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FDI Ships Sterilizer Number 200!

FDI Ships Sterilizer Number 200!

It was cause for celebration at FDI on May 23, 2018. The date marks the occasion of FDI shipping its 200th P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Since shipping its first system in 2015, FDI has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force to deliver advanced steam sterilization technology to our fighting men and women in the field. “Not only does this system help our front line service member in the event of a causality, but it also supports worldwide aid and disaster relief operations in which the military finds itself”, says FDI’s President and CEO, Chris Yerger. In the coming years, FDI will continue its efforts to replace the entire inventory of M-138 “Big Bertha” autoclaves in the U.S. DoD inventory while also embarking on a campaign to introduce the system to foreign militaries around the world.

FDI Reports Successful SOFEX Exhibition in Amman, Jordan

FDI Reports Successful SOFEX Exhibition in Amman, Jordan

SOFEX presented FDI with a considerable opportunity to introduce the Middle Eastern markets to the P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer. Official delegations and potential local partners alike enthusiastically embraced the P2131’s concept, one of offering hospital quality sterilization in the field environment and were impressed with both the flexibility of the system and its potential applications. Founded in 1996 by His Majesty King Abdullah II, The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference continues to grow with each edition and is acquiring paramount ranking amongst specialized global defense exhibitions. SOFEX provides an ideal platform to present new and innovative equipment in order to deliver swift, decisive and effective solutions, that will help decision makers maintain the security and safety in their countries, regions and around the world. “Large multi-national corporations and small start ups a like were offered equal opportunity to demonstrate and present their products to an international audience of potential clients” said Sebastian Ward, FDI’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “It was great to see such an internationally diverse community of nations come together and exchange ideas regarding global security and defense, as well as foreign aid and relief”

For information on SOFEX’s sister show, IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi , please visit https://idexuae.ae/

FDI Enters French Distributor Agreement

Fort Defiance Industries is strengthening its worldwide presence through a partnership with Paris-based Crim’Tech. The exclusive agreement covers the distribution of our Automated Field Steam Sterilizers and accessory products throughout France.

Crim’tech has many years of experience in the marketing and sale of complex defense and national security products and is well suited to introduce to the French market, our powerful line of sterilization equipment designed for field hospital application.

“We are very excited to be working with them,” said Sebastian Ward, vice president of sales and marketing at Fort Defiance Industries. “They have a great name in the industry, and we are fortunate to be able to benefit from their longstanding relationships with their customers. We feel that this was a truly excellent approach to providing our equipment to the French market.” Through the agreement, FDI’s products will be available to end-users in the military, as well as to aid organizations providing humanitarian medical aid to war and poverty stricken international regions and provides patients with hospital level sterilization in difficult austere environments.

Crim’Tech is very pleased to be working with such a renowned manufacturer as FDI; We will share our knowledge of the French market and help network with our customers in order to engage in a long-term partnerships.”, said Marielle Vibien, CEO of Crim’Tech.

To learn more about FDI or its products in France please contact Marielle Vibien at info@crim-tech.fr. Or visit www.fortdefianceind.com

Fort Defiance Industries renforce sa présence mondiale grâce à un partenariat avec Crim’Tech. Ce contrat de vente exclusive couvre la distribution de stérilisateurs à vapeur automatisés et produits accessoires sur tout le territoire français.
Crim’Tech possède de nombreuses années d’expérience dans la commercialisation et la vente de produits de défense et de sécurité nationale et est bien placée pour introduire sur le marché français notre gamme d’équipements de stérilisation conçus pour les applications hospitalières de terrain.

“Nous sommes très heureux de travailler avec eux”, a déclaré Sebastian Ward, vice-président des ventes et du marketing chez Fort Defiance Industries. “Ils ont un grand nom dans l’industrie, et nous sommes chanceux de pouvoir bénéficier de leurs relations de longue date avec leurs clients. Nous pensons que cette approche est excellente pour fournir nos équipements au marché français. » Grâce à cet accord, les produits de FDI seront désormais disponibles pour les utilisateurs finaux dans l’armée, ainsi que pour aider les organisations fournissant une aide médicale humanitaire aux victimes de guerre et de la pauvreté dans des régions sinistrées; ces équipements offrent aux patients une stérilisation de niveau hospitalier dans des environnements difficiles et austères.

“Crim’Tech est très heureuse de travailler avec un fabricant aussi renommé que FDI; nous lui ferons profiter de nos connaissances du marché français et de notre réseau de clients ou prescripteurs, afin de s’engager dans un partenariat sur le long terme“, a déclaré Marielle Vibien (PDG de la société Crim’Tech).

Pour en savoir plus sur FDI ou ses produits en France, veuillez contacter Marielle Vibien à info@crim-tech.fr. Ou visitez www.fortdefianceind.com

FDI Relies on Hobart Filler Metals

Based in Loudon, Tennessee, Fort Defiance Industries manufactures a variety of products, including an automated field steam autoclave produced for the Department of Defense. For this application, FDI needed a filler metal that would provide consistent weldability, good aesthetics and the strongest weld possible.

Combat Support Hospital Flexes Mobility, Ingenuity

Combat Support Hospital Flexes Mobility, Ingenuity

“This is a historical moment,” said Army Col. LaConnia Dandy, commander of the Army Reserve’s 256th Combat Support Hospital, “because CSHs don’t jump.”

Jumping, or moving a hospital on the battlefield to maintain proximity to advancing units, is a large logistical undertaking.

A CSH, pronounced “cash,” is so large that moving one after it’s been established requires several days of packing equipment and tearing down tents, and outside resources to physically pick up the equipment crammed into containers capable of holding more than 500 cubic feet of materiel, and flatbed trucks to haul the hospital to the new location.

“Historically, because CSHs are huge, we require lift support to move,” explained Dandy. “As a combat support hospital, we are not very agile and we can’t sustain ourselves without the assistance of other support companies.”

The 256th Combat Support Hospital has been identified as a Ready Force X unit, which are Army Reserve units expected to maintain a readiness posture that would allow it to deploy within days or weeks. The 256th CSH is postured to be the next hospital to be deployed.

“Based on the current threat, jumping the CSH is a necessary capability because the survivability of soldiers depends on it,” Dandy said.

Hospitals on the Battlefield

The goal of a CSH is to minimize the distance from the point of injury to the location of advanced treatment. They resemble civilian hospitals in that they have the capability to provide the most basic to the most advanced trauma care, from dental, to CT scans, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and head trauma care.

“Because our unit is an Army Reserve unit, we have an advantage [over] our active-duty counterparts,” Dandy said. “The majority of our soldiers work in the medical field as our daily jobs as civilians. This allows us to think outside the box, be innovative, and remain up-to-date with the most current and successful treatment plans.

Due to the Geneva Conventions, medical personnel can only carry a weapon for self-defense, so a CSH must also be wary of advances from the enemy, Dandy said. In a combat zone, if a hospital takes heavy artillery fire or is in danger of being overrun by the enemy, it must be capable of jumping to ensure its patients are kept safe. Evading the enemy is a secondary benefit to the 256th Combat Support Hospital exercising its capabilities to jump in a timely manner.

“We exercised our ability to jump in a training environment so we know, and have the confidence necessary, to jump in a real-world scenario,” said Dandy.

This month, the unit took advantage of Combat Support Training Exercise 18-03 to flex its jumping muscles.

“Now that we’ve set this model, it can become a norm and an expected course of action for all CSHs to be capable of performing,” Dandy said. “We will continue to grow in confidence and should we deploy, the 256th will be ready for anything — even a jump.”

Article Courtesy of The United States Department of Defense

Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign launches mobile clinics, field hospital for women, children in Sudan

Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign launches mobile clinics, field hospital for women, children in Sudan

KHARTOUM, The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign has launched the initial pilot operation of its mobile clinics and field hospital for women and children in Sudan, in a first of its kind initiative to provide the best diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive services to patients in Sudanese villages, under the supervision of leading UAE and Sudanese volunteer doctors from the Fatima bint Mubarak Volunteering Programme, and under the theme, “All of us are our Mother Fatima.”

The launch of the campaign is part of a joint humanitarian initiative between the Zayed Giving Initiative, the General Women’s Union, GWU, and the Sanad Charity Foundation, which is an exceptional model of humanitarian partnership and in line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declaring 2018 as the Year of Zayed the Giving, to strengthen the UAE’s role and humanitarian message and ease the suffering of patients.

The campaign’s mobile clinics and field hospital aims to treat women and children in various countries, in co-ordination with government, private and non-profit institutions and in line with the country’s journey of giving and volunteer humanitarian work, whose foundations were established by its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the desire of its wise leadership to establish the culture of volunteer work and humanitarian giving.

The pilot operation of the mobile clinics and field hospital is a continuation of the programme’s humanitarian initiatives, in partnership with the Dar Al Ber Society, the Sharjah Charity House and the Saudi-German Hospitals Group, which have provided realistic solutions to health issues in many countries.

The current operation of the mobile clinics and field hospital in Sudan, in coordination with local official and in partnership with humanitarian institutions, is part of an operational plan that is being executed under a timeframe and the supervision of volunteer doctors from the two countries.

Noura Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GWU, stated that the campaign’s message has managed to reach thousands of women and children through its humanitarian services, and has succeeded in attracting the best medical staff and enabled them to provide the best diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services, which has contributed to easing the suffering of needy patients and promoting social awareness about major diseases and the best methods of treatment and prevention.

She added that the campaign’s humanitarian mission to treat women and children in Sudanese villages aims to offer the best services and ease their suffering, under a voluntary and humanitarian framework.

Al Suwaidi pointed out that the campaign is part of a series of initiatives that aim to prepare leading women to conduct volunteer and humanitarian work in government and private institutions, which will help to develop their skills and abilities while enabling them to lead volunteer and humanitarian work in mobile clinics and hospitals and achieve sustainable health development.

She added that the first pilot operation of the mobile clinics and field hospital was launched in co-ordination with the Sudanese Ministry of Health, after completing the administrative procedures and meeting the technical requirements to receive patients according to the plan of the programme’s work team to provide the best free medical services, under the supervision of volunteer doctors from various medical specialisations. The official launch will take place during the coming weeks, she further added.

Samia Mohamed Osman, Director-General of the Sanad Charity Foundation, praised the humanitarian efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF.

She added that Sheikha Fatima has given humanitarian work her attention and care, to provide the best services to various segments of the community, especially women and children, by attracting, training and empowering women in volunteer work and humanitarian giving.

She also praised the campaign’s innovative role, which has advanced women’s empowerment in the area of humanitarian giving in the Arab world, as an innovative model that is the first of its kind in the region.

Osman pointed out that hundreds of Sudanese volunteers have participated in the programme in Sudan, which has enhanced their skills and abilities to handle humanitarian tasks that are essential to joint volunteer projects, to serve women and children in various Sudanese villages.

Dr. Adel Al Shameri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative and President of UAE Doctors, stressed that the mobile clinics and field hospital will work under an operational plan to cover all Sudanese villages while pointing out that the volunteer doctors will be trained at the Zayed Humanitarian Work Academy to develop their abilities in field medical work, and will be awarded certificates after passing the training programme, and will then work in the field in the mobile clinics and field hospital in Sudan.

QFFD & QRCS launch field hospital in Al Anbar

QFFD & QRCS launch field hospital in Al Anbar

Under the strategic partnership between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support the health sector in Iraq, QRCS’s mission in Al Anbar Governorate has launched a field hospital to offer emergency health care for patients and victims of the ongoing clashes across the country.

Set up in Ana District, west of Al Anbar, the health facility provides a wide range of medical services for the displaced from western parts of the governorate, said a release.

Since its inception, more than 500 patients have been served, in addition to 35 surgical cases. The Ana Field Hospital comprises several departments (operations, intensive care, X-ray, laboratory, pharmacy, and sterilization & equipment). Also, a blood bank has been created to serve various kinds of patients.

The facility is located strategically in a region with no health care services due to the total destruction of infrastructure.

All the activities of the hospital are coordinated with the Governor and Health Directorate of Al-Anbar, who pay close attention to the workflow in all steps and services of the project.

The first case received by the field hospital was a patient with obstructed labor, who was admitted for surgery. As she had hypertension, the doctors opted for a C-section under local anesthesia. The procedure was successful, and all the vital signs of the mother and her baby were stable when they were released from hospital.

These efforts are in line with Qatar’s supportive position for the vulnerable Iraqis in Al Anbar. QRCS is working closely together with the local municipalities and health authorities to ensure the best services for the displaced Iraqis all over the governorate.

UAE field hospital treating thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

UAE field hospital treating thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

ABU DHABI, 28th December, 2017– An Emirati volunteer field hospital in Bangladesh has treated thousands of children and elderly Rohingya refugees suffering from serious and chronic diseases.

The initiative is managed by doctors from the UAE and Bangladesh, as part of a voluntary humanitarian campaign that does not discriminate between refugees on the basis of colour, race or religion, in line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s initiative declaring 2018 the “Year of Zayed”, which is ultimately aimed at promoting the UAE’s noble humanitarian role.

The hospital, now operating in Bangladesh, assists refugees as part of the UAE’s volunteer field mobile clinical system, which aims to serve children and elderly people; it’s organised by the Zayed Giving Initiative in various countries, in co-ordination with respective local government, private and non-profit entities and in line with the UAE’s journey of giving, established by the founder of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and preserved by the country’s wise leadership.

The hospital’s operations are part of the humanitarian programmes of the Zayed Giving Initiative, which has succeeded in providing practical solutions to various health issues, through the deployment of mobile field clinics and hospitals in the UAE, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, Lebanon, Tanzania, Mauritania, Morocco and Bangladesh.

Emirati heart surgeon Dr. Adel Al Shameri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative and President of UAE Doctors, stated that the field hospital provides value-added services to thousands of children and elderly Rohingya refugees, who have benefitted from its medical units that are equipped with the latest medical equipment.

Omran Mohammed Abdullah, Head of the Emirati Medical Volunteer Delegation and Chairman of the Charitable Projects Sector of Dar Al Ber Association, said that the UAE is the first Arab country to launch a field hospital for Rohingya refugees, under the supervision of a UAE-Bangladesh volunteer medical team.

 

SOFEX Press Release

SOFEX Press Release

Loudon, Tenn. – Jan. 9th, 2018 – FDI, the world’s leading provider of Autoclaves designed to bring hospital level sterilization to austere environments is set to exhibit at the USA Pavilion inside SOFEX, The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference 2018 at King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman, Jordan, from May 7th-10th 2018.

“SOFEX allows us to demonstrate and present our military grade medical equipment to partner nations around the world and offers FDI an opportunity to increase the level of care received by both soldiers and civilian in conflict regions around the world,” said Sebastian Ward, VP of sales and marketing at FDI. “It’s exciting to be able to bring the same level of care and attention that patients would receive in traditional civilian hospitals, but closer to the battlefront, where the true need is.”

Founded in 1996 by His Majesty King Abdullah II, The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference continues to grow with each edition and is acquiring paramount ranking among the specialized global defense exhibitions and is considered by the international Special Operations and homeland security decision makers as the vital gathering for exchanging views and experiences. SOFEX provides an ideal platform to present new and innovative equipment to deliver swift, decisive and effective solutions, that will help decision makers maintain the security and safety in their countries, regions and around the world.

FDI will present its flagship product, the FDA P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer. This autoclave combines the safety and efficacy of micro-processor controlled pre-vacuum 270°F cycles with the ruggedness, portability and reliability required for a variety of harsh environments. Whether the ambient conditions are 40°F at 8,000 feet altitude or 130°F at sea level, the P2131 sterilizer has been designed and rigorously tested to ensure consistent, dependable operation regardless of extreme conditions.

FDI’s booth is located inside the USA Pavilion at Booth B664.