Toughness You Can Rely On

The Township of Severn Fire Chief Tim Cranney was just six years old when the Township of Orillia built a second station. It wasn’t long before his father and two uncles joined the company, creating some fond early memories for Cranney of hanging out at the station, watching the firefighters do nonemergency activities. These recollections were so indelible that he later joined up with the department. Thirty-seven years later, Cranney has never looked back.

In 1994, the name of the Township of Orillia station was changed to the Township of Severn, where Cranney has served as Chief for the past seven years. What Cranney appreciates most about his work is meeting new people and creating lifelong friendships with members of the community he serves. He says he has many favorite memories during his successful career, but one that stands out is his joining the Simcoe County Fire Chiefs Association where he has had the opportunity [...]

 The station house requires new pumpers. You know what is required, but specifying what you need on a new truck isn’t as simple as copying the tender document from your last truck from 10 years ago. There is so much new technology to consider, and products are updated annually. Some new features may benefit your department while others may not

We’re here to help you decide. Below are three features that are sure to be beneficial for your department.

Trident Automatic Air Primer

Major upgrades in fire pump priming technology are helping to drive the market forward. The new primers utilize air supplied from the chassis air brake system to operate the pump primer, which is proven to be far more efficient and reliable than conventional electric motor-driven primers. The use of a primer virtually eliminates the impact load on the vehicle’s electrical system, thereby improving its reliability. It also improves performance over time for [...]

Spring Shield Solutions Clearance Sale

Cleaning Supplies Clearance

Spring is finally here and we are clearing out our inventory of Shield Solutions Cleaning Supplies.  This sale is for a limited time until our stock runs out!  Contact us at for any orders!  Thank you and Happy Cleaning!

Product Name Man Part# List Price Sale Price Aluminum & Metal Cleaner – 1 Gallon AC101 $50.00 $15.00 Vehicle Wash – 1 Gallon VW101 $50.00 $15.00 Waterless Vehicle Wash – 32 oz WVW132 $25.00 $7.50 Bug Clean – 32 oz BW132 $25.00 $7.50 Spray Detailer – 32 oz SD132 $25.00 $7.50 Tire Finish – 32 oz TF132 $25.00 $7.50 Glass Cleaner – 32 oz GC132 $25.00 $7.50 Metal Polish – 32 oz MP132 $60.00 $10.00 Bug Clean – 8 OZ $15.00 $5.00 48 oz Pump Up Foam Sprayer PF001 $75.00 $25.00 32 oz Bottle Pre Spotter [...]

2022 Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship

Sponsored by Metalfab Fire Trucks/Presented by CVFSA

The 2022 nomination period for the “Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship” is now open and runs until Friday May 27, 2022.

This scholarship award is given to one applicant in the amount of $1,500.00.

The “Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship” was established in 2017 to honour the late Jim Hayter, a charter member of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA). Chief Hayter was also a firefighter with the Alvinston, Ontario fire department for 44 years, 15 of which he served as fire chief. In addition to his dedication to the Fire Services, Chief Hayter was extremely active in the community including serving as Deputy Mayor. This award is sponsored by Metalfab Fire Trucks of Centreville, NB and presented by the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association.

Eligible applicants for the scholarship are active firefighters or dependent’s of an active firefighter  who are pursuing their goal of higher education under [...]

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May Edition of the Metalfab Newsletter

Spring Fire Truck Maintenance Tips

Winter is over and spring is upon us. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and, of course, the weather is getting warmer. You will also notice that your fire truck is covered in the brine, grit, and dirt that comes with cold-weather driving. It’s time to get your fire trucks clean, maintained, and equipped for the warm months ahead. Before getting started, review these tips for getting your trucks springtime ready.

It’s always a good idea to begin by giving your trucks a thorough cleaning to ensure all salt and other road agents are removed from the body and the electrical components. This will help prevent corrosion.

This is also a good time to have the annual undercoating done to your unit. The undercoating also helps prevent [...]

Tips for Preparing to Purchase a New Fire Truck during Current Supply Chain Issues

By now, most of us have heard that the global supply chain has taken a major hit, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and moving into problems with shipping bottlenecks. That problem started when cargo ships—filled with toys, clothing, electronics, and furniture from Asia—were ordered by consumers who were unable to purchase from suppliers in North America. This situation made it extremely difficult to ship other necessities—like fire truck parts—across the ocean in a timely manner without encountering extreme competition and exorbitant freight costs.

Some economists are forecasting that this will have an impact on many facets of the supply chain that could last through 2023. So far, these challenges have resulted in completion and delivery delays for nearly all [...]

Metalfab’s History in Ontario, Canada

As a manufacturer of quality custom fire trucks for over 50 years, Metalfab comes to you with a rich Canadian history. Although our factory is located in New Brunswick with our starting base of customers based in the Maritimes, we were drawn into the much larger Ontario market as the company expanded. On a yearly basis, fire departments in the province of Ontario purchase the highest number of new fire apparatus from us than any other region.

Since 1967, Metalfab has been serving fire departments across North America with the best of the best in custom fire apparatus. What started as simply building trucks for local fire departments quickly grew into something more. Over the years, we expanded our clientele of fire departments across New Brunswick and [...]

Department Spotlight: Machar, ON

Risto Maki is Fire Chief at the South River-Machar Fire Department in Ontario, Canada. He’s been chief for 13 years, with the position requiring that he be full time for the last 8 years. Risto will be completing his 30th year as a firefighter this August after starting his fire services career in August of 1992 on the day he turned 18. He has also completed 18 concurrent years in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) prior to becoming Fire Chief.

Risto was drawn to the fire service after his father joined in 1981. Back in the day, the ambulance service ran out of the local fire hall, and his father responded to approximately 400 calls each year. That’s a little over a call a day. As a child, Risto was very involved with the fire service community and grew up in that culture of camaraderie and teamwork. Ultimately, this is why he [...]

5 Ways to Replace the Benefits of Trade Shows for Your Crew

COVID has wreaked havoc on annual conventions and trade shows the past few years, and the outlook isn’t looking much better for 2022. Before the pandemic, fire departments used these trade shows to gather information about new products, speak with product reps, get ideas about new equipment, and more. Going to market for a new fire truck without them has been difficult for many crews.

In your own department, you may be wondering how to replace the benefits of trade shows for your crew, and that’s an excellent question. Today, we’re going to talk about some ways you can recover these trade show opportunities through alternative channels.


Virtual Trade Shows

Amid the pandemic, many events have moved to a virtual setting. [...]

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