Manufacturing Process & Assembly
The design of the fire apparatus begins with a detailed discussion of your departments needs and the terrain of the area the department responds to. The vehicle's ease of operation, water capacity, pump requirements, and equipment storage are all important factors we discuss when designing your apparatus.
Our innovative design and engineering concepts allow us to manufacture emergency vehicles to your custom specifications. All units are handcrafted to ensure precision, durability, and longevity. Our goal and commitment to customers has been to design fire apparatus that will produce the best possible rate of return on investment for their particular operations. Dependable’s attention to detail has been recognized not only on the front line but also during the most complex scenes.
We build fire apparatus on custom or commercial chassis; the chassis is the baseline component of the apparatus. Dependable Emergency Vehicles works closely with our chassis providers and advises them of the intended design, therefore special options concerning the performance of the frame can be finalized at the factory. It is critical that the proper selection of engine, transmission, and suspension are chosen to meet the apparatus' requirements and to ensure the apparatus is “Designed to Perform, Built to Last”. Once the chassis is complete, it is shipped to our facility where we do a quality control inspection before the rest of the apparatus is securely mounted.
The body is constructed as a secondary process from the chassis. Our in-house engineering team creates 3D models of the body and pumphouse; these customized drawings are produced using the most reliable and latest engineering design software available. During this stage we are able to design the water tank, create custom storage areas and implement exclusive customization as requested.
Once the drawing is finalized to our customers expectation, the manufacturing of the body begins. We use plasma technology to cut sheets of aluminum or stainless steel in preparation for assembly. When the material is ready, our custom fabricated pieces are assembled; the entire process is executed on the production floor by our highly skilled body manufacturers.
Before painting the body, a quality control team inspects the body as it sits. Skilled workers look for dents, abrasives or other deformations that could create a finishing problem when undergoing the painting process. Once this step is complete, the body moves to our on-site state-of-the-art paint facility where it is properly prepped for the paint process.
After the body is painted, it moves to the mid-build area in the plant where all the components are integrated with the body. These components include: CMVSS lighting, back up cameras, compartment doors, ladder racks, scene lights, spare wiring, portatank racks, emergency lighting, etc.
The fire pump make, model, capacity, and layout of inlets and outlets are strategically placed on each apparatus to perform specifically for the practices of the department. Most fire pumps today are single stage pumps which are designed and purchased by Dependable Emergency Vehicles ensuring they are properly aligned with the transmission and plumbing throughout the apparatus.
Each and every water tank we design and order is truly custom built. The water tank is made of a polypropylene material designed to hold the departments specified amount of water. Water tanks contain perforated "baffles" to reduce the sloshing of the water while driving; ultimately ensuring the safety of fire fighters. With great flexibility in tank design, our team works closely with tank suppliers to maintain precise dimensional accuracy, and meet the exact specifications for all options and features on the apparatus.
The chassis, pump, and body are prepped for final setup and mounting, and assembled with careful execution by our team to ensure a perfect fit between the components.
The three major components are prepped for final setup and mounting. This process is executed by our assembly team to ensure a perfect the fit between the chassis, pump and body.
As soon as the apparatus is moving under its own power, it's driven to the final detail and quality control point. Here we start with having the apparatus undergo a ULC inspection by a third-party company. The inspector examines, operates, and evaluates the apparatus ensuring it meets and exceeds industry standards. The pump is operated at maximum capacity for two hours to assure that this vital component performs properly.
Once certified, the apparatus undergoes a pre-delivery inspection by our team before its placed in our inspection bay to await customer approval.