IDEX Fire & Safety Introduces SAM at FDIC
IDEX Fire & Safety introduced the SAM Control System, at the FDIC International conference and exhibition April 11-13 in Indianapolis.
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The SAM Control System makes complex pump operations simple by managing the water flow so the operator can focus on the fireground and the safety of their crew, not the side of the truck. SAM is an integrated total water flow control system that manages the truck's pump, tank, intakes and discharges. (Photo: Business Wire)
The innovative SAM system makes complex pump operations simple by managing the water flow so the operator can focus on the fireground and the safety of their crew, not the side of the truck. SAM is an integrated total water flow control system that manages the truck’s pump, tank, intakes and discharges.
With SAM, pump operators can use saved presets to set discharge pressures with just one swipe on a 10-inch display. Even before charging lines, the system automatically opens the tank-to-pump valve, so water is in the pump and ready to go.
SAM was invented by Jason Cerrano, a firefighter with 19 years of experience and is now a member of the IDEX Fire & Safety team. Jason saw a real need for SAM. “I designed SAM to help the pump operator spend less time staring at the pump panel, so they can focus on the fireground.”
There were four locations at FDIC where attendees could see SAM and try it out.
Inside, visitors interacted with the SAM system touch screen displays mounted on a pump panel and experienced real water flow from a handline nozzle and portable monitor in real time. Flowing water in the exhibit was a first for the show.
In the outdoor exhibit area, IDEX Fire & Safety provided a demo truck to highlight SAM and the simplified pump panel. The new demo truck will go on tour this year across North America, making stops at major fire show events and departments along the way.
One of the trucks demonstrating SAM is the Lewiston No. 1 Fire Department truck, destined for Lewiston, New York. Fire Chief, Les Myers, admitted he was a little skeptical about SAM until he saw a live demonstration. He immediately realized that with SAM, his 12 pump operators “would not be stuck to the pump panel and would have the freedom to attend to other critical duties.”