Bronto Skylift – the global market leader in truck mounted hydraulic platforms – designs, manufactures, sells and services appliances for rescue and firefighting as well as for construction work.
Product range includes approximately 50 models with working height from 17 to 112 meters. The advanced modularity also allows numerous client-specific modifications. During the past 50 years Bronto delivered over 6,700 units to fire brigades and industrial customers throughout all continents in more than 120 countries. Headquarters and production is situated in Finland and subsidiaries are in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. The company has been part of Federal Signal Corporation since 1995.
Bronto Skylift has been an integral part of developing the life and property saving machinery worldwide. Fire and rescue operations are a part of the real daily life, where people need to be saved from tricky and dangerous circumstances at extreme heights. We all respect the sweat and courage it takes to save lives, so let’s take a moment to salute the rugged machines that work with the heroes to make this possible.
Back in history
Fire and rescue operations began to utilize the aerial ladders and over time these ladders grew bigger due to ever increasing need for reaching greater heights and taller buildings in the early 20th century.
Initially, fire fighters would throw a water hose over their shoulder, scale a ladder in full gear and use the same route for bringing people down to safety. This was not the safest or most efficient method for the growing needs.
Improvements occurred in technology and by the 1950s elevating or aerial platforms came into use. These provided benefits such as greater maneuverability, but still something important was missing.
There must be better Bronto Skylift came to the rescue with a real and exiting solution and offered a 2-in-1 solution with a groundbreaking telescopic hydraulic platform with ladder, making its first appearance in 1984, in Birmingham, UK.
By combining a turntable ladder with a hydraulic platform, fire applications got the best of two worlds. This maintained the stability of a boom, the rescue capacity of a cage, with waterline and the mass evacuation capabilities of a ladder. Safety and efficiency for both, the rescuers and the rescued was improved exponentially by this innovation.
And what about the future?
The need for aerial rescue vehicles will remain with a call for greater compactness for negotiating traffic and city or landscapes. Clever and more versatile machines are also on the horizon, to best meet growing demands for applications such as: fire-fighting, water rescue, chemical fires, silo maneuvering and surveillance activities.
In the future, Bronto Skylift will continue with “its unique world offering, which includes an entire range, from the biggest to the smallest” devices to serve every customer need.
- 1961 – All own manufacturing. First 2-boom aerial platform to domestic customer.
- 1966 – First 3-boom rescue and firefighting platform to Sweden.
- 1978 – Bronto Skylift’s hometown, Tampere, Finland, gets first rescue and firefighting platform.
- 1984 – Telescopic hydraulic platform with ladder, first appearance in Birmingham, UK.
- 1994 – Highest platform in the world at 72 meters to Brazil.
- 1997 – The 4,000th unit is built and supplied.
- 2005 – Introduction of the first 90-meter rescue platform, F 90 HLA, at Interschutz. The unit is the 5000th Bronto unit built. A new range, RLX, rescue ladders with telescopic cage boom also launched.
- 2009 – The world’s highest truck mounted platform, Bronto Skylift F 104 HLA reaches up to 104 m.
- 2010 – Bronto Skylift breaks its own record with the 112-meter unit, F 112 HLA
- 2015 – New F-XR range and Skyliftfleet.com service offering released
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