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Magirus

​​Ever since 1864, when firefighter Conrad Dietrich Magirus designed a turntable ladder to improve safety for himself and his colleagues in Ulm, Germany, the company that still bears his name strives to make the best equipment to tackle the biggest emergencies to the highest safety standards.

Today those vehicles include the turntable ladders that made the Magirus name famous as well as fire engines, rescue vehicles and airport fire engines, as well as components and special vehicles.

We have a unique relationship with firefighting services: many Magirus employees are trained firefighters, who know exactly what’s needed on the job.

​From its four locations in Europe, Magirus is a partner to fire brigades in 150 countries and service partners around the world, offering the best support services wherever you are.

HISTORY

1864

Conrad Dietrich Magirus founds the company in Ulm, Germany, and starts to produce fire pumps.

1872

The famous 2-wheel-sliding, model "Ulmer ladder" is launched.

1903

The first self-driven steam fire pump is produced.

1916

The first fully functional motorised turntable ladder vehicles are delivered.​

1931

Development of the first steel ladder set for turntable ladders.​

1951

Presentation of the world's highest turntable ladder with climbing height of 52m + 2m.​

1953

First turntable ladder with hydraulic drive is created.​

1971

Development of the first underground railway emergency vehicle.​

1972

Development of the first 8x8 aircrash vehicle.​

1974

​Fiat becomes the majority shareholder of Magirus Deutz, a German bus, tuck and fire equipment manufacturer.

1975

​Magirus becomes part of the newly founded Iveco.

1986

Presentation of the first computer-controlled turntable ladder​

1988

​​Introduction of AluFire - first aluminium composition for fire fighting vehicles worldwide.

1994

The articulated turntable ladder is launched.​

2005

Presentation of world's first turntable ladder with telescopic articulated ladder arm.​

2007

Introduction of the new superstructure generation AluFire 3.

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2010

New innovative and patented single extension technology for articulated turntable ladders and new air cras tender SuperDragon x8 are launched.​

2011

Iveco’s activities are demerged from Fiat S.p.A and Iveco becomes part of Fiat Industrial, the demerged Capital Goods arm of Fiat Group.

2013

Presentation of the highest articulated ladder with a working height of 42 m and the new air crash tender Dragon x6.​

2014

Celebrating excellence: Magirus celebrates its 150th anniversary and opens the new Excellence Center.​

2015

​Magirus presents the M68L – the world’s highest turntable ladder. It reaches 68 meters (223 feet): that equates to a 20-storey building, 22 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty.​​

2017

Italy’s fire departments honored as "International Firefighting Team of the Year 2016" at the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award ceremony in Ulm (Germany).​​