During the mid-eighties a problem emerged in the world of emergency warning devices. With the improved sound proofing of automobiles combined with better sound systems, the performance of sirens and air-horns were becoming secondary warning devices; drivers could no longer hear the emergency vehicles. Fire departments were finding the only solution to clear traffic and improve safety was to add more warning lights. The philosophy was, if you can’t be heard, make sure you can be seen.

This solution was effective as long as the vehicles electrical system could keep up. When it couldn’t, firemen became endangered. Apparatus soon became electrically unstable and unreliable with engines and pumps shutting down or not even starting. A better and more efficient way to produce emergency warning signals was needed.

In 1994, W. Kenneth Menke III, following the course set by his father, founder of Public Safety Equipment/Code-3, responded to the problem with the introduction of a revolutionary and patented new oscillating warning light technology to the industry, PowerArc!

The PowerArc technology, in halogen and LED, provides brighter warning light protection using fewer, more energy efficient devices than traditional warning lights. It is now possible to achieve two, if not three, times the energy of a lighting package with less electricity and less devices.

The introduction of LED’s in the emergency warning light arena has taken the PowerArc oscillating technology to the next level. PowerArc is the only company to have moving LED’s. Using a patented mechanism, PowerArc combines the advantages of oscillation with the power of LED’s.

With time, PowerArc has matured into a premier manufacturer of warning lights specifically designed and built for the fire service. Though not the largest of the light manufacturers, one will find it hard to beat PowerArc’s quality and customer service. From the use of stainless steel and zinc die cast parts, to humans actually answering the telephone, we feel it is our privilege to provide the products you choose to protect you and your personnel. Our philosophy, if you are buying a quality fire engine you should also be buying a quality warning light system.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our past. We hope you find our web site to be helpful, if you have interest in learning more about us or our product line, please give us a call.
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