BME Becomes Official Sutphen Dealer for Fire Apparatuses in Western US


In August, 2017, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) partnered up with Sutphen Corporation as part of the Sutphen dealer network program, becoming its official sales and service representative in the Western United States.

Sutphen, a large family owned fire apparatus manufacturing corporation based in Ohio, was actively seeking a dealer in the Western United States. “After meeting with leadership from Boise Mobile, listening to their passion for the business, and spending time with them at the Sutphen facility, it was clear that this organization had all of the attributes we were looking for” said Zach Rudy, director of sales and marketing at Sutphen Corporation.

The two manufacturers agreed that BME would be the official Sutphen dealer for fire apparatus sales in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. This means that Boise Mobile Equipment will fulfill orders for the manufacturing of Sutphen fire apparatuses to fire departments in the western region.

Boise Mobile Equipment has been in business since 1990 in Boise, Idaho. Today, BME is known as a premier manufacturer of Type 3, 4, and 6 wildland firefighting vehicles. In addition, it also manufactures a wide variety of command vehicles for the law enforcement and fire industries along with tenders and rescues. In addition to its facility in Boise, BME focuses on servicing its customers with service centers up and down the western US and mobile technicians to service customers on site at their fire stations.

If you’re in need of a Sutphen dealer or a BME fire apparatus, contact us today by filling out the form below or calling us at (800) 445-8342.

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Boise Mobile Equipment Lands $10 Million Fire Truck Contract with CAL FIRE – Tag-Ons Available for CA Departments

BME to Produce Over 30 Wildland Fire Apparatuses for CAL FIRE – Tag-On Opportunities Available

Sacramento, CA: Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) has been awarded roughly $10 million to produce over thirty Type-III wildland firefighting apparatuses for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE. “Tag-on” opportunities are available to California fire departments, which allow them to save time, money and effort in purchasing fire equipment and machinery.

“Tagging-on” is a common method used by fire departments during the purchasing process. Rather than undergo the traditional bidding process, which can often take up to a year, fire departments are able to “tag-on” to another department’s purchase order, allowing them to add their own purchases to the existing order. By tagging on to BME’s purchase order, fire departments are able to get their fire apparatus in a fast, efficient and cost-effective way.

Boise Mobile Equipment is a fire truck manufacturer located in Boise, Idaho who has been servicing the nation’s fire, police, and emergency response professionals since 1990. BME fire apparatuses are manufactured to perform in rough terrain and extreme firefighting conditions. BME is dedicated to providing departments with custom design options, superior craftsmanship, and rugged durability. BME offers various types of emergency vehicles including pumpers, tenders, rescues, Wildland Type 3’s, 4’s and 6’s, and a variety of command vehicles. In addition, BME provides equipment and services to law enforcement with its command vehicles, complete up-fitting, and K-9 units.

Aside from its work with CAL FIRE, BME has manufactured fire apparatus for the US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) and multiple municipal and county fire departments throughout the United States.

If your department is interested in tagging on, contact or call 800-445-8342 to be connected with a factory sales representative.

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History of US Fire Engines

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History of Fire Engines

Like all modern day technology, tremendous changes have taken place throughout history of fire engines. Before it had sirens, a hose and dozens of knobs, gauges, buttons and switches, the fire engine had small, minimal features.

Fire engines began to appear in the mid 17th century, but they were simply tubs of water that were transported to fire sights on wheels or runners. The tubs were large reservoirs full of water with a hand pump and nozzle to fill buckets of water. Fire fighters then filled the water buckets and dumped them on the fire, often at close quarters with the fire. In 1672, a leather-stitched hose with a nozzle end was invented to allow firefighters to put out the fire from a safer distance and with greater precision. At around the same time, technology was invented for firefighters to pump water from nearby rivers, ponds and lakes.

In the early 1800s, larger hoses about 50 feet long were manufactured with brass fittings to allow firefighters the ability to feed the hose through windows, up stairways, and at further distances to allow them to put out fires from a closer, but safer distance while the pump was operated in the street. In 1829, steam-pump fire engine were developed and became widely used by the mid to late 1800s. In fact, steam-pump fire engines were used in the great Chicago fire of 1871.

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Fire engines first became motorized sometime after the internal-combustion engine was developed and commercialized for automobiles in the 1870’s. However, the first motorized fire engines had two engines, one to drive the vehicle and another to pump water. Pumpers were first developed with a single engine for propelling both the vehicle and water in 1907 in the US. By 1925, motorized pumpers had completely replaced steam-pump fire engines. Originally powered by pistons, the pumps had been replaced by rotary pumps and then centrifugal pumps, which are now modern practice.

Today fire engines are packed with fire and rescue equipment, including hoses, ladders, self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilating equipment, first aid kits and hydraulic rescue tools. They are also up-fitted with sirens, lights and communications equipment such as two-way radios and mobile computers. With all of it’s first aid and emergency equipment, fire engines are commonly used for purposes other than firefighting, such as emergency response.

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New BME Fire Truck Delivery to Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Irvine, CA

Light Rescue Squads and a Type 6 Brush Truck delivered July 2017. All six vehicles were delivered from our Southern California delivery center, Performance Truck Repair in Azusa.

– Dodge Ram® 4500 Diesel, 4×4 Crew Cab
– Aluminum Custom Rescue Body 
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– Custom enclosed longitudinal ladder and basket storage

Type-6 Brush Truck
– Dodge Ram® 5500 Diesel, 4×4 Crew Cab 
– Aluminum Custom Body 
– Darley / Odin Derringer CAFS Fire Suppression System
– Custom longitudinal top dunnage compartments for hose, ladder and hard suction storage

Visit from local Treasure Valley Children!

A special thank you to the group of homeschooled children from the Treasure Valley area who came by to visit BME Fire Trucks yesterday!

After a tour through the factory, they were taken on a ride in a Wildland Type 4 engine. Such fun for all of us!


Assistance to Firefighters Grants Opens Soon!

The application period for the Fiscal Year 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program runs from October 11th through November 18th. The AFG program helps fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS departments, and state fire training academies get equipment, training, PPE, vehicles, and other gear they may not be able to get otherwise due to financial constraints.

More information about grants and grant-writing is available at the page for Assistance for Firefighters Grant page:

FireShowsWest First Service Training Conference and Expo

Boise Mobile Equipment and Extendobed attended this year’s FireShowsWest Fire Service Conference and Expo at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Thank you to FireShowsWest for putting together a great conference, and to all the Expo visitors who came by to view our engines and demo equipment!

Displayed for BME was the Type 3 Wildland Urban Interface Pumper (courtesy of Antelope Valley Fire Department), Type 6 Multi-Platform, and Commander ICV, and for Extendobed, their demo van showcased custom slide-out options. For any questions regarding the demo vehicles, please contact BME at (800) 445-8342, and for Extendobed (800) 752-0706.

BME Mobile Service

Boise Mobile Equipment runs a Mobile Service Vehicle! Our EVT Certified Technicians are available to bring repair and maintenance services to local fire houses. BME’s Service Department also offers a wide range of fabrication, major and minor repair, refurbishment, retrofitting, and inspection services.
Call us at (800) 445-8342 !!

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