The Walkaround One Way or Another, the Wrecker is Center Stage Dennie Ortiz Publisher
As you read this our staff is heading to Las Vegas for the American Towman ShowPlace (Sept. 16,17), a show packed with tow equipment.
American Towman has done its best throughout the years to recognize the heroism performed by towers. It’s Medal Ceremony is a lightning rod for pride in our industry. In this issue we reach back to uncover a story from yesteryear. Randy Resch has diligently researched a historical account of one tower’s valiant attempt that ended in tragedy. Here among these pages we remember this tower, John Buell, 80 years after his death. Safety is always a critical issue faced by this industry. It is our mission to do our part to help protect our tow operators as well as the motorists. This past month the inaugural meeting of the Roadside Safety Commission was held at TowXpo in San Antonio. Read Steve Temple’s article that provides a synopsis of this forum, which includes sound practices your company may immediately implement. Steve further details the challenges surrounding roadside safety and the ultimate goals of this commission. AT thanks again all the individuals that took part in this important endeavor. Temple also walks us along this year’s impressive USA Wrecker Pageant in San Antonio, showcasing some of the most glorious rigs Texas has to offer. Be sure to check out the winners of this challenging competition, the largest in TowXpo’s history. Steve also brings to light some of the backstories of how these beauties were conceived and how they came into being. Later in this issue Terry Abejuela weighs in on whether to purchase a wheel lift or an autoloader. He wisely suggests that a tow show is a perfect place to start your considerations since there are many different brands and manufacturers from which to compare. Keep reading as Terry details the advantages and disadvantages of these integral pieces of equipment. The future is now. A strong data-driven article can be found by writer George Nitti as he tackles the impending global shift to electronic vehicles … and not if but when the tow industry will be made to further adapt. Towers who have been successfully handling these vehicles share specific advice that you will want to know. These towers contend that to be prepared is be trained and educated on the handling of these unique vehicles. An AT issue would not be complete without a recovery and the one featured this month will not disappoint. Two Jersey towing companies work together to upright a rolled over tractor-trailer. By teaming up, DeFalco’s and Sisbarro seamlessly perform a well executed job! On an accident/recovery scene, the duty of Incident Commander is not a small one. In his article, Steve Calitri discusses the role of the tower as Incident Commander. It will also give you a preview of the Quick-Clearance Certification Course being offered October 16th at the Towman Games in Cleveland, Ohio. Rounding out the issue is our My Baby department featuring an NRC Quickswap. Bland’s Wrecker Service out of Indy says this unit can tow anything, take a look at this beast for yourself. Hope you enjoy your read, and as always stay safe out there!
6 • September 2021 | Towman.com
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