The Smeal Fire Apparatus Company is an American fire truck manufacturer located in Snyder, Nebraska.
History[edit | edit source]
Like many fire apparatus manufacturers, Smeal started as a local machine shop that gradually entered the fire truck business. The Smeal Implement Company was founded by Donald Smeal in Snyder in 1955. In 1963, the local fire district approached Smeal to repair the tank on one of their existing trucks. Smeal determined that the tank could not be fixed, and proposed that he build a new truck for the community. The first Smeal fire truck built carried a 250 GPM pump, 1200 gallon tank and 42-foot aerial ladder on a 1964 International Loadstar chassis. Other local fire departments ordered trucks of their own and the business expanded from there.
In the 1970s, Smeal began to design and build its own line of aerial ladders, expanding to a full range of ladders and towers ranging from 55 to 125 feet. The company supplied ladder assemblies to Pierce Manufacturing from the mid-1980s until 1993. They were also the main supplier of aerial ladders for Superior Emergency Vehicles. Aerials are an important part of the company's product line today.
In December 2016, it was announced that Spartan Emergency Response would be purchasing Smeal for $36.3 million. Today, Spartan continues to build apparatus under the Smeal brand name.
Production[edit | edit source]
Smeal builds a full line of commercial and custom pumpers and aerials from its 200,000 square foot plant in Snyder. Custom chassis used include Spartan, HME, Ferrera, and even American LaFrance. Trucks are delivered across the United States and Canada.
Custom Chassis[edit | edit source]
Smeal has its own custom chassis. These custom cabs are former cabs of Spartan, American LaFrance, and Ferrera that have been discontinued or current cabs with Smeal custom front end styling.
- Smeal Sirius / Spartan Sirius (2012 - present) (Redesign of original Smeal Sirius / Spartan Gladiator Sirius) (Now available in Gladiator or Metro Star specifications)
- Smeal Sentron / American LaFrance Sentron (2012 - present) (American LaFrance Eagle cab w. Smeal custom front end styling)
- Smeal Sentron II / American LaFrance Sentron II (2012 - present) (American LaFrance Eagle cab w. Smeal custom front end styling)
- Smeal S450 / S600 (2014 - present) (Ferrera Altair cab w. Smeal custom front end styling)
Dealers[edit | edit source]
Smeal has a number of dealers including Safetek Group in Abbotsford, British Columbia and Mississauga, Ontario.
See also[edit | edit source]