JAMES KIRVIDA - OWNER and PRESIDENT
James Kirvida began his career in the fire apparatus business at the age of 14, when he began working in assembly operations for a company founded by his grandfather. In 1978, Jim founded Custom Fire Apparatus, Inc. As President of CustomFIRE, he is responsible for all facets of the corporation, including customer service, engineering, strategic planning, sales and marketing, purchasing and operations.
Over the past five decades, Jim has developed exceptional experience and expertise in fire apparatus design, production and operations. He serves the fire apparatus industry with innovative ideas, a dedication to applying the latest technologies to enhance safety and performance, and a commitment to providing customized products and outstanding services to fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Jim is a former U.S. Navy E4 Petty Officer, 2nd Class and a current pilot. Jim’s passions are his family, flying, and making sure the expectations of each customer are exceeded.