|Owens Cross Roads (Ala.) Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dan Kelly, right, is congratulated by E-ONE President Peter Guile. Kelly’s department won a new Tradition ES pumper in E-ONE’s second annual “Tell Us Your Story” contest.|
Anticipation. Shock. Delight.
Those were the emotions of Chief Dan Kelly and the firefighters of the Owens Cross Roads (Ala.) Volunteer Fire Department when they learned their fire company won the 2010 E-ONE fire truck essay contest.
Choked with emotion as his department’s name was announced, Kelly stepped to the microphone and thanked E-ONE and everyone who had voted for his department.
“This has been a magnificent run,” Kelly said. “I’m really at a loss for words.”
The presentation was made in Chicago at E-ONE’s exhibit space during the Fire Rescue International (FRI) conference and trade show, sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
Kelly’s department consists of two older pumpers and 20 volunteer firefighters covering a 34-square-mile district and giving mutual aid in a neighboring 122 square-mile area.
“I didn’t think that it would come to pass and never expected this to happen,” the chief said.
This is the second consecutive year that E-ONE has asked departments throughout the United States to tell their stories for an opportunity to win a new Tradition ES fire truck.
“We were again moved by the compelling nature of the stories and the immense need for equipment and apparatus in the fire service,” Peter Guile, president of E-ONE, told the crowd assembled for the announcement of the winner. “We are very proud to be able to offer another deserving department a new fire truck and thank all those who entered.”
Fire departments from across the country entered the contest by writing essays about why they deserve the fire truck. E-ONE narrowed the submissions down to seven finalists and played video presentations featuring each of the departments continually in E-ONE’s booth at FRI during open exhibit hall hours.
The contest, conducted on E-ONE’s Web site, drew 70,000 online votes for the seven finalists, and Owens Cross Roads garnered more than 30,000 of them.
The six other finalists, in the order of their balloting finish, were the Luther Volunteer (Okla.) Fire Department; Hines (Ore.) Volunteer Fire Department; Aubbeenaubbee Township Fire Department, Leiters Ford, Ind.; Poverty Creek (N.M.) Volunteer Fire Department; Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department, Wetmore, Mich.; and the Sedan City (Kan.) Fire Department.
Nearly 40 other fire industry companies participated in sponsoring the contest with E-ONE by donating equipment and vehicle components to be used in manufacturing the Tradition ES pumper, Guile said.