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Finley Fire Equipment is a family owned and operated fire & safety equipment business and was founded in 1972 in McConnelsville, Ohio. Quality…Accomplished by representing the leading manufacturers of fire apparatus and equipment and employing highly knowledgeable and experienced people to sell and service our products. Success…Comes through hard work, dedication and devotion to our customers. Our Mission…Provide the finest products, services and training available to fire departments and industrial fire brigades. To Our Valued Customers…We thank you for your valued support and look forward to assisting you with your future needs. To those of you who have yet to experience our products and services, we welcome you to give us a try and Experience the Difference. You’ll be glad you did.

Company History

John K. Finley and his wife Yvonne began selling fire equipment under the business name Finley Fire Equipment Co., Inc. on March 3, 1972. The fire equipment business was nothing new to John K. since he had been selling fire equipment and fire trucks for many years prior to starting his own business. John K. Started this business with one goal in mind: To build the best fire truck and equipment sales company possible. He accomplished this by never losing sight of his core values, always saying, “Treat everyone with respect, dignity and honesty, just the way you want everyone to treat you.” He built his organization with hard work, dedication and faith, and this attitude is still alive and well within Finley Fire Equipment today.

John K. Finley sold his first fire truck to Elkins, West Virginia, in 1962, built by the former Peter Pirsch and Sons Co. of Kenosha, Wisconsin. When he delivered the truck to Elkins, he took his entire family along. His son John Walter and daughter Cindy rode with him in the fire truck, while his wife Yvonne and daughter Debby followed behind in the car. This was the first of many the family took together. In the mid 90’s Elkins traded the truck in on a new model, and John Walter purchased the old Pirsch and had it completely restored as a tribute to his father.

Finley Fire Equipment did not start out selling Pierce fire trucks. When John K. Started the company, he sold for the former American Fire Apparatus Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan and Marshalltown, Iowa. By 1974 John K. had turned in so many orders that American Fire Apparatus could no longer keep up with the demand, So John K. began looking for a high quality company that could keep up with elevated production levels and maintain impeccable quality and . He reviewed many major fire apparatus manufactures and was immediately impressed when he visited Pierce, so he began the process of becoming a Pierce Dealer. He met and eventually became good friends with Doug Ogilvie, then the owner of Pierce, and in June 1974, Finley Fire Equipment became a Pierce fire apparatus dealer. John K. had accomplished what he set out to do- obtain a dealership for what he considered the best manufacture in the fire apparatus industry.


In 2005 John K. went to be with his lord on January 27 at 9:46 p.m. at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 4, 1928. John K. and his beliefs live on, dedicated to providing the best possible customer service, fire apparatus and equipment possible.

John Walter Finley has been involved in the business since its beginnings. As a young man he was included in the business and his responsibilities grew as he grew. He delivered his first fire truck at the age of 16 to Teays Valley, West Virginia. John Walter has worked in many positions for Finley Fire Equipment and is currently the Owner/President/CEO.

Since Finley Fire Equipment’s inception, it has been located in McConnelsville, Ohio. The business began in an office in the back of the family home and continued to grow with new buildings and additions until there was simply no more room to expand. In 2008, ground broke on a new site in McConnlesville and a Corporate Complex was built. The Corporate Complex houses office space, a warehouse and shipping/receiving area, as well as a state of the art service center with and onsite pump test facility.

Keeping with John K.’s belief in customer service Finley Fire Equipment does not operate as a catalog warehouse. Instead we have a sales force of over 30 sales representatives who undergo continuous training and are available for onsite demonstrations and training’s. In addition to sales representatives Finley Fire Equipment maintains a service fleet second to none, other than our Corporate Complex Finley Fire Equipment has an additional service centers located in Twinsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. We also have a fleet of 18 service vehicles and 10 mobile pump testing units ready to respond to calls 24/7/365.

Finley Fire Equipment continues to grow and now has more than 80 employees with the up most dedication and passion for assisting each customer and their needs. With our dedication to the customer and strong sales force, is yet another reason Finley Fire Equipment will always be a leading force in the fire industry.