Archive for August 21st, 2014

E-ONE gets Bronto SkyLift products back


E-ONE®, Inc., a leader in first responder apparatus, has entered into an agreement with Bronto Skylift Oy Ab of Tampere, Finland (“Bronto”), 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 which 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, two of the industry’s most durable custom cabs, with an array of body options to complement the articulating aerial platform’s compact, maneuverable design.

To learn more about E-ONE products or to find your local dealer, visit

As a leading manufacturer of first responder vehicles, E-ONE engineers, manufactures mission-critical vehicles including custom and commercial pumpers tankers, Water Master vacuum tankers, aerial ladders and platforms, command and communication apparatus, quick attack units, industrial trucks, and aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles.  The company sells its products world-wide and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida. E-ONE is an ISO 9001 registered and CCC certified manufacturer. For more information, visit

Back in March of 2011, Pierce signed an agreement to be the exclusive US distributor, effectively taking it away from E-ONE at that time.


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Romeoville Hosted Fire Academy photos

Here are some photos from (8/20/14) at the Romeoville hosted Fire Academy class. The class is about 75% Lyons Fire Fighters and 25% self sponsored recruits. Here is the link to more photo’s:

-Code Photography

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firefighter training

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firefighter training

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Vintage fire scene from Villa Park

This from Brian Murphy:

These photos are of a single-family house fire on the west side of Villa Park, taken during a very cold and snowy winter afternoon in the early- to mid-1990’s. At the time the pictures were taken, units from Villa Park (including call-backs), Elmhurst, Lombard, and Addison were either on-scene or en route. Unsure if it was a General Alarm or a First-Level MABAS Box.
All photos were taken using a 35mm pocket camera- no digital or smartphones back then!  Hope you enjoy the brief trip down memory lane!
I will send more as time permits!
Best Regards,
Brian Murphy
winter fire scene circa 1990

Line off of the rear of first-due engine from Villa Park Northside fire station. Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Fire venting through the roof; in foreground is Villa Park Engine 4 (reserve rig). Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Note smoke hanging low to ground- very cold day! Also note 2 1/2″ supply line from hydrant down the block at corner. Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Lots of cold smoke. Villa Park Engine 5 in background- late 60’s or early 70’s Pirsch. Brian Murphy photo

vintage custom Pirsch fire engine

Villa Park Engine 4- late 60’s or early 70’s Pirsch, similar to Engine 5. Brian Murphy photo

vintage custom Pirsch fire engine

Engine 4- officer’s side. Brian Murphy photo

Mack CF Pirsch aerial ladder

Elmhurst Truck 1- 1977 Mack/Pirsch 100′ aerial ladder. Refurbished late 80’s or early 90’s by RPI . Brian Murphy photo

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