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Manufacturing Day 2019 Recap

Posted in Blog on November 11, 2019

Early in October, we enjoyed hosting more than 100 visitors from two schools and a veteran’s home near our office here in Luverne, MN. What was the occasion? Manufacturing Day—also known as MFG Day. MFG Day is a nationally recognized day started by the National Association of Manufacturers, with an intent of showcasing the diverse […]

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To lift, or not to lift?

Posted in Blog on June 21, 2019

By Joseph Juhl, Sales Representative To lift or not to lift? This is the question.  Nearly every department has done it – misjudged the terrain and buried a quick attack or brush truck in mud, snow or sand. Your truck has immediately converted from an asset to a liability, and depending on the situation, additional […]

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The Brush Truck: Small but Mighty

Posted in Blog on May 17, 2019

Ready or not: toasty temperatures, lemonade sipping, vacation time, and yes, brush fire and wildfire season are all coming upon us quickly. Is your department armed with the rig for the job? The wide-spanning wildland fires that are now commonplace on the nightly news may come to mind when you think of brush fires or […]

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FDIC 2019—We’ll See You There! Booth # 3437

Posted in Blog on April 10, 2019

Come visit our team at Booth #3437 for a hands-on experience with one of our All-Poly® Series Pumpers (thanks to our friends at Roachdale Community Fire Protection District). Is your department searching for a Brush Truck to add to your firefighting arsenal before those summer brush fires begin? We will have a stock unit Brush […]

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Situational Awareness: Think Past, Present, & Future

Posted in Blog on March 6, 2019

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rich Gasaway, founder of SAMatters.com and renowned authority on human factors, situational awareness and the high-risk decision making processes used in high-stress, high consequence work environments. Dr. Gasaway also hosts a podcast, called SAMatters Radio, that can be found here. Enjoy! Flawed situational awareness (SA) is one of the […]

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How to Prepare your All-Poly® for a Harsh Winter

Posted in Blog on December 13, 2018

Winter is upon us and we know it can prove to be the toughest season for firefighters, especially those in rural areas. We want to answer the question today: “How should I prepare my Midwest Fire apparatus for the harsh winter weather?” Most of our apparatus are constructed with All-Poly® material, which is both lighter and […]

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Lean Enterprise & a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted in Blog on November 21, 2018

Over the past five years, the Midwest Fire team has worked hard to implement lean manufacturing processes and a culture of continuous improvement throughout our organization. In the manufacturing world, lean is a philosophical & methodical approach that strives to provide ever-increasing value to the customer through total employee involvement in the reduction of non-value-added […]

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National Fire Prevention Week: Situational Awareness Q&A with Rich Gasaway

Posted in Blog on October 11, 2018

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7th-13th this year, and there is no better person to help us all brush up on fire safety and prevention than Dr. Rich Gasaway. Having served over 30 years in fire service and EMS as a firefighter, EMT-paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, and fire chief, Dr. Gasaway is now considered […]

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Use it or Lose it: Don’s Best Tips for Fire Truck Maintenance

Posted in Blog on October 3, 2018

With over 20 years of experience as a service technician at Midwest Fire, I’ve seen my fair share of both routine and unexpected issues arise with fire apparatus. After a busy summer of brush fires, grill fires, and everything else that can come with the scorching heat, it may be time to give your rig […]

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Your Complete Fire Equipment Checklist

Posted in Blog on September 19, 2018

Midwest Fire is here to build a custom apparatus for your department. Once your custom apparatus is built, you’ll need to stock it with the proper equipment!     Having a fully equipped truck is important for any fire department – almost as important as the truck you put it all on! To properly stock […]

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