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LiftMaster Launches Partnership with Firefighter Combat Challenge at FDIC
LiftMaster Showcases New Commercial Door Operators that Increase Safety, Security for Fire Stations, Shows Support for Firefighter's Nationwide

LiftMaster, the leading manufacturer of commercial door operators and garage door openers, is kicking off the 2013 Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) by showcasing its range of commercial door operators specifically equipped for firehouses, as well as announcing its new partnership with the Firefighter Combat Challenge (FCC). At the exhibition, held from April 22-27 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, attendees will have the opportunity to see first-hand LiftMaster’s newest commercial innovations for fire stations, including applications that increase the safety and reliability of firehouse entrance points. In addition to sponsoring the FCC at the show, LiftMaster is showing its continued support for the challenge and firefighters at 24 regional events throughout 2013.

Partnering for Protection
LiftMaster is unveiling its new partnership with the Firefighter Combat Challenge at the FDIC show. The challenge, known as the toughest two minutes in sports, consists of firefighters wearing "full bunker gear" and competing in a race as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting. Firefighters must perform a linked series of five tasks, including climbing a five story tower, hoisting, chopping, and dragging hoses and rescuing a life sized, 175 pound "victim" as they race against the clock and their competitors.

"We are proud to support these local heroes and help fire stations across the country maintain safety and security with commercial door operators that exceed every possible standard," notes Neal Villarin, Manager, Sponsorship and Event Marketing at LiftMaster. "By partnering with the FCC throughout 2013, LiftMaster will have the chance to work directly with firefighters and firehouses to create lasting solutions that ensure they have the resources they need to be able to open their doors quickly and safely when the bell rings."

FDIC Show – LiftMaster's a One Stop Shop for Safety
LiftMaster, in booth #8212, is featuring its wide offering of commercial door operators and accessories, specifically configured to meet the safety, security, and convenience demands of today’s firehouses. Attendees can see two of LiftMaster’s industrial duty commercial operators in action: the Trolley Model T5011L4 and the Hoist Model H5011L4. The Trolley model is designed for standard lift sectional doors, while the Hoist is ideal for taller rolling and sectional doors or sectional doors with a vertical or high lift. Each operator comes standard with these advanced features:

  • Timer-To-Close allows fire stations to set the doors to close automatically, as soon as the truck is clear, which eliminates the potential for theft and damage and keeps the station secure.
  • Built in 3-Channel 315MHz Radio Receiver enables firefighters to remotely control the commercial door operator by adding optional remote controls or wireless keyless entry systems. Up to 23 Security+ remote controls or an unlimited number of dip switch remotes can be programmed with Open/Close/Stop control.
  • The Maintenance Alert System reminds the station when it is time to contact a LiftMaster Dealer for routine maintenance. This system can be set to alert based on calendar date or after a selectable number of operator cycles.

Along with the commercial door operators on display, visitors to LiftMaster's booth will also have the opportunity to check out the add-on accessories for fire stations, including the FH1 and FH2 packages. Both packages include:

  • Photo Eye Safety Sensors that increase the level of safety by incorporating a second set of sensors to monitor for vehicles and high apparatus equipment, along with the first set that ensure the door stops when people cross the sensors' path.
  • The Red/Green Traffic Light connects to the LiftMaster Commercial Door Operator and alerts the fire engine engineer when the door is fully open to drive through, changing from red to green when the door has reached its full open position to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • The Open Only Push Button controls the entire operating system, allowing for all doors to be opened to the full position at once, saving the team time. This button also automatically enables the Timer-to-Close feature to protect the firehouse at all times.

LiftMaster's new commercial applications for fire stations have already made an impact on one community. After two major door repairs, The Albemarle Fire Department of Albemarle, North Carolina, recently upgraded their firehouse commercial door systems in station #1. "Our LiftMaster door enhancements have eliminated costly door repairs, while providing a safer workplace for our firefighters and allowing our units to respond to emergencies faster," stated Chief Shawn Oke, Albemarle Fire Department.

About LiftMaster
LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a major manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products. Driven by the access and security needs of the marketplace, LiftMaster’s expansive line of state-of-the-art residential and commercial products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience. For inquiries on LiftMaster products or to inquire about becoming an authorized dealer, please visit www.LiftMaster.com.

About Firefighter Combat Challenge
Since 1991, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge (http://www.firefighterchallenge.com/) has provided a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding and respected of occupations. It is an intense, spirited competition that demonstrates to the viewing public the nature of the job - and no job is more dependent upon the physical prowess of its work force. The challenge is an embodiment of the essence of firefighting.

The Challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public.

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