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    Tennessee Tow Show — September 14-16

    The Tennessee Tow Show kicks off with seminars on Thursday, September 14 and the show opens Friday through Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga. One of the largest regional shows, the event will feature approximately 90 exhibitors offering towing and recovery equipment, products and services.

    Seminars (pass required) are scheduled for Thursday, 1 – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Among the show highlights are free demonstrations, truck beauty contest, Friday evening Jerr-Dan 45th anniversary demo, the industry’s first safety theater, free Tennessee Towing Symposium and the museum’s annual Hall of Fame inductee Meet and Greet and Fundraising Auction — this year sponsored by Jerr-Dan Corp.

    The 2017 International Towing Museum Weekend beginning Saturday will feature the annual Wall of the Fallen Unveiling Ceremony and fellowship, 10:00 a.m. at the museum, and the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony, 6:00 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel.

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    Blessing Celebration/Tribute for NRC HIM

    We recently added an NRC 60/80SR HIM (Heavy Incident Manager) to our fleet. For many years Bill Jackson has been a huge influence on my desire to seek out training as a professional towing and recovery operator, and cross training with other emergency service agencies.

    In 2016 I was offered an opportunity to become an NRC trainer, and for that I feel very thankful. When we were getting this HIM, I asked Bruce Jackson if I could dedicate this unit to his father, Bill Jackson, and he gave us his approval.

    We had a blessing celebration on March 12, 2017, which featured the traditional Chinese lion dance, which was extra special to our family as my youngest son, Kolton (age 8), was the head of one of the two lions that performed the blessing.

    Kenneth Tom

    Advanced Towing & Recovery

    Advanced Crane & Rigging

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Editor’s Note: The Tow Times April issue featured tributes to the late industry trainer and educator Bill Jackson.

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    Taco is our five-year-old mascot here at Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery. He can’t wait to get to work every day, hang out and greet everyone. He makes us all happy even on our worst days.

    We love our little buddy and can’t imagine a workday without him.

    Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery

    Ed Fowler, Jimbob Parris, Diane Parris, owners

    Cowpens, S.C.

    Editor’s Note: Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery has been in business five years and services Spartanburg and Cherokee counties with a fleet of eight trucks.

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Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Welcomes Jerr-Dan 50-60 Ton JFB Rotator

Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation Company (NYSE:OSK) recently delivered a customized 50/60 Ton JFB Rotator specifically designed and built for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR). Jerr-Dan officially handed the rotator key to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team in July 2017 and it became the newest addition to the Miami- Dade Fire Rescue fleet.

“This is the first time the company has created a custom-made fire rescue apparatus that will be used for emergency and rescue response of Miami-Dade County’s Fire and Rescue efforts,” said Jeff Irr, Senior Director of Sales for Jerr-Dan. “This custom-made 50/60 Ton JFB Rotator is an example of Jerr-Dan’s commitment to offering the latest in innovation and expanding its product offering into a new industry such as Fire and Rescue. We are proud of our partnership with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and we are confident this partnership will enable us to help more fire rescue department across the country.”

Customized features of the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue rotator include custom storage such as pull out tilt down shelving, integrated chain organizer, snatch block/shackle racks and rescue tool mounts to organize the specialized rescue rigging package and assorted rescue tools and equipment. Jerr-Dan has also added custom fire department elements that include adherence to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) lighting and siren standards as well as fire department-specific cab seating.

“The addition of this Jerr-Dan Rotator to our fire rescue fleet will allow us to provide a life-saving resource for the out of the ordinary technical rescues we encounter across our vast service area,” said Dave Downey, Fire Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

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    From our latest issue

    Road Service Trucks, Recovering Boats, Autonomous Vehicles and More

    The Tow Times June issue features road service trucks, recovering boats that have become dislodged from trailers on the roadway and how two rotators worked in tandem to recover an 86,000-lb. excavator on its side in a pond. This issue also contains a look at the current state of the autonomous vehicle industry. On the cover is the 2016 Shine ‘n Star contest Light-Duty winner: Fastway Towing & Recovery LLC of Sarasota, Fla. The Shine ‘n Star contest is brought to you by Tow Times and powered by Ford Trucks.

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