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.