Ferrara Awarded Additional $13 Million FDNY Aerial Contract

Aerial trucks have compact design to suit New York streets and fit into FDNY's historic fire stations

Holden, LAFerrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., America’s premier custom fire apparatus manufacturer, has been awarded thirteen additional 100’ rear mount aerial ladders by the City of New York Fire Department. With this latest order, a total of 54 of FDNY aerials will carry the Ferrara nameplate.

Many of the aerials from the initial phase of the contract are now in service throughout the city. “Of course, the only way we could actually prove our product was by putting them into service,” noted company President and CEO Chris Ferrara. “The feedback we’ve been getting from the department as a whole, along with the crews who work on these aerials, couldn’t be better. These aerial trucks meet all the standards FDNY has set for us: Tough, heavy duty, dependable and easy for the firefighters to work with.”

As with the previous forty-one 100’ aerials, these will be built on Ferrara’s Ultra custom chassis, featuring an all stainless steel cab with a split tilt design, seating for six.  These are also the second set of chassis driven by a Cummins ISX11.9 500 horsepower engine. The aerial is a four section, rear mount ladder with a 100’ vertical reach. Its compact design is well suited to the congested streets of New York and the 10’ 10” travel height will easily fit into FDNY’s historic fire stations that have low door openings.

Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire, emergency and rescue vehicles. In addition to the Ultra chassis, Ferrara also offers the Inferno, Igniter, Ember and Intruder 2 custom fire chassis. These are available in pumper, tanker, rear and mid-mount aerial ladder and platform, rescue and incident command and high flow industrial configurations. A leading innovator in the industry, Ferrara takes pride in offering such firefighter safety items such as the MVP, On-Site Tilt Table Testing, Cab and Body ECE-29 Crash Testing, Independent Front Suspension, Complete Airbag Protection and SmartWheel steering systems. 

About Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc.
For more information on the company please contact Paul Christiansen, Marketing Director, at 800.443.9006, via e-mail at, by regular mail at Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., PO Box 249, Holden, LA 70744, or visit

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