Our History


Every new fire truck is a fresh journal waiting to gather your stories of determination, commitment, passion, and pride.  Here is ours.

Jim Kirvida’s grandfather, Elmer Abrahamson, was a talented blacksmith and community leader in the early 20th century.  So it’s no wonder that Jim Kirvida possessed the skills and grit to set out on his own and start Custom Fire Apparatus, Inc. in the mid-70’s.  Beginning as a builder of high quality and creative brush trucks, tankers, and light rescue apparatus, the CustomFIRE team also cut their teeth as a refurbishment destination of other makes of fire apparatus.  This experience forged an understanding of how apparatus should be built to resist the effects of time, action, and the elements.

Today, CustomFIRE builds several trucks every month, investing those early lessons into each truck built.  And these are no regular trucks.  They are created using the best in design and manufacturing equipment that the fire industry has ever known.  Emphasizing bolted construction and stainless steel components, CustomFIRE honors their customers by delivering apparatus constructed at an incomparable level of fit and finish and durability.

We at CustomFIRE pride ourselves on our legendary apparatus and well earned customer relationships.  Please take some time to explore our website, see what our customers have professed about our company, and then give us a call when you are ready for a higher level of fire apparatus.