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SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. has acquired the assets of LTI, including LTI ladders, platforms and tractor-drawn aerials, Squrt and TeleSqurt boom-ladders and Snorkel articulating aerial platforms. The acquisition enhances Smeal’s product offering to the...


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SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. has acquired the assets of LTI, including LTI ladders, platforms and tractor-drawn aerials, Squrt and TeleSqurt boom-ladders and Snorkel articulating aerial platforms. The acquisition enhances Smeal’s product offering to the fire service, adding an extensive line of aerial apparatus to the company’s line of steel aerial ladders, platforms and tillers.

“LTI has an outstanding reputation in aerial apparatus dating back to decades and decades, but it’s the exceptional reliability, safety and design features of their current products which make them an outstanding addition to the Smeal aerial product offering,” said Mark Huber, Smeal’s president. “This acquisition provides our customers with more choices, and it provides additional opportunities for us to serve urban aerial customers who are looking for the reliability, performance and packaging of the LTI, Squrt, TeleSqurt and Snorkel lines.”

He added, “Our first priority is to support the many fire departments that have LTI, Squrt, Telesqurt and Snorkel aerials in their fleets today. Now, Smeal has brought these products into our company for the long term. As a result, we understand the need to quickly provide parts and service support for these customers. We will be supporting them through an experienced aftermarket team and comprehensive parts support program with local service available through Smeal’s nationwide network of dealers.”

As part of the acquisition, Smeal acquired the technical data files for units sold previously to help ensure continuity of service LTI, Telesqurt, Squrt and Snorkel customers.

Also, Smeal has been awarded a contract by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to provide aerial and platform apparatus to members of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM) through the distribution and service center, New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus (NEFEA). Smeal will offer FCAM custom-built aerials, platforms, pumpers and tractor-drawn aerial apparatus.

 

TARGETSOLUTIONS, a provider of online training for the fire service, has renewed its partnership with International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) for the 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a significant role in firefighter training through a commitment to best practices and operational effectiveness. The award will be announced at the VCOS annual meeting on Aug. 14 during Fire-Rescue International in Dallas.

 

ROSENBAUER has announced that the Alaska sales territory will now be handled by General Fire Apparatus (GFA), whose sales and service territory also includes Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana. GFA has assigned Peter Leibfried as apparatus sales contact for Alaska.

 

ELKHART BRASS has named Gregg Brennecke vice president of operations. He brings to Elkhart 20-plus years of senior operations management experience for international organizations, including Boeing, Quixote and, most recently, Weil-McLain. While serving as vice president of global operations for Weil-McLain, Brennecke managed nine foundries between the United States and China.

“My philosophy has always been that quality comes from every person, material and process a company employs to produce the final product,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement and producing the best products possible at Elkhart is my goal.”

 

KME and METZ FIRE AND RESCUE have been awarded a contract from the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Fire Department for 12 custom pumpers. The award is part of a multi-year contract from which KME and Metz have already delivered a dozen engines.

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