Snyder, NE 68664


About Smeal

From pumpers and tankers to platforms and aerials, Smeal is dedicated to the quality craftsmanship in every apparatus we produce.


610 West 4th
P.O. Box 271
Snyder, NE 68664
United States of America

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No matter your location—big city or rural community—we offer and customize the ideal aerial apparatus to meet your needs and budget. Smeal is built to one set of specifications: yours. Our complete line of products are well-defined and designed to give you exactly what you need. Before you put your fire apparatus to the test, we put it through our own rigorous testing—making sure our design, engineering, and craftsmanship meet the highest industry standards.

With over 60 years of experience, our wide aerial and apparatus product line ranges from products targeting the rural and metro markets as well as the large city and urban fire departments. With one of the widest product offerings, we have what you need when looking for a premium aerial apparatus.

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Products and Press Releases

Mike Virnig, President, REV Fire Group

REV Group Appoints New Leadership Team For its Fire Group

April 17, 2023
Mike Virnig, president, and Andy Thompson, COO, to lead REV Fire Group
Dan Des Rochers Named President, Rev Fire Group

REV Group Appoints President of REV Fire Group

Nov. 9, 2022
Dan DesRochers has joined their executive leadership team and will oversee E-ONE, Ferrara, KME, Spartan Emergency Response, Smeal, Spartan Fire Chassis and Ladder Tower.
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Apparatus Components

REV Fire Group Introduces Smart Flo

Aug. 11, 2021
Smart Flo is a new integrated pressure governor system offered on REV Fire Group apparatus that puts the operator in command with total system control in one location.
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Spartan ER Introduces Smart Reach Multi-Stance Smeal Ladder Control System

Spartan Emergency Response has introduced Smart Reach™ Multi-Stance™, a patented new Smeal® ladder and outrigger control system that offers increased versatility and functionality...
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Tyler Named President of REV Group's New Fire Division

March 24, 2020
Kent Tyler will oversee all the fire apparatus brands at REV Group, including E-ONE, KME, Ferrara, Spartan, Smeal and Ladder Tower.
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Spartan Building Seven New Trucks for Edmonton Fire Rescue

Spartan Emergency Response has received an order to build seven new Smeal-branded fire apparatus for Edmonton, Alberta, Fire Rescue Services.
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Spartan Motors to Acquire Smeal Fire Apparatus

Dec. 13, 2016
Spartan Motors announced an agreement to acquire Smeal Fire Apparatus for $36.3 million.
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Smeal Expands Executive Management Team

June 2, 2016
Smeal announced that it has promoted a number of its key executives and created a new executive-level position to lead the company.
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Smeal Debuts First Upgraded Snorkel Articulating Boom Platform at FDIC

April 21, 2016
Ladder Tower Co. will exhibit the Frankfort Fire Protection District's new 55-foot Snorkel Articulating Boom Platform.
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Smeal Showcases First Updated Squrt Articulating Water Tower at FDIC

April 21, 2016
Ladder Tower Co. will exhibit Prospect Heights' new 54-foot Squrt Articulating Water Tower with a number of design enhancements.

Articles & News

Photo by Dennis Walus
Firefighters battle a fire at a vacant school

Apparatus Showcase 2023

Nov. 10, 2023
Manufacturers display the latest and greatest in fire-rescue and EMS apparatus and boats.
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Fire Service Industry Partner Content

Manufacturer's Corner: St. Louis Hits the Streets in New Smeal Apparatus

May 3, 2018
Firefighters in St. Louis are using eight new Smeal fire apparatus, including pumpers, aerial and a platform.
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Smeal Fire Apparatus uses steel to construct its full line of aerials including rear-mount straight sticks. Smeal says firefighters should consider tip loads and flow rates rather than construction materials when making purchasing decisions.

Aluminum Versus Steel Aerial Ladders

May 18, 2016
Ed Ballam spoke with aerial experts who say the differences between aluminum and steel construction are not as significant as they once were.
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Sutphen unveiled its first ever rear-mount aerial to the tune of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.'

Aerials Reach New Levels of Innovation

April 26, 2016
Ed Ballam reports on new configurations or improvements for aerial ladders that were recently introduced to the market.
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Each apparatus winding its way through Smeal's Snyder, Neb. plant sits in a 'cell' for about a day and a half where components are installed and sections are assembled before moving along to the next cell on the way to completion.

Photos: How Smeal Builds Fire Apparatus, A Factory Tour

Nov. 21, 2014
Smeal Fire Apparatus has been building firefighting vehicles for 50-years and, recently, visitors from around the country and Canada got to see first hand how they are made in...

Videos & Resources

RollNRack showcased the Efficiency Package for hose racking. It includes one Power Roller, one GO-Pack, one Extra Coupling Jaw set and one extra battery pack and charger.

2015 Fire & Rescue Product Innovations Unveiled

April 24, 2015
Dozens of new tools, equipment and technologies for fire and rescue personnel were introduced last week.
Elkhart Brass introduced a new monitor capable of flowing up to 1,500 gpm with reduced friction loss compared to similar products, according to the maker. Called the Cobra EXM, the new monitor has a stow height of 16 inches and features electronic controls. Photo by Ed Ballam

2013 Fire Service Product Innovations

May 1, 2013
New and innovative products found by Firehouse editors at FDIC.
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Toyne – Ladder space is abundant on Toyne’s latest “quad” on the show floor ready for delivery to LaFayette Township (Ind.) Fire Department.

2012 Product Innovations

April 20, 2012
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Daniel Rossetti, Sales Rep., UPF; Paul Pieragostini, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Smeal; Patrick Cahill, Director of Sales, UPF; Kathleen Finneral, Customer Service Supervisor, UPF; Joseph Lingel, President & CEO, UPF; Mark Huber, President, Smeal; Andrew Lingel, VP of Operations, UPF; Michael Ashley, Vice President of Engineering, UPF; Marty Etteldorf, Plant Manager, UPF.
Apparatus Components

Smeal Names UPF Supplier of the Year

March 28, 2016
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. announced the company has awarded United Plastic Fabricating, Inc. (UPF) its first annual Supplier of the Year award.
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Smeal to Present Supplier of the Year Award

March 10, 2016
The Smeal Fire Apparatus Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team will be calling its First Annual Supplier of the Year Award Ceremony next week.
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Smeal Appoints New Director of Chassis Sales

Feb. 12, 2016
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. announced that Patrick Patton has been appointed to the newly-created position of director of chassis sales
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Fire Apparatus Solutions Expands Territory for Smeal Fire Apparatus in Calif.

Jan. 18, 2016
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. announced that Fire Apparatus Solutions, the authorized sales and service dealer for Smeal, US Tanker and LTC brand apparatus in southern California, ...
Michael Adams, lead mechanic with the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Fleet Services Bureau in Parker, CO.

2015 EVT of the Year Announced

Dec. 31, 2015
Michael Adams, fleet supervisor for South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Centennial, Colo., took top honors.
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Smeal Delivers 10 Custom Pumpers to Detroit

Aug. 24, 2015
Ten new Smeal custom pumpers are joining the front line of the Detroit Fire Department.
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Smeal Appoints Bowman New V.P. of National Sales; Names Wegner as Senior V.P. of Global Sales

Aug. 4, 2015
Michael Bowman has been appointed Vice President of National Sales for Smeal Fire Apparatus and will report to newly appointed Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Jeff Wegner...
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Smeal Displays CORE Multi-Mission Pumper at Interschutz

June 11, 2015
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. and Gimaex International stepped out together at Interschutz 2015 with the display of the Smeal CORE Multi-Mission Pumper with OMNI Control System. The...

Calgary Fire Department Orders 16 Smeal Custom Pumpers

June 5, 2015
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. announced that Calgary Fire Department, Alberta, Canada, has ordered 16 Smeal custom pumpers as part of a multi-year contract.