Ferrara Fire Apparatus Builds Two New Testing Facilities

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Ferrara’s new tilt table, with a tilt of 40 degrees, is reported to 
be the largest table of its kind in the Southeast. 
(Ferrara Photo)

Ferrara Fire Apparatus has finished constructing two new testing facilities at its plant in Holden, La. – a tilt table and a second pump test pit. 

The tilt table was built in compliance with SAE and National Fire Protection Association requirements, providing customers another compliance option for the new NFPA Standard 1901 for vehicle stability. Like the aerial, electrical and fire pump testing that the company offers, tilt table testing is available through an independent third party, Underwriters Laboratories.

Ferrara reports that its tilt table is the largest in the southeastern United States. It tilts to 40 degrees, well beyond the 26.5 degrees required by NFPA 1901. The table’s extra-long design adds appeal for other heavy truck body builders, and the company will rent its test equipment to them as needed.

The second new test facility, a second pump test area is designed to accommodate Ferrara’s growing industrial fire apparatus business. A man-made lake was built on the property and a dry hydrant system installed for drafting by up to three eight-inch hard suction lines simultaneously. The water is discharged back into the lake, making the facility useful for testing 4,000-gpm or larger monitors associated with industrial fire apparatus, as well as the 1,250-and 1,500-gpm waterways featured on Ferrara’s line of heavy-duty aerial apparatus. 

Required UL testing equipment is located at the site, allowing the company to conduct up to four UL pump tests at the same time with the help of its other pump test facility.

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