Seagrave Fire Apparatus received a five-year contract from the Portland (Maine) Fire Department for new fire apparatus.
The estimated delivery date for the city’s first new Seagraves is early 2011. The department is scheduled to receive a pumper first. The next apparatus would likely be an aerial, and then possibly another pumper. The contract is renewable for an additional five years.
Seagrave Chairman and CEO A. Joseph Neiner said, “We are particularly gratified with the City of Portland Fire Department’s decision to select Seagrave as their long term partner in view of the extensive amount of time and effort expended evaluating alternative apparatus manufacturers.”
Portland Chief Fred LaMontagne said, “The Seagrave line has the time-tested value we were seeking in the apparatus. That, and a clear understanding of our focus on firefighter safety and practicality, made Seagrave our first choice.”
Portland, situated on a peninsula overlooking Casco Bay, is Maine’s largest city with a population of about 65,000. It is a major seaport and has an International Jetport.
Portland’s first motorized apparatus was a 1917 Seagrave, and the city continued to buy Seagraves into the 1960s. The company said factors such as safety, durability, all-stainless steel construction and an assurance to deliver on commitments drew the Portland Fire Department back to Seagrave, which is based in Clintonville, Wis.