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Channel – Port aux Basques, NL

Metalfab Commercial Pumper

St. Georges, NL

Metalfab Commercial Pumper

North Middlesex, ON

Metalfab Walk Around Rescue

5 Common Mistakes on Requests for Tender

At Metalfab, we sometimes see requests for tenders submitted with documents that appear to come straight from the Internet with little review or modification.  The information may be well out of date, not in conformance with a district’s local regulations and completely inappropriate for the requesting department’s needs.   We know it’s tempting to work from an existing online document, but it’s important to spend the time researching best-case scenarios for your own situation.  Getting these details right can save enormous amounts of time and money, so we’re giving some suggestions to get you started.  Your truck dimensions, storage configurations, safety features and on-board equipment should suit your needs in order to avoid unnecessary upgrades down the road. 

Updating a document you found online to fit the needs of your fire station not [...]

The Decision to Winterize Your Fire Truck

Once the leaves have fallen from the trees and the air has become brisk, Metalfab experts often face questions by customers about the “right way” to winterize your primer.  Pumps can be run either “wet” or “dry” over the colder season and there are pros and cons to each approach, while still maximizing the life expectancy of your equipment.  We tell clients that there that there is no one “right way” to approach their winter preparations.  Some departments get an early start to winter, taking precautions far in advance of cold weather to get their trucks ready, while others take it one day at a time and succeed in getting through the winter intact.  This decision is really an individual one depending on a department’s knowledge, capabilities and [...]

In the quickly contracting economic climate, municipal budgets are tight. With fire chiefs looking to save in whatever ways they can, it can be tempting to cut costs on purchases of expensive apparatus, including your truck‘’s chassis cab.

Price is just one of the many facets you need to consider when choosing a chassis cab that‘’s right for you. In addition to price, think about your department‘’s needs for seating space, length, height, turning radius, service facilities, safety features, weight, constituents, paint finish, and drive systems.

It‘’s true that a custom chassis will come with a price tag $100,000 to $150,000 (USD) above the cost of a commercial chassis, but there are a host of reasons to pay this premium.

The obvious difference between custom and commercial chassis is architectural design. Custom chassis [...]

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Aylmer, ON

Metalfab Commercial Pumper

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