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Anderson's Engineering Ltd. was a Canadian fire apparatus manufacturer located in Langley, British Columbia.

History[]

The roots of Anderson's Engineering stretch back to a Langley machine shop founded by Duncan Anderson in 1946. In 1970, Duncan Anderson Jr. took over and incorporated Anderson's Engineering in 1972. Anderson served on the Langley Township Fire Department and built a tanker for them in 1970. In 1974, the company built a second truck for Langley Township and began fire truck production in earnest. Anderson built apparatus for fire departments across British Columbia and sold a number of trucks in Washington state, including four pumpers for the Seattle Fire Department.

In 1986, Anderson's became distributor for Finland's Bronto Skylift line of elevating platforms. Several Brontos with Anderson bodies were delivered to fire departments across Canada. The Service de Sécurité Incendie de Montréal purchased nine 27-metre platforms and one 50-metre unit, the tallest fire department aerial in North America at the time. This association continued until Bronto was purchased by Federal Signal in 1995. Anderson's also built four trucks with Seagrave aerials for Montréal and entered into an agreement with Smeal to use their aerial devices in the late nineties.

Anderson's was forced into bankruptcy in 2000.

Production[]

Overall, Anderson's built approximately 400 pumpers, aerials, tankers and rescues on a variety of commercial and custom chassis. Most deliveries were made to Canadian departments, mainly in British Columbia, notably Langley Township, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and Surrey Fire Service. Several trucks were also delivered to Ontario municipalities. In addition to the ten Brontos and four Seagrave aerials mentioned above, Anderson also delivered ten pumpers and two air supply trucks to Montréal. Trucks were also exported to Guam, Saipan and industrial/mining operations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

See Also[]

Departments operating Anderson's Engineering apparatus

Sources[]

  • Dubbert, Bob, Shane MacKichan and Joel L. Gebet. Encyclopedia of Canadian Fire Apparatus. Hudson, WI: Iconografix, 2004.
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