15 April 2009
Ferrara Fire Apparatus Opens Two New Test Facilities
Holden, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., America’s premier custom fire apparatus manufacturer, has finished construction of two additional on-site testing facilities, a tilt table and a second pump test pit.
The tilt table is built in compliance with SAE and NFPA requirements, giving Ferrara's customers another compliance option for the new NFPA 1901 standard for vehicle stability. Like the fire pump, aerial, and electrical testing Ferrara offers, the tilt table testing is available from an independent third party, Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. Ferrara's fifty foot tilt table is believed to be the largest in the southeast USA. The table tilts to 40 degrees, well beyond the 26.5 degrees required by NFPA 1901. The tilt table's extra long design will make the facility appealing for other heavy truck body builders and Ferrara will rent the test equipment as needed.
The other test facility Ferrara has added, a second pump test area, is designed to accommodate their growing industrial fire apparatus business. A man made lake was built on Ferrara's property and a dry hydrant system installed that allows drafting by up to three 8" hard suction lines at the same time. The water is then discharged back into the lake, making it ideal for testing 4000 GPM or larger monitors associated with industrial fire apparatus, as well as the 1250 and 1500 GPM waterways featured on Ferrara's line of heavy duty aerial apparatus. Required UL testing equipment is at the new test area, allowing Ferrara to conduct up to four UL pump tests at the same time, when used with their existing pump test facility.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire and emergency vehicles, including 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 industrial pumpers and aerials and the Strong Arm fire rescue vehicle. Ferrara is a leading innovator in firefighter safety features such as Crash Tested Cabs and Bodies, Electronic Stability Control, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems, in addition to On-Site Tilt Table Testing. 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.