As 2019 winds down we are taking a look back at a few of our favorite custom trailers from the year. Of course, we will never overlook the everyday trailer sales that are the meat and potatoes of our business, but the big marketing trailers that require extended fabrication make us really proud to do what we do.

Over the next few weeks we will feature a top 10 countdown of our favorite custom trailers of 2019 as voted on by our employees.

From the sales team to the admin team to the service team, every person may or may not have played a direct role in each trailer along the way, but each person has played an important role in keeping the business going, providing excellent customer service, and getting trailers back up and running quickly, which is something to be celebrated.

#10. National Grid First Responders Training Trailer

National Grid First Responders Training Trailer

Some trailers haul equipment, others serve as a marketing platform, and others act as a shop, workshop, or command center. Coming in at No. 10 on our list, the National Grid trailer is important to us because it does something a little bit different. It serves as a training vessel for those who work to keep us safe.

Based in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and the UK, National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world, promoting the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative, and affordable energy solutions.

National Grid’s learning and development team, of which Kevin Krogh helps lead, operates with a stated mission that is “dedicated to the first responders and the communities we serve through education and utility training.”

“The purpose of our program is to reach out to the 401 fire departments in our upstate New York region and to train them on the dangers that come with it when responding to gas leaks, gas fires, or even unknown smells of gas in areas or buildings,” said Krogh, manager of gas training for National Grid.

His job was significantly enhanced by the purchase of the 24-foot stage trailer which was outfitted with a whole gas line distribution model that Kevin and his team take directly to fire departments throughout upstate New York. 

But the custom trailer didn’t happen without overcoming some hurdles along the way.

“Back in April, I went with a local company here in upstate New York (to build the trailer),” said Krogh. "I was contacted on a Monday afternoon (and told) that the trailer was going to be delayed due to warehouse destruction from recent flooding. Knowing I had a commitment for a Fire Department Exhibition Show in June, I had to make a decision as to how I could get a trailer ASAP.

“That night, I searched the Internet for trailer companies and came across Advantage Trailer. I picked out a trailer, called your company, and got Brian on the other line. His professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to assist me with my dilemma was enough to convince me that I had the right company. From there, we chose a trailer to fit my needs and I made a commitment of purchase that evening.”

With a stock stage trailer that met his specifications on our lot and ready to go, Krogh had his trailer within a week and was able to meet his show deadline in mid-June. Since then, he and his team have conducted trainings with the trailer at more than 90 fire departments and counting.

By bringing the trailer directly to local fire departments and conducting the trainings there, National Grid is able to provide necessary, hands-on education, that includes:

  • Understanding the properties and behavioral characteristics of natural gas
  • Developing working relationships with National Grid employees
  • Identifying the steps for developing a plan of action for a natural gas incident
  • Identifying the atmospheric and physical safety hazards associated with natural gas incidents
  • Identifying consideration for assessing a natural gas leak inside or outside a structure

“At the conclusion of the training, we hand off a Remote Methane Leak Detector unit that detects methane, which is a product that is put into natural gas to give it that skunk smell,” Krogh said. “Fire departments can use this detector unit to detect gas from 100 feet away from a structure by pointing it through a glass window. With this technology, they have a capability of getting a natural gas reading from such a distance that would keep them out of an explosive area if an explosive range percentage was detected.”

The program has been such a success over the past six months that Krogh and his team are working to bring the same program to downstate New York and expand the trailer to feature electrical poles as an extra layer of training.

Great work, National Grid team, and congratulations on being named one of our top 10 trailers of 2019!

All photos provided by Kevin Krogh and Jerry Stockman from National Grid.