Kochek Company, Connecticut-based manufacturer of high quality water flow products and fire connections, has been exclusively selected by the U.S. nuclear industry to supply water movement products for the Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response (SAFER) program, a comprehensive response strategy that provides an added layer of safety developed for U.S. nuclear energy sites following the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. By means of staging and storing equipment at regional response centers located in Arizona and Tennessee, the FLEX safety strategy provides a multi-faceted network of portable back-up safety systems that can maintain power and cooling in the unlikely event of an emergency, regardless of cause.
Equipment stored at the response centers includes portable back-up generators, pumps, standardized couplings, strainers and hoses. Each center maintains full sets of back-up equipment ready to be moved within 24 hours to any U.S. nuclear power plant using ground and air transport. Durable, high-quality water movement products are essential to the restoration of key safety functions in the unlikely event that other emergency systems are unavailable.
David Matthews, Kochek’s Director of Marketing, said that his company is very proud to have earned the FLEX supply contract. "Our extensive water movement product line and its unsurpassed performance in the field made the difference,” he said. Products stored at the response centers will be routinely tested for operability.
About Kochek Company
For over 27 years, Kochek Company has manufactured the highest quality specialty fire equipment for today’s fire industry. Based in Putnam, Connecticut, Kochek is the nation’s largest manufacturer of PVC lightweight suction hose and a wide variety of strainers, dry hydrants, elbows, adapters, caps, plugs, and valves. For more information, please contact Kochek at 800-420-4673 or visit the company website at www.kochek.com.
More information about the Nuclear Energy Institute’s SAFER program and FLEX response guidelines may be found at www.nei.org.