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Important: Sutphen Voluntarily Removing Aerial Devices From Service (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety.

Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately. 

The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only. 

The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service.

“At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.”

The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner.

“We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues. 

Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus. 

For more information contact the sales office or visit www.sutphen.com

Sounds like they are doing the right thing.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7/22/14-1930 Hours

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