Industry News 2/12

ROSENBAUER has won the biggest order in its history, from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior to supply 1,125 vehicles as part of an expansion of the kingdom’s fire service that also involves building 180 new fire stations, mainly in urban areas, and recruiting 6,000 additional firefighters.

Besides water tankers built to European standards, the contract comprises pumpers and rescue vehicles manufactured to U.S. standards. In addition, heavy recovery vehicles, aerial ladders, boats and hydraulic rescue equipment have been ordered.

“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Harold Boer, president of Rosenbauer America. “This order will keep us producing at full capacity through 2014 and will also bring many new job opportunities for our division.”


BULLARD has appointed Eric D. Pasch president and chief executive officer. Pasch joined Bullard in 1999 as director of finance and was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. In January 2011, he was promoted to president and chief operating 0fficer. Pasch succeeds Richard C. Miller, who joined Bullard in 1985 and was president and CEO since 1998. Miller remains an advisor to the company in 2012 and continues to serve on its board of directors.


ALLIED SPECIALTY VEHICLES (ASV), a privately held company comprised of brands in fire and emergency, recreation and commercial specialty vehicle segments, has appointed Peter Guile as CEO. He replaces Randall Swift, who was named CEO of Heil Trailer International. Swift remains chairman of the ASV board of directors. Guile most recently was CEO of E-ONE, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASV, and held a board position with ASV. He plans to continue to lead E-ONE for the immediate future as part of his role as CEO of ASV.


ZIAMATIC CORP. has been awarded the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence, recognizing its ongoing commitment to workplace safety.

“As a manufacturer of emergency services equipment for over 50 years, we felt it was important to share in the safety ideals of our customers,” said President Michael P. Ziaylek. “Here at Zico, it goes above and beyond simply producing a quality product. We want firefighters to know that we have their best interests in mind, and that starts at home, making sure our own employees know their health is one of our top priorities.”


E-ONE has been awarded a contract from the Little Rock, AR, Fire Department (LRFD) for an HP 100 ladder and two custom Cyclone II pumpers. The three-truck order consists of the department’s second HP 100 ladder and two of the department’s first top-mount pumper configurations.

Also, E-ONE has been awarded a multi-year contract from the Department of National Defense (DND) Canada with the first order placed for 12 aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) vehicles.


AMERICAN LAFRANCE, recognizing that fire departments across the country are faced with budget constraints delaying needed apparatus purchases, has launched the AFFORD Lease Program. The program combines tax-exempt lease financing with additional incentives offered exclusively by American LaFrance.

“More and more departments are turning to leasing as a planning tool heading into uncertain times,” said Richard Ball, director of marketing for American LaFrance. “Fire chiefs and city managers are being pressured to do more with less, so the concept behind AFFORD is to allow the departments to not have to compromise on quality, provide affordable payment plans, enable levels of certainty headed into the future, and offer incentives to provide short-term  assistance.”

In addition to traditional leasing plans, AFFORD offers a Guaranteed Trade-In option at no additional cost to departments. For leases set between eight and 10 years, American LaFrance will guarantee a trade-in value to be applied against the purchase of a new apparatus at the time the lease expires.