The City of Pickering Fire Services Department serves all citizens in Pickering, running approximately 4500 calls per year across varying terrain from highly populated city structures to the remote countryside.
Firefighters were reliant on air cards attached to their mobile data terminals (MDTs) mounted in docking stations in the vehicles. Without external antennas, the MDTs routinely lost connectivity, preventing firefighters from getting critical information in the field. Jason Yoshida is a Deputy Fire Chief with Pickering Fire Department, and one of his responsibilities is the maintenance, upgrading and safety of all fleet apparatus.
Being part of Durham Region, the team at Pickering Fire has frequent interaction with the Durham Region Police Services (DRPS). On one visit, they noticed a new command vehicle being outfitted, and asked about how communications were being enabled. The DRPS team explained that they were using Sierra Wireless cellular gateways in their fleet of over 400 vehicles to support all their communications needs. The gateways support the use of an external antenna, which eliminates many of the coverage issues, and enable all the various devices in the vehicle to share the bandwidth of a single cellular connection.

Sierra Wireless AirLink® Solution

Based on what they saw at DRPS and input from other Sierra Wireless customers, the department decided to order test Sierra Wireless gateways and do a pilot project with 2 frontline vehicles. Pickering Fire and their IT department worked closely with a local reseller and installation company – Manufacturing & Technology Center, in Whitby, Ontario – to monitor the test units and build the system that best suited Pickering’s needs.
Once the units were installed in the fire trucks, they had instant success, and proceeded to outfit their entire fleet.
MTC is a proud sponsor of the Oshawa Generals organization and their fan base. MTC is actively involved in supporting the community through the Adopt a School program (donated tickets) and the ever-popular MTC Fan of the Game promotions conducted at every General home game at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

For more information about the Oshawa Generals, including game schedules and league standings, head over to their main site or check them out on Facebook!

Oshawa Generals
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MTC has pledged $75,000 to kidney care in Whitby and has presented the hospital with their second installment of $25,000 during a holiday gathering on December 21, 2016. The donation will support Lakeridge Health’s dialysis program, on that has recently expanded to include a new transition unit at the Whitby site.

For more information regarding Lakeridge Health’s kidney care program, please check out their services page!

Lakeridge Health Dialysis Program

Lakeridge Health Dialysis Program

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Grandview Kids day at MTC – 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out to shop recently on Grandview Kids Day at the MTC Factory Outlet. With your support, we were able to raise $8,869.15 on December 9th for the Grandview Children’s Centre. Again, thank you very much for the proceeds!

For more information regarding Grandview Kids, head over to their main site or check them out on their Facebook page and keep an eye out for more charity opportunities in the future!

grandview kids day

Grandview Kids logo

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As of October 30th, 2016, Manufacturing and Technology Centre’s (MTC) ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems) Intertek ISO certifications will be extended for another 2 years (MTC obtained official Intertek certification in 2010).

As of August 21st, 2016, MTC is proud to announce we have added a third ISO certification, ISO 13485:2003. ISO 13485:2003 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system specific to the medical devices industry and is relied upon by Health Canada.

These certifications apply to MTC Whitby’s corporate and operations divisions. The MTC Indiana location continues to maintain compliance with the ISO 9001 & 14001 international quality/environmental systems standard, upon which MTC Whitby’s Quality Management System & Environmental Management System is based.

Click here to view our EMS 14001:2004 certificate.
Click here to view our QMS 9001:2008 certificate.
Click here to view our QMS 13485:2003 certificate.

For the second year in a row, MTC once again sponsored and hosted the MTC Show N’ Shine event, part of the Road Legends Cruisers. Great prizes were made available courtesy of the MTC Factory Outlet while a charity BBQ for Grandview Children’s Centre was also hosted, not to mention there were plenty of good looking cars on-site!

MTC Show N Shine
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