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Dorchester County, S.C. Acquire a Dozen New Ferrara Fire Trucks

December 26, 2007

HOLDEN, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a builder of custom fire apparatus, recently completed a 12-truck order for Dorchester County, S.C. won in a competitive bid against several other national and regional fire apparatus builders, the trucks were sold by Fire Equipment Services in Sumter, S.C.

They have already been placed in service in the 12 different fire departments within Dorchester County, located in the southern part of the state, near Charleston.

These 12 are not the first Ferrara trucks in Dorchester County, as two departments are currently operating the Louisiana-built equipment.

The order consisted of two custom pumpers, three commercial pumpers, six tankers, and one rescue vehicle. Fire bodies on all 12 trucks are Ferrara’s heavy-duty extruded aluminum, custom built to meet the demands of the fire departments.

The five pumpers have similarly designed bodies and pumps. Two are built on Spartan Advantage chassis with medium four-door cab and raised roof, and three are on IH 7400 four-door chassis. Each has a Hale QMAX 1500 GPM top mount pump with a separate pump module and speedlays. The extruded aluminum body has full height rescue compartments on both sides. Ground ladders are stored through the middle of the 1000 gallon water tank, allowing for all the passenger side compartments to be a full 28” deep x full height.

The six tankers are all built on IH 4400 two-door chassis and, like the pumpers, all have Hale QMAX 1500 GPM pumps. The single rear axle vehicles have 1,800 gallon booster tanks, full height rescue style compartments on the left side, a portable tank rack on the right side, ladders stored in the hose bed, and a 10-inch square dump valve at the apparatus rear.

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