10/24/2012 Road Show ~Township of Spring Fire Company
A big special THANK YOU to
Township of Spring Fire Company for
hosting our showcase-on-the-road, and a special thanks to the customers who brought apparatus for the display. Please visit to facebook to see photos from this event.
9/26/2012 Road Show ~ Plymouth Twp Fire Company
A big THANK YOU to
Plymouth Fire Company for
hosting our showcase-on-the-road, and a special thanks to the customers who brought apparatus for the display. Awesome night!!
Please visit to facebook to see photos from this event.
9/6/2012 FOR SALE: 2012 Medtec Ford F450 4x2 M150 Type 1
· All LED Emergency Lighting
· LED Interior Lighting
· Air Ride Suspension
· Rear Chevron Stripes
· Pre-Wired for Inverter
Please contact Chris Woolfolk @ 717-380-9972 for more information.
7/27/2012 Medtec Ambulances
As of July 26, 2012, Oshkosh Corporation has discontinued the design, manufacture and sale of Medtec Ambulances and will be shutting down the Medtec operations in Bradenton Florida. All current orders will be processed and production will continue until the current backlog is completed.
The Pierce fire truck manufacturing process in Bradenton Florida will be unaffected by this decision and any reported layoffs are occurring within the Medtec group.
Although this announcement was a surprise to us, rest assured we are working diligently to support our customers who currently have Medtec units on order, in addition to those who are already serving their community with Medtec ambulances. Manufacturing warranties will still be honored by Medtec, through Glick Fire Equipment, along with the accessibility of replacement parts.
Glick Fire will continue to support the Pennsylvania fire & emergency organizations with the utmost integrity and we are committed to providing quality apparatus and superior service to you. Thank you for standing by us as we move forward and continue to strengthen our relationship with Demers Ambulances.
6/27/2012 CANONSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT
CANONSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITY TO UPGRADE FLEET
Fire Chief Tim Solobay is a busy man. He splits his time
between responsibilities for the Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department in
Canonsburg, Penn., and as a state senator and chair of both the
emergency preparedness and veterans' issues committees in the state
capital of Harrisburg. "I spend about a forty percent of my time in
Harrisburg with senate duties, and the rest of my time back in the
district," explains Chief Solobay.
The Chief has a long history with the Canonsburg
department. "I've been with the department for 34 years," he states. "I
was the first assistant for sixteen years, and the fire chief for the
past four years. We have 28 active volunteers – plus 14 who we consider
life active members, meaning those who have served for 20 years and have
opted to no longer answer fire calls. But they remain lifelong members
of our department."
Canonsburg's protection district includes close to 9,000 citizens in
an area with many small manufacturing facilities. "There's a major
interstate that runs through our area, so there's always the danger of
hazardous materials. And we are in the center of the hydraulic
fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. It's handled
the same way as any other natural gas emergency – except it means
greater gas pressure that can cover a larger area – so there are some
response tactics we've had to adjust."
The Department has become a region resource, in part, to its trained
volunteers and specialized apparatus. "Our heavy rescue unit has a large
air system on it, and, therefore, we get calls to major emergency
scenes and training exercises," says Chief Solobay. "Plus, large
business parks in the communities surrounding Canonsburg depend on us.
There's a rich history of mutual aid in our region, and we help each
The department has come a long way from the hand-drawn hose carts it
employed back in 1902. Its newest apparatus, a state-of-the-art,
100-foot aerial platform, is built on a Pierce Arrow XT custom chassis.
The decision to choose Pierce involved many factors, but none was more
important to the department than having a sole source supplier. "Our one
big consideration is that we wanted to deal with a company who built
the entire truck from the ground up, and was responsible for the entire
vehicle," said Chief Solobay. "We didn't want any split
responsibilities, because a lot of other companies are out there saying,
'Somebody did the ladder, somebody different did the chassis, and
somebody else did the pump.' And, when you have a problem, everyone
starts pointing the finger at someone else."
The timing on the purchase was driven by a unique, but fortuitous,
set of circumstances. "We were running a 1995 Pierce aerial platform; it
was an excellent vehicle that we thought would serve our community for
thirty years," says Chief Solobay. "Out of the blue, a fire department,
who had just had a couple of fire trucks sold out from underneath them,
asked if we were interested in selling it to them."
"There was no thought on our part to do anything like that, but this
fire company offered us, after fifteen years of service, over ninety
percent of the original purchase price on our 1995 Pierce," recounts
Chief Solobay. "In my mind, it was because of the condition it was in –
and the workmanship and quality of the vehicle. It was in tip-top
The fire department had to evaluate the proposal and act quickly. "We
called a special emergency meeting to make a move on the opportunity,
and the decision to sell was unanimous," says Chief Solobay. "We
immediately started working on the new truck."
Consistent support from the borough was the main reason Canonsburg
was able to take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade its fleet.
"Years ago, our borough fathers saw fit to enact a dedicated fire tax,"
said Chief Solobay. "Their support provides us a regular flow of capital
each year for our fire operations. The borough even supplies us with a
daytime driver Monday through Friday," states Chief Solobay. "That's
extremely helpful, because most of our volunteers work outside the
community and don't have the flexibility to leave work."
The department had a good handle on the desired features for the new
truck. "We knew just about what we wanted," Chief Solobay recalls. "It
started with newer technologies, a larger aerial basket, and an upgraded
chassis. The way vehicles have advanced," he continues "we get more
compartment space and more safety features than on the previous truck.
But if you were to look at pictures side by side, you can see the family
Cabs, too, have significantly changed over the years. "The Arrow XT
cab gives us a great deal of openness," states the chief. "The sound
insulation in the cab is excellent – to the point where you can have a
normal conversation with crew members in the back without needing to
raise your voice."
Once the vehicle was placed into service, the department realized the
degree to which Pierce vehicles have been engineered to simplify
firefighter operations. "As a volunteer company, you don't look at your
fire trucks every day, as perhaps a career department would," adds Chief
Solobay. "To be away from an apparatus for a number of days, or even
weeks, and still be able to be functional on it in an emergency is
absolutely critical," states Chief Solobay. "Firefighters have a lot of
things they're trying to do at one time. The simpler the operation and
the fewer steps you need to take the better. You can deploy this aerial
and have it operational in a matter of a few minutes."
The three-section, steel aerial device features blue LED lighting
along its 100-foot length, with a 100-foot waterway and twin electric
monitors. The apparatus is easily set up with two sets of stabilizers,
and the platform features LED lighting, basket heat shields, and an
easy-to-use Lyfe accessories system. "The Lyfe ladder system is
important in that it enables us to easily get onto the building roof at
one of our industrial parks," states Chief Solobay. "Plus, we have air
plumbed up to the top, so our firefighters can operate without having to
The same theme of performance and simplicity carries over to the foam
system. "The Husky system is very simple to operate – and the steps
required have been streamlined," states Chief Solobay. "The pump panel
is simplified to the point that it saves time and eases anxiety for an
operator who may not have been on the truck for weeks."
A local dealer who can handle service and support is also a major
benefit for Canonsburg. "We've got a great team on our side at Glick
Fire, and they handle scheduled maintenance, including fluid checks, as
well as more major items like annual aerial testing. They have mobile
service trucks that are a tremendous benefit to us, especially as a
volunteer department. About all we really need to do is put in fuel!"
What's the bottom line for Canonsburg when it comes to their new
Pierce aerial platform? "I believe this truck has made our operations
more effective – because of its reliability, ease of operation, and ease
of training," states Chief Solobay.