The FWD Seagrave team is dedicated to providing highly engineered heavy duty vehicles, cabs, chassis, bodies, aerial ladders and other products with superior lifetime value for our customers by concentrating on innovation and continuous process improvements.
FWD was founded in 1909 by Otto Zachow and William Besserdich in Clintonville, Wisconsin. It became a premier manufacturer of severe chassis and produced Americas first all-wheel drive chassis.
Seagrave, founded by Fredric Seagrave in Detroit, Michigan in 1881, is the oldest continuous manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States. The company moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1891 and remained there until 1963. In 1963 Seagrave moved all operations to Clintonville, Wisconsin.
Today, FWD Seagrave produces a comprehensive range of custom apparatus ranging from pumpers, pumper-tankers, rescue units to aerials, aerial quints, tractor-drawn aerials and platforms. Manufactured products include aerial ladders, telescopic boom platforms, custom chassis and custom bodies. Apparatus built at FWD Seagrave are constructed using long lasting and ultra high durability materials such as 3CR12 stainless steel and Polyprene. All products are NFPA, DOT and FMVSS compliant. FWD Seagrave also produces specialized apparatus for commercial and military applications.

1949 FWD engine
1995 Seagrave 4X4 Pumper
The Seagrave Optimum series of vehicles is a full-line of emergency response vehicles designed and built to meet your most demanding requirements. Because of an extensive array of options and flexibility in manufacturing, your Optimum apparatus can be fully customized using a wealth of experience.
Seagrave unites a Spartan custom or commercial chassis of your choice with an aluminum, stainless steel or Polyprene body which is designed with your needs in mind.
Spartan custom includes 4x4

Providing these Crash Fire Rescue vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps gets us back to our roots working on heavy-duty military vehicles, Chairman and CEO AJ Neiner said. Our team is committed to providing superior quality and top-notch service for the Marines and we expect this to be the beginning of a long-term relationship with the U.S. Military.
FWD Seagrave has been a leader in the fire industry for 135 years. Heavy-duty quality construction across all models is the main reason FWD Seagrave has become the most trusted name in custom fire apparatus for safety, longevity and durability. As a premier manufacturer of severe-duty chassis built for rough terrain and versatile applications for both on- and off-road environments, FWD Seagrave also has the capability to refurbish Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles for fire departments that respond to airports. Hayward Fire Department in California recently took delivery of their 1993 ARFF unit refurbished by FWD Seagrave Seagrave, founded by Fredric Seagrave in Detroit in 1881, is the oldest manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States. Otto Zachow and William Besserdich founded FWD Corporation in Clintonville, Wisconsin, in 1909. It became a premier manufacturer of severe-duty vehicles and produced Americas first all-wheel drive vehicle. In 1963, FWD and Seagrave merged and consolidated all operations to Clintonville, Wisconsin. FWD Seagrave has a longstanding tradition of excellence providing the safest, longest service life, and most durable heavy-duty vehicles to the U.S. Military and municipal governments
Seagrave, founded in 1881, is the oldest manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States. FWD Corporation, founded in 1909, built the first successful four-wheel drive automobile and expanded into highly engineered extreme-duty vehicles. Seagrave and FWD joined together in 1963. Seagrave builds fire trucks for municipal customers while FWD provides vehicles for the U.S. military and other commercial customers. Both businesses have a rich heritage of designing and building high quality, heavy-duty, specialty vehicles for use in mission-critical, demanding environments. In 1963, FWD acquired Seagrave Fire Apparatus who then moved from their old location in Columbus, Ohio, to their current location at FWD in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Many tower ladders in the 1990s using Seagrave chassis were branded as FWD. They used Baker Aerialscopes for the boom which FWD had also acquired over the years along with Almonte Fire Trucks.

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