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PennWell Acquires Elsevier Public Safety; JBL Acquires EMS Product Line

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On Sept. 14, PennWell Corporation announced the acquisition of Elsevier Public Safety, the publisher of JEMS, from Elsevier, Inc. The deal also includes JEMS.com, the EMS Today Conference & Exposition (the JEMS Conference), EMS Insider, FireRescue magazine, FirefighterNation.com, FireEMSblogs.com, Law Officer magazine, LawOfficer.com and the publishing contract for APCO’s Public Safety Communications magazine.

Elsevier Public Safety, a division of Elsevier, Inc., was founded in 1980 as JEMS Communications, with JEMS, one of the most iconic brands in the EMS market. During the past 32 years, Elsevier Public Safety expanded to become the only media company serving all four key public safety segments—EMS, fire/rescue, law enforcement and communications. The management and staff will join PennWell, a diversified global media and information company, and will remain based in San Diego. PennWell conducts more than 50 conferences and exhibitions, including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), and has an extensive line of trade publications, including Fire Engineering and Fire Apparatus magazines.

PennWell will bring its trade show management knowhow to the EMS Today Conference & Expo, held annually each spring. EMS Today celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and in 2013 will be held March 5–9 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.jems.com/article/news/pennwell-acquires-elsevier-public-safety.

In other acquisition news, Jones & Bartlett Learning (JBL), a division of Ascend Learning, acquired the EMS product line from Elsevier, Inc., closing the deal in July, according to JBL Executive Publisher Kimberly Brophy. EMS education resources previously published under the Elsevier brand are now part of the JBL EMS product line, including those marketed under the Mosby, Saunders and Churchill Livingstone imprint. The added value, Brophy notes, is that customers can now order a large variety of titles from one publisher.

JBL is a provider of instructional, assessment and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary and professional markets. JBL will continue to support and enhance EMS products, domestically and internationally. Customers should note that Elsevier will be responsible for accepting returns on any products purchased directly from Elsevier through April 30, 2013.

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