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Join us at the FDIC International trade show, April 15-20, 2024, in Indianapolis.

Join us at the FDIC International trade show, April 15-20, 2024, in Indianapolis.

Join us at the FDIC International trade show, April 15-20, 2024, in Indianapolis.

Calling all fire control enthusiasts and industry professionals! Make sure to mark your calendars for April 15-20, 2024, because the FDIC International trade show is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it. We will be showcasing our cutting-edge fire control hoses. Visit us for a hands-on experience with our latest innovation!

At booth #4757, we will be showcasing our impressive fire control hoses, including the highly acclaimed ALTRA 187II forestry hose. It is renowned for its groundbreaking lightweight design and durability. With ultimate resistance to abrasion, punctures, and high pressures, it’s a game-changer for firefighting teams everywhere.

The South Texas 2020 petrochemical plant incident
But that’s not all! During the show, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand-new product. Get ready to be amazed as we reveal our latest innovations that will shape the future of fire control. Trust us, you do not want to miss out on this!

Our dedicated team has been hard at work for months, pouring their expertise and passion into developing this new product. The anticipation is building, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Mark your calendars for April 15th!

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Unyielding under fire

Unyielding under fire

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Unyielding under fire

Unyielding under fire

Unyielding under fire

Williams Fire & Hazard Control and NIEDNER’s partnership stand up to multiple tests during Southeast Texas petrochemical plant fire

When it comes to industrial incidents, equipment quality is not just about efficiency and performance—it’s a matter of minimizing the devastating effects on the population, the environment, and all infrastructure. The Southeast Texas-based petrochemical plant fire in 2020 was a testament to the durability and reliability of NIEDNER hoses, which played a critical role in the emergency response executed partly by Williams Fire & Hazard Control.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control: An expert in emergency response

Since 1980, Williams Fire & Hazard Control has been a global leader in the emergency response sector. The company specializes in responding to land and marine-based flammable liquid fires with a record that speaks to the company’s expertise.

Daniel Clarke has been an integral part of Williams Fire & Hazard Control, serving as the Global Director for Emergency Response and Director of Sales for the Americas. With over three decades of service as a contractor and 11 as a direct employee, Daniel brings a wealth of seasoned experience to the team.

And it is thanks to his leadership, which was pivotal during the Southeast Texas petrochemical plant fire, where his strategic decision-making, his reliance on the expertise of his highly trained and motivated team and his crucial equipment selection led to a successful emergency response.

The South Texas 2020 petrochemical plant incident

The South Texas 2020 petrochemical plant incident

In 2020, an explosion occurred at a Texas-based petrochemical manufacturing company. Plant managers immediately contacted Williams Fire & Hazard Control to assist the in-house team in putting out multiple fires that had spread.

Handling the incident presented a challenge. Apart from managing several fires where extinguishing them outright was not an option due to the risk of chemical vapor release, the response required a nuanced approach, cooling and containing the fire without eliminating it immediately, necessitating the deployment of large-scale water curtains around the facility to contain the fire and protect the surrounding area.

Daniel’s team worked with another response team as the plan required a lot of equipment hoses. Together, they managed to deploy a water-shielding operation using NIEDNER’s manufactured 12-inch TAIGA 1200 hoses, capable of handling the low-pressure, high-volume pumps needed to flow 20-25,000 gallons of water per minute around the facility.

Niedner hoses: Put to the test…to the max

Williams Fire & Hazard Control’s response relied heavily on the NIEDNER hoses’ ability to handle extreme conditions. The hoses were crucial in setting up the water curtain, with their durability and performance ensuring that the operation could proceed uninterrupted. 

In two separate incidents, NIEDNER hoses demonstrated their superior durability. The first happened during a subsequent explosion that caused a massive 170-lb metal pole to fall on the hose, causing a jagged part to break off the pole and cutting a 2×2-inch hole into the hose.

“Water was shooting straight into the air, and because the whole town was evacuating, we had to wait before replacing the hose,” Daniel explains. “As we were waiting about 12-14 hours for everything to get in place, we were thinking that with such a massive hole in our hose, it’s just going to start tearing and tearing. But it never moved. As I kept checking every hour, it never tore any further, which was phenomenal. Even with the water shooting in the air, losing 250-300 gallons of water per minute, the water was still flowing through and getting where it had to be.”

No other hose on the market could have held this way. 

Daniel was equally astounded by the robustness of NIEDNER hoses in a second incident.

“At some point, we had a line running across the road. Big pumping diesel trucks were required because we had to fuel our pumps. One driver was trying to find a way around but was wearing breathing equipment and could not see very well. He backed up and hit the hose line, which was under full pressure,” Daniel recalls. “It was completely squished and scrapped under the carriage, and the full weight of the truck was completely on the line, grinding over it. The hose flattened like a pancake, and then boom, it popped right back up. Nothing happened.”  

“This was a stark contrast with what happened with another team on the other side of the facility, using another manufacturer’s product,” Daniel said. A truck driver also did not see the hose lying on the ground and bumped into it. “The hose was completely ripped apart.  That team was down for around four hours to replace the damaged hose. Water was everywhere,” he mentions.

“In the meantime, ours had been completely run over twice, but nothing happened; the water was still flowing just as it should. It was amazing; the hose was as sturdy as it could be.”

Performance thanks to a long-standing partnership

NIEDNER - Performance thanks to a long-standing partnership

Williams Fire & Hazard Control has a long-time partnership with Niedner, working together to ensure that hoses evolve with industry needs. 

Examples of this are the 7¼ DOUBLE 5 and 12-inch TAIGA 1200. Daniel mentions. “Things evolve in our field, with bigger tanks, more water, less hose lays. Niedner evolves with the industry. That is why we predominantly specify and use its hoses.” According to Daniel, Williams Fire & Hazard Control uses Niedner hoses for training as well as school and industrial weeks.

“You are not only getting fire hoses, but you’re also getting the whole team,” he adds. “We share our challenges with NIEDNER, and they work with us to develop a product that will meet the challenge. And they always stand up to the test of reliability, toughness, and ease of use.”

 The Southeast Texas petrochemical plant fire may have posed an exceptional challenge, but with Niedner hoses in their arsenal, Williams Fire & Hazard Control continues to prove that their response teams are prepared and equipped for anything.

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When a Hose Is Not Just a Hose

When a Hose Is Not Just a Hose

When a Hose Is Not Just a Hose

The Clavet Volunteer Fire Department serves Clavet, a small town located near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A team of volunteer and professional firefighters of different age groups provide critical support to the community during emergencies.

At the helm of the fire department is Mike Beamish. He is currently the department’s fire chief, firefighter, and sales representative of fire products.

Moving from working as an electronics designer to firefighting, he stepped into a role that had been part of his family history, following in his father’s footsteps, who had been a firefighter for 29 years.

Discovering NIEDNER: A game-changer for the Clavet Volunteer Fire Department

MIKE BEAMISH
Fire Chief, Firefighter, and Sales Representative of Fire Products

Mike became Clavet’s fire chief nearly four years ago. His encounter with NIEDNER was a turning point. “I hadn’t heard of NIEDNER before my time at a distributor for fire products,” he recalls. His discovery of NIEDNER’s ALTRA 3D hose at a trade show gave him pause as to the potential next-generation fire hoses could have on his team.

“Our team never used to be picky on fire hoses. When we needed new ones, we only based our criteria on availability and price,” he says. “At the time, a hose was just a hose.”

“However, we were facing significant delays and dealing with hose quality issues,” he explains. Mike says delivery timelines could span 20-24 months or more. “If it was more than a calendar year, it didn’t fit in our budget as we buy small quantities per year because of our small community,” he mentions.

Although the fire department was very cost-conscious, the low quality of many hoses was becoming a serious concern. “It’s great to have a low price, but we destroyed our hoses quickly. We wanted more quality.”

That’s when he decided to test the ALTRA 3D.

Testing NIEDNER hoses with the Clavet team reveals untapped possibilities

“Bringing the ALTRA 3D back to my crew for testing was when we really saw its potential,” Mike says, emphasizing the importance of practical, hands-on experience in evaluating firefighting equipment.

Describing the ALTRA 3D hose, Mike’s enthusiasm is evidently clear. “The flexibility, the maneuverability, the light weight, how it folds and gets back on the truck…It’s just nice to work with,” he says. This hose wasn’t just another tool but a game-changer in how his firefighters approached their job.

“As I said before, a hose is just a hose for most firefighters. But with ALTRA 3D, my team was very impressed at how it could make their job easier. My guys said, “Yeah, we really like it, and it’s easy to work with.”

The team noticed many other advantages of the ALTRA 3D hose. Mike indicates that the fire department has 2 primary engines, using 150-200 feet of hose for the supply lines and 150-200 feet of hose for the attack lines. When testing for the supply line, the ALTRA 3D hose was extremely durable as the team dragged it through the pavement. The ALTRA 3D was very reliable and easy to use for the attack line. “We didn’t notice any water hammer effect, and the hose did not kink at all,” Mike says.

A desire for better durability and reliability drove the decision to switch to NIEDNER. “When I can get more for less money, it’s an easy decision,” Mike states.

How Clavet leveraged NIEDNER’s customer service

Mike points to NIEDNER’s willingness to address the fire department’s needs, even if they ordered a small number of hoses each year.

“Color is important for my guys. Ten years ago, we decided all lines should be a different color to track the lines easily—and to know what goes where. Even our nozzles match the hose color. It’s foolproof. Because most firefighters are volunteers, we try to make it as simple for them as possible. “When we asked about different colors for the hoses, they came back to us quickly and delivered. That kind of support is invaluable,” he remarks.

The impact of ALTRA 3D hoses on the Clavet Volunteer Fire Department

The ALTRA 3D hoses have made a significant impact on the department’s operations. “It’s made our work easier, more efficient. We’re saving on our budget since we don’t need to buy hoses as often,” Mike observes. He also highlights the hose’s versatility:

“We use one attack line for everything—house fires, wildfires, car fires. It’s adaptable and fits all of our needs. The same applies to our supply line. It’s just a great price for the quality.”

The ALTRA 3D is also suitable for volunteer firefighters of all ages and physiques, making it easy to use across the board. Because the hose is so reliable and durable, the fire department was actually able to save on costs. “As a fire chief, the ALTRA 3D checked all the boxes. It says what it will do and does it.”

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Williams Fire & Hazard Control and NIEDNER’s partnership stand up to multiple tests during Southeast Texas petrochemical plant fire When it comes to industrial incidents, equipment quality is not just about efficiency and performance—it's a matter of minimizing...

read more
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NIEDNER Launches Next-Generation ALTRA 3D Technology

NIEDNER Launches Next-Generation ALTRA 3D Technology

ALTRA 3D, New Hose Technology Continues to Build upon NIEDNER’s Innovative Expertise, Expanding Access to Broader Applications and End Markets

MONTRÉAL, April 25, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – NIEDNER Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-performance hoses, is broadening its presence in the global market with the launch of its next-generation technology ALTRA 3D.

The latest breakthrough technology ALTRA 3D offers performance specifically tailored for high-pressure applications across multiple end markets such as the municipal, forestry, agriculture, mining, industrial sectors and many others. Leveraging NIEDNER’s deep knowledge, engineering innovations, and field-proven expertise, the ALTRA 3D technology delivers the reliability, flexibility and results to meet the wide range of demands seen in today’s dynamic environment. The unique properties of ALTRA 3D make it the best performing solution to transport water, minerals, slurry, oil, gas, chemicals and other fluids in extreme environmental settings.

ALTRA 3D was designed for difficult operating conditions and does not suffer from corrosion, resulting in an extremely reliable and safe solution. This 3D circular woven hose combines the advantages of a double jacket hose into a single one, eliminating wrinkling and snaking. This means that the ALTRA 3D solution lasts much longer than other alternatives. In fact, when operating within the specs of the hose, no extra maintenance work is needed during the hose’s lifetime, preventing down time, and saving considerable time and investment.

“Building upon our company’s extensive heritage, NIEDNER offers innovative, high-performance hose solutions that deliver resiliency and winning market value for a wide range of applications,” said Allen Walsh, General Manager, NIEDNER. “With our new ALTRA 3D technology, we’re continuing to expand our product portfolio, thus enabling us to participate in an ever-increasing set of applications in both existing and new global markets.”

“With over 143 million feet of high-performing flexible hose deployed around the world, NIEDNER sets again a new performance standard for these hoses with our latest ALTRA 3D technology and provides unparalleled durability. Our ongoing commitment to research and development has resulted in another world-first innovation from NIEDNER,” said Martin Bureau, Vice-President, Innovation. “Combining industry-leading high-pressure and flow rate products with textile hose flexibility, delivers the best solution for the most demanding applications. Nothing else on the market matches ALTRA 3D.”

ALTRA 3D fully meets all requirements of the widely recognized UL 19, NSF/ANSI 61, NFPA and API standards and is available in sizes ranging from 1.5 to 12 inches. Learn more about ALTRA 3D by visiting https://niedner-altra.com/altra-3d/ABOUT NIEDNER

NIEDNER is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-performance fluid transfer solutions. NIEDNER offers a broad portfolio of hose solutions. Its products play essential roles in a diverse range of applications across a wide variety of end markets and are sold in more than 50 countries across the world. For more than a century, NIEDNER has pushed the boundaries of materials science to engineer products that exceed expectations.

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For further information: Marie-Chantal Savoy, Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, LOGISTEC Corporation, Phone: (514) 985-2337, msavoy@logistec.com

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