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News from CustomFIRE

Spring 2016


We at CustomFIRE are proud and excited to announce the addition of Larry Grassl to our team.  Larry has over 30 years of experience in the fire industry and as many years in the fire service including eleven years as department chief. 
Larry’s career experience includes roles in product management and sales of Heavy Rescue apparatus, ultra-high pressure (UHP) pump systems and contract management.  Larry is recognized nationwide for his expertise and calls eastern Wisconsin his home.  Larry is a Custom Fire factory representative in his area of Wisconsin.
“I feel fortunate to join a company that is so well known for building high quality fire apparatus.  In the short time that I have been with CustomFIRE, it is very apparent to me that the products produced and the company personnel are well respected in the fire industry.  I look forward to working with fire departments as they specify and purchase future fire apparatus.  Call me anytime at 920-202-6876 or email”

Recent Deliveries from CustomFIRE

"The Town of Lawrence Fire Department is proud to have worked with CustomFIRE on our new engine build. Jim and his staff have been fantastic to work with. The craftsmanship they put into building the truck is obvious. It has gotten rave reviews from everyone who has seen it. If you want a high quality piece of apparatus built, CustomFIRE is who I would recommend."
Lawrence Fire Department
Kurt Minten
Town of Lawrence Fire Chief

Get more info on Lawrence FD's new Pumper at

"When the Fire Chief asked our membership to form a committee to spec out a new engine, the goal was to replace a 1989 CustomFIRE Full Response Engine. After many meetings, and visiting neighboring departments, we felt we had direction on the style truck which would best suit us. We found ourselves referring back to the truck which we were having to replace, because of its style and also its dependability. When it came time to choose a manufacturer, it was unanimous to stick with CustomFIRE. The process with them was made easy from Sales to Customer Service, all questions were answered in a prompt manner. We are confident that this truck will serve our community as well as the last engine did."

Clinton Fire Department
Truck Committee Members

Get more info on Clinton FD's Full Response at
Product in Focus

The continued use of road salts and the increased applications of highly corrosive ice management chemicals, such as sodium chloride, pose serious threats to fire apparatus.  In typical fashion, Spartan is leading the chassis industry with a galvanized frame system.  Spartan not only offers galvanized frame rails.  They include galvanized cross members, air tank brackets, exhaust hangers, air intake skid plates, and battery enclosures. 
When you combine this package with Custom Fire’s legendary stainless steel body and sub-frame, you can rest assured that you have the ultimate in corrosion protection and long term durability.  
Extinguish your corrosion concerns! 
Contact your Custom Fire representative for more information on this unparalleled product.
Employee Profile

Congratulations to Bob Bantz, a “30-Year Employee” who has been with CustomFIRE since January of 1986! Bob first started in the Paint Department and then transferred to the Body Crew, Fab Area, and has ultimately utilized his talents in almost every aspect of our production. Bob is currently the Production Leader for Laser & Fab, the Paint Shop, as well as the Body & Finish Crew areas. Bob’s favorite part of the job is the everyday challenges that might come along, meeting the customers, creative new designs and of course the variety of projects. In addition to his everyday tasks, Bob also enjoys training new people and enthusing them to abide by the high quality standards CFA’s customers expect and deserve.

Bob and Peggy are lifelong residents of Farmington/Osceola area. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. Together as a family, they enjoy RV camping, the car racing events at Cedar Lake Speedway and hunting trips to Wyoming.
Congratulations, Bob, on all your achievements with Custom Fire Apparatus Inc. We truly appreciate you being a major part of our work family and for your hard work, dedication, and 30 years of outstanding service.

Upcoming Events and Conventions
Coming up you can find CustomFIRE at:

Monday March 21st-Wednesday March 23rd, in collaboration with the Industrial Experts from Sutphen Corporation, we will be performing pump (water and simulated foam) testing, and Aerial flow testing on the Flint Hills Refinery Sutphen SAI-110 (Sutphen Aerial Industrial, 110-foot), to demonstrate maximum "at draft" flow capabilities.  The fire pump in this apparatus is a Hale 3000-GPM, the Aerial has a 4000-GPM Waterway, and the Foam System is an AccuMax, by FoamPRO. 

FDIC in Indianapolis
Thursday April 21st through Saturday April 23rd, 2016 in the ICC booth #5861

MSFDA at the Becker County Fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes, MN
Thursday June 9th, 2016

Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Convention at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI
Friday June 24th through Saturday June 25th, 2016
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