Our Story

Our Mission

MTECH, Inc. -- the manufacturer of QTAC fire and rescue products -- specializes in the design and fabrication of vehicle-based emergency response equipment and mobile spray systems. Through ethical business practices and innovative, efficient manufacturing processes, we provide fire service personnel and private enterprise with value-driven products that have life-saving implications.

Our History



Tom Black, Founder - Blackline MFG Original Production

Blackline Mfg founded in a one-room garage in Etna, CA

Founder Tom Black identifies a need for chemical filtration in the textile industry. Blackline Mfg. launches a filtration system for textile inks. Out of this comes a full line of Blackline Mfg. products.


MTECH Inc. to Chico California

Company moves to Chico, CA

Production facility expands in size and the first full-time employee is hired. More than 15 new products are now included in Blackline Mfg.'s product line, and the first CNC router is added to the shop floor.


QTAC Fire Family Expansion building Copolymer Tanks and Truck Bodies for Fire Service Industry

the family business grows

Tom's youngest son, Jason Black, becomes a partner in the company. Blackline begins building copolymer tanks and truck bodies for the fire service industry.


QTAC Fire Type 6 Wildland Fire Truck

Company incorporates as MTECH, Inc.

MTECH, Inc. signals a new focus for the company, with diversified products in a range of market segments. MTECH builds its first complete Type 6 wildland fire truck.


QTAC Fire AIG's Wildfire Protection Unit Quick Attack Trucks for Fire Suppression

AIG Insurance Contracts with MTECH

AIG's Wildfire Protection Unit contracts with MTECH to build seven Quick Attack trucks, with a first-of-its kind Ultra High Pressure fire retardant applicator. MTECH PolyTough™ bodies equipped with Ultra High Pressure long-term fire retardant systems.


QTAC Fire Product Line Expansion

MTECH launches THE QTAC product LINE

A homeowner calls and asks if we can build him a "fire truck for his UTV." Jason and Tom Black, along with then Business Development head, Wade Meith, launch QTAC, a product line of MTECH, Inc. QTAC UTV and truck firefighting skids debut with four products in the line-up.


QTAC Fire Rescue and Fire-Rescue Products.

QTAC Fire Expansion

QTAC adds rescue and fire-rescue products to its line up. The EMS-R and 85EMS-C rescue and fire-rescue skids are launched.


QTAC Fire Chico California Warehouse

MTECH and QTAC Expand

The company expands from an 8,300 square-foot facility to 20,000 square feet, allowing for drastically increased production capacity.


Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series QTAC Fire Fire Suppression Equipment

QTAC Partners with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series

QTAC becomes an official partner of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, providing fire suppression equipment for the series' safety trucks. The QTAC 85R is built specifically for applications with Coldfire® fire suppressant.


QTAC Fire Type 3 Trucks - Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression

MTECH and QTAC Type 3 Trucks Designed

Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression contracts QTAC to build two, F-550 based Type 3 trucks for its fleet. A first of its kind, the dual-pump Type 3 debuts.


QTAC Fire UTV/ATV Warehouse

QTAC Record Sales Year

The MTECH corporation and QTAC fire have their best year on record, and moves into offering complete UTV packages for first responders.


QTAC Fire Full Product Line - Trucks, Skids, UTV/ATV Skids

QTAC Re-Brands

The QTAC product line is expanded to include all of MTECH's trucks and truck skids into its offerings. Customers now have the ability to source everything from a handheld CAF system all the way to a Type 3 fire truck within the QTAC brand.

Our Culture

Our culture and values at QTAC are driven by our goals as a company. What we are doing – and how we go about getting there – is a product of who we are and what we believe. To succeed as a business, we need to share a common set of values. These are just a few of the things that drive our culture:

  • Innovate or die
  • Embrace change and look for ways to improve
  • Obsess over the customer experience – “Customer First, Customer Last”
  • Exceed customer product quality expectations
  • "Because we've always done it that way..." is not in our vocabulary
Working at QTAC Fire, Inside Culture
QTAC Fire Values

Our Values

Our vision is to become the most innovative, customer-driven company to provide emergency response equipment in the fire and EMS market. We believe in continual improvement and innovation, and in creating an atmosphere where collaboration, mutual respect and accountability provide a platform to excel as individuals, as a team and as a company.


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