TNT Crane Opens A New Branch In Edmonton Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada Inc. opens new Branch in Edmonton, Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada is pleased to announce that it will open a branch office outside of Edmonton in Leduc, Alberta in July, 2016. The new branch will be located at 3310 Allard Avenue, Leduc, Alberta.

TNT is expanding into the area to provide crane services to existing and new customers in the region.  TNT crane services currently has seven branches stretching from British Columbia to Ontario servicing multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Wind Construction, Bridge & Road Construction as well as Commercial customers.

Bob Fairbank, President & CEO said “We are excited about opening our newest branch in Edmonton and bringing our experience and expertise to better serve our customers in the region. Edmonton offers great potential for growth and we look forward to expanding our customer base here through this commitment.”

About TNT Crane & Rigging

Founded in 1985, TNT Crane and Rigging is one of the largest crane service providers in North America.  TNT operates a modern fleet of more than 625 hydraulic truck, all terrain and crawler cranes ranging in lifting capacity from 8 tons to 1300 tons, plus a comprehensive inventory of gantry jacks, forklifts, rigging equipment, personnel and tractor/trailers.  The company has over 1,400 employees working in branch locations from Texas, Denver, Canada and the Atlantic seaboard. TNT has the equipment and experience to deliver lifting solutions efficiently and safely.

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LED Light Bars – Safety First

LED Light Bars Safety First

The fire service is always working to improve firefighter safety. Standard operating procedures (SOPs), improved PPE, lighter equipment and reflective striping on apparatus are just a few examples. But we still have a ways to go. Each of us has a responsibility to improve scene safety.

There’s probably not one thing you can do that will improve scene safety more than turning on some lights. From the equipment we buy to the way we train with it, most departments have a vast potential for improvement when it comes to incident scene lighting.

Why You Need It
I remember the days (or should I say the nights) of stumbling around in the dark at accident scenes or after the fire was knocked down. Back then, the fire was the best light we had.

Since then, however, I’ve been fortunate to work for a fire department that’s very serious about incident scene lighting and understands how it improves fireground safety and efficiency.

Most of us can walk around our own homes in the dark, but try to do that someplace you’ve never been, and it’s not so easy. During nighttime operations, good lighting lets firefighters work around the scene with ease, rather than falling over hoselines or stumbling down stairs. It also lets fireground commanders better read smoke conditions and early warning signs of structural failure.

Good scene lighting even makes the general public safer. Fires attract attention, and roadside incidents always seem to come with their share of curious passers-by. The American public is becoming desensitized to emergency lighting because they see so much of it on non-emergency vehicles, like school buses, trash trucks and even the mail carrier. If your department can really light up a scene, the public will often see that more clearly and respect it more than just another set of flashing lights.

Many modern fire apparatus are equipped with fixed high-intensity lights and apparatus-mounted light towers that provide excellent scene lighting. So you ask, “How is this a training issue?” Just because it’s on the truck doesn’t mean everyone knows when and how to use it. We must reinforce its purpose and use to our personnel.

Light Towers & Brow Lights
Apparatus-mounted light towers are some of the greatest additions made to fire trucks. They allow you to direct a lot of light onto the incident scene and do so 360 degrees around the apparatus—something you can’t always do with fixed lighting on the truck. Because most towers extend into the air above the truck, they cover lots of area and help illuminate roof areas as well.

Light towers are outstanding for incidents along roadways because approaching vehicles can see from far away the light tower extended above the truck. They can also pan a full 360 degrees around the scene of an accident to look for other involved vehicles that are off the roadway and invisible in the darkness.

Brow lights are another form of generator-driven, truck-mounted lighting. Because they’re forward-facing, brow lights give great lighting in front of the apparatus—an area that in the past was only illuminated by headlights.

We all know that getting to the location of a reported incident and doing it safely is a big part of the battle. A working fire often reveals its location from miles away. But many of the incidents we go to today are EMS incidents and other calls where finding the correct address quickly makes a big difference in the incident’s outcome.

The good old handheld spotlight has been our weapon of choice for many years, but it has limitations. Today, we can use brow lights and other truck-mounted lighting as the apparatus rolls down the street into the incident scene. Instead of hunting for the posted address with the trusted spotlight, we now light the entire street and expose the dangers ahead.

If your apparatus is equipped with brow lights, teach your operators to switch them on before arriving at the incident scene. This allows you to locate hydrants or hoselines that may be in the roadway from initial-arriving companies. If you’re rolling into a motor vehicle accident scene, you can see debris from the wreck without running over it—or possibly even victims that have been ejected from the vehicle.

6 Points of Light
When lighting a scene, we want to cover as much of it as we can. It helps to break down the scene into the “six points of light”—the four exterior sides of the building, the roof and the interior where operations are being conducted.

If your apparatus are equipped with truck-mounted lights, teach apparatus operators to turn on those mounted lights as they arrive on scene. This allows the members dismounting the apparatus to see the lay of the building much better and identify hazards such as burglar bars or downed power lines.

Lighting on all exterior sides of the building makes for a much safer operation. Position portable or fixed lights from apparatus at the corners of the structure to provide great lighting all the way around the building.

As soon as operations permit, you should also get lights to the interior of the building. You can stretch line from cord reels mounted on the apparatus to power portable lights, use small portable generators with a light attached or even use battery-powered lights. Whatever method you use, it has to be quick and easy to deploy.

One note of caution: If you use portable generators, keep in mind that these units need fresh air to run and  they produce carbon monoxide that could cause health issues when used on the interior of a structure fire.

Another location that should be well lit: exit openings from the fire building. Members can re-orient themselves to the light if they become disoriented; rapid intervention teams can use exit lighting as a point of reference when helping downed firefighters.

Flip the Switch
The next time you’re drilling at night, take some time to review scene lighting basics. The simple act of turning on some lights can have an immeasurable impact on personnel safety.

 

Drill 1: Shed Some Light on It
Step 1:   Discuss with your crew the importance of scene lighting and your department’s SOPs on scene lighting.
Step 2:   Discuss safety concerns of using cord reels and electric equipment in areas where water from handlines
may collect.
Step3:    In the apparatus room, review the tools and equipment needed to stretch lights into the structure. Focus on adapters that you may need, including junction boxes and plugs for different types of lights.

Drill 2: Try It at Night
Note: This is a great drill to fulfill the ISO night-drill requirement.
Step 1:   During nighttime training, select a building your crew can drill on.
Step 2:   Have crews identify the six points of light and use apparatus-mounted lighting to illuminate the six points.
Step 3:   Practice lighting up exits.
Step 4:   Discuss where apparatus equipped with light towers would best provide the most coverage during nighttime operations.

You can read the full article here.

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Denbow – Value Driven Company

Denbow – Value Driven Company

 

I’ve had the privilege of working with the team at Denbow.com. They are a pretty fun bunch and they offer some amazing services. Here’s a simple list:

One Ton Truck Delivery Service – Perfect for small orders for guys like me

Mulch – Blown in or delivered

SoilVeggie Soil, Nutri-mend and manufactured soils

Landscape – design ideas, products to enhance your landscaping

Green Walls and Filtrex Filtersox 

You get the idea. they are a company that takes wood bi-products and turns them into recycled and usable materials for home owners and businesses. So why do I like working with them. Is it simply because there’s a paycheck at the end of the day? Did I get free product or huge discounts for my landscape products?

No. I love their culture. In walking alongside the team, I was able to intimately peer into who they are. And they are for real. I’ve seen a lot of companies preach culture but Denbow LIVES it. It is really amazing to be a part of. And this isn’t one of those blow smoke articles. These people are legitimately real and value driven people. It must be one of the main reasons they’ve been successful for the last few years.

They have the brand promise of  ““We are a community that faithfully builds into people. We strive to continuously improve as a company and deliver progressive solutions and products with service excellence (‘Wow’).” Bill’s daughter Michelle is a second generational employee at Denbow. Her passion to drive the company forward by “faithfully” building people is completely evident. It’s a pretty amazing. Read more about Denbow here.

So I love working for Denbow because they are transparent, they live by their actions which are driven by their words and they are a company committed to making the world a better place.

Yes, I am in partnership with Denbow. But if you know me, you know that I passionately believe in my friends work and I support them as best I can. I am honored to say that I am know friends with Denbow and I am proud to help support them in their mission.

 

 

 

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12 Best Search Engine Optimization Tips for Beginners

We came across a great article, 12 Best Search Engine Optimization Tips for Beginners by Constructiv Works Inc. We’re excited to try to implement some of these skills in our blog and website to help improve who finds us. It will be interesting to see where we are at in the next 12 – 18 months.

We hope you enjoyed the article as much as we did. Read the article here or in it’s entirety below.

 

12 Best Search Engine Optimization Tips – On-Page SEO Tips for Beginners

 

It’s no secret that On-Page SEO is an essential part of ranking well in search engines, helping drive users to your business website, and in turn, bringing in new customers. The following is  the 12 Best Search Engine Optimization Tips for Beginners. These tips and tricks can help you gain Google’s trust, and give your blog post the page authority to climb right up the rankings, maybe even to page one.

1) Use Your Keywords On The Page

Make sure the terms you want to rank for are present on the page, either exactly or in a variation of the keyword, is key. For example, if your website is about an ‘auto body shop in albany’, make sure that information is on the home page.

It is important to note though, that the days of stuffing a keyword or phrase into every other sentence is long over. In fact, Google’s Hummingbird updates primary goal was to sniff out, and penalize sites that use keywords excessively, and recognize synonyms as well. So make sure your copy reads natural, using alt-text and headings that relate, but isn’t an obvious attempt at adding more keywords to your post or page.

2) Link Out To and Authority Site

Linking out to an authority site that relates to the information you are providing is a great way to prove to Google that you are aiming to provide real value, and are worthy of trust. Select a phrase in your copy and link it to a page that relates on wikipedia, another authority site, or a .gov or .edu site to raise in the SERPs faster!

3) Pay Attention To Image File Names, and Alt Text.

It’s a good idea to name your picture and images in a descriptive way, avoiding names like ’01.jpg’, opting instead for names like ‘car-in-shop.jpg’ or ‘newly-painted-car.jpg’. This is also important when adding alt text to your pictures, avoid using it to stuff keywords, instead use a descriptive phrase that relates to the keyword.

4) Add A Promotional Video

Adding a video to your home page, preferably above the fold, can be very helping in on-page SEO. You see, the time a user stays on your site actually affects your sites ranking. A video can help visitors hang around longer, giving your site a good boost in SERPs. Some video hosting sites that can also help is using Vimeo or Youtube to host the video, optimizing for search and then embedding it on your own website.

On-page SEO is essential to ensuring your business website is working, bringing in new customers. These tips can help you be on your way to ranking well in search engines.

5) Use the Power of Social Media – Integrate Share, Like and Tweet Buttons

In September 2013 Google launched the Hummingbird Algorithm update, and with it the search giant quietly began factoring in social signals as proof of the quality of the content on a site. Linking your site to popular social media platforms is an important part of SEO. By providing your readers with like, share, tweet and pin buttons will encourage users to share your content, building your social proof, and increasing your search rankings.

6) Write Useful Content People Want To Read & Share

With social proof now factoring in search results, writing shareable content is an important part of keeping your site on top. Take the time to write quality content that your readers will find useful, and will want to share, increasing your social proof, and gaining Google’s trust.

In fact, it’s pretty useless to spend loads of money on links, and SEO if your content isn’t interesting, useful, or well written. Create real, actionable information, presented in easy to understand language, and broken down to bite sized quips, helping your readers get true value from your site.

7) Pictures, Infographics and Bullet Points

Breaking up your text with related bullet points, pictures, diagrams, graphs or illustrations is a great way to increase engagement, and keep users on your site longer – a metric Google uses to measure the value of your content. Most users are pretty impatient, even if your content is AMAZING, if it isn’t broken up with pictures, graphs and diagrams many will shy away from 500+ words of solid text.

Taking the time to create a few useful info graphics for your content or tutorial can help you climb the search ranks much more quickly.

8) Create Unique Title and Description Meta Tags for Each Page

Make sure your title and description tags are unique on a page level, reflecting the content unique to the page or post. These tags, hidden away at the head of your web page, contain the text that is shown in search results, playing a key part of on-page SEO, and is the first impression users will have on your website. Taking the time to plan, write, and word the tags properly can increase CTR exponentially.

9) Internal Linking – Link Pages and Posts Using Relevant Anchor Text

Interlinking your website pages and posts is a great

way to get more pages indexed, and ranking, helping to boost the ranking of the inner pages, helping your site rank on a page level. This increases the number of terms you can rank for, potentially increasing your traffic by leaps and bounds.
If you mention a term explained in another post, take the time link to it using a relevant term, boosting the rank and authority of both posts.

10) Add a Blog to Your Website & Update It Regularly

Adding a blog to your website is a great way to keep Google interested in your site, and raise the crawl rate to get your new content indexed faster. You see, Google isn’t that interested in static website that stay the same year in and year out, playing favorites with newer content and regularly updated websites.
Blogging provides website owners with a way to tap into this preference, providing regular new content, and ranking for more keywords than would be possible with a static website.

11) Make Sure Your Website is Mobile Friendly

Having a mobile friendly site is no longer really optional, not if you want to rank well in search engines. April 2015 saw Google’s latest update, also known as Mobilegeddon in SEO circles, penalizing websites that were not accessible on mobile devices, and with over 50% of users accessing the internet via smart-phone or tablet, it only makes sense.

A fully responsive, mobile ready website is essential to ensuring your site dominates search results.

12) Use Schema Mark-up for Stronger Local SEO

Local businesses and service providers who hope to dominate local search results should add schemas to their pages to boost local search rankings. Schemas were specially developed to help search engines understand your websites content more thoroughly, this includes the address and linked social media pages. Adding the relevant schemas to the address, phone number, email and relevant linked social media accounts can help with search, and Google Map rankings.

Hope you enjoyed the post. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. Gary