IOP partners with Monroe Truck Equipment
Avon, Ohio — The Ohio Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians will share the 23rd annual Emergency and Municipal Vehicle Maintenance and Repair program Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25. The event is held at the Ohio Fire Academy, 8895 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Target participants are maintenance chiefs or officers, firefighters, fire mechanics, technicians, fleet foremen, fleet managers, municipal technicians, service technicians and any other parties interested and responsible for vehicle and fleet maintenance and repairs at fire and public works departments for cities, counties, townships and village organizations.
The tentative schedule consists of classes including Darley Pump Repairs and F-3 Prep; Basic to Advanced Electrical; A/C Systems; Cummins Engines; 10 EVT Prep; Spartan Chassis; Kussmaul Electronics Troubleshooting and Repairs; Michelin Tire Clinic; Akron Brass; Weldon Multiplex; Horton Ambulance; Fire Research Products; and more. Go to www.oaevt.org for a full calendar schedule.
Class tuition is $425 and includes lunch all week and the Wednesday banquet dinner.
CNG and fleets: New publication builds a case
Golden, Colo. — Fleets considering a compressed natural gas program now have an online resource to help evaluate cost-effectiveness. Building a Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Fleet Applications, a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, helps readers assess the various aspects of a new CNG vehicle and fueling infrastructure project to determine viability. The publication details an enhanced version of a previous online modeling tool developed by NREL — the Vehicle Infrastructure and Cash-Flow Evaluation model — that helps fleets evaluate the financial soundness of CNG vehicle and CNG fueling infrastructure projects. The tool, vice 2.0, can now help assess projects to acquire vehicles and infrastructure, or to acquire vehicles only.
The report and model are especially beneficial to fleets that are well-suited to using CNG, such as those with routes that start and end in the same location and are, therefore, able to refuel at a central location. Access the report at www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/business_case_cng_fleets.pdf.
‘Back to the Future’
Bellevue, Wash. — So how does a time machine drain oil? The answer is simple: faster, because it saves time by using a valve from EZ Oil Drain Valve. In cooperation with the company, and as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Research, a DMC-12 “time machine” similar to the one featured in the hit movie “Back to the Future” is traveling to every state in the U.S., racking up over 40,000 miles as part of the “Drive to Cure Parkinson’s.” EZ Oil Drain Valves will be involved during the tour to help reduce downtime when the machine stops for frequent oil changes.
All donations collected will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox. Those donations will act as fuel to help propel the campaign for future research. For more information, visit www.tothefuture.org.
American Traffic Safety Services Foundation announces scholarship recipients
Fredericksburg, Va. — Th e American Traffic Safety Services Foundation awarded Roadway Memorial Scholarships to three applicants this year who are dependents of workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone accidents.Th e students are:
• Lyndsay Morgan, Cape Coral, Fla. ($5,000)
• Carl Moser, Middletown, Md. ($6,000)
• Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla. ($5,000)
Morgan’s father, an employee of DBi Services, was killed in 2011 when he was struck by a motorist in a roadway work zone. Morgan attends Florida Gulf Coast University. Moser’s father was an employee of the Maryland State Highway Administration. He was killed after being struck by a pickup truck in 2007. Moser will attend Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. Pair’s father was an employee of Time Striping, Inc. He was struck and killed by a car in 1998. Pair will attend Northeastern State University in Tahlequa, Ok.
The foundation seeks help in identifying and encouraging individuals who are eligible to apply for the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship. The deadline for 2016 scholarship applications is Feb.15. For more information visit www.atssa.com.
ISI announces new envision review board
Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure announced recently the formation of the Envision Review Board to oversee the ongoing development of ISI’s Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, initially launched in 2012. The ERB held its first meeting April 30–May 1 in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to assure the continued integrity and efficacy of ISI’s Envision sustainability rating system and its associated tools, resources and documents, and to provide for consistency in interpretation and development.
The 15 members were selected from the U.S. and Canada for their knowledge and expertise in the applications of the Envision rating system.The inaugural ERB includes the following members, who will serve one- to three-year terms: Timothy J. Barry, O’Brien & Gere; John Eddy, Arup; Lindsey Geiger, American Water Works Association; Andreas Georgoulias, Harvard University; Elizabeth Heider, Skanska; Kari Hewitt, VHB; Marty Janowitz, Stantec; Hal Kassoff , WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff ; Floren Poliseo, New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Andy Sauer, Burns & McDonnell Doug Sereno, port of Long Beach; Andrew Shaw, Black & Veatch; Youn Sim, county of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Ifetayo Venner, ARCADIS; and Michaella Wittmann, HDR
For more information, visit www.sustainableinfrastructure.org.
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