Seagrave Fire Apparatus

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Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC is the longest running fire apparatus manufacturer in America that specializes in pumper and rescue units, as well as aerial towers. In addition to manufacturing new equipment, they refurbish, repair and upgrade older Seagrave apparatus, including National Fire Protection Association updates to equipment.[1] They are most notably used by the New York City Fire Department and up until recently by the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Seagrave was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1881 by Fredric Seagrave and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1891. Seagrave was acquired by the FWD Corporation in 1963 and moved their corporate headquarters to Clintonville, Wisconsin.[2]

Randolph Lenz, Chair of FWD's parent company, Corsta Corp., became embroiled in a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation suit and in 2003 all assets of FWD: FWD Corporation, Seagrave, Baker Aerialscope and Almonte Fire Trucks were sold to an investment group headed by former American LaFrance executive James Hebe. Today, the Seagrave group is a flagship company of ELB Capital Management.

Seagrave operates US manufacturing facilities in Clintonville, Wisconsin and Rock Hill, South Carolina and is an authorized General Services Administration vendor and supplies the United States Federal Government with firefighting equipment.[3]

2014 Seagrave Marauder II - Streamwood Fire Department - Illinois
Seagrave Maruader II with Apollo II 105' Tower

Canadian operations[edit]

Around 1900, Seagrave opened a Canadian plant and sold a full range of apparatus off and on from there until 1936. Entering into an alliance with well-known Canadian fire engine builder R. S. Bickle Co "Canadianized" versions of standard Seagrave rigs were assembled at Bickle's Woodstock, Ontario plant, and sold under the Bickle-Seagrave banner. After several ownership changes, and closure in 1956, Bickle's successor King-Seagrave Ltd. continued to assemble Seagrave fire apparatus in large numbers until 1973, when FWD Corp opted not to renew its agreement. King continued to produce fire apparatus on commercial chassises until its closure in 1985.

Seagrave purchased Canadian apparatus builder Almonte Fire Trucks of Carleton Place, Ontario in 1999. The Carleton Place plant built commercial chassis apparatus and served the Canadian market. Production ceased in 2010 and the building was sold to Eastway Emergency Vehicles.


2010 Seagrave Marauder II - FDNY Engine 222
  • Marauder II Full-tilt cab - Current Chassis Design
  • Attacker HD Split-tilt cab - Current Chassis Design
  • Commercial - Current Chassis Design
  • Marauder - Out of Production
  • Concorde - Out of Production
  • Commander II - Out of Production
  • Commander - Out of Production
  • Flame - Out of Production

Fire apparatus[edit]

  • Fire Engines
    • Custom Pumper
    • Commercial Pumper
    • Commercial Quick Attack Pumper
    • Custom Pumper Tanker
    • Commercial Pumper Tanker
    • Custom Rescue Pumper
    • Commercial Rescue Pumper
2007 Seagrave Marauder with 100' Patriot Ladder - Elgin Fire Department in Illinois
  • Fire Trucks
    • Apollo II 105' Rear-Mount Platform Tower Ladder
    • Aerialscope II 75' Mid Mount Tower Ladder
    • Aerialscope II 95' Mid Mount Tower Ladder
    • Force Aerial Ladder
    • Meanstick Quint 500lb tip load
    • Tractor Drawn Aerial Ladder
    • Patriot ladder 100' 250lb tip load
    • TowerMax Rear Mount Platform Tower Ladder (Out of Production)
    • TowerMax Mid Mount Platform Tower Ladder (Out of Production)
    • Apollo Rear Mount Platform Tower Ladder (Out of Production)
  • Tankers
    • Custom Tanker
    • Commercial Tanker
2001 Seagrave Marauder Heavy Rescue - St. Charles Fire Department in Illinois
  • Rescues
    • Specialist Rescue/HazMat


  1. ^ "Refurbishment". Seagrave Fire Apparatus. Retrieved September 5, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Company Overview". Seagrave Fire Apparatus. Retrieved September 5, 2006. 
  3. ^ "GSA". Seagrave Fire Apparatus. Retrieved September 5, 2006. 

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