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Spring 2017

CustomFIRE has a new website!  Launched at the beginning of this year, CustomFIRE has redesigned the website and included more features to help showcase our trucks better.  Check out the new site at to see recent deliveries, see what's being built in the shop right now, watch videos about CustomFIRE and our trucks, and to hear from our customers about why they chose CustomFIRE.  We hope you like the new website as much as we do and if you think we should include more features, please feel free to let us know!  Also, there are also a lot of fire schools coming up and CustomFIRE will be in attendance at the vendor shows.  See the list of upcoming conferences at the end of this newsletter.  We would welcome the opportunity to see you at the shows and talk to you about some of our recent projects, and to help your Department with your future needs.

Recent Deliveries from CustomFIRE

"Two years ago, I was asked to chair the committee to replace our 20 year old Saulsbury Rescue truck. We wanted an apparatus that could hold up for 20+ year, carry the extensive array of equipment we currently utilize and be extremely functional. Our local municipality had several requirements, one being we must specify a Spartan chassis. After investigating and meeting with several different manufacturers, the committee selected Custom Fire Apparatus. The West Chester Fire Department already has a Custom Fire Apparatus in the fleet, and we knew about the quality of work, so the decision was an easy one to make. We met with Wayde and Zac and discussed our needs. They understood what we wanted and even designed some pretty unique options for us that you may not find elsewhere. Rescue 53 is truly a CUSTOM apparatus, from the HRT compartment with it’s extendable/retractable ceiling and tool mounts, the wheel well storage and receivers, the interior compartments and lighting to the cab storage cabinet, two words come to mind…QUALITY and CRAFTSMANSHIP! I could go on and on about the fine craftsmen on the floor but their work is proof enough.

If you are looking for a QUALITY, well built product, I highly recommend Custom Fire Apparatus as your next builder. You will NOT be disappointed!"

Fame Fire Company No. 3
Bill Cummings
Fame Fire Co. Lieutenant

Get more info on Fame's new Rescue at

"The Lamartine Fire Department is proud to take delivery of our third CustomFIRE apparatus.  Our committee was impressed with the outstanding effort that Wayde and his Team put into our project. This was our first custom pumper and much help was needed by the design team.  The group effort by the CustomFIRE Team and our committee to put this engine together was outstanding. That is the type of service that is needed to protect a small rural department. I would recommend CustomFIRE to any agency looking to build a custom unit. Their quality is second to none in the Industry. We will be looking forward to our next opportunity to do another truck with the CustomFIRE Team."

Lamartine Fire Department
Joe Birschbach
Lamartine Fire Chief

Get more info on Lamartine FD's Pumper at 
Employee Profile

Wayde Kirvida is a familiar face to our customer base. He keeps his eyes and ears on the market; always learning and developing fresh ideas for our customers.  Wayde is most heavily involved in the role of Factory Sales Engineer supporting his own accounts and the efforts of CustomFIRE’s outside sales reps.  Wayde also writes most of the specs and creates many of the proposal blueprints that customers see.  If there is a special project here at the factory, you can bet that we will rely on Wayde’s input and get him involved whenever possible.
Wayde is a Marquette University Mechanical Engineering graduate and, therefore, an idea guy.  He’s a customer advocate for any innovation to improve their lives.  He finds his greatest satisfaction when customers benefit by taking a unique approach to their apparatus designs.

Wayde lives in Minnesota with his wife, Karissa, and three busy children (Ian, Paige and Piper), all in the elementary grades.  Wayde enjoys downhill skiing and mountain biking when he isn’t busy with work and family commitments.

Upcoming Events and Conventions

Coming up you can find CustomFIRE at:

FDIC in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Convention Center
April 27th through April 29th, 2017

Lancaster County Fireman's Fire Expo in Harrisburg, PA
May 19th through May 21st, 2017

MSFDA Conference in Brainerd, MN
June 8th, 2017

Wisconsin State Fire Chief's Conference in Green Bay, WI
June 23rd through June 24th, 2017

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