SOURCE: Arotech Corporation

October 06, 2006 08:00 ET

Kentucky Fire Commission Moves to Reduce the Number of Vehicle Accidents With Mobile Driver Training Simulators From Arotech's FAAC Subsidiary

ANN ARBOR, MI and VERSAILLES, KY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 6, 2006 -- The Kentucky Fire Commission, which provides training and education services for firefighters throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, today announced that it has expanded and upgraded its firefighter driver training program by the addition of mobile driver training simulators from FAAC Incorporated, a subsidiary of Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX).

"Getting to or from the fire is one of the most dangerous aspects to being a firefighter," said Ronnie Day, Executive Director for the Kentucky Fire Commission. "More people are injured or killed in driving accidents involving fire trucks than fighting fires. It only makes sense that we do everything we can to reduce those driving accidents."

The Commission, through its Fire Rescue Training, has purchased three driver training simulators from FAAC Incorporated of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two of the simulators are designed specifically to train drivers for fire trucks including pumpers, tenders (which carry water to the scene of a fire), engines and other large fire suppression vehicles. The third simulator is designed to train drivers for personal off-road vehicles including EMS ambulances and other smaller emergency response vehicles. All three simulators are housed in a trailer so that training can be delivered to every fire department and community in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Fire Commission Fire Rescue Training has agreed to work with FAAC Incorporated to integrate their well established driver training curriculum with FAAC Incorporated's driving simulators to create a program which meets and exceeds the driver training requirements established by the National Fire Protection Association's apparatus driving standard NFPA 1002. The Commission and FAAC Incorporated will make that curriculum available to other fire departments using FAAC Incorporated's simulators.

"We are thrilled to have the Kentucky Fire Commission and Fire Rescue Training as our newest customer," said Kurt Flosky, Executive Vice President for FAAC Incorporated. "The Kentucky Fire Commission has long been viewed as a leader in the industry. We believe our simulators will assist the Kentucky Fire Commission to continue and expand its leadership position. As important, by working with the Kentucky Fire Commission to integrate our simulators with their excellent driving training curriculum, we will develop lessons and tools which will benefit everyone in our expanding community of customers in fire departments throughout the nation."

Two of the simulators will feature FAAC Incorporated's custom 3 degree-of-freedom motion system. "This 3-DOF motion ability allows our students to not only see the virtual world in which they are driving but also feel the effect of the vehicle under different driving conditions including rough and hilly terrain -- even the surging effect of water in tank trucks," said Ronnie Day. "The FAAC virtual world provides a good representation of the varied conditions we face here in Kentucky. We are confident that this improvement in our driver training program will save lives."

FAAC Incorporated is a subsidiary of Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX).

About Arotech's Simulation and Training Division

Arotech's Simulation and Training Division develops, manufactures, and markets advanced high-tech multimedia and interactive digital solutions for use-of-force and driver training of military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division's fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. In addition, the division's use-of-force training products and services allow organizations to train their personnel in safe, productive, and realistic environments. The division also provides pilot decision-making support software for the F-15, F-16, F-18, and JSF aircraft, as well as simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges.

Arotech's Simulation and Training Division consists of FAAC Incorporated and IES Interactive Training Inc.

About Arotech Corporation

Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Armor, Simulation and Training and Battery and Power Systems.

Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan and Israel.

About Kentucky Fire Commission and Fire Rescue Training

Since 1972 the mission of the Kentucky Fire Commission and the State Fire Rescue Training agencies has been to train and certify volunteer and career firefighters of Kentucky. In 1997 the Postsecondary education improvement act was mandated bringing about the approval of our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Fire/Rescue Science Technology that was supported by all 15 technical colleges. We are now established within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Our degree program has the support of the Kentucky Fire Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education and is based on standards and regulations provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), Federal Department of Transportation, Kentucky Firefighters Association and the Kentucky Professional Firefighters. Portions of the curriculum are affected by the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Council and Kentucky Emergency Response Commission. Additional accreditation is provided through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

Over the past five years we have an excess of 60,000 students enrolled within our State Fire Rescue Training Program.

Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the results of our restructuring program. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as they are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks relating to: product and technology development; the uncertainty of the market for Arotech's and FAAC's products; changing economic conditions; delay, cancellation or non-renewal, in whole or in part, of contracts or of purchase orders; dilution resulting from issuances of Arotech's common stock upon conversion or payment of its outstanding convertible debt, which would be increasingly dilutive if and to the extent that the market price of Arotech's stock decreases; and other risk factors detailed in Arotech's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, as amended, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Arotech assumes no obligation to update the information in this release. Reference to the Company's website above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information thereon into this press release.

Contact Information

  • FAAC INCORPORATED COMPANY CONTACT:
    Darren Basch
    Marketing Manager/Public Safety Account Executive
    1-734-761-5836
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    AROTECH CORPORATION COMPANY CONTACT:
    Victor Allgeier
    TTC Group
    (646) 290-6400
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