This article refers to the Québec fire apparatus manufacturer. For the city of Phoenix, Arizona, see Phoenix Fire Department.

Phoenix Fire Apparatus was a Canadian fire apparatus manufacturer located in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Québec near Drummondville.

History[edit | edit source]

After Pierreville Fire Trucks ceased operations in 1985, owners Marion, Yvon and Jean Thibault set up a new operation in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover. Camions à Incendie Phoenix Inc., also known as Phoenix Fire Apparatus Inc., was officially constituted on June 27 1985[1]. The plant was located at 2645, Boulevard Terra-Jet in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, a small neighboring town of Drummondville. The postal adress was a post office box in Drummondville. This situation created some confusion and several websites and sources located the company in Drummondville.

The first trucks finished by Phoenix were uncompleted Pierreville orders. As the three owners already were the Canadian supplier of Simon-LTI products with Pierreville, Phoenix took over the Canadian distributorship for Simon-LTI products. Phoenix also become an official distributor for Waterous pumps.

After only six months of operation, several orders were signed for American and Canadian fire departments, the company had 14 employees and had already exceeded one million dollars in sales[2]. In June 1988, four pumpers are sold to Sceco, an electric distributor in Saudi Arabia, the 400 000$ contract was the first attempt to export fire trucks outside North America for Phoenix. About 50 trucks a year were built or transformed at the Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant in the late 1980s[3]. In the late 1980s, Jean Navert become the company's director.

In 1989, the 22 employees company was expecting to do a 700 000$ expansion project to double the capacity of the plant and the number of employees[4].

On December 17 1992, the company officially declared bankruptcy[5]. In early 1993, NovaQuintech buy the assets of Phoenix Fire Apparatus[6].

Production[edit | edit source]

Phoenix built approximately 100 trucks, most of which were delivered in Québec, Ontario and the Maritime provinces. Phoenix offered bodyworks made of steel, stainless and aluminium. The company also built their water tanks with polypropylene, fiberglass, stainless steel and steel.

Factories[edit | edit source]

City Address In Service Notes
Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover 2645, Boulevard Terra-Jet 1985-1992

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Dubbert, Bob, Shane MacKichan and Joel L. Gebet. Encyclopedia of Canadian Fire Apparatus. Hudson, WI: Iconografix, 2004.
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