On being discharged from the Canadian Army in 1945 and finishing an interrupted education, Thomas Webster started his career in the fire protection industry in Windsor, Ontario as an accountant with the General Detroit Corp. Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of a large United States manufacturer of fire extinguishers. He later became General Manager of the Canadian operations before the company was eventually sold and the Canadian subsidiary was dissolved.
In 1959, with three children and another on the way, Mr. Webster and his wife Selena founded National Fire Equipment Ltd. from their small family home on St. Paul Avenue in Windsor. With hard work, determination, and considerable financial sacrifices, National eventually became a respected supplier to the fire industry specializing in standpipe sales, fire extinguisher service and system installations in the Southwestern Ontario area. Mr. Webster later joined forces with Canadian Fire Hose Corp. (CFH) in 1965 and moved to Montreal.
In 1973 he moved to his hometown of Toronto and established the new National Fire Equipment Ltd. head office in Scarborough. Shortly thereafter, with partners, he started Mercedes Textiles Ltd., now the premium hose manufacturer in Canada. National continues to supply a complete line of Mercedes fire hose products today. Mr. Webster’s two sons, Keith and Daniel, had become active in the business and, in the early 1990s, decided to diversify the company into the fire sprinkler markets. Through strategic acquisitions and internal growth, National Fire expanded its product lines to offer its customers complete system components in most major centers across Canada.
After purchasing the assets of Simplex Grinnell’s steel pipe fabrication facility on Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga and forming National Fire Fabrication Ltd., the company became the largest provider of prefabricated steel pipe to fire contractors in the country. Over the last few years National Fire has become more active in export markets with agents and representatives throughout the Middle East, Indonesia and South America. Thomas Webster became less active in the business and eventually retired after Daniel and Keith Webster purchased the company from their father.
The employees at National Fire are among the brightest in the business. Many of our customer service and sales team are from the industry and have worked in the contracting and system design field. Our customer support people understand your business and know every product’s capabilities to help you choose the right equipment for the job or application.
If you want a plumbing product, go to a plumbing store. We sell only fire fighting related products to fire protection professionals. And we support that exceptional commitment through knowledgeable advice from our technical support experts.
While we continue to develop our own manufactured products, we are committed to always providing the most innovative products available to our customers. Our distribution divisions partner with the leading and most innovative manufacturers in the fire protection industry – names such as Tyco, System Sensor, Honeywell, and Spears to name a few. We carry the largest and most diverse inventory of fire protection products in the country.
Act with honesty, transparency, and ethical conduct in all endeavours.
Treat all individuals with dignity, fairness, and empathy, regardless of their background, beliefs, or abilities.
Promote practices that preserve and protect the environment, economic visibility, and social well-being for current and future generations.
Foster teamwork, cooperation, and open communication to achieve shared objectives and build strong relationships.
Strive for excellence by embracing innovation, learning from mistakes, and seeking opportunities for growth and development.
Prioritize the needs and satisfaction of customers, delivering products and services that meet or exceed their expectations.
Embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms, fostering an inclusive environment that values and respects individuals’ unique perspectives and contributions.
We provide one-stop material supply. Our people are trusted experts in the fire protection community focused on making our customers’ lives easier.
To be the first-choice material provider to the fire protection industry offering complete fire protection solutions.