The Halt Fire staff consists of professional firefighters, first responders and experts in the fire apparatus field. We know how important it is to have the right equipment for your specific job.
We proudly sell and service Pierce apparatus and PL Custom ambulances along with a full line of fire safety equipment, protective clothing, parts and loose equipment to meet your needs.
Our Pierce Master Service technicians have EVT, ASE and Pierce certifications as well as trained in proper NFPA compliant pump testing.
Halt Fire, Inc. mission is to provide quality products, superior service and unequalled training to our unselfish heroes. Halt Fire, Inc. will continually strive to build and strengthen log term relationships with our customers through honesty, hard work and integrity.
Fire, Inc. is pleased to provide private air travel to and from Pierce in Appleton, Wisconsin and PL Custom in Manasquan, New Jersey for our customers. Our plane makes traveling to either factory seamless and hassle free. No expense for parking, no expense for baggage, no long TSA lines and we don’t have to deal with Commercial Airline schedules/cancellations or delays. Simply climb on board, fly to the factory and when our factory meeting is completed, buckle up and away we go.
Bill Deckett has been representing Pierce Manufacturing in northern lower Michigan since 1999. He enjoys working with departments to ensure that they put together a specification that will fit the needs of their department and community. Read full bio
Richard Choate has been representing Pierce Manufacturing for fourteen years and has delivered all types of apparatus. Richard has a “keen eye for detail” and works closely with the customer to assure the finished apparatus meets the department’s needs. Read full bio
Ed Miller is dedicated to listening to his customers to capture the agencies needs to provide them with solutions that fit their budgets. Ed’s extensive product knowledge and field experience provides possible solutions to customers that they may not have been aware of themselves. Read full bio
Ed spent most of his grade school spare time hanging out at Engine 21, Ladder 28 of the Detroit Fire Department, near his home. Ed’s interest with the fire service goes back as far as he can remember, and being a “vehicle kid”, he was fascinated by the big red shiny rigs. He still loves to be in a fire station when a run comes in, only today, it’s the sound of big diesels, Q2 and electronic sirens and air horns. Read full bio
Tom retired from the Detroit Fire Department with 39 years of firefighting service. Tom was a senior member of the apparatus design committee where he was instrumental in developing specifications, reviewing proposals, inspecting and accepting nearly 100 different fire apparatus deliveries to the city of Detroit. In addition Tom has also been involved in research, training and problem solving for the fire apparatus division. Read full bio
Todd Russell or “Todd II” as many people call him started with Halt Fire in 2001. Todd works as a sales coordinator and in house engineer, supporting the Halt Fire sales representatives. His roles include preparing bid proposals and quotes, creating concept drawings, generating customer specifications and managing new orders through the build process.
Todd enjoys working the sales staff and customers in developing a new apparatus that will serve their department and community for many years. Working out the puzzle on how to make everything fit within the vehicle and within budget is part of challenge. Todd will offer suggestions and ideas to customers that they may not be aware of helping to improve the functionality of apparatus.
Todd is married to his wife Jeanette and has two daughters. Todd has been a paid on call firefighter & EMT for over 21 years with the same department. In his free time, Todd enjoys the beach, being outdoors, heading to Houghton Lake and spending time with his family.
Jerry has represented Pierce Manufacturing since 1975. Despite the fact never in the fire service, he is knowledgeable in fire apparatus of all types, including pumpers, tankers, aerials and rescues. Although during the past two years he has decreased his territory coverage and starting to look toward retirement with his wife, he is still actively in the field of sales. Jerry enjoys going to his cabin in Kingsley, MI boating and visiting his kids and grandkids. Read full bio
Pat Wright is experienced in gathering your thoughts and ideas and building a Pierce fire truck to fit your needs and budget. Pat started his career in Public Safety in 1977 when he joined the Davison Fire Department just out of high school. In 1979 he formed a relationship with Halt Fire and Pierce Manufacturing with the truck he is pictured with, which is still in service. Being a Police Officer also, when the City of Kalamazoo combined their police and fire department to form Public Safety this appeared to be a natural fit. Pat started as a Fire Fighter and retired as Executive Lieutenant in 2008. Shortly after retiring, Pat was called back to Public Safety to serve as Assistant Chief until 2009. Pat has represented Halt Fire and Pierce since 2006. Pat is married to Tammy Wright and they have 4 sons and 4 grandchildren.
My name is Jim Lee. My home is in Livonia, MI. I am not a Fire Truck Salesman. My profession has always been heavy truck mechanic. So please let me tell you a small part of my life’s story.
I appreciated fire trucks as a young kid at 5 years old. I started my career in 1957 as an official junior fire person with The City of Plymouth FD. Thank you Capt. Sandy Burr. In my High School years I worked for my Grandfather (He is the reason I picked up wrenching) in the summer as a Northville Coach Bus mechanic. I was drafted into the US Army in 1966, became a wheel and track mechanic, went to Vietnam in 1967 with the 51st Maintenance Light Direct Support Unit. After Nam I went to Fort Hood Texas, 1st Armored Division. Wound up in 3rd/2nd Artillery (Honest John System) then to 1st/6th Artillery (155 Self-propelled Howitzers). I was on the 4th Army Mobile Vehicle Inspection Team. After the Army, I started my Fire Truck passion. 1969-70 I worked as a Heavy Truck Mechanic for Young Equipment/Joyce. In 1970 Joyce Fire Truck split off from Young’s and I went with the fire trucks. I became familiar with Seagraves, American LaFrance and Joyce fire equipment. In 1973 I went to work for Livonia Fire Department as its Senior Fire Apparatus Mechanic. In 1978 became Fire Apparatus Supervisor Chief Mechanic. Retired from Livonia FD 2001. In 1986 went to work for Schoolcraft College as their Fire Chassis/Fire Pump Operations and Fire Pump Testing Instructor. As of to date I still am. In 2002 I became Halt Fire Inc. Chassis and Fire Pump Trainer. So now you know a little about me. When you purchase a Pierce Fire Truck from Halt Fire INC I will be at your department for your chassis/pump training on your new Pierce. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Kevin Pomasl has been representing Pierce Manufacturing since 2000 and has delivered a wide array of vehicles from small rescue trucks to 6×6 tankers, to custom pumpers and aerials. Read full bio
Tom began his fire service career in 1989 as a paid on-call fire fighter while he was attending college. In 1994, Tom became a full time fire fighter with Independence Township Fire Department where he currently works as a Captain/Paramedic. Tom came to work for Halt Fire, Inc. in December of 2014, representing both Pierce Manufacturing and PL Custom. Read full bio
Halt Fire, Inc. is the exclusive authorized Pierce Fire Apparatus and Parts dealer in Michigan, including three (3) counties in the Upper Peninsula. Halt Fire’s technicians provide top-quality service work for fire apparatus of all manufacturers.