About Us

Ward Fire Equipment is your source for firefighting equipment.

Ward Fire Equipment offers thousands of products to our regional, national, and global customers. Technologically advanced and competitively priced, these products form the basis of our business.

In 2022, Ward Fire Equipment was formed as a Division of Ward Apparatus, LLC, following the acquisition of LaFrance Equipment. LaFrance has been synonymous with firefighting since 1948.

Established in 2018,

Ward Apparatus acquired Tyler Fire Equipment Service Corporation Company and LaFRANCE Equipment Corporation Apparatus Business Unit. Operations were combined and relocated to BEST Corporate Park. The Ward Apparatus Service Division specializes in offering Full Service Programs/Repairs for your Fire/EMS apparatus in Upstate NY & the Northern Tier of PA.

In 2021, Ward Apparatus announced the acquisition of Maintainer Customer Bodies, based out of Rock Rapids, Iowa. Ward Apparatus has ties to a time when the region was known as the “Fire Truck Capital of the World”. Ward LaFrance and American LaFrance were based in nearby Elmira, NY and the tradition of excellence in fire truck manufacturing continues again with Ward Apparatus, LLC. WARD is part of the BEST Family of Companies. Our companies have serviced the fire industry for more than 30 years, including Ward Diesel Filter Systems, Ward Clean Air Products, EL Manufacturing, BOSS Security & Automation and BEST Corporate Park. The combination of experience in the industry and manufacturing capabilities have WARD positioned to continue and expand MCB’s tradition of manufacturing the finest emergency vehicles available in the fire industry.

Applications & Quality

Ward Fire Equipment’s comprehensive product line covers municipal, industrial and airport firefighting applications.

We supply high quality:

  • Protective clothing including: coats, trousers, helmets, boots, firefighting gloves, and suspenders
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Tools, bracketry, hoses, nozzles, pumps, emergency medical products, and much more
  • Fire Extinguisher sales and service

Meeting Your Needs

We are able to offer detailed descriptions of thousands of products, many of which are kept in stock for quick delivery. Our state-of-the-art inventory and accounting network provides prompt service and error-free shipments.

For our U.S. customers,

We provide unparalleled personal service before and after your purchase. Our customer response system is world class. Fully automated customer records allow us immediate turnaround of even the most complicated quotations. Orders are generated and shipped daily. Most importantly, our experienced personnel are a phone call away for any technical questions that arise before and after delivery.