Ferrara Fire Apparatus dates to 1979 when President and CEO Chris Ferrara founded Ferrara Firefighting Equipment.
At the time a pipefitter/fabricator for one of the nation's largest petrochemical refineries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chris was also a volunteer firefighter at Central Volunteer Fire Department.
knowledge of firefighting and experience in fabrication, Chris
and other members of the Department decided to build their own tanker.
After many hours of hard work and dedication, this group of young firemen, led by Chris
, delivered the new tanker fire truck to their department in Central.
And perhaps most importantly, they accomplished this while saving the community thousands of dollars.
The tanker project was a success and it inspired a career change for Chris
soon founded a firefighting equipment and supply distributorship, initially operating out of his
Ferrara Firefighting Equipment
represented many of the industry's top manufacturers of firefighting equipment.
was also the largest sales and service center in the South for automobile extrication equipment, with Chris
being a well known and sought after extrication instructor.
Ferrara Firefighting Equipment
was incorporated in 1982.
At that time, Chris
established a full-scale service, warranty, and repair center for several major apparatus manufacturers.
This service center offered preventative maintenance and repair on existing apparatus and warranty service repairs on new vehicles.
Early in 1988, Ferrara Firefighting Equipment
expanded and began offering major refurbishment of apparatus and assembly of pre-built fire bodies and fire pumps on new and used chassis.
Later that same year, with the desire to meet the individual needs of his customers, Chris started Ferrara Fire Apparatus, a separate company from his successful equipment business.
now famous heavy duty, extruded aluminum fire body was introduced in 1992.
Constructed entirely of aluminum plate and extrusions, this innovative concept led the industry with its engineering and design.
The introduction of the extruded aluminum body, used for pumpers, tankers, rescues and, eventually aerials, greatly expanded the product line.
was the only fire apparatus manufacturer in the industry to offer its customers such a wide variety of custom fire body styles and materials, from galvanneal steel, aluminum, and stainless steel modular and unitized all-welded bodies, to Ferrara's
innovative new extruded aluminum design.
Understanding that no two fires are identical and no two fire departments are exactly alike, Ferrara
was determined to offer market driven concepts to the fire service.
once again expanded its offering of fire apparatus to include a full line of aerial devices.
Ferrara's custom designed fire apparatus now included pumpers, tankers, hazmat units, large and small rescue vehicles, as well as aerial ladders and platforms.
In 1994, Ferrara
designed and built a new facility located in Holden, Louisiana, a 110,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
went a step beyond that required by the standard by also conducting vertical load testing with the same 66,000 pound weight, resting it atop their heavy duty extruded aluminum fire body.
is the only fire apparatus manufacturer who has tested their cab and body to these stringent standards.
introduced the Strong Arm, a revolutionary firefighting vehicle at Fire Rescue International
in New Orleans in 2004.
This vehicle is a multi-purpose fire and rescue vehicle that boasts water flow of 1500 GPM and lifting capacity of 1,800 to 10,000 pounds.
That same year, Ferrara
introduced the Inundator industrial fire apparatus.
Designed for the high volume water flows required for use in industrial firefighting, the Inundator can achieve an industrial or municipal rating of 3000 GPM.
Flows of 5000 GPM or greater are achieved by this impressive industrial pumper apparatus when it is supplied by a pressurized water source.
In 2005, Ferrara
expanded its manufacturing facility once again.
It added capacity to the body manufacturing facility, tied the chassis and body plants into a single facility and started a dedicated repair and service facility.
With nearly 300,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity, Ferrara
is one of the largest fire apparatus manufacturers in America.
The repair and refurb center operates out of 14 bays in a separate facility.
They skillfully perform everything from minor repairs to major collision repair and body/cab replacements.
expanded again in 2009 with 2 new additions to its Holden manufacturing facility.
Added was an on-site tilt table test center, giving Ferrara
the ability to meet new NFPA 1901 tilt table testing requirements.
Also, to meet the growing demands of its industrial fire apparatus market, a new pump test area was constructed.
This facility is in addition to Ferrara's
45,000 gallon, two-truck UL pump test center and accommodates the substantially larger water flows required of fire apparatus designed for petrochemical plants, refineries and other industrial fire apparatus facilities.
The corporation's commitment to top quality, premium service and outstanding performance at an affordable price has been the trademark of Ferrara Fire Apparatus
, directly contributing to the success and reputation the company is fortunate to enjoy in the fire service industry.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus
considers the customer to be a very valuable asset.
By listening to them they are able to devise many of the innovative ideas that soon become industry standards.
Service after the sale, a mainstay of Ferrara
, prompted the manufacturer to be the first in the nation to provide fire departments with a 24-hour emergency hotline for warranty and service.
All Ferrara products are designed to be easy to use, easy to service, and tough enough to be dependable for many years.
Additionally, their knowledgeable and experienced sales and dealer network spans across the United States and the globe with professional sales and skilled service centers throughout.
The future looks very bright for Ferrara Fire Apparatus
and its fine craftsmen.
The company's philosophy, Leading the Way, leaves no reason for doubt that Ferrara
will play a major role in the future of the fire apparatus industry.