History and Overview

Seagrave never built steam fire engines.  In the early 1890s, Seagrave moved to Columbus, Ohio, and later became the Seagrave Company.  In 1907 Seagrave starting building motor fire apparatus and quickly emerged as one of the leading builders of early motor fire apparatus.  Seagrave went on to be one of the great names in fire apparatus.  

Seagrave 1909 AC-40 hose reg 3587 Vancouver

Seagrave is one of the most venerable and important names in fire apparatus. Seagrave and Company was founded by Frederic Seagrave in 1891 in Detroit to build ladders and firefighting equipment. This later included hose wagons and ladder wagons. Β 

Seagrave 1926  Model 6WT No 64119 750-80 (Sorensen collection)
Seagrave 1961 70th Squad w HP pump (Barber collection)
Seagrave 1973  Bowie, MD

The history of Seagrave is filled with innovations, such as the spring-raised aerial ladder, and centrifugal pumps.Β  In 1964, Seagrave introduced its rear-mount aerial ladder truck design, called the Rear Admiral.Β  Although rear-mount aerials were common in Europe since the start of the motorized era, they had not yet been accepted in the American fire service. Seagrave’s designed made the rear-mount aerial ladder truck the norm in the American fire service.Β  This remains one of Seagrave’s most enduring legacies. Β 

Seagrave continues to build a complete line of fire apparatus from its factory in Clintonville, Wisconsin.Β  Seagrave is among the leading builders today, more than 110 years after it built its first motor fire apparatus. Β 

Seagrave Photos

from the SPAAMFAA Library & Archive​

The SPAAMFAA Archives has an amazing collection containing tens of thousands of images of fire apparatus.  Ultimately we have lofty goals of cataloging, indexing, scanning, and digitizing everything electronically, with copies of most of the illustrative material cross available for personal-use. In the meantime you can view a selection of these images on our SmugMug gallery:


Build and Delivery Lists

Service and Operations Manuals