Tier One Sutphen Dealer



At Legacy Fire Apparatus we proudly represent the Sutphen family. We pride ourselves on helping to design the best, safest apparatus on the market today. The commitment that the Sutphen family has made to the industry is apparent in every apparatus that is manufactured at their 5 facilities. It doesn't take long to notice the skill and craftsmanship that goes into the production of every single ladder truck, fire engine, mini pumper, mini rescue, and the countless other projects that are custom built by the outstanding men and women of Sutphen every year. There truly is nothing like a Sutphen!

Why buy a custom chassis Sutphen fire apparatus?



Sutphen is a single source manufacturer.

What does that mean and how does that affect my new apparatus? When you purchase a custom chassis Sutphen fire apparatus your apparatus was designed by one manufacturer and all of the systems were engineered to work together flawlessly. This means that your custom chassis was designed along side of your cab and body with specific thought to the advanced technology and control systems that are running on today's apparatus. The wiring systems and components were engineered for your specific model and type of rig. Many of our competitors are using a chassis and/or body which has been built by a separate manufacturer. This requires the manufacturer to build around another engineers chassis and/ or cab design and bring the systems together as best as they can. This also requires far more interaction between separate manufacturers to make their systems compatible. Often times, this is where those hard to find "gremlins" seem to pop up.
Sutphen is the oldest family owned fire apparatus manufacturer in the United States.

What does this mean? Well, if you tour Sutphen you will find Sutphen family members still working there every day. With more than 125 years of continuous operation you will find that the Sutphen family is committed to building the best and safest apparatus on the market. By building apparatus for as long as the Sutphen family has you learn not only what will work but what won't. That type of knowledge cannot be bought, it has to be acquired through dedication, determination, and commitment.

"The only source of knowledge is experience" Albert Einstein
Non proprietary parts.

How does this affect me? Well, down the road, when it comes time to do maintenance on items like brakes, suspension components, and other common wear items the parts are readily available. Often times these components can be acquired at a local truck parts store. Many of our competitors use proprietary parts and components. This requires your mechanic or repair shop to go to that specific manufacturer for even common repair parts. This will almost always result in a higher charge for the part and longer delays waiting for the components to arrive. This drives up the cost of your repairs and extends down time. This is not to say that both Sutphen and Legacy Fire Apparatus cannot get you parts for your apparatus if needed. We stock most common use components and have parts professionals ready to assist you if needed.

Sutphen Is The Oldest Continuously Owned Fire Apparatus Manufacturer In The United States.



Sutphen was founded in 1890 by C.H. Sutphen. His son Harry took over in the 1930s, building fire apparatus on Ford chassis. Third generation Tom Sutphen designed and built the world’s first telescopic aerial platform in 1954. The design and components of Tom’s innovation are still in use today. Sutphen mid-mount aerial platforms, constructed from aluminum and joined with aircraft HuckBolts, are considered to be the most heavy-duty ladders on the market.

Today, fourth generation Sutphens run the company. Drew Sutphen is president of Sutphen Corporation, and Julie Phelps is general manager of the Hilliard, Ohio facility. Sutphen operates 3 manufacturing facilities in Ohio and 1 in Pennsylvania.

For more information, and specifications, please visit sutphen.com.

Featured Homer Township, Illinois Custom Pumper



Homer Township Fire District (IL) is excited to put their new tanker in service—a Sutphen tanker. This new pumper/tanker replaced a 1995 GMC Top Kick/ S&S Tanker that was unexpectedly removed from service due to a catastrophic tank failure. Chief Chris Locacius stated “40% of the fire district is unhydranted so having a tanker is extremely important.”

The new Sutphen commercial tanker will have 2000 gallons of water, a 1500 GPM Hale pump, standard pumper ground ladders, and a Foam Pro 2001 Foam system. The foam tank is a special feature that was important to Homer Township Fire District. Chief Locacius stated, “We use AR-AFF for hazardous materials and since a portion of I-355 expressway is in our district, having foam for potential accidents with semi-trucks and fuel tankers, we knew the foam tank would be extremely beneficial to our community.” Chief Locacius plans to staff the tanker with at least two firefighters and potentially three at times.

Another priority was to work with a vendor that was able to design the tanker to combat rust and corrosion which is a huge issue in the Midwest. “We have had previous issues with other vendors, rust being a huge problem. We knew whoever manufactures the tanker, we needed to know first how they can protect against corrosion. It was very important to learn the process of combating corrosion and ultimately the reason we went with a Sutphen and Legacy as our dealer.” Sutphen offers stainless steel manufacturing which helps prevent these issues.

Homer Township Fire District was successful in obtaining a FEMA grant to purchase the tanker.

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