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Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc
27855 James Chapel Rd.
Holden , Louisiana 70744
United States

Company Description: Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire and emergency vehicles. The company offers the Ultra, Inferno, Igniter and Cinder custom fire chassis....   more

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Contact, 21 Jan 2016 [cached]
Chris Ferrara CEO Ext. 3030
History, 21 Jan 2016 [cached]
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.
With his 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. He soon founded a firefighting equipment and supply distributorship, initially operating out of his home. Ferrara Firefighting Equipment represented many of the industry's top manufacturers of firefighting equipment. Ferrara 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.
Ferrara's 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. Now Ferrara 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. Ferrara 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.
Ferrara 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. Ferrara is the only fire apparatus manufacturer who has tested their cab and body to these stringent standards.
Ferrara 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.
Ferrara 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., 23 April 2009 [cached]
"These two new additions to our product line demonstrate our ability to respond to the demands of the fire service," said company founder and CEO, Chris Ferrara. He continued, "The Ember is a mid price range custom chassis, something the market has been demanding. It has the styling of our Inferno and Igniter, but comes at a price more comparable to our Intruder 2. We are extremely excited about the Ember and believe the timing of a reasonably priced, great looking chassis is perfect for 2009."
"Our other new truck is even more exciting, the MVP. The MVP is designed to meet the niche in the fire service that wants crosslays low to the chassis frame, oversized compartments, short wheelbase and pump and roll capability. Ferrara chose the Hale QMAX pump for the new MVP. "Our research showed the fire departments who wanted this type of truck also wanted improved performance from their midship pump," Ferrara added. "We easily achieved a 2250 GPM flow with the MVP. Additionally, pump and roll is achieved with a Hale PTO pump, which will flow 200 GPM at 150 PSI at zero miles per hour or 80-90 GPM at 150 PSI at 2.5 miles per hour. The MVP has huge compartments, over 420 cubic feet of storage with only a 183" wheelbase. The hose bed is generously sized and carries 1000' of 5" LDH and 400' of 3" double jacket, with room to spare. Ferrara concluded, "Of course, because we build the MVP, you can customize it if you want. If you want a larger tank, more compartment space, or another cab configuration, talk to us. We'll design the truck around your needs."
In addition to the Ember and MVP, Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire and emergency vehicles. These include their premium Inferno XD and Igniter XD custom chassis, the Intruder 2 custom chassis, pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescue and incident command vehicles, Inundator foam pumpers, airport vehicles and the Strong Arm fire rescue vehicle. Ferrara is a leading innovator in the industry, offering such firefighter safety items such as On-Site Tilt Table Testing, Crash Tested Cabs and Bodies, Electronic Stability Control, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems.
Ferrara also builds a line of specialty law enforcement vehicles including bomb squads, mobile crime scene labs, SWAT trucks, mobile drug interdiction labs and command vehicles.
Company President/CEO Chris ..., 30 Dec 2015 [cached]
Company President/CEO Chris Ferrara stated, "This is a remarkable milestone for our company.
"It is an honor and a ..., 10 April 2015 [cached]
"It is an honor and a privilege to present one of our aerial ladders as the center piece to commemorate FDNY's 150th anniversary," said President/CEO Chris Ferrara.
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