Ferrara Fire Apparatus launches new custom chassis

The Cinder is a 96″-wide cab

Ferrara Fire Apparatus, America’s premier manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, made a major new product announcement today with the launch of its newest custom chassis, the Ferrara Cinder. The Cinder is manufactured at Ferrara’s Holden headquarters, alongside the popular Inferno, Igniter and Ultra custom chassis. The Cinder has the same design and construction found in the Inferno and Igniter, but is a 96” wide cab designed to compete in the entry level custom chassis market.


Company President/CEO Chris Ferrara explained the company’s decision to manufacture this new chassis. “We’re building an entry level chassis, but we refused to compromise on the safety features found in our premium custom models. Our customers asked for the heavy duty features of the Inferno and Igniter and we responded with the Cinder. The Cinder is a 96” wide cab. Because the difference between the Inferno and Cinder is in the engine tunnel width, the driver and officer will have the same generous seating area.


“With the Cinder, we’re providing the safety that comes only with riding in a cab constructed from 3/16” thick aluminum, comfort from a high performance air conditioning system plus a quiet cab interior, even at highway speeds. In fact, the Cinder is so quiet, its noise level at 45 mph is about 76 decibels without the fan clutch and 78 decibels when the fan clutch is engaged.


“We’re providing a more comfortable ride with extra leg room, natural height seat risers and electric roll down windows, low step heights for easy entry and egress. And we’re providing new technology that’s available to give information and cab and chassis controls to the driver and officer.


“We believe we hit the mark on everything and then some. Initial response from customers and dealers has been very positive. You can power the Cinder with up to 450 horsepower, making it the perfect fit for pumpers, tankers, rescues and our HD-57 and HD-77 aerial ladders.”


The Cinder features an extruded aluminum, roll cage sub-frame fortified by 3/16” thick, marine grade aluminum plate walls, floor, ceiling, door panels and engine tunnel. The Cinder is NFPA compliant with 65,979 pound vertical load test and 3,736 pound frontal impact test certifications. The Cinder has an impressive array of standard features, including Extreme Duty all aluminum dash, instrument panel, glove box, overhead console and inner door panels; electric windows, Danhard extra duty air conditioning system, flat floor rear crew cab for improved leg room, ergonomic height seat risers, 4100 square inch windshield and oversized side windows.


Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire, emergency and rescue vehicles. In addition to the Cinder the company offers the Ultra, Inferno and Igniter custom fire chassis, pumpers, tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescues and incident command vehicles high-flow industrial apparatus and specialty vehicles. A leading innovator in the industry, Ferrara takes pride in offering such firefighter safety items as the MVP Multi-Vocational Pumper, On-Site Tilt Table Testing, Cab and Body NFPA Compliant Crash Testing, Independent Front Suspension, Complete Airbag Protection, and SmartWheel steering systems.

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