Grumman Emergency Products was a fire apparatus manufacturer located in Roanoke, Virginia.
History[edit | edit source]
Grumman Aerospace Corporation was a well-known manufacturer of aircraft. Its most famous products included Second World War fighters like the Wildcat and Hellcat, and Cold War aircraft like the F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler and E-2 Hawkeye. Grumman was also a chief contractor for the US Space Program and a manufacturer of the Gulfstream business jet.
In 1976, subsidiary Grumman Allied Industries acquired the Howe Fire Apparatus Company. Howe had earlier purchased fire truck manufacturers Oren Roanoke Corporation and Coast Apparatus Inc.. Initially, Grumman maintained the Howe and Oren names but in 1980, closed the Howe plant in Indiana and consolidated production at the former Oren plant in Roanoke.
Grumman itself was acquired in 1994 by Northrop Corporation and is now known as Northrop Grumman.
Grumman-Olson[edit | edit source]
Grumman-Olson, a separate arm of Grumman, built step van chassis commonly used by fire departments as rescue and command vehicles. Grumman Olson declared bankruptcy in 2001 and was purchased by JBPCO in 2003. It operates today under the name Morgan Olson.
Production[edit | edit source]
Grumman built a full line of apparatus on commercial and custom chassis. It introduced its own line of aerial devices in 1982 and a custom Panther chassis from HME in 1988.
In keeping with Grumman's aircraft heritage, its fire apparatus line were given 'cat' names, including Aerialcat ladder/tower trucks, Firecat pumpers and Panther chassis.
See also[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- McCall, Walter M.P. Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers. Hudson, WI: Iconografix, 2009.