Jim Walker, Director
Jim founded the company in April 1998. Originally employed by the NZFS in the 80’s and 90’s as a Mechanic, He is particularly passionate about emergency service vehicle and equipment repair, introducing annual pump testing in 2000 and Rescue Equipment testing soon thereafter.
Martin Fergusson, Workshop Supervisor
Martin manages the day-to-day workshop operation and is also the contracts manager; dealing with specialist customers.
John Walker, Parts Manager
John manages the day-to-day flow of parts, dealing with client enquires and sourcing parts on behalf of clients. He handles the import of specialist parts from USA, Germany and Europe.
Craig Hilton, Rescue Equipment Manager
Craig manages all of our Rescue and Stationary equipment service, repair and testing/certifying, both on-site and at our Hamilton workshop. He spends a lot of his time on the road in his van around the North Island.
Anne Walker, Administration Manager
Anne manages the Main office, accounts and front desk. Handling client enquires and bookings. She is usually the first contact when clients walk through the front door.
The Protech Story
Protech Automotive Ltd is a privately owned and operated company based in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The company was founded in 1998 in Wellington, where we originally worked exclusively with the NZ Fire Service covering the lower North Is and upper South Is maintaining and servicing their fleet of Appliances, Portable pumps, Generators and Jaws of Life equipment. In addition to the NZFS, Protech handled the testing and repair of Fire appliances based at NZ Defence bases, Wellington Airport fire rescue, Various District councils, some Forest management groups and Rural brigades. In 2000 annual testing of all fire pumps was set up to assist the NZFS with their fleet assessment processes and allowing a minimum benchmark to be set for Fire Pump performance. Fire Pump Testing was largely a mobile service covering from Coromandel and Waikato in the North to Canterbury and The West Coast in the South and everywhere in between.
In 2002 Protech relocated to Hamilton, originally based in Chartwell and carrying on our relationship with the NZFS covering Waikato and Coromandel. We soon out grow this facility and in 2006 we moved to Te Rapa where a purpose-built garage was constructed. With more room to move Protech looked to diversify further, adding non- Fire heavy transport vehicles to our client base and building on the Rescue equipment/pump testing division with a full time mobile pump testing vehicle and rig being set up to service all year round.
2008 brought further expansion to our NZFS contract to include a large part of the Bay of Plenty, This required a 2nd facility to be set up in Rotorua to handle the extra Appliances and equipment in the area. In Hamilton we continued to grow with the addition of a parts department to handle our growing supply client base and support the workshop and also vehicle Warrant Of Fitness, servicing and repairs adding to our list of services provided, with this expanding to a dedicated car bay and staff in 2009.
In 2014 came a re-structure of our resources which unfortunately lead to the closure of our Rotorua premises, But this also meant we were able to split our Rescue equipment and Pump testing, creating two separate divisions which allowed us to carry on providing pump performance testing and reporting to our clients whilst adding a dedicated Rescue equipment test/service and repair vehicle to our growing fleet of service vehicles which with the additional support from our suppliers are able to provide a one stop shop for all Rescue equipment, Jaws Of Life, Airbags and other small engine equipment.
The company continues its work the NZ Fire Service, as well as with the general public, NZ Defence, Rural Fire and Industrial Brigades.
For more information about working with Protech, contact us.