Good Things Are Happening at E-One These Days

Inside the Apparatus Industry
Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro

E-One, one of the top five apparatus manufacturers, has weathered the storm surrounding its sale from Federal Signal 2 years ago, and it seems to be doing OK for itself these days. In fact, it’s made some big announcements in the past year. Let’s review.

At FDIC this year, E-One announced its new severe-duty cab. The hardier construction came about after fire departments requested extreme-duty interiors that could endure rigorous use while responding to numerous alarms.

E-One has added a 137' rear-mount aerial to its lineup, introduced at FRI 2010.

As part of its fire truck giveaway program, the Owens Cross Road (Ala.) Volunteer Fire Department was given a Tradition Series Pumper.

ABS interior trim has been pretty much standard over the past 25 years. E-One’s new interior option features a 125" aluminum, Zolatone-painted center dash, an officer-side dash, and A-post covers with easy wiring access through the hinged service panel on top of the center dash. The engine features a 125" WearTrak cover with foam insulation to dampen noise and vibrations.

The new interiors should help with the normal wear and tear that some apparatus endure, not only in major U.S. cities but also busy urban volunteer departments.

In another recent move, E-One has relaunched its stainless-steel product line at a new 75,000-square-foot assembly plant in Hamburg, N.Y. The company will produce a complete line of apparatus built of stainless steel.

Last year, E-One also purchased Water Master, a manufacturer of vacuum tankers, to offer another line of apparatus to its customers.

E-One seems to be doing well since returning to private ownership back in 2008. To date, the company offers 11 new or improved apparatus designs, including the Tradition Pumper and Rescue Pumper lines, the HP 78, a low-travel-height aerial cab, a severe-duty cab and a revised rear-mount pump module. Also, the company has added a 137' rear-mount aerial to its lineup, introduced at FRI 2010.

The company is also in its second year of its fire truck giveaway program. Fire departments are encouraged to write an essay telling E-One why their department needs a new truck. The winning department gets a Tradition ES Pumper. The announcement is made at the IAFC’s Fire-Rescue International each year.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from E-One in the coming years, as they continue to produce innovative products for the fire service that are timely and functional. Quality and defect-free designs and operations are things that this company has strived for in the past, and I don’t see why this won’t continue for them as they go forward.

Bob Vaccaro has more than 30 years of fire-service experience. He is a former chief of the Deer Park (N.Y.) Fire Department. Vaccaro has also worked for the Insurance Services Office, the New York Fire Patrol and several major commercial insurance companies as a senior loss-control consultant. Vaccaro is a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Comment by Eric Wilson on December 20, 2010 at 11:55am
Mark, that is too bad. I know E-ONE is definitely headed in the right direction with the new ownership and the numerous changes that have been made at the plant in the last couple of years. In regards to final inspections, the gig list now is usually close to zero or maybe one fault. My department has a 2000 E-ONE custom pumper, and of our fleet has been the least troublesome and most reliable truck. Although our department purchased 3 Segraves over the last 2 years, we have since decided to go back to the E-ONE based off their incredible reliablity, value, and support. I am guessing that the next aerial that is supposed to be purchased in the next 18 months will be another E-ONE. The E-ONE's aerials are cream of the crop. I hope that you guys get the few bugs worked out.
The pin system you speak of in regards to the aerial is much better than many other brands I have seen and the cab design on the E-ONEs are spacious and built like a NASCAR roll cage unlike many of those formed cabs/bodies out there.
We have had numerous issues with the Seagrave, but I would not dare come on here garbage and such. Best of luck, stay safe and stay low!
Comment by Mark Rood on October 21, 2010 at 2:33pm
Doug, I'm Glad they work for you, Hope they serve you well. I do have to say the E- Ones they are replacing have lasted over 18 years of front line service. Hopefully when they work out all the bugs the 2 we have now will do as well. I just felt it was sad that the quality control in the E-One factory didn't do a better job.
Stay Safe,
Comment by Doug on October 20, 2010 at 9:37pm
Really? We love our E-One(s), Mark.
Comment by Mark Rood on October 20, 2010 at 8:33pm
I would have to disagree, my department just purchased 2 ladder trucks from E-One and they are garbage in my opinion. Poor cab design that is unfriendly to firefighters, a small inefficient turntable, a pin system for switching from rescue to defensive mode that is difficult to use, not to mention the fact that they both have been sitting at the shop more than on the road since they arrived approximately 1 mo ago for one and 3 mo ago for the other. everything from wiring problems to rear end problems etc.

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