Type 3 Modular Body demo has a 6” cab extension for EMS personnel comfort, and a redesigned exterior layout to maximize storage space, Whelen M-Series lighting package and lighted skirt rails. The inside compartment has a front and rear squad bench with a secondary control panel above the squad bench, an extended action area and EMS storage towers with pull-out drawers as well as an additional exterior compartment for electronics storage and the RelayPlex Electrical System.