Steve Toren, vice president of USSC Valor First Responder Seating, says the company offers driver, officer, and crew seats in its first responder line as well as ambulance emergency medical technician (EMT) attendant seats and command-style seats that are stationary and mounted to the chassis.
The Valor First Responder Seating line has three styles of driver seats. There are two air suspension seat styles and an electric style. The Valor Magnus G2A air suspension seat has front toggle controls for height adjustment and lower, middle, and upper lumbar adjustments.
For the driver seat, the Valor Magnus series heavy-duty model can lift and hold 650 pounds and has air ride, horizontal air slides and three lumbar settings. The standard Valor Magnus will lift and hold 350 pounds, but the other settings are manual. There’s an air button for the air ride itself, but everything else is manual—manual slides, manual lumbar, and manual recline.
The third driver seat is an all electric seat. It’s a 12-way electric seat, with most functions handled electrically.
For the officer position, fire departments can use one of the three seats offered for the driver’s position. “Additionally in the officer’s position, many times departments will want to put in a crew seat—a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) style crew seat in the officer’s position,” says Toren. “Many times they will take that crew seat and want to put mechanisms under it, i.e. air ride suspension, slides, etc.” According to Toren, the crew seats are adaptable for the officer’s seat to incorporate these features.
The models are available in all belts to seats (ABTS) and nonABTS models.
The air ride seats use technology that USSC brought from its transit seats to the first responder seats. “We decided to get into the first responder business about five years ago,” says Toren. “And, the reason we did that is based on our heritage of manufacturing transit seating for both the driver position and the passenger position in buses and light rail. We’ve been manufacturing seating for that for about 30 years.” He adds, “Also military. Our military line of seating is considered one of the best lines of seating for our war fighters. So, that’s our heritage really—in those two categories.”
For crew seating, Toren points out that crew seats are fixed and come in two sizes. “We make 18-inch- and 20-inch-wide crew seats,” Toren says. In the SCBA area of the seat, USSC manufactures two styles: one with a fixed SCBA bracket or one with a dynamically adjustable bracket. “The dynamically adjustable bracket is a style that allows the user to push the air pack back out of his way,” says Toren. “It adds about a three-inch adjustment on it.”
Toren says that crew seats have SCBA shoulder strap restraints that magnetically hold the straps out of the way, allowing efficient ingress and egress from the vehicle. Valor seats are available with a variety of bottle brackets. The two that departments spec the most are IMMI’s SmartDock and the Zico EZ-LOC.
Finally, Toren calls attention to the Valor Tech XD fabric. “That is a CORDURA® material—a material we brought over from the military side,” says Toren. “It’s a very durable material that is treated with an antimicrobial finish.” He states that when the seats are treated with this initially, “If a pathogen falls or drips onto the seat, the antimicrobial will kill that up to about 95 percent,” he says. “And, we are coming out with a retreat process for the seats.” Toren says that when the seats are delivered, the initial treatment is expected to last nine to 12 months if firefighters are cleaning it on a regular basis. Although the surface is not 100 percent impenetrable, the back is sealed so firefighters can clean the seats regularly.
“The carcinogen issue on the seating in the cab is a real problem,” says Toren. “The material we provide can be cleaned regularly. Take Simple Green, cut it, spray the seat and anything around it, and wipe it down. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get 100 percent of those carcinogens, but you’re going to get a significant amount off that seat.” Toren adds that beauty of the CORDURA with antimicrobial treatment is that it can be cleaned, even though it has a “clothy” feel. The denier count for the seats is 1150. “It’s very tight,” says Toren. “Nothing is 100 percent impenetrable. There’s no magic formula or magic wand that you can wave over it and all these carcinogens are gone. Firefighters have to get in there and clean these things.”
For more information, visit USSC Valor Seating.