History

Ten-8 Fire Equipment Over The Years

Opening our doors as Don Bouwer Fire & Safety Equipment in the 1970s, Ten-8 Fire Equipment has continually evolved over the years. Learn more about our history becoming the #1 fire and emergency apparatus and equipment provider in Florida and Georgia by browsing our timeline below.

  • Early 1970s

    1970s-Ten-8-Fire-History The company was started under the name Don Bouwer Fire & Safety Equipment.

  • 1985

    1986-Ten-8-Fire-History The company was incorporated as Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc., with the first office run out of Don's home. We also became the exclusive Pierce sales and service distributor in Florida.

  • 1986

    1986-2-Ten-8-Fire-History Offices were moved out of owner, Don Bouwer's home, and into a trailer.

  • 1988

    1988-Ten-8-Fire-History The first Ten-8 Fire Equipment building was constructed at 2904 59th Ave. Dr. E., Bradenton.

  • 1989

    1989-Ten-8-Fire-History We began selling and servicing MSA Fire Safety Equipment.

  • 1994

    1994-Ten-8-Fire-History We began selling Fire-Dex personal protection equipment.

  • 1995

    1995-Ten-8-Fire-History Additions were made to the Bradenton facility to include 4 additional bays and upstairs offices.

  • 1998

    1998-Ten-8-Fire-History The Sanford, FL facility was built.

  • 2001

    2001-Ten-8-Fire-History The Bradenton, FL facility expanded again, to include 4 additional bays and a paint booth.

  • 2004

    2004-Ten-8-Fire-History Ten-8 Fire Equipment was honored as Pierce Dealer of the Year, and named #1 in Sales. We also expanded the Sanford, FL facility to include a body and paint shop.

  • 2005

    2005-Ten-8-Fire-History We opened our facility in Forsyth, GA and began selling and servicing Pierce apparatus. We were also named Pierce Dealer of the Year and #1 in Sales for a second year in a row.

  • 2008

    2008-Ten-8-Fire-History The Ten-8 Fire Equipment DeFuniak Springs, FL facility was built.

  • 2010

    2010-Ten-8-Fire-History The new facility in Pompano Beach, FL was opened. We also began selling and servicing Braun Ambulances, and representing TNT Rescue Tools as a dealer in Florida and Georgia.

  • 2013

    2013-Ten-8-Fire-History Ten-8 Fire Equipment moved into our newly purchased facility in Pompano Beach. We also began selling and servicing Osage Ambulances.