General Safety Equipment Corporation was an American fire apparatus manufacturer located in Wyoming, Minnesota. It is now Rosenbauer Minnesota.


Minnesota Fire Equipment Company 1930s-1956

General Safety was formed in Lindstrom, Minnesota in the late 1920s when blacksmith Elmer Abrahamson built a truck for his hometown fire department. He formed a company called Minnesota Fire Equipment Company and delivered trucks to a number of departments in his immediate area. in 1939, the remaining fire apparatus business assets of the W.S. Nott Company were transferred to the Minnesota Fire Equipment Company. The company moved its manufacturing facilities to North Branch in the late 1940s and changed its name to General Safety Equipment Company in 1956.

General Safety Equipment 1956-1995

Growth continued through the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, as the company built trucks on commercial chassis for fire departments in Minnesota and surrounding states. In the 1970s, the company introduced custom chassis with the International CO-8190 cab and Seagrave chassis and they also added 50', 65' and 75' TeleSqurt made by Snorkel.

Production was moved to a new plant in Wyoming Minnesota in 1992.

Rosenbauer America - Onward from 1995

In 1995, General entered into a partnership with Rosenbauer. Today, General operates the Rosenbauer plant in Wyoming, Minnesota as Rosenbauer Minnesota, LLC., and builds trucks for fire departments in the US and Canada.


Rosenbauer Minnesota builds pumpers, tanker, aerials, rescues, and ARFF on commercial and custom chassis.

See also

Departments operating General Safety apparatus

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