Let's start with an invitation to visit our manufacturing plant. Once you see the quality of our materials and workmanship, we're confident you'll take as much pride in owning a 4 Guys truck as we do in building them.

In order to get the new truck process rolling, you'll need to contact us. Then our sales manager or the sales representative for your area will get some basic information about your department and the type of truck you're looking for. We'll also set up an initial meeting as soon as it's convenient for your department.

At that meeting our representative will present a preliminary specification based on your information and will review it with your truck committee. This gives your committee the opportunity to ask questions and get directly involved in the process of streamlining your specs.

After the initial meeting, the specs are turned over to 4 Guys engineering department, where your detailed CAD blueprints will be produced. We'll send them out so you can see what you've specified, instead of just reading about it. When you review the drawings, you're sure to think of something else. Discuss any changes with your sales representative and note them on the drawing. Then we'll adjust the drawing to your notes.

Once you're satisfied with what you've chosen, we'll sign a contract with your fire company. Among other things we'll guarantee that your new unit comply with all current NFPA regulations.

Then it's time to order the chassis. We can order your HME or Spartan custom cab & chassis, or a wide variety of commercial chassis. If you prefer, you can even order your own chassis through your local dealer, as long as its specs are approved by 4 Guys engineering department.

The first thing that happens when your chassis arrives at 4 Guys is the pump installation. We can use, at your option, Hale, Waterous or Darley fire pumps.

While the pump is being installed, the body fabricators at the other end of the shop will be building the body according to your blueprints. Whenever possible, compartments are made from a single sheet of material. This, along with continuous welding of all compartment seams, eliminates the possibility of leaks. 4 Guys bodies are made entirely from Everlasting 304 grade stainless steel. This even includes the parts you can't see, such as the body frame crossmembers. We do use some aluminum, but never as a part of the body fabrication process. Because its strength and durability are considerably less than stainless, aluminum parts are added only at the finish stage to dress up the truck's appearance.

Our hinged doors are another feature that sets 4 Guys apart from most other manufacturers. Our doors are fully reinforced. They're perfectly fitted to close tightly every time. They're mounted with full length stainless steel hinges. And they're less than an inch thick, allowing for maximum useable compartment depth!

Once the pump installation is complete, the body, which has been fabricated separately, is lifted with a crane and installed on the chassis. By building the body this way, we can easily remove the entire body should any future repairs be necessary. Using "U" bolts allows us to fasten the body to the chassis without welding or drilling the truck frame. A strip of 1" rubber is used to insulate the body against shock.

After the body is placed the tank is set into place, (except in the case of elliptical tankers, that have the tank integral to the body) and the plumbing is run.

Four Guys features UPF Poly tanks, allowing us the versatility to offer nearly unlimited options, including suction hose compartments under the "T" of the tank, ladder compartments through the tank, and integral foam cells for Class "A," Class "B," and AFFF foam systems.

George Porter At this point in the construction process, you and your fire department's representatives are encouraged to inspect the truck and indicate any last-minute changes. You'll be free to take pictures and ask as many questions as you want. This is your "pre-paint inspection."

With the booster tank and the plumbing in place, the truck moves to our in-house paint shop. Here, any low spots left by the fabrication process will be filled and sanded. The entire truck is cleaned and appropriate areas are masked. The truck is then moved into the spray booth and painted according to the instructions we received from your department at pre-paint.

John Hengst The pump panel, electrical, and finish departments take over when your truck comes out of the paint shop. The panel men are charged with laying out your top, side, rear or compartment mounted pump operator's panel in a manner that's easy to understand, even to the first-time operator. While we're flexible on panel layout, we don't think you'll find one that's easier to use than our standard layout.

The electrical department is responsible for mounting and wiring all the lights in the body, including DOT & NFPA lights, as well as compartment and scene lights. 4 Guys electricians also wire the radios, sirens, shore-line receptacles and all other electrical equipment. All wiring is COLOR coded and labeled to eliminate confusion. Wiring originates at a concealed breaker panel that's small enough to fit in a compartment door jamb. Protective loom shields all wiring from dampness and corrosion.

Bob Sines The finish men, as the name implies, add all the accessories that make the truck look "finished." The tops of the compartments, running boards, and the step areas are covered with aluminum diamond plate. Folding steps are added according to your fire department's instructions and NFPA regulations. Grab handles are installed, along with brackets to mount ladders, Fol-Da-Tanks and other accessories. At this stage, the body doors are installed and the paint is buffed to bring out the shine. When all this is done, the truck is lettered. This, too, is done to the fire department's specs, and in most cases, it is even possible to closely match existing trucks.

Once this stage is reached, the truck is ready for its NFPA and UL tests and certifications, after which it can be picked up and placed in service by your department.

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