El Niño: Preparing For A Long Wet Season


From The Weather Channel

The 2015-2016 El Niño is forecast to become one of the strongest on record, bringing much needed rain and snow pack to the lower half of the United States, coast-to-coast. How can something so good become something we’re worried about? Well, maybe the old adage, “everything in moderation”, applies here. It doesn’t sound like we’re going to get a whole lot of “moderation” in these storms and the projected strength of the systems could negatively impact areas that have experienced major fires over the past year as well as areas naturally prone to flooding. Lakes and rivers could experience an unprecedented rise in water levels – causing flash flooding and swifter than normal water run-off.

2015_WaterRescue_CatalogIn anticipation of very wet Winter and Spring seasons and the potential hazards associated with them, L.N. Curtis & sons has produced a Water Rescue Equipment Catalog focused on top brands and equipment for emergency responders. Additional brands and tools are available—just give us a call.

Avon Deltair Air Switch Mask “Like No Other”

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  • Double curve visor provides for the best Firefighter field of view including, upward, downward and peripheral vision.
  • Integrated low profile air switch reduces snag hazards, reduces overall weight of mask and provides a balanced mask that does not pull outward and downward on the Fire Fighter’s face. This all contributes to the lowest profile, lightest weight and highest visibility mask available.
  • The mask mounted Air Switch provides true air management with the simplicity of controllable air by the Fire Fighter using a simple one handed glove operation. Included in the Air Switch is an easy to read white indicator for both the user and others to monitor.
  • The Air Switch provides a large diameter diaphragm providing the Fire Fighter with clear, crisp, and passive speech performance. The large diaphragm allows for unlabored breathing on ambient air when the Air Switch is in the up position; this helps reduce fatigue.
  • The Air Switch mask is a fully submersible design that allows for quick and thorough cleaning. The simplicity of design and the attention to detail using military specification components make the Avon Air Switch mask “Like No Other”.

Introducing G-XTREME® 3.0

globe UPDATE logoCompletely retailored from collar to cuff to provide even less restriction, the new G-XTREME® 3.0 is the latest evolution of Globe’s original breakthrough design.



The Jacket has a retailored fit in the chest and sleeves for unrestricted mobility for even the most athletic firefighter. The lower collar, deeper neck opening, and hanging throat tab never get in your way. Globe’s AXTION® Back and AXTION® Sleeve let you make all the right moves.



G-Xtreme-3.0-PantsThe Pants are retailored in the seat and thigh for unrestricted mobility, lower rise, and a trimmer fit. The AXTION® Seat and AXTION® Knee work together to let you bend, crawl, and climb freely. And like the original, the G-XTREME 3.0 comes in shapes to fit your body better. Call your L.N. Curtis & sons representative today to see and review the benefits of the G-XTREME® 3.0.




Meeting the Demands of the Fire Service

Draeger X-am 2500 Multi Gas Personal Protection Monitor
Meets the Demands of the Fire Service


The newly designed Draeger X-am 2500 provides firefighters with these important features:

Ease of Use 

  • Two button operations provide failsafe and easy menu navigation
  • Large clear display provides gas values at a glance
  • Small, compact design
  • Quick and intuitive bump testing and calibration procedures




  • Sensors not sensitive to shock, vibrations, or impacts
  • Monitor has an integrated protective rubber coating
  • Monitor is IP67 rated for dust and water intrusion protection

Long Lasting Sensors and Monitor

  • The O2, CO, and H2S sensors have a 5-year sensor warranty
  • The LEL/EX sensor has a 3-year warranty
  • The remainder of monitor carries a bumper-to-bumper 3-year warranty

Economical and Simple to Maintain

  • Calibration and bump testing can be accomplished with either the revolutionary X-Dock testing and calibration station or with the bump test station—both reduce the use and cost of calibration gas
  • The Draeger sensor warranty and longevity reduce costs right from the start of ownership, and all the way through the life cycle of the product
  • The X-am 2500 can be equipped with either alkaline AA batteries or with NIMH batteries; both provide the monitor with a full 12-hours of run time


globe UPDATE logoGlobeMetroThe new Globe CLASSIX® METRO™ turnout gear combines the traditional metro look and style with the athletic fit, feel, and finish that you love. The Globe CLASSIX® METRO™ is ideal for departments that are looking for a roomy, non-restrictive fit, extended back panel, and low-rise pant.




The Globe CLASSIX® METRO™ comes standard with:

  • METRO EXTENDED BACK with lower trim band.
  • DROP SHOULDER DESIGN moves seam beyond the shoulder for improved reach and reduced coat ride up.
  • LINER ACCESS OPENING for easy access between the layers.
  • DOUBLE-STITCHED SEAMS with 8–10 stitches per inch for longer service life.
  • FREE HANGING THROAT TAB stays out of your way when not deployed.
  • YOCCO™ DRAG RESCUE DEVICE is easy to deploy when you need it, and out of the way when you don’t.
  • TRIMTRAX® THREAD PROTECTION with patented cording lasts far longer than conventional stitching.

The Globe CLASSIX® METRO™ is available in your choice of outer shells, moisture barriers, thermal barriers, reinforcements, reflective trim, and lettering. The Globe CLASSIX® METRO™ is available in both men’s and women’s sizing, and is UL Certified to NFPA 1971 (Structure Firefighting).

Dura-Built versus Poly-Tuff

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Dura-Built and Poly-Tuff are very similar types of hose and fire departments often select one or the other based on severity of service or budget limitations. The hoses are both backed with the confidence of North American Fire Hose Corporation’s Life Time Delamination Warranty on the Calendared/Vulcanized EPDM Rubber Liner.

When reviewing the Nylon and Polyester Jackets, these are key characteristics to consider:2015_HoseChart_2




It is important to note that even though these hoses have the same liners, the friction loss might not be equal. The flexibility of a Nylon jacket and that of a Polyester jacket is very different, and can affect friction loss.

Here are flow test numbers using both hoses at the same GPM Flow: 2015_HoseChart



You can see where the more flexible nylon jacketed Dura-Built scores better in friction loss.  We look forward to discussing your needs and determining which hose type is best for your department. Contact us today.

WIN $5,000.00 Worth of Equipment!

FEMSA LogoFAMAFEMSA/FAMA is at it again.  They want you to win $5,000.00 worth of equipment (plus an iPad) for your department!  They are running the 2015 FEMSA/FAMA State of the Fire Service Survey on the Economy for several weeks.  This is their 12th ANNUAL endeavor to collect valuable insight about how end-user customers assess needs and pursue grant funding.

If you are a firefighter, department officer, emergency medical provider or a department director, all you have to do is take a survey, nothing more.  This automatically enters you in for the chance to win an iPad and $5,000.00 worth of equipment!

Either of these links will get your there:  http://femsa.org/survey/index.cfm  OR http://fama.org/survey/index.cfm 

Thank you for assisting in this valuable effort and GOOD LUCK!


Find the Firefighter in YOU!



The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched the department portal component of the “Make Me A Firefighter” campaign aimed to help departments recruit the next generation of volunteer first responders. The NVFC, with support from a SAFER grant, has invested in the development of this research-driven recruitment and retention campaign designed to reach a broader audience of interested individuals.

“Recruitment is a challenge for many volunteer and combination departments across the country,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Yet our research shows that 44 percent of millennials are interested in volunteering with their local department. Many simply don’t know the need for volunteers exists. The Make Me a Firefighter campaign will help build awareness among the public as well as provide departments with the tools and resources they need to recruit to this and other target audiences.”

The online fire department portal is designed to help fire departments every step of the way in their recruitment and retention efforts and it’s completely free for departments to participate. It is very important that departments register for the campaign NOW at portal.nvfc.org and post their volunteer opportunities.  This enables those departments to be ready when the public site launches August 1, 2015.

To learn more about the Make Me a Firefighter campaign and the department portal, view this video, and share it with others facing recruitment challenges: https://youtu.be/vhfk6lEyNKw. 

AND, don’t forget to register with the recruitment campaign and post your opportunities now at http://portal.nvfc.org.

Know Your Fire Fighting Nozzle!







Can you identify the most common firefighting nozzles produced today? What are they?

  1. Automatic Nozzles
  2. Fixed Flow Nozzles
  3. Smooth Bore Nozzles
  4. Selectable Flow Nozzles

Now….do you know the benefits and limitations of each device? Even if your department uses one specific type of firefighting nozzle, it’s good to know what’s out there and what you could possibly run across.

  • Automatic Fire Nozzles
    Pros: self-adjust to provide quality stream and reach, regardless of GPM flowing.
    Cons: can furnish a great stream and reach, though perhaps not flowing ample water
  • Fixed Flow Fire Nozzles
    Pros: fixed GPM and Nozzle Pressure; pre-determined by department
    Cons: can have poor stream and reach at low pressures
  • Smooth Bore Fire Nozzles
    Pros: high GPM flows at low Nozzle Pressure
    Cons: can lead to firefighting hose kinking
  • Selectable Flow Fire Nozzles
    Pros: nozzle person can “select” the flow rate desired
    Cons: GPM selection indicator can be set at incorrect GPM

Regardless of the fire nozzle that is being used, it is absolutely imperative to familiarize yourself with how it works and its limitations! Train with it…Flow it…Then… train with it some more!

Familiarizing yourself with the benefits and limitations of all types of firefighting nozzles will improve safety, reduce risk and equip you to assist in determining the most suitable fire rescue tool for your department, allowing you to get the wet stuff on the red stuff effectively.

Shelby Glove is Flex-Tuff!

ShelbyFlexTuffThe fire service is always looking for new and better preforming PPE. Shelby has answered the call:  the Shelby Flex-Tuff HS with Hybridshield for Extreme Fire Protection.

Shelby’s use of HybridShield® technology is combined with a Kevlar® Simplex® knit, a legacy fire resistant fabric. HybridShield® – Thermal Arrays are applied directly to the Kevlar® knit providing an innovative fire blocking interlayer that relays extreme fire protection to underlying materials.

The Flex-Tuff HS provides enhanced elasticity that improves hand flex and finger articulation delivering better user dexterity and comfort. This provides for extraordinary improvements in firefighting performance with minimal weight, negligible water absorption and improved impact protection.



Some key features of the Shelby Flex-Tuff HS glove:

  •  Proudly made in the U.S.A.
  • 3D liner and barrier system uses the next generation Crosstech Film Technology.
  • Thermal Protection Zones provide a second lightweight thermal protection system that relays 50% more protection than other barrier/thermal liner layups of equal or greater thickness.
  • Tapered trigger finger/index finger results in superior index finger dexterity.
  • Glove G-Block wrist blocking system prevents gloves from creeping during fire operations.

The innovation and advanced design of the Flex-Tuff HS increases safety while providing firefighters with a secure, comfortable and responsive fit in an NFPA 1971 certified glove. If you are looking for quality, comfort and safety, then look no further than the Shelby Flex-Tuff HS firefighting glove.