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    FMCSA Grants IITR’s Application for Carrier Tie-Downs

    On May 15, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced its decision to grant the International Institute of Towing and Recovery’s (IITR’s) application for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.112 to allow commercial vehicle operators to secure automobiles light trucks and vans using a total of four tie-downs with two fixed and two adjustable chains under  49 CFR 393.128.  The Agency has determined that the use of four tie-downs to secure light vehicles will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety provided by the regulation. (more…)

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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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    Macie is an 11-year-old Beagle that loves being at the shop and riding in the tow trucks at R&L Towing & Repair Vermontville, N.Y. She’s has been coming to the shop every day since she was a puppy.

    Macie is our personal (and exceptional) door greeter. She loves to see all the people and greet them as they enter the shop. Macie is your everyday Beagle, but with a passion for coming to work. She is our #1 shop dog.

    In business since 1992, R&L Towing & Repair is a family-operated business.

    Caitlin Jones, Office Manager

    Roger Symonds Jr., Vice President

    R&L Towing & Repair

    Vermontville, N.Y.

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ATRI Celebrates Four Years, Holds Tower’s Family Retreat

The American Towing and Recovery Institute (ATRI) is celebrating four years as a member-based, not-for-profit organization. ATRI’s mission is to promote safety, education, positive public relations and networking within the towing and recovery industry.

Led by Wes Wilburn, over the past four years ATRI has:

• An active membership of more than 100 member companies

• Trained and certified 1965 course attendees

• Donated to towing associations  and the International Towing & Recovery Museum a total of $49,840


ATRI will hold its annual Myrtle Beach event, the Tower’s Family Retreat, May 19-20, 2017. The two-day fire rescue/tower cross training class combines with a two-day tow show and a continuing education event included with a family vacation at Myrtle Beach, S.C. This event takes place during bike week and the blue crab festival, providing attendees many activities.

For more information on the Tower’s Family Retreat visit

For additional information about the American Towing and Recovery Institute phone (910) 747-9000 or visit their website at

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