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If you are a fire chief, the purchase of a new fire truck may be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your career.   You will be making a decision that will cost your town or municipality no less than $200,000 and probably a whole lot more.  Just recently, we delivered a truck to a Canadian  department that cost upwards of $1 million.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901 recommends that departments replace their fire trucks after 20 years of service.  Many will need replacement earlier, because of an accident, mechanical failure or simple wear and tear.  While not mandatory, most departments will abide by this standard to ensure that their equipment is reliable and ready to go when needed.  Most likely, the fire chief—as well as the town—has long anticipated this expense [...]

Amherst, NS

Metalfab Custom Pumper

Glen Levit, NB

Metalfab Single Axle Tanker

When it comes time to fighting fire, having the right priming system is critical to delivering water as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Without the right system in place—and an operator properly trained to use it—lives and property can unnecessarily be on the line. 

Priming systems are necessary to remove air from the suction hose and pump in preparation for commencing water flow.  The traditional priming system has three main components:  a priming valve, a vacuum pump and a lubricating oil reserve.  After water is drained from the pump following operation, it becomes filled with air and doesn’t have enough vacuum power to function.  Activating the primer removes air from inside the fire pump, which allows water to begin to flow in preparation for continuous operation.

On early types of fire trucks, automatic priming functionality allowed [...]

The novel Coronavirus has brought pain and heartache to millions of families, including many in our own firefighting communities.  A quick Google search reveals hundreds of local obituaries of veteran first responders who have succumbed to the disease – all leaving behind distraught families to pick up the pieces.

Fortunately, over the past several months, our learning about virus safety and protection has grown by leaps and bounds.  Prominent epidemiologists, infectious-disease specialists and public health experts have quickly educated us about simple and effective steps we can all take to avoid contamination, including frequent handwashing and sanitation, social distancing and mask wearing.

For first responders, of course, the risk of contamination is part of the job, but that doesn’t mean your department can’t be protected against COVID-19.  We have compiled some recommendations for COVID safety [...]

Meteghan, NS

Metalfab Tandem Axle Tanker

Beersville-Harcourt, NB

Metalfab Single Axle Tanker

West Pubnico, NS

Metalfab Commercial Pumper

Watford, ON

Metalfab Single Axle Tanker
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