Meet The Team

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John Witt

President

At one time, I didn’t know there were fire truck salespeople – like most people, I just thought they showed up. We bring a passion and an integrity to the market, and care about what our customers need. We drive the truck once, our customers drive it countless times after that. I truly love what I do and couldn’t retire. I’d go crazy!

Artist: Beach Boys

Passions: Cruising, travel and fine dining.

Quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

Wayne Stevens

Vice President

Having had the privilege of serving as a firefighter for many years, I know well the important role the fire service plays in keeping our communities safe. Firefighters are true role models and super heroes, and I am now honoured to help firefighters safely serve their communities.

Artist: The Tragically Hip

Passions: B&W Landscape Photography, Road Cycling and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quote: “Be brave enough to suck at something new.” - Unknown

Rebecca Masuhara

Chief Financial Officer

With a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, Rebecca became a Charter Professional Accountant in BC in 2000. She has been an essential part of our team since 2012 and has been ‘letting it ride’ ever since!

Artist: Coldplay

Passions: Yoga, walking, reading and baking.

Quote: “The Serenity Prayer is my mantra.” - Unknown

Isabelle Donohoe

Executive Assistant

Isabelle’s extensive administration experience and office support has molded her career in supporting high-level executives. Her role comes along with day-to-day variability, excitement and independence.

Artist: AC/DC

Passions: Interior design, family time and her Chihuahua, Taco.

Quote: “SIMPLIFY - Live Simply, Live Well.” - Unknown

Gregory Rivers

Product Specialist/Operations Manager

Ontario, Eastern Canada

From rail to road to fire, Gregory holds an extensive portfolio of industry knowledge. He has a 25 year background in transportation engineering, manufacturing and sales.

Artist: The Tragically Hip

Passions: Hockey coach dad, aspiring fishing pro, coffee addict and ex-pumpkin carving champ.

Quote: “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking. It’s called integrity.” - Unknown

Sean Montague

Inside Sales Manager

With a background as a sales engineer, Sean joined the team in 2000 and has been an integral part of our growth. He has always had an interest in building mechanics and is continuously challenging the status quo of fire trucks to make them work better.

Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Passions: Old cars.

Quote: "Honey, where's my super suit?" - Frozone

Tyson Kennedy

Product Specialist

Mainland British Columbia

Tyson’s knowledge as a Commercial Transport Mechanic as well as time spent as a Volunteer Firefighter has shaped his career as a Product Specialist.

Artist: All rock & classic rock

Passions: Mountain biking and skiing.

Quote: “The harder you work for something, the greater it feels when you achieve it.” - Unknown

Charles Wigger

Product Specialist

Vancouver Island & Territories

With 28 years of dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces, Chuck’s passion for the fire service grew from his experience in industrial, airport, structural and technical rescue background. He brings this same passion to his customers and the fire and emergency vehicle industry. 

Artist: Blake Shelton

Passions: Wood working and spending time with family.

Quote: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Unknown

Kyle Wilkinson

Product Specialist

Alberta, Saskatchewan & South Eastern BC

Kyle spent over two decades working the streets as a career and paid-call firefighter and Advanced Care Paramedic. His passion for fire services unique needs and operations are what make him an asset in guiding our customers.

Artist: Bob Dylan

Passions: Photography & Travelling.

Quote: “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” - Lemony Snicket

Alexandra White

Inside Sales

Alex is the definition of ‘service with a smile’. She has spent her career specializing in technical sales while supporting sales teams at various levels of dealerships.

Artist: Too Many Zoos

Passions: Taking over the world.

Quote: “Change is inevitable, but struggle is optional.” - Kate Bilenki

Emma Fanning

Marketing & Brand Manager

Through Emma’s passion for aesthetics and post-secondary education in emergency services, she curates a voice and visual for our brand elevating the connections we make at Safetek Profire.

Artist: Passenger

Passions: Calligraphy, stationery, photography and dogs.

Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

Denise Vander-Molen

Process Improvement Coordinator

With the help of Denise’s office side-kick “morkie” companion, Sam (woof), the pair assist in many areas of the finance department. Denise holds over 25 years of bookkeeping experience.

Artist: ABBA

Passions: Reading sci-fi romance novels.

Quote: “Bazinga!” - Sheldon Cooper

Kyle Harrison

Financial Accountant

As a number lover, Kyle holds over 10 years of experience.

Artist: No particular!

Passions: Basketball & Golf.

Quote: “Sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like no one is watching and live like it is heaven on earth.” - Mark Twain

Janet Davies

Accounts Payable

Janet comes with a range of professional backgrounds including work in television, the NHL and the NBA. You can also catch her on occasion in the office with her massive, but sweetheart dog, Wilson.

Artist: Watchmen

Passions: Photography, painting, yoga and organizing.

Quote: “La vie est belle.” - Unknown

Alexandra Kurowska

Accounts Receivable

Since 2019, Alex has been a certified bookkeeper with a background in accounts receivable and billing. As a natural born positive thinker, Alex is a master people person.

Artist: Queen

Passions: Cars & food.

Quote: “Always stay humble & kind.” - Tim McGraw

Carey Hildebrandt

Parts & Equipment Manager

Western Canada

Carey has served as an important part of our growth since 2003. He has spent most of his career working in the fire industry. Carey is passionate about work, family and many outdoor activities.

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Passions: His family, hiking & geocaching.

Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." - Unknown

Shelby Kirkley

Parts Specialist

Western Canada

Shelby’s previous firefighting experience along with his career in sales has landed him in his role at Safetek Profire where he gets to apply his two passions.

Artist: Team 1040

Passions: Golf and Baseball.

Quote: “It is not the length of life, but the depth of ones life that matters.” - Ralph Waldo

Rob Sarnowski

Shipper & Receiver, Parts & Equipment

Western Canada

Rob is the master of all things shipping and receiving. He says Safetek Profire is a great place to work with great people.

Artist: Moonshine Bandits

Passions: Golf and watching his wife cut the grass.

Quote: “Happy wife, happy life.” - Rob’s wife

Gord Coles

Parts Supervisor

Eastern Canada

With 13 years of industry experience, Gord specialized in fire truck manufacturing before joining our team in 2013.

Artist: Dungeon Kru

Passions: Music Production & DJing.

Quote: “Get that garbage outta here!” - Jack Armstrong

Will Coles

Inside Part Sales

Eastern Canada

Since 2017, Will has played an important role serving our customers through his customer service and parts knowledge.

Artist: Motorhead

Passions: Music Production & DJing.

Quote: “That’s the way she goes.” - Ray Lafleur

Dorrie Sochan

Service Manager

Western Canada

Dorrie joined the team in 2002, building her career from our admin & finance department to management of our service department. She has truly paved her way by way of her notable achievements in leadership and industry knowledge.

Artist: U2

Passions: Wine tasting & doll collecting - usually at the same time…

Quote: “Life can be dramatic and funny all in the same day.” - Jennifer Aniston

Jeff Whitehead

Service & Warranty Supervisor

Eastern Canada

Since 2017, Jeff has been an integral part of the Safetek Profire team with his ambition for new challenges and and willingness to learn new things.

Artist: All genres

Passions: Family, team sports and coaching.

Quote: “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” - Vince Lombardi

Eddy Sousa

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Eastern Canada

Eddy’s success as an EVT has been rooted from his passions relating to mechanical and electrical projects. He’s gone from building bicycles as a kid to fire trucks, cars and motorcycles professionally.

Artist: Rolling Stones

Passions: Automobile & motorcycle building & restorations, RC helicopters, drones, cars and electric guitars.

Quote: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” - Stephen King

Irwin Doherty

Master Emergency Vehicle Technician

Eastern Canada

Now a Master EVT, Irwin discovered his instinct for fire trucks from a childhood of farming and heavy truck repair.

Artist: Def Leppard

Passions: Auto racing, a working asphalt oval track and watching his grandson grow into his mom’s old go-kart.

Quote: “Fix what you know is wrong. Hopefully the issue goes away.” - Unknown

Nick Gauthier

Customer Service & Warranty Representative | Electrical Technician, Manufacturing

Western Canada

Nick is a driven automotive enthusiast with an engineering mindset that is constantly thinking about what makes things work and how they can be better. He grew up enjoying automotive with his father and has spent over 11 years working with fire & emergency vehicles.

Artist: Cody Johnson

Passions: Hunting, working out, video creation, computer design & family.

Quote: "You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

Al Rowse

Senior Technical Advisor

Western Canada

A legend in the industry, Al’s 30 years of experience as a firefighter combined with over 45 years of experience building and fixing fire trucks, gives him the insight to solve any problem. 

Artist: AC/DC

Passions: Building/Maintaining race & muscle cars, racing and spending time with his wife & granddaughter.

Quote: "Racecar spelt backwards is still racecar." - Unknown

Kerry Whitworth

Lead Hand, Welding Supervisor

Western Canada

Starting out as a welder fabricator, Kerry holds over 37 years of fire truck manufacturing and repair experience. With a short timeline to his well-deserved retirement, Safetek Profire is soaking up all they can of his irreplaceable leadership and commitment. 

Artist: Anything, but country!

Passions: Bow hunting & fly fishing.

Quote: "Keep calm and go hunting." - Unknown

Tom Saulnier

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

As a constant innovator and fixer, Tom thrives in his career as a welder/ fabricator and has been loving it for over 30 years.

Artist: No Particular!

Passions: Fishing, hunting and golf.

Quote: "Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.” - Unknown

John Roworth

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

Since he was young, John has had a passion to explore the intricacies of what makes things tick. From his experience in a volunteer fire department, he was intrigued by the engineering marvel of the fire truck which led him to the successful EVT he is today.

Artist: Neil Diamond

Passions: Camping and travelling.

Quote: “It is what it is!” - Unknown

Nicholas Colpitts

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

From cars to boats, Nicholas has always had an interest in the mechanics of how things work. He works in a rewarding role as an EVT where he applies his skills to some of the most technical vehicles there is.

Artist: STP

Passions: Quading, drawing, building and weekend adventures.

Quote: “Love the life you live, live the life you love.” - Bob Marley

Robert Grootendorst

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

From agriculture, the truck industry and custom vehicles, Robert holds a wide base of knowledge that is evident in his quality workmanship.

Artist: Colter Wall

Passions: Dirt biking, drag racing and hanging out with his wife & kids.

Quote: “If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.” - Jordan B. Peterson

Ken Allegretto

Building Maintenance

Western Canada

After many years as a small business owner and Licensed Automotive Mechanic, Ken joined Safetek Profire to keep busy and stay involved in the automotive industry. Ken is key to our #SafetekProfireAdvantage by getting urgent parts and trucks moved to and from local fire departments.

Artist: Beatles

Passions: Woodworking.

Quote: “Where are you going? - Crazy, want to come?” - Ken Allegretto