The manufacturing of emergency fire equipment of all kinds has always been a major industry in this country, after all we have a good many people to protect from fire danger however, during the late 80’s the fire truck manufacturers started a decline that had a serious impact on the industry. In fact, for almost a decade it seemed that the nation’s fire truck industry would disappear altogether. In this article we detail the story of the crisis the firetruck industry faced, and how it was finally saved.

Today, major fire truck sellers such as,, are selling record numbers of fire trucks and other fire safety equipment, and it would be hard to imagine right now that a short time ago the industry was in serious trouble, but it very much was. The fire truck makers of the United States have been producing the best fire engines in the world since the late 20’s. In fact, the majority of advancements made in fire engine technology over the years have come from our own engineers. With such a rich and long history of being a leader in the fire truck makers industry; how did we almost lose our place in the world as a fire truck leader? The crisis began in the early 80’s when a number of Japanese fire truck makers began introducing low-cost fire trucks onto the market which were so well made and reliable that even national companies started buying them. Even though the initial purchase of fire engines from Japan was actually a very small portion of the industry that the USA dominated, the move by some local companies to buy foreign trucks shook consumer confidence. During the course of a few years the fire apparatus and fire truck makers lost a huge amount of consumer investment power, and a lot of their research and development had to come to a stop. The industry was in hot water for the first time in more than fifty years, and many people were predicting an end to the golden age of American made fire engines and fire equipment, but the industry wasn’t done just yet.

Fire engine makers went to the federal government and proposed that they make a law which would require that all fire trucks made outside of the USA would have to be certified by an American fire truck manufacturer before they could be sold in the country. The move was a stroke of genius on the part of the fire engine makers. The revenue from the testing the local plants charged foreign makers were enough to kick start their research programs back into high gear. Fire truck makers from overseas also had a hard time meeting the high US standards for production, and many fire truck makers had to give up trying to sell tier products in the US.

By the early 90’s the industry was back and producing more fire trucks than ever before, both for foreign and domestic use. The victory of the fire truck industry provided new hope for people at a time when it seemed like many American made products were going away for good.