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Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website this weekend that the recall covers Pierce Arrow fire trucks from the 2010 and 2011 model years. The trucks have TAK-4 front suspensions and were built from Nov. 18, 2009, through May 11, 2011.  The agency began investigating the trucks in March after getting reports of a wheel falling off two aerial ladder trucks that were responding to emergency calls in Portland, Oregon, and Edmond, Oklahoma. The Wisconsin-based company also told the agency of another case in Milwaukee.  Pierce will inspect the lower control arms on the trucks and replace any that are defective.
Contact your PIERCE dealer if you have any questions.


General Motors has identified that Engine Block heaters on the Duramax Diesel engines are NOT designed for full time use. General Motors reminds customers that usage of the engine block heater is for inclement weather conditions specific to assisting with cold weather starts – not for continual usage or usage during non-cold weather conditions”. The Block Heater is “not to be continuously plugged into an “AC” source”.
Cromwell asks that your service people check to make sure you are “not in line” with your shoreline for continuous use. The photo here of Cromwell President Barry Bashkoff, shows the factory female plug (black plug) and a pigtail (yellow receptacle) that would connect the block heater to the vehicles shoreline. If your vehicle is connected, we recommend you disconnect the full time use mode and only use this feature during extreme cold weather.
Although this is a General Motors bulletin, we presume the same holds true for Ford Motor corporation as well.
For more information contact Bryan Tracy @ Cromwell Service 518-373-0807.

Click to read the entire bulletin:  GM Bulletin 117

Engine block heater



Governor announces NYS license plate change for emergency vehicles

The familiar color scheme of New York State license plates will soon change for emergency vehicles.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday ( April 3, 2014) they will soon have red letters.  The new plates will also have an “EM” sticker to help identify them.  The cars must be registered or controlled in the name of the agency or locality — which will also be prominently displayed.
There will be no charge for the new plates.


Cromwell Emergency Vehicles Wins 2013 EMS Innovation Award

EMS Award

EMS World’s Top Innovation Award Program recognizes companies that have produced innovative new products or products with significant changes.  At the 2013 EMS World Expo held in Las Vegas, NV, Cromwell Emergency Vehicles received the 2013 EMS Innovation Award for its EASY REACH WALL design.

Easy Reach Wall picture

Ambulances are not a particularly safe work environment, but efforts are constantly being made to make them safer for both patients and providers.  One of the main reasons for the lack of safety is providers are often compelled out of necessity to move around the rig to reach equipment to treat their patients.  How much nicer would it be to have everything you need right at an arm’s length away?

The Easy Reach Wall designed by Cromwell Emergency Vehicles and manufactured by Osage Ambulances does just that.  It provides EMS personnel with equipment “within arms reach” increasing their safety and the safety of the patients they are transporting.

See for yourself why more squads then ever are adding the Easy Reach Wall to their custom ambulance.

“When it comes to your community’s safety, there should be no compromise.” 

To learn more about the Easy Reach Wall, click here