Product Code: MRR-FIRE14
This report examines the business of the manufacture of fire apparatus in
North America. Product types examined include aerial ladders, aerial
platforms, pumpers, tankers, rescue trucks, wildland/brush trucks, and
aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) trucks. The study is a one-time
picture of North American manufacturers, with the key objective of identifying
“who is who” in the business.
The fire apparatus manufacturing industry has witnessed a sea change in the
last four to five years. While the total number of units manufactured has
remained in a narrow range since 2009-the year in which the industry collapsed
an estimated 30% to 35% from the previous year-fire apparatus manufacturers
today are different in many ways from their earlier incarnations.
It has not been just about plant closures, layoffs and subsequent call-backs,
or even sell-offs. Fire apparatus manufacturers have reworked their product
offerings, ventured into new international markets, scrapped unprofitable
product lines and moved manufacturing facilities to stay afloat and come out
leaner, more nimble-footed and better equipped to take on the challenges of a
very different emergency response marketplace. Products are now more about
“multi-function” and “budget-conscious”, markets are
global, and manufacturing practices and technologies more efficient, both in
apparatus construction and in fighting fires. Even the sacrosanct
“custom chassis” has been redesigned to make it more affordable,
and the term “entry-level” custom chassis is being increasingly
STN has profiled sixty-five manufacturers of fire apparatus in the US and
Canada. Estimates of 2013 production/sales in units and at market values are
presented, as well as an overview of the broad competitive picture-including
standings of key manufacturers-and the demand outlook for the industry through
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Table of Contents
B. Scope & Methodology
C. Product Definitions & Technology
- C.1. Apparatus Types
- C.1.1. Aerial Ladders
- C.1.2. Aerial Platforms
- C.1.3. Pumpers
- C.1.4. Tankers
- C.1.5. Rescue Trucks
- C.1.6. Wildland/Brush Trucks
- C.1.7. Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Trucks
- C.1.8. Combination Apparatus
- C.2. Manufacturing Practices
- C.2.1. Chassis: Custom versus Commercial
- C.2.2. Chassis Manufacturers
- C.2.3. Custom Manufacturing
- C.2.4. Body Construction
D. Industry Overview
- D.1. Apparatus Purchasing Process
- D.2. Keeping Apparatus Price within Budget
- D.3. M&A Activity, Consolidation & Realignment
- D.3.1. American LaFrance
- D.3.2. E-One
- D.3.3. Fort Garry Fire Trucks
- D.3.4. Fouts Bros. Fire Equipment
- D.3.5. FWD Seagrave
- D.3.6. KME
- D.3.7. Marion Body Works
- D.3.8. Maxi Metal
- D.3.9. Midwest Fire & Equipment
- D.3.10. Oshkosh Corp.
- D.3.11. Oshkosh Corp. - Oshkosh Airport Products
- D.3.12. Oshkosh Corp. - Pierce Mfg.
- D.3.13. Precision Fire Apparatus
- D.3.14. Rosenbauer Group
- D.3.15. Spartan Motors - Emergency Vehicles Division
- D.3.16. Sutphen Corp.
- D.3.17. SVI Trucks
- D.3.18. Toyne Inc.
- D.3.19. Unruh Fire
- D.3.20. US Tanker Fire Apparatus LLC
- D.4. Product Innovation
- D.4.1. New Chassis
- D.4.2. New Apparatus Models
- D.4.3. Feature Enhancements
- D.4.4. Engine Issues
- D.5. Industry Structure
- D.5.1. Size & Characteristics
- D.5.2. Ownership Structure
- D.5.3. Top Ten
- D.5.4. International Sales Initiatives
- D.6. Profitability Analysis
- D.6.1. Spartan Motors - Spartan ERV
- D.6.2. Rosenbauer AG - Rosenbauer America
- D.6.3. Oshkosh Corp. - Pierce Mfg. & Oshkosh Airport
E. Market Analysis
- E.2. Market Size
- E.2.1. Market Size: 2006 to 2012
- E.2.2. Market Size: 2013
- E.4. Market Analysis by Product Type
- E.4.1. Aerial Apparatus
- E.4.1.1. Aerial Ladders: Competitive Positions
- E.4.1.2. Product Review
- E.4.1.3. Trends in Product & Technology
- E.4.1.4. Aerial Platforms: Competitive Positions
- E.4.1.5. Product Review
- E.4.1.6. Trends in Product & Technology
- E.4.2. Pumpers
- E.4.2.1. Competitive Positions
- E.4.2.2. Product Review
- E.4.3. Tankers
- E.4.3.1. Competitive Positions
- E.4.3.2. Product Review
- E.4.4. Rescue Trucks
- E.4.4.1. Competitive Positions
- E.4.4.2. Light-duty Rescue Trucks
- E.4.4.3. Medium-duty Rescue Trucks
- E.4.4.4. Heavy-duty Rescue Trucks
- E.4.4.5. Product Review
- E.4.4.6. Trends in Product & Technology
- E.4.5. Wildland/Brush Trucks & Urban Interface
- E.4.5.1. Competitive Positions
- E.4.5.2. Product Review
- E.4.6. ARFF Trucks
- E.4.6.1. Competitive Positions
- E.4.6.2. Product Review
- E.4.6.3. Trends in Product & Technology
F. Analysis by Geographic Region
- F.1. Region Classification
- F.2. Production Estimates by Region
G. Market Outlook
- G.1. Demand Driver
- G.2. Projected Market Size
H. Manufacturer Data
- 1st Attack Engineering, Inc.
- 4 Guys, Inc.
- Alexis Fire Equipment Co.
- American LaFrance
- Anchor-Richey Emergency Vehicle Services, Inc.
- Arnprior Fire Trucks Corp.
- Asphodel Fire Trucks Ltd.
- Bluegrass Fire Apparatus
- Boise Mobile Equipment
- Carl Thibault Emergency Vehicles
- C.E.T. Fire Pumps Mfg.
- CSI Emergency Apparatus LLC
- Custom Fab and Body
- CustomFIRE Apparatus, Inc.
- Danko Emergency Equipment Co.
- Deep South Fire Trucks
- Dependable Truck and Tank Ltd.
- Eastway Emergency Vehicles
- Emergency Vehicles, Inc.
- Ferrara Fire Apparatus
- Firematic Supply Co. - BRAT
- Fort Garry Fire Trucks
- Fouts Bros. Fire Equipment
- FWD Seagrave
- Gowans-Knight Co., Inc.
- Hackney Emergency Vehicles
- Hi-Tech Emergency Vehicle Services, Inc.
- HME Inc.
- Holland Enterprises
- Hub Fire Engines
- Levasseur, Inc.
- Maintainer Custom Bodies, Inc.
- Marion Body Works, Inc.
- Maxi Metal Inc.
- Metalfab Fire Apparatus
- Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Co., Inc.
- Monroe Truck Equipment
- Oshkosh Airport Products
- Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.
- Precision Fire Apparatus Inc.
- Precision Tank & Equipment
- Rescue 1
- Rocket Supply Corp.
- Rosenbauer America LLC
- Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
- Southern Fire Service & Sales, Inc.
- Spartan ERV
- Spencer Manufacturing, Inc.
- Steele Fire Apparatus
- Summit Fire Apparatus
- Sutphen Corp.
- SVI Trucks
- Swab Wagon Co., Inc.
- Toyne, Inc.
- Unruh Fire, Inc.
- US Tanker Fire Apparatus LLC
- Valley Fire Equipment
- Warner Bodies
- Weis Fire & Safety Equipment Co., Inc.
- Wildcat Fire Trucks
- Workhorse Fire Apparatus
- W. S. Darley Co.