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Category: Ferrara

Ferrara Continues Record Sales of New Fire Apparatus

June 1, 2007

Holden, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a leading manufacturer of custom fire and emergency vehicles, announced today that sales for the first quarter of 2007 continued the record pace established in 2006.  Founder and CEO Chris Ferrara said that last year saw new records for fire apparatus sales and that 2007 started out in much the same manner.  “We neared the 350 truck mark for the first time in 2006 and, based upon first quarter sales and projected growth through the rest of the year, we are on pace to exceed last year’s record.”  Ferrara credited the strong sales of 2006 and 2007 with large aerial sales, including nearly 20 Strong Arm fire fighting vehicles, the company’s entry into the custom fabricated command trailer market, and a large upswing in sales of their Ferrara-built Inferno and Igniter custom chassis.

The company Ferrara created has successfully carved out a niche in the fire truck industry by focusing on custom fire apparatus that are built to answer the customer’s needs, rather than steering the fire department into a pre-engineered design.  “Our size makes us extremely responsive to customer’s requests, because we’re not burdened with a lot of the bureaucracy that some of the larger corporations have created.”

Building fire trucks since the late 1980s, Ferrara Fire Apparatus moved to their current location in 1994.  The Holden facility was originally built as a 150,000 square foot body-only manufacturing center.  However, the company’s growth in the emergency vehicle market and the introduction of their custom designed, industry-leading Inferno and Igniter cab and chassis has required several additions to their factory.  Ferrara’s factory today occupies approximately 300,000 square feet of body and chassis manufacturing and boasts a separate service and refurbishment facility on an adjacent property. 

Ferrara builds a complete line of fire apparatus in addition to the Inferno/Igniter custom chassis, command trailers and the Strong Arm.  The rest of their product offering includes pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescue vehicles, brush trucks and airport vehicles.  Ferrara Fire Apparatus has long been considered a leading innovator in the fire and emergency vehicle industry.  Their Inferno and Igniter are some of the most rugged custom chassis available and feature optional firefighter safety devices such as Independent Front Suspension, Roll Stability Control, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems. 

For more information on the company please contact Paul Christiansen, Marketing Director, at 800.443.9006, via e-mail at paul.christiansen@ferrarafire.com or by regular mail at Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., PO Box 249, Holden, LA  70744.

Turkey Strong Arm
One of the Istanbul Fire Brigade’s Ferrara Strong Arm fire-rescue trucks on the scene in Turkey.

Houston Orders 9 More Ferrara Igniters

May 08, 2007

Holden, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a leading manufacturer of custom fire and emergency vehicles, announced today the company had received another order from the City of Houston for nine new apparatus.  There will be seven pumpers and two 107’ rear mount aerial apparatus, all of which will be built on Ferrara’s Igniter custom fire chassis.

Houston already has 23 Ferrara trucks in front-line service, all on Igniter custom chassis; 7 rear-mount 107’ aerial ladders, 14 custom pumpers and 2 high-pressure pumpers.  Additionally, HFD’s new Igniter Haz-Mat vehicle is currently under construction at Ferrara’s factory.  Readers can click here and follow Houston’s trucks, as well as those of many other fire departments, through the manufacturing process.  The Haz-Mat’s Igniter cab features a 24” raised roof, three doors for extra room in the command center and a cab to body walk-through.

Ferrara builds a complete line of fire apparatus, including their premium Inferno XD and Igniter custom chassis, pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescue vehicles, incident command trailers, brush trucks, airport vehicles and the multi-purpose Strong Arm firefighting vehicle.  Ferrara Fire Apparatus has long been considered a leading innovator in the fire and emergency vehicle industry.  Their Inferno and Igniter are some of the most rugged custom fire chassis built, with available firefighter safety devices such as Independent Front Suspension, Roll Stability Control, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems. 

For more information on the company please contact Paul Christiansen, Marketing Director, at 800.443.9006, via e-mail at paul.christiansen@ferrarafire.com or by regular mail at Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., PO Box 249, Holden, LA  70744.

Ferrara Introduces New Inferno XD at FDIC

April 25, 2007

Holden, LA – This past weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a leading manufacturer of custom fire and emergency vehicles, unveiled its new Inferno XD chassis.  The Inferno XD is the extreme duty version of Ferrara’s successful custom fire chassis.  Ferrara chose to introduce the new vehicle at the annual Fire Department Instructors’ Conference (FDIC) and trade show.  The convention attracted nearly 30,000 visitors in what has become the nation’s largest fire industry trade show.  Many of the attendees were crowded into the Ferrara booth, thoroughly impressed by the new Inferno XD. 

Company founder and CEO Chris Ferrara proclaimed, “The XD is built to withstand the extreme duty seen each and every day by our fire fighters.  We looked at every aspect of the chassis, focusing as much on the cab as we did on what was going to be required with the new 2007 engines. We design safety into every aspect of our fire apparatus and that is what we used as our guidepost with the Inferno XD.” 

The new style Inferno XD features a plastic-free cab interior, easier entry and exit from the cab, improved cab doors, and chassis improvements to both accommodate the new 2007 diesel engines and provide better access for service technicians.  For complete details of the new 2007 Ferrara Inferno XD, please click Inferno XD or open the accompanying attachment.

The Inferno XD is suitable for use on any of Ferrara’s line of fire apparatus.  The new chassis design is approved for use with a wide variety of diesel engines, including the Cummins ISC, ISL and ISM, Detroit Series 60 or Caterpillar C9 and C13, with ranging from 300 to 525 horsepower.

Ferrara builds a complete line of fire apparatus in addition to the Inferno/Igniter custom chassis.  Their entire product line-up includes pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescue and haz-mat vehicles, brush trucks, airport vehicles, command trailers and the Strong Arm fire fighting vehicle.  Ferrara Fire Apparatus is a leading innovator in the fire and emergency vehicle industry.  Their Inferno XD and its companion chassis, the Igniter, are among the most rugged custom fire chassis available and feature optional firefighter safety devices such as Independent Front Suspension, Roll Stability Control, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems. 

For more information on the company please contact Paul Christiansen, Marketing Director, at 800.443.9006, via e-mail at paul.christiansen@ferrarafire.com or by regular mail at Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., PO Box 249, Holden, LA  70744.