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CENTREVILLE, N.B. – Custom fire truck manufacturer Metalfab LTD has joined forces with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) to offer a scholarship fund for member students. The Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship commemorates the late Fire Chief Jim Hayter and will be presented to one aspiring son, daughter, or spouse of a CVFSA member each year.

“We at Metalfab all thought that this would be the best way to honor the memory of Chief Hayter and in turn give back to the community,” said Ryan Stacey, Business Development at Metalfab LTD.

In memory of Chief Hayter, the scholarship will help a student within the firefighter community while also keeping his memory alive. Chief Hayter was a member of the Alvinston, Ontario Fire Department. He served as a firefighter for 44 years. He was Fire Chief of the department for 15 of those years.


In the photo from left to right – Kris Redick, Deputy Fire Chief Alvinston, ON, Ryan Stacey, Business Development at Metalfab LTD, Ron McCabe, Fire Chief at Alvinston, ON, Pat Hayter son of Chief Hayter and full time Firefighter with the City of Toronto, and Graham Pawlett, President of the CVFSA


Chief Hayter was also a charter member of CVFSA, serving as a representative of Ontario. He was also active in the fire service as well as his community. He served as deputy mayor of the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston. He passed away in March 2017. Remembering Chief Hayter has great significance for Stacey, who made his first sales call with Metalfab at the Alvinston Department.   “When I heard the news of Chief Hayter’s passing earlier this year, it hit me hard as it must have for many other people, including some of you here today,” Stacey said.  “Over the years, many customers become friends. Chief Jim Hayter was a friend.”

Metalfab will present $1500 to a post-secondary student of a volunteer firefighter through the Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship. The announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association held in Wolfville, N.S., Canada, on Sept. 30, 2017.


Applicants interested in applying for the scholarship fund should apply between January and April 2018. Metalfab and CVFSA will have information on the application process to be considered for the scholarship on their websites at and in the near future.