Know Your SCBA

It is so important to know how to use an SCBA properly! It is the basic piece of PPE that we all wear to protect our respiratory system from exposure to Immediate Danger to Life or Health (IDLH) environments.

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Loyalty Comes In Many Forms

I have many Loyal customers and each day I work hard to keep that Loyalty. But what does it all really mean? A quality product at a competitive price supported by exceptional service? I think there is still more.

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Happy Winter to All!

As I look out my office window, I am reminded of the beauty of our Canadian winters. It also makes me think of the special conditions that cold weather brings to firefighting and some of the brutal events that I have worked through in this climate! Cold weather, snow and ice add a huge danger to firefighting. Everyone needs to keep this in mind – from the newest probie to the most seasoned officer.

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Three Families and Some Red Tents

I am proud to say that I come from three very strong families.My Mom and Dad have always been there for both my sister and I and now they’re there for their grandsons,Kaden and Kurtis as well. The strength and commitment they’ve shown in always helping others is a deeply-rooted trait in my family’s history. My Dad served for 40 years in the Fire Service, as did his father before him. You could say the Fire Service has been part of growing up in my family.

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Communication and Common Sense Are Key!

ver the years, many innovations have been made in the fire trade – especially with regard to new equipment, and extensive and specialized training.
I have sat on all sides of the table – as a parent, firefighter, fire officer and chief, as well as a salesperson for M&L Supply. It seems to me that throughout history, even with good education and training, lack of both communication and common sense remains a big problem.

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Our Training is a Value-Added Service!

Cutter’s Edge Rotary Saws are another great product offered by M&L Supply.
Training is essential to the success of any fire department. Not only does M&L sell the best quality products, we also offer training on just about everything we sell. Our sales representatives are well-trained, knowledgeable about and experienced with all M&L products and the training we offer is hands-on.


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Defining Moments

DEFINING MOMENTS
In life we have many defining moments. Weddings, births, new house, divorce….losing the house etc… he writes with a chuckle and a true feeling for the pain!.
In our fire careers, we have had fires and events that define our career.
As a sales representative for almost 20 years, I (and my fellow sales reps) remember each conference, tradeshow, or factory tour by a defining event/moment. If you read about some of the defining moments in the paper, alcohol would be a factor – of course never while driving or working, always in the social time.

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Retirement

Please join us in congratulating David Membury and Geoff Lovell
on their recent retirements from M&L Supply!

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Firefighter Safety

IThis is my first attempt at writing for a blog so, I figured that I should talk about the most important thing facing firefighters today – their safety!
Accountability is the responsibility of everyone on the fireground – not just the Incident Commander. Developing an easy to use accountability system, instituting department SOG/SOPs, training with and using the personnel accountability system religiously at all incidents will promote a much safer work environment.
As we all know, emergency scenes can be chaotic upon first arrival. It is OUR role to bring this uncontrolled incident back into a state of control.

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From the newest member of the M&L Family

I hope today finds everyone doing well!
Coming from the manufacturer’s side of the fire service, I am one of the newest members of the M&L family. Here is what I have learned so far as a part of this fine organization.

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Out With the Old…..In With the New

As the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop, we are constantly reminded the end of the year is rapidly approaching. Although some aspects of the year are winding down, the rash of new SCBA deliveries is still in full swing, and in some respects, just getting started. In response to the new NFPA standards, Scott Safety introduced the Air-Pak® X3™ SCBA. The response and demand has been overwhelming not only in Ontario, but across the country.

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TFT Trip & visit with old friends

This week many of us had the privilege of visiting the Task Force Tips (TFT) plant in Valparaiso, Indiana.
TFT was a first class act from the time we were picked up by Curt, the pilot, to the time Brian Podsiadlik (Pods) dropped us back off at the airfield for our return flight home.

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Training in Zorra Township

I hope everyone recovered well from Thanksgiving and that you all were able to spend the beautiful weekend with family and friends.A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in live fire training with Zorra Township. It was a great day with 4 burns and a lot of skill practice – in real life situations and in this case, in a lot of heat too! We used a lot of the tools that are essentials during structure fires to gain the advantage

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High-Angle Adventure

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a ‘Fire & Extrication’ guy. I don’t do high-angle……although we do handle lots of products that fall under the line of special operations equipment.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a night with one of my customers and their extremely dedicated technical rescue crew (TRC).

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From the Mushroom in the Valley

I have been with the M &L sales team since the late 90’s – my background being in the firefighting trade in the Ottawa Valley.
My father was a firefighter/officer and retired as Chief from a full-time fire department. I followed in his footsteps. I became a full-time firefighter/officer with the Department of National Defence and stayed for over 30 years.

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Hose and Nozzle Handling Course at Lambton Fire College

M&L Supply and Task Force Tip nozzles were the sponsors of a recent Hose and Nozzle Handling Course at Lambton Fire College in Sarnia. The course was put on by Nozzle Forward from the USA. Over 50 firefighters from fire departments across Ontario took part in this 2 day course.

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Why We Build Them The Way we Do…

“It is unwise to pay too much but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little for a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better”               John Ruskin 1819-1900

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Northern Hike

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day, but it’s time to get right back at it!
Thanks to the Puslinch training sessions, there are 5 Scott Protégé ZM CO2 singles gas monitors heading to the northern area of the province. Mark Naylor and I are in the planning stages of taking a HWY 11 road trip to northern Ontario. We will start in North Bay and see how far we can make it – visiting as many customers as possible along the way. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates and status reports!

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Training in Puslinch, Ontario

Thanks to Puslinch Fire Department for allowing us to use their facilities for our 2014 Sales Training Meeting.   Thanks also to Doug Cincurak from  Footage Tools, Manfred Kihn from Bullard, Tom Brayton and Frank Slezak from Scott Safety.

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M&L Supply in the Community

I was told I had to be the first one to write a blog. Damn! What to write about!? Equipment, service, delivery time, changes in service? Done that and we’re sick of reading about it!

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