Industry News 10/14

Oct. 1, 2014

CYGNUS BUSINESS MEDIA has appointed Brian Cassell as group show manager for Firehouse events. Cassell will be responsible for the overall performance of Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, MD, and Trade Show Executive 2012 Fastest 50 Winner Firehouse World, in San Diego, CA.

Cassell is a 20-year fire service veteran, serving on the marketing team for fire apparatus manufacturer KME for 10 years and as a volunteer firefighter with the Tamaqua, PA, Fire Department. In addition to his experience both as a manufacturer and firefighter, he has served on the exhibitor advisory boards of Firehouse Expo and Firehouse World, as well as FDIC and Fire-Rescue International. He has also served as the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA) Trade Show Committee co-chair, responsible for communicating manufacturer needs and concerns to fire service trade shows.

“I’m very excited to have Brian join our team as the new group show manager,” said Ed Nichols, vice president of events for Cygnus Business Media. “Brian’s experience in the fire service, as a manufacturer, in an oversight role with FAMA and his involvement with all of the industry’s major trade shows makes him uniquely qualified to move our events forward.”

“We committed to improving the value of the Firehouse brand across all of our properties when I joined Firehouse two years ago, and I believe firmly that the addition of Brian, and Tim Sendelbach earlier this month, demonstrate our commitment to that promise,” said Greg Toritto, Firehouse Group Publisher.  “As the needs of the fire service evolve and change, we remain committed to meeting those needs.”

“I am very proud to be joining the Firehouse team,” said Cassell. “This is a great team of committed men and women and I am looking forward to having a positive impact for our exhibitors, sponsors and attendees at both Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo. There are many very exciting improvements coming for both events that will give attendees new learning opportunities, as well as provide exhibitors with the value they need.”

E-ONE INC. has entered into an agreement with BRONTO SKYLIFT OY AB of Tampere, Finland to be the exclusive distributor of Bronto Skylift RLPs in the United States and Canada. Bronto parts and service for firefighting applications will also be made available exclusively through E-ONE’s independent dealer network.

“Having sold more than 100 Bronto devices in North America since 2000, E-ONE understands the unique opportunities this world-renowned articulating aerial platform affords departments,” said Jay Johnson, vice president of sales and product management for E-ONE. “We are excited to renew this relationship with Bronto and look forward to utilizing our vast experience with this product as well as our knowledgeable dealer network to meet the needs of customers.”

“North American customers are familiar with both E-ONE and Bronto and of their strong commitments to quality” said Esa Peltola, Bronto’s managing director. “We are looking forward to adding to that reputation with our range of joint products.”

The E-ONE Bronto Skylift product range will include the RLP 100, 114, 134, F118 HDT-ER and the new F116 RLP+ articulating aerial platforms. Bronto’s “RLP+” denotes an optional state-of-the-art control system that offers advanced color displays to enhance operator capabilities and features technology to automatically adjust the operating envelope based on the placement of the jacks. The Bronto devices will be available on E-ONE Cyclone II and Quest chassis

ELKHART BRASS has promoted Scott Warbritton to vice president of sales, responsible for growing current, and new, target audiences both domestically and internationally. Reporting to the chief operating officer, he will focus on aligning and executing sales strategy and guiding sales opportunities. He joined the company as director of U.S. sales five years ago.

HME Ahrens-Fox has added 5 ALARM FIRE APPARATUS INC. to its dealer network. Located in Houma, LA, 5 Alarm has more than 20 years of experience refurbishing, manufacturing and repairing fire apparatus across the entire Southeast region.

“5 Alarm is committed to providing our customers with top quality apparatus, equipment as well as exceptional customer service” said 5 Alarm Vice President of Operations Joel Domangue. “We are very excited to be partnering with HME Ahrens-Fox; with the addition of the HME heavy-duty, 12-gauge, high-quality stainless-steel fire bodies, short wheelbase specialty pumpers and their full line of single source aerials to our existing product line, now allows us to meet the apparatus needs of everyone.”

“With the increasing demand for our products in Louisiana and Mississippi, 5 Alarm and their dedicated team of service technicians and sales force is the perfect fit to represent us in this region,” said Mitch Willoughby, HME Ahrens-Fox director of sales. “In having the pleasure to work personally with dozens of departments in this region over the past two decades simply confirms 5 Alarm with their outstanding ability to provide customer service will enhance the necessary support to meet the needs of our current and future customers in both Louisiana and Mississippi.”

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