Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 Written by MANDY LOEHR
Former volunteer firefighter Don Spath saw a need decades ago for a company that could service fire equipment. So he started a business in the back of a bread truck that today has grown to an operation that serves fire departments across the state.
ABOVE: Rick Hush of MSA of Pittsburgh holds a thermal imaging camera that shows people in the room Friday during a vendor expo at the open house. The equipment is helpful to firefighters for finding people in the midst of a smoke- and firefilled room. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: A ladder truck from the Tipp City Fire Department was on site Friday at Fire Safety Services, 6228 Township Road 95, Huntsville, for the 50th anniversary open house of the local business. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)
The company he founded, Fire Safety Services, now located at 6228 Township Road 95, Huntsville, hosted a 50th anniversary open house Friday and Saturday. Firefighters from a number of departments were invited to attend, along with a variety of vendor partners from across the country and Canada.
Mr. Spath’s son, Stephen Spath, current FSS president, said many things have changed in the firefighting industry in the last 50 years, but a few things have remained the same for the way the company does business.
“Today, the people we work with hasn’t changed. We still work with firefighters from municipal fire departments and also volunteer departments.
“But the way they fight fires has changed a lot. There have been huge changes in technology.
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