FIRE FIGHTING SKID CONSTRUCTION

QTAC Copolymer Plastic ConstructionWe take a great deal of pride in the construction of each and every QTAC™ fire fighting skid we build at the MTECH facility in Northern California. From the raw plastic sheet stock, to the top-shelf components and careful fabrication used to create each system, we’re dedicated to bringing our customers a product that will perform for years to come.

THE PHILOSOPHY

MTECH, Inc., the parent company of the QTAC product line, has gained a reputation in the fire service industry for building plastic-fabricated truck bodies and fire truck tanks that look great and never fail. We’ve built our business on repeat customers who value quality and the care with which each product is built.
QTAC CoPolymer Plastic Construction

A wildland fire truck is subjected to some of the most rigorous off-road challenges any vehicle will ever face. MTECH has honed design and manufacturing approaches that enable our trucks and tanks to withstand wildland use year after year. In designing and building the QTAC, we took that same philosophy to this scaled-down fire prevention apparatus, so that every process we use to build an urban interface wildland rig has been distilled into creating the QTAC.

MATERIAL

ATVs and side-by-sides UTVs have limited payload carrying capabilities, and weight is a huge factor. When a system needs to be lightweight, ultra-durable and non-corrosive, there is no better material for the job than copolymer polypropylene (CPP).
QTAC Copolymer Plastic Construction

Copolymer polypropylene is a blend of ethylene and propylene that is resistant to extreme temperatures. It is nearly impossible to dent or crack the tank on a QTAC, meaning your system will give you years of trouble-free service. Unlike the thin, translucent, molded tanks found on most commercial sprayers, the QTAC’s baffled tank is formed and welded from heat-resistant UV-stabilized 3/8″-thick material. You can take a hammer claw to these tanks and it will barely leave a mark.

The Build

Each QTAC begins as 3D computer model, where all the components are fitted virtually before ever becoming a reality on the shop floor. Once designed, the QTAC tank is cut to exact tolerances on a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining center. From there, the tank is fabricated by our skilled technicians, using proven plastic welding technology. Our tanks aren’t molded—they are several pieces of plastic welded together, forming an incredibly strong—yet lightweight—product. And every tank features an internal baffling structure to reduce water weight transfer while on the go.
QTAC Copolymer Plastic Construction

After the tank is complete, the QTAC moves into assembly, where the pump, fittings and graphics are mounted and applied before final Quality Assurance testing. The QTAC is assembled using top-shelf components—composite plastic and brass fittings (no PVC). The optional hose reel kit uses a Hannay reel, the fire service industry standard, and other kits like the Scotty Around-the-Pump foam system have been tested and used by industry professionals for years.

What does this mean for our customers?

We realize that our customers are ranch owners, foresters and rural homeowners. You don’t have time to worry about your equipment—it just needs to work. The  QTAC is the result of years of development and testing, customer feedback and prototyping. We’ve distilled our experience with pumps, nozzles, tank construction and component testing into the most affordable, portable fire prevention apparatus on the market.

We’ve done the homework so you don’t have to, and we’re confident you’ll be pleased with your QTAC system.

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