APPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing Inc., announced that it has delivered seven pumpers built on the Pierce Saber® custom chassis mounted with Canadian company MAXIMETAL’s firefighting body configuration. The “MaxiSaber” apparatus represent the first seven of the 35 awarded pumper trucks to be built and delivered to the City of Montreal Fire Department over the next five years.
Since instituting an agreement in 2015 with MAXIMETAL of Saint-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, Canada, Pierce has sold its Pierce Saber custom chassis to MAXIMETAL that, in turn, manufactures and mounts its various firefighting body configurations onto the chassis. The completed apparatus are provided to fire departments across Canada.
“When we searched for a body builder to work with Pierce in the design of a family of apparatus specifically for the Canadian market, MAXIMETAL stood out as the perfect fit because of their reputation for quality, reliability, and focus on superior customer service and support,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Over the last four years, we’ve learned how well our collaborative vision aligns, and we look forward to continued growth across Canada in the years to come.”
In 2018, MAXIMETAL announced it was awarded the $32.1 million contract spanning five years with the City of Montreal Fire Department—one of the largest contracts in the company’s history.
“MAXIMETAL is honored to work with Pierce Manufacturing in the fulfillment of such a significant apparatus order for the City of Montreal Fire Department,” said Chris Sapienza, director of business development. “MaxiSaber configurations offer a value-driven chassis without compromise on build quality, cutting edge performance and advancements in visibility, space, ergonomics, and serviceability.”
The City of Montreal Fire Department covers 166 square miles and serves 1.7 million citizens from 67 fire stations. Built on contouring Mount Royal and completely surrounded by water, Montreal is recognized as a cosmopolitan city with one of the largest underground networks in the world. As the second most populous city in Canada with unique geographic attributes and infrastructure design, many factors contributed to the selection of MaxiSaber apparatus including a primary focus on safety, egress in and out of the cab, noise reduction, visibility and overall performance.
Drummondville-based L’Arsenal will work with the Montreal Fire Department providing aftermarket and product support.
“L’Arsenal is equipped to provide exceptional aftermarket service and support to ensure that the new apparatus for the City of Montreal Fire Department maintain optimal performance, maximizing time in service,” said Jean Thibault, President of L’Arsenal. “We look forward to supporting the department and the community with our experience and expertise.”
The apparatus included in the City of Montreal Fire Department’s order will include a total of 35 MaxiSaber pumpers—all built on the Pierce Saber custom chassis with the last delivery estimated to take place in 2022. Other apparatus features include a spacious cab interior with a raised roof transition line, wraparound windshield for excellent outward visibility, a 450-hp engine, and a 50-degree cramp angle for excellent maneuverability along the city’s narrow roads and alleys.