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Report Code: MRR-RESCUE12 View all Publications
Rescue, HazMat & Decontamination Truck Body & Trailer Manufacturing in North America

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Market Size, Shares & Analysis


Manufacturers of the emergency response equipment examined in this report—rescue bodies, hazardous material (HazMat) bodies, and decontamination bodies—are dominated by fire apparatus manufacturers. Rescue and HazMat bodies are a part of the fire apparatus offering of many manufacturers, alongside primary firefighting apparatus such as aerial equipment, pumpers, tankers, etc.

The business of emergency response equipment manufacture is very competitive. STN has identified 61 companies manufacturing these types of equipment. While the industry is large in terms of number of industry participants, a significant proportion of manufacturers are marginal players. With numerous small, regional companies competing with large national manufacturers, the resulting product pricing pressures adversely impact profitability.

Rescue body manufacture is the largest of the three product categories examined in this report. Forty-nine of the 61 manufacturers profiled make rescue bodies. These vehicles carry tools for all rescue situations, including automobile accidents, building collapses, and medical and fire emergencies.

HazMat vehicles look a lot like heavy-duty rescue apparatus, as both feature large bodies with numerous shelves and storage space for tools and equipment. Since HazMat response often involves co-ordination between multiple agencies, these vehicles are configured to house command, communication and interior work areas within the vehicle.

Heavy-duty rescue and HazMat units are usually custom designed to client specifications. Tight municipal budgets and lack of availability of grants has severely curtailed demand for pure HazMat units, and many departments are opting for combination equipment such as rescue/HazMat, or if fire suppression capabilities are desired, rescue/pumpers.

Decontamination equipment is usually housed in a trailer which is towed to the incident site. Decontamination trailers are designed to undertake emergency, precautionary and mass decontamination operations. While STN has identified eleven manufacturers of decontamination trailers, one manufacturer accounted for 63% of all units manufactured in 2010.

The emergency response equipment industry across all categories, including primary firefighting apparatus, witnessed a sharp drop in demand and shrinkage in market size in the period 2006 to 2010. After the peak of 2006, which was fuelled by grants available from the Department of Homeland Security and pre-buy activity prior to the change in emission norms, this segment has faced a slump in demand. Manufacturers who have been able to maintain production run-rates are those who have aggressively pursued export markets.

These and other issues are the subject of this succinct report from (“STN”). This report can be put to immediate use for sales and market planning, M&A identification, competitive share analysis, alliances and technology transfer considerations.

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