E-News, Issue #79
ALERT International Training Symposium/Conference

   Registration for the ALERT International 2016 Training Symposium/Conference (September 26-29, 2016) is open. Go to www.alertconference.org to complete your registration today. 

   IMPORTANT...the training on Wednesday of the Symposium/Conference will be held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia.  If you plan on attending Wednesday's activities there are forms that MUST be completed prior to conference.  On the same web page under the Registration Button is all the information necessary to complete the required forms and FLETC contacts should you have any questions.

   The Hilton Savannah DeSoto will be the site of the 2016 Training Symposium/Conference.  Registration for the conference and reservation information for the Hilton DeSoto is posted on www.alertconference.org.  Registration is OPEN Register now to make sure you have a seat at this year's training event.

Nominations for Office of Vice President and Treasurer
      "Nominations" for the offices of Vice President and Treasurer are open until April 15, 2016. Per the ByLaws of ALERT International. You can make more than one nomination, or even nominate yourself. There are only 10 days left so forward your nominations today for your favorite member who will continue to carry this wonderful Association forward.  Send your nominee's name to info@alertinternational.com by April 15, 2016.
     During May 2015 a final listing of the candidates for each office will be posted along with a ballot for "current" members to vote for their desired candidate for each office for the next two years.  So if you have not renew your membership for 2016 make sure you do so before May 1, 2015 or you will not receive a ballot allowing you to participate in this most important decision for the future of YOUR Association.

GM Plans Vacuum-Free Braking in Next-Gen Trucks, Sources Say
By Tom Murphy WardsAuto, Mar 4, 2016 
(Forwarded by ALERT Member Rich Maxwell)

     RVIDSJAUR, Sweden - Suppliers in the braking business for years have been developing concepts to replace conventional vacuum-based boosters as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce weight.

     The market for electrically actuated vacuum-free brake systems is just getting off the ground, and ZF TRW says the technology is about to begin a rapid ascent, seeing application in 8% of vehicles worldwide by 2020. By 2025, the penetration rate is expected to reach 20%.

     ZF TRW's latest approach is its Integrated Brake Control, a sophisticated 1-piece module about the size of a volleyball that eliminates the master cylinder, vacuum pump and associated hoses, while incorporating electronic stability control, traction control and an electric motor to pump hydraulic fluid to all four corners whenever stopping force is needed. [More]

Best  Regards and Be Safe,


Albert Liebno 
ALERT President



A.L.E.R.T. International is dedicated to the encouragement and correlation of research and development as well as the sharing of information, ideas and innovations in the area of emergency vehicle response operation. Additionally, A.L.E.R.T.'s mission is to provide assistance to states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers in the field of emergency vehicle operations. Another aspect of the mission is the promotion of a positive, professional image of emergency response trainers.