Waterloo Fire Rescue Chooses Haix Fire Hunter Xtreme

Waterloo Fire Rescue began a wear trial in summer 2011 by firefighters on the floor of several models supplied by various manufacturers. CESTA presented Haix Fire Hunter Xtreme and the Haix Fire Hero Xtreme bunker style boots for the evaluation process.

By October 2011 Waterloo Fire Rescue had ranked the all of the boots from the various manufacturers. The Fire Hunter Xtreme came in first place with  the Fire Hero Xtreme in a close second.

Key considerations in the selection of the Fire Hunter Xtrene were comfort, quality, durability and the ability to have the boots repaired by the Haix authorized repair center in Barrie, Ontario.

Fitting of the Waterloo 120 front line staff took place at one station with CESTA’s mobile boot trailer while firefighters were on regular shifts.

Boots deliveries from CESTAs stocking warehouse just north of Toronto began immediately following 2 days of fitting the four platoons. CESTA stocks hundreds of pairs in various sizes and widths.

Waterloo Fire Rescue is a full time career force of 124 staff serving the community. Waterloo Fire Rescue has four fire stations, four Pumpers (one spare pumper), an Aerial Platform, a Tanker, a Hazmat Trailer and a Platoon Chief Incident Command Vehicle.

Thank you to Fire Chief Lyle Quan, Deputy Chief Larry Brassard and Deputy Chief Jamie Zimmerman for the opportunity to work closely with your crews at Waterloo Fire Rescue. It has been a pleasure and an honour to have met them all.

Lambton County Mutual Aid Show- January 28, 2012

CESTA will be attending the 16th Annual Lambton County Firefighter’s Trade show on Saturday January 28th, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Central York Fire Services – Firefighter Amber Bowman Combat Challenge Champion!

CESTA is happy to announce that Amber Bowman recently returned from Myrtle Beach where she won three championship titles in the World Firefighting Combat Challenge.

We first met FF Bowman when she was just starting her recruit training at Central York Fire Services. We supplied Haix Fire Hunter Xtreme structural firefighting boots to her for her work on the job.

Not long after that, CESTA was asked to support Amber’s bid in anyway we could to help her out in her pursuit of her interest in the Firefighting Combat Challenge Competitions. CESTA donated a pair of zip up Fire Flash Xtreme structural firefighting boots to Amber for her to start training in.

“We are very proud of Amber’s accomplishments”, says Central York Fire Services Chief Ian Laing. “Amber represented our department with pride and regardless of winning or losing she competed with the kind of passion, determination, strength and courage that Central York firefighters must demonstrate every day on the job.”

Amber says “Thanks to my training crew, Jacqueline, Dave, Matt, Scott and Drew. My family and friends were very supportive throughout the whole week, I could not have done it without them. The week went by fast, with a total of 11 races in 6 days I competed in. My mind and body went through a lot of tough times throughout the week but I’m proud to say I did it! Stay active and stay fit!”

Amber you are a really classy act and we are proud to know you and to have been able to support your journey! Good luck in your future competitions!

CESTA is proud to have sponsored other fire department combat challenge teams in Ontario such as Hamilton, Oakville, and Vaughan.

Canadian Marine Advisory Council CMAC Meeting Fall 2011

CESTA Inc. represented our partner Reach and Rescue at the  Canadian Marine Advisory Council CMAC Meeting November 7-10th, 2011 in Ottawa. Stakeholders from the marine industry across Canada were impressed with the Reach Pole for rescue, fishery applications, marine salvage and containment boom management.

For more information on the Reach and Rescue Pole System and its applications please contact nicholas@cesta.ca.

OPFFA Patrick J. Defazio Health & Safety Seminar 2012

CESTA will be attending the OPFFA Patrick J. Defazio Health & Safety Seminar 2012 Trade show held on Tuesday February 7th, 2012 at the Delta Chelsea hotel in Downtown Toronto. The show takes place between 12pm and runs until 1930 hours.

Our focus will be on Haix Footwear for Professionals and Petzl’s EXO Emergency Self Rescue System.

FDNY Black Sunday

On January 23, 2005, two FDNY firefighter died, and four firefighters were injured during a three alarm fire in a four story apartment building. The victims and injured fire fighters were performing a primary search for occupants on the floor above the fire. The fire started in a third floor apartment and rapidly extended to the fourth floor. Fire fighters had been on the scene less than 30 minutes when they became trapped by the advancing fire and were forced to exit through the fourth floor windows.  Lt. Joseph DiBernardo, who survived the fall after he selflessly lowered his brother Jeffery Cool out of a window opening and part way down the side of the building recently passed away at his home on November 22, 2011.
Although this event occurred seven years ago, it can be considered a recent event in the fire service historical time line. Down the road, it will prove to be as pivotal an event as the Bret Tarver LODD in Phoenix in 2001 which resulted in a more sophisticated understanding of fire ground operations including air management and the development of Firefighter Survival and RIT programs. Change is inevitable and underway. Some would say,  all too slowly.
The questions these 6 firefighters faced are ones we never hope to have to ask ourselves.  Do I stay where I am and die? Or ,do I jump and hope for the best? It is human nature. We all know we have our personal unspoken hopes and plans in the event of a call going really wrong. These anxieties are rarely shared but we all know they exist.  FDNY chose to specifically address head on the anxiety surrounding the two previous questions following the release of the NIOSH FACE report #200503. There had been issues at FDNY in regards to personal escape ropes for sometime prior to Black Sunday. While there were 9 recommendations in the FACE report, one of the key recommendations was to “provide fire fighters with the appropriate safety equipment, such as escape ropes, and associated training in jurisdictions where high-rise fires are likely.” To that end , and with a lack of practical and functional Personal Escape Systems readily available in the marketplace, FDNY approached Petzl, a leading manufacturer with an extensive history and depth in R&D in the in rope rescue,  rope access, and mountaineering fields, to develop a PES. The result is the Petzl EXO. © Chris Pettinger 2012

For more information on the Petzl EXO click here.

We have some great new information on how to build a solid business case to improve your fire department footwear program. Stop by and ask for details!

Visit our booth to register for a chance to win a free pair of the new Haix Fire Hero Xtreme structural firefighting boots!

CESTA Petzl EXO News!

CESTA Inc. is pleased to announce that the we are now an authorized Petzl EXO dealer and training service provider following the completion of our dealer training at Petzl America in Salt Lake City.

We provide Petzl EXO sales, EXO End User and EXO Train the Trainer Programs.

Training can be provided at your location using your facilities or using our mobile trailer designed specifically for our Petzl EXO programs.

Be sure to visit and see our unique EXO bailout display (pictures from last years display are shown further below) with Petzl Rep Ian Neve at the OPFFA Patrick J. Defazio Health and Safety trade show February 7th, 2012 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Call us today at 705-774-3825 or email us at info@cesta.ca to arrange a demo at your location or for more information on the Petzl EXO.

Simcoe County Mutual Fire Aid Association Trade Show – October 19, 2011

CESTA attended The Fourth Annual Simcoe County Mutual Fire Aid Association Trade Show which took place on Wednesday October 19, 2011  12:00 to 19:00 at O.D.A.S. Park.  4500 Fairgrounds Rd, Orillia (Severn Township).

This show was well attended by vendors and firefighters from Simcoe County and abroad.

It was great to see new visitors to our booth as well as our regular customers visit to see the latest of our offerings including ISG Infrasys Thermal Imaging Cameras and Reach and Rescue Poles. There was very strong interest shown to the new Haix Fire Hero Xtreme structural firefighting boot!

NCSOS 2011 Symposium Update

If you haven’t booked yet – you’d better! This is a reminder that the National Capital Special Operations Symposium 2011 will be taking place Oct 13th-14th, 2011 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata (Ottawa). This year, the symposium will be focused on contaminated water operations for first responders.

CESTA will be representing our partner SALUS Marine Wear as well as displaying the Reach and Rescue Pole for marine operations. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello and to see these high quality and innovative products.

Be sure to visit the NCSOS website at:


Click here to download the NCSOS flyer.

For more information please contact any of the following organiser:

Sean Virgin Ottawa Fire Co-Chair  sean.virgin@ottawa.ca
Greg Lough Ottawa Fire Services Co-Chair gregory.lough@ottawa.ca
Brent MacIntyre Ottawa Police Services Co-Chair  MacIntyreB@ottawapolice.ca
Shannon Leduc Ottawa Paramedic Services Co-Chair  shannond.leduc@ottawa.ca

Wellington Dufferin Mutual Aid Trade Show – September 13, 2011

On Tuesday September 13th, 2011 CESTA once again attended the Wellington Dufferin Mutual Aid Trade Show in Erin. CESTA has been at this show every year since 2004.

CESTA focused on our water and rope rescue products at the show this year and particular interest was shown in our new Leader Positive Pressure fans and the Bullex Digital Safety fire extinguisher training systems.

It was great to see visit with our fellow vendors and hear news of summer holidays and adventures with family. There were many new faces at our booth and a lot of our regular customers stopped by to see new products as well.

If you are within a 2 hour drive of Erin next year and have not been to this show before- plan to stop in next year as it is well worth stopping by!

Haix Police/Military and Outdoor/Hunting Line now available through CESTA!

CESTA is pleased to announce, in partnership with Haix North America, that the full line of Police/Military and Outdoor/Hunting boots are now available for purchase in Ontario along with the already popular Firefighting footwear.

Haix’s commitment to unsurpassed quality in materials and innovative construction continue to be the cornerstones of their success.

Whether you are looking to purchase the lightest and highest performing tactical boot- the GSG9-S or heading deep into the woods and need a boot that is waterproof, comfortable and rugged like the Kentucky, Nebraska or Montana- these boots are sure to provide you with unsurpassed performance and Haix’s extreme comfort and renowned durability.