Maximétal of St-George-de-Beauce, QC, which has a major hold on Quebec apparatus sales, under its Maxi Fire line, has made an arrangement to mount its unique Maxi pumper and tanker bodies on Pierce Saber custom chassis. The new units will be branded as MaxiSabers and will carry both Pierce and Maxi badges.
On my road trip I spotted a number of Maxis in Quebec, all using Spartan chassis, with their older pumper bodies. The new pumper bodies are worth a look at Maxi's web site. http://www.maximetal.com/en/
Pierce is the largest fire apparatus manufacturer in the US and has had a variety of deals with Canadian manufacturers over the years, most notably with Fort Garry, but that has elapsed.
Pierce, part of the Oshkosh Corp (which produces a host of other trucks and bodies) has an established dealer network in Canada, which will also now promote Maxis.
Pierce apparatus seem to have good longevity if the number I saw on my trip are typical:
Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC runs this 2007 Pierce Dash 1750/ 420/ 105' quint, which used to belong to Sandy Springs, GA of all places. Its southern background could certainly help explain its excellent condition.
As for the US Pierce units are everywhere!
One such place is Freeport, ME:
Engine 1 is a 2001 Pierce Dash Heavy Rescue 2000/ 750/ 20F
Engine 5 is a 2009 Pierce Quantum PUC 1500/ 710/ 40A