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For years, companies have taken advantage of trade shows to announce and showcase new products. Launching a new product at a trade show was often the best way to maximize exposure and connect directly with consumers. For decades, this was how Metalfab and our suppliers got the word out about new customization options for our custom fire trucks. But, as we all know, this isn’t possible with pandemic health and safety restrictions still in place.

Now, after two years without trade shows, some new product options have been released under the radar of fire chiefs across Canada and the United States. In this time, we’ve seen industry-shifting innovations from suppliers such as Waterous, Federal Signal, Amdor, and Task Force Tips. Today, on behalf of these trusted suppliers, we’d like to take the opportunity to share these new product options with you.



The team at Waterous thinks like a fire chief. They understand [...]

Federal Signal Introduces the Vision SLR Platform

Metalfab’s commitment to quality means we always choose the best for our trucks. When it comes to installing lightbars in our custom units, one of the brands we choose is Federal Signal.

Federal Signal is a leader in the innovative equipment, communication and security systems, and signalling products that keep our firefighters, first responders, and communities safe. From the company’s first outdoor siren released in 1917 to its first police beacon in 1948, Federal Signal has actively developed new ways to improve safety for the steady hands communities rely on.

A commitment to deliver superior service and support, innovation, and expertise make Federal Signal an excellent choice for your lighting requirements. Experienced design teams, engineers, and support staff have made Federal Signal a trusted partner around the world. Metalfab has worked with Federal Signal for many years now, and we can always count on the team to deliver [...]

Metalfab is excited to announce our new partnership with Safetek Profire, Canada’s leading supplier of fire and emergency vehicles, parts and service. To better serve our customers in Atlantic Canada, we’ve teamed up with Safetek Profire to provide sales and service for two of their trusted brands: Spartan Emergency Response and Ferrara Fire Apparatus. We will now be offering these quality units in addition to the custom Metalfab units you’ve known and trusted for over 50 years.

Our partnership with Safetek Profire means that we can now provide you with a full line of aerial units as well as quick delivery units, making us more flexible and responsive to the needs of our fire services. This also means that we will be able to provide local service to new and [...]

Planning and Paying for Your Custom Fire Truck


Purchasing fire truck requires a hefty investment, and it isn’t always feasible to pay for it all at once. If your department is planning to purchase a new fire truck and you’re considering working with Metalfab, you’ll want to know what to expect. In this article, we outline the entire ordering process for your custom fire truck, from configuration to delivery, and highlight the payment options available to you throughout.

What to Expect

The process of purchasing a custom fire truck typically involves a bidding and ordering process, a contract and order review session, an approval package and preconstruction visit, detailed engineering, and attentive manufacturing followed by the final inspection.

The [...]

2021 Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship

An Annual Scholarship in Memory of Chief Jim Hayter

The 2021 nomination period for the “Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship” is now open and runs until Friday April 30,  2021.

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 CVFSA members or dependent children of members who are pursuing their goal of higher education under [...]

Do I need an end-suction CXS or a full-bodied CSU waterous pump? This guideline will help you decide.

Imagine for a moment that you are on a truck committee and the apparatus you are tasked with purchasing is a pump rated at 1500 GPM. You ask for solutions to save some space and weight on a proposed apparatus but also want to keep the pump performance at 1500 GPM.

The OEM suggests an end suction pump, which seems to meet the flow and pressure requirements you set forth, as well as saving some space and weight. You could also see a smaller pump house as well as a more compact pump control panel. This could mean a shorter wheelbase. You may also see a slightly lower price. Seems like an easy choice.

Before you select this option, let’s look at the differences and similarities between an end suction pump and a full-bodied pump.



When your crew is responding to a call, it’s certainly not the time to discover there’s an issue with your department’s emergency apparatus. Not to mention, discovering these issues too late often requires excess funds that the department simply doesn’t have.

Another reason daily and weekly inspections are so important is liability. If you are out on the road and face an accident because you’ve failed to do your regular maintenance checks, then the full liability is on the driver. As the local department, keep yourself in the position of responding to emergency response calls, not calling them in.

Downtime, costly repairs, and having emergency apparatus involved in preventable accidents don’t do your community any good. Enhance crew safety and save time and money on your fire truck repairs through regular maintenance of [...]

Tandem Axle Pumper/Tanker

At what point should a fire truck go from a single axle to a tandem axle? It can be difficult to know. There are many factors to consider and mixed interpretations of axle ratings depending on who you ask. Because of this, axles have long presented a challenge for manufacturers. Thankfully, the experienced team at Metalfab has seen it all, and we’re here to make sure you choose the axle that’s right for your next custom fire truck.

While weight remains the dominant deciding factor, it’s also important to consider local road restrictions, turning radius, and compartment capacity before making a final call in regard to which axle is a good fit for your emergency vehicle. Correct interpretations of axle ratings will vary by your provincial or state regulations, so we always assess these on a [...]

Bracebridge Fire Chief Murray Medley has always had a love of fire trucks. He was recruited to join Bracebridge 42 years ago by his brother-in-law, who was a volunteer firefighter with the department at the time. In 2000, Murray volunteered to take on the position of part-time fire chief. In 2007, when balancing the position with his landscaping business became too much, he was offered the full-time position he is in today.

This month we’d like to spotlight Murray and the Bracebridge Fire Department for their commendable service and dedication to keeping the town of Bracebridge and the surrounding area safe.

Tell me a little about the town of Bracebridge.

Well, it’s grown up over the years. We had a bit of a manufacturing base up until the mid-70s. When those businesses started to pull out around [...]

AMDOR manufactures custom-built doors, Luma Bar lighting, and lifting systems for the emergency vehicle industry. AMDOR has enjoyed a relationship with Metalfab for over 25 years, and we appreciate the invitation to participate in one of the first editions of Metalfab Minutes. AMDOR and Metalfab are both actively involved in the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA), a nonprofit trade association committed to enhancing the fire apparatus industry and emergency services community.

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A member of the Innomotive Solutions Group, AMDOR was founded in Oakville, Ontario, in 1992. Today AMDOR remains a 100% Canadian owned and operated firm based in our ISO 9001 [...]

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