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  • VALPARAISO, IN – AMKUS Rescue Systems, an industry leader in providing cutting edge hydraulic extrication equipment and rescue systems to emergency responders worldwide, announces its intent to acquire 911 Tools, a US manufacturer of vehicle stabilization equipment and lifting systems.

    “This is a patented, state-of-the-art system that integrates the strength, speed, control and dependability of hand-powered hydraulics with the structural components of the strut,” said Kyle Smith, president of AMKUS Rescue Systems. “It’s an affordable system that’s easy to set up and operate, and is rated for structural loads, so rescue professionals can confidently raise and lower materials as quickly as the circumstances of their particular emergency requires.”

    The 911 Tools rescue strut product line, which is marketed under the RescueStrut brand name, includes accessories that will allow emergency responders to transform vehicle stabilization struts into other life-saving rescue tools such as manual hydraulic rams and shoring struts, as well as tri-pod, bi-pod and mono-pole adapters for use in rope rescue scenarios. In addition, the RescueStrut system can be easily configured for trench, structural collapse or confined space rescues.

    “Not only does this complement our existing AMKUS line of extrication equipment and rope rescue systems, but it also puts us in the position to offer a wider range of high quality rescue products to our customers at an affordable price.” Smith added. “This acquisition further supports our efforts to provide the best in class rescue systems to our global market.”

    Following the expected August 1st completion of the acquisition, 911 Tools will move from its current Lansing, IA home to the newly completed AMKUS World Headquarters in Valparaiso, IN. The RescueStrut line of equipment will then be marketed under the AMKUS brand, and distributed by AMKUS and 911 Tool distributors within their existing territories.


    control valve upgrade kitAdditionally, due to heavy demand for this new upgrade, AMKUS currently is offering a new Control Valve Upgrade Kit, which replaces existing rubber sleeve controls (left photo) on applicable AMKUS products, and features an easy grip hard coat aluminum handle that is ergonomically designed to allow maximum operator control while reducing stress (right photo).

    Field replacement involves 8 simple steps, and requires a flat screwdriver, 17 mm socket and 5 mm hex key (not included).grip hard handle Kit includes new replacement control grip and plastic cap, as well as a step-by-step, 4-color illustrated instruction sheet. Part Number: KV0005-KIT $49.95


    For More Information, please phone:
    Kyle Smith
    President / AMKUS Rescue Systems
    Phone: 219-548-5001

  • Events

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Upper Ohio Valley Fire School
    Weirton, WV
    March 24th-26th, 2017
    Host: Matheny Fire & Rescue

    Maine Fire Chiefs Association
    Sunday River Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center
    Newry, Maine
    March 29th-31st, 2017
    Host: Fire Tech & Safety

    2017 Technical Rescue Conference
    NYS Academy of Fire Science
    Montour Falls, NY
    March 30th-April 2nd, 2017
    Host: Jerome Fire Equipment

    New Hanover
    April 21st-23rd, 2017
    Host: C.W. Williams

    GAFC Spring Executive Conference
    Savannah, GA
    April 23rd-26th,2017
    Host: Fireline

    Fire Department Instructors Conference
    Indianapolis, IN
    April 26th-29th, 2017
    Booth #3511
    Stop by the Amkus booth at FDIC! All staff will be on hand.

    Tactical Advantage Extrication Class
    Middlesex, NJ
    May 5th-7th, 2017
    Host: Continental Fire & Safety

    WV Safety Expo
    Charleston, WV
    May 10th-13th, 2017
    Host: Matheny Fire & Emergency

    Smoky Mountain Weekend
    May 11th-13th, 2017
    Host: Rescue 1

    Fire Expo
    Harrisburg, PA
    May 19th-21st, 2017
    Booth 272 & 273
    Located at PA Farm Show Complex
    Host: Bob Linster

    2017 New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC)Conference & Expo
    Turning Stone Resort
    Verona, NY
    June 15th-17th, 2017
    Hosts: Fire & Rescue Products , Jerome Fire Equipment Co., Arrowhead Equipment, Continental Fire & Safety

    Maryland State Fireman’s Association Annual Convention
    Ocean City, MD
    June 22nd-24th,2017
    Hosts: Matheny Fire & Emergency, Fire & Rescue Products

    Tennessee Fire Chiefs
    July 22nd-25th, 2017
    Host: Rescue 1

    Fire-Rescue International
    Charlotte, NC
    July 26th-29th, 2017
    Booth 817
    Host: Bill Davis

    Virginia State Fireman’s Association
    Hampton, VA
    August 2nd-5th, 2017
    Host: Matheny Fire & Emergency

    Steuben County Chiefs
    August 5th, 2017
    Host: Fire & Rescue Products

    West Virginia State Fireman’s Association
    Moundsville, WV
    August 23rd-26th, 2017
    Host: Matheny Fire & Emergency

    Georgia Chiefs & Firemen Joint
    Athens, GA
    August 23rd-26th, 2017
    Host: Fireline

    GFA Firefighter Weekend
    Training Center
    Forsyth, GA
    September 9th-11th, 2017
    Host: Fireline

    South Jersey Fireman’s Convention
    Wildwood, NJ
    September 15th-16th, 2017
    Host: Continental Fire & Safety

    Virginia Association Of Volunteer Rescue Squads
    Virginia Beach, VA
    September 19th-23rd, 2017
    Host: Matheny Fire & Emergency

    Firehouse Expo
    Nashville, TN
    October 19th-21st, 2017
    Booth 325
    Host: Bill Davis

  • TFT acquires Amkus Rescue Systems

    Friday, March 4, 2016


    It is with great pleasure and excitement that Task Force Tips, Inc., with world headquarters in Valparaiso Indiana, announces the acquisition of AMKUS Rescue Systems of Downers Grove Illinois. As a leader in the development and delivery of high performance firefighting products to emergency responders worldwide, TFT is proud to carry on the traditions of quality, service, and dependability that have been the hallmark of the AMKUS organization since 1971.

    While AMKUS Rescue Systems will maintain its own unique identity with its own distribution network, field managers, and marketing message, it will share TFT’s extensive research, development and new product innovation resources. Task Force Tips’ passion for developing products that save lives and protect property is a perfect fit for the continued expansion of the AMKUS Rescue System’s product line and the shared commitment to emergency service professionals to provide innovative new products and world-class service and support.

    During this transition period, the following addresses and phone numbers will be available;

    AMKUS Rescue Systems — Illinois Operations
    2700 Wisconsin Avenue, Downers Grove IL 60515

    AMKUS Rescue Systems — Indiana Operations
    4201 Montdale Park Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383

    Phone: 630-515-1800
    Tollfree: 800-592-6587
    Fax: 630-515-4226

    For Additional Questions Contact;
    Stewart McMillan
    CEO, Task Force Tips, Inc.

  • As a member of the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA), we encourage firefighters, department officers, emergency medical providers, and department directors to take the survey linked below. This is FEMSA’S 12th Annual endeavor to collect valuable insight about how our customers assess needs and pursue grant funding.

    What’s in it for the survey takers? A chance to win $5000 worth of equipment!

    It’s quick- and completion of this survey qualifies you for a chance to win $5000 worth of equipment for your department from FEMSA member companies.

    Just click here:

  • AMKUS Appoints Matheny Fire & Emergency

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    AMKUS Rescue Systems announces Matheny Fire & Emergency has been appointed an Authorized Distributor for sales and service in the Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Western Maryland Counties.

    As an American-owned and operated rescue system supplier, AMKUS proudly manufactures world-class extrication tools with its factory near Chicago, Illinois. These high performance rescue tools are identical to the extrication tools used and trusted by the racing industry (NASCAR, ARCA, IMSA, and The International Speedway Corporation Racetracks).

    “We are selective in only aligning ourselves with companies who provide the best-in-class products. By partnering with AMKUS Rescue Systems, we now provide elite rescue tools to the elite rescue service providers throughout our territory,” said Tim Allaband, Vice President of Matheny Fire & Emergency.

    Bob Linster, the Northeast Regional Manager at AMKUS, states, “AMKUS chose Matheny Fire & Emergency, a key division of Matheny Motors, to represent our product and company in these key territories due to their proven company history of truck equipment sales and service for the past 93 consecutive years.” He further comments, “Teaming with Matheny Motors gives AMKUS every confidence that all current and future rescue service providers will be given our top standards of customer service along with the highest quality products to achieve our joint mission – saving lives!”

    Matheny Fire & Emergency, a division of Matheny Motors, operates in several centrally positioned facilities in Woodbridge, VA; Hagerstown, MD; and Mineral Wells, WV. Matheny Motors was founded in 1922 and is currently owned and operated by the fourth-generation owner, Tim Matheny, President. Matheny Motors has over 300 employees in 8 facilities located in Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. Matheny Motors represents: KME, Demers, AMKUS, Freightliner, Hino, Isuzu, Thomas Bus, Miller Towing Equipment, Landoll, MAC, Buick & GMC. For more information please call 800-284-4418 or visit

    AMKUS Rescue Systems is located in Downers Grove, Illinois with a 42,000 square-foot factory distributing American-made rescue tools both domestically and internationally. To learn more about AMKUS rescue tools, please visit

  • We are pleased to announce that AMKUS Rescue Systems has partnered with two new racing organizations, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Red Bull Global Rallycross. Our association with these organizations provides us with excellent exposure for our products and cements the AMKUS image as the leader in motorsports rescue.

    NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California.

    As the Official Rescue Tools of NHRA, AMKUS logos will be prominently displayed on all NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA trucks and trailers and team uniforms. AMKUS will make available to NHRA the latest in safety equipment that will be used at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events and at all of its owned and operated facilities.

    AMKUS is also now the Official Rescue System Provider of Red Bull Global Rallycross! GRC events are designed to offer a unique viewing experience for fans. Their events are among the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports. One of the core principles of GRC is the ability for fans to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the sport. With a completely open paddock, fans are free to walk through, interacting with drivers and watching mechanics at work. You can learn about this revolutionary new form of motorsport at Racing fans will see the AMKUS logo on the Track Services Team vehicles and uniforms and AMKUS banners will be placed in prominent viewing areas at all RBGRC events. Of course, AMKUS equipment will also be at all of the events.

  • Please join us on Thursday, March 6 at 12:00 for the latest extrication webcast sponsored by AMKUS on

    Extrication Zone: Principles of Extrication

    Thu, Mar 6 2014 12:00:00

    Regardless of the degree of vehicle damage and the resulting level of entrapment, it is the responsibility of the responders to safely and effectively mitigate motor vehicle collisions. The foundation for successful mitigation is a solid, strong set of strategies based on the incident conditions.

    Visit to register.

  • Presented by Ron Moore, retired Division Chief and Author of over 200 University of Extrication articles

    October 3, 2013

    With increasing frequency, fire departments are reporting an inability to cut through common structural areas such as the B-pillars of late model vehicles. The normal rescue cutting tools are stalling out and they may be essentially out-gunned by new, ultra high-strength steel alloys called ‘advanced steels.’ These steels, such as Boron, can be found    in the roof pillars, roof rail, or rocker channels on a wide array of late-model vehicles, especially beginning with the 2012 model year. During the presentation, Ron Moore brings the pages of his University of Extrication series on this topic to life as he    explains the lessons learned from his nearly year-long research project on the challenges presented by these advanced steels. Learn how they are being used by auto manufacturers to meet the 2012 model year crash standards. Is your rescue team ready for the challenge of advanced steel?

  • Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District hosted the 3rd Annual Crunch Time Extrication Competition and Learning Symposium on September 27-29, 2013 at Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District’s Station #3.  This event helps departments train new personnel with both classroom and a practical skills workshop.  On Sunday the public is invited to a full day of extrication competitions.  Rescue teams of five firefighters compete in two 20 minute scenarios throughout the day.  Teams are judged on their use of tools and how they get their patient out of the damaged vehicles.

    We are proud to announce that the Byron Fire Dept. Team 1, a long time AMKUS user, took second in the Unlimited Competition and second for the Overall Competition (limited and unlimited pits).

    Congratulations to the Byron Fire Dept. and keep up the good work!


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