In August of 2017, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) was awarded roughly $10 million to produce over thirty Type 3 wildland firefighting apparatuses for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE. Since the initial contract CAL FIRE has now ordered 60 Wildland Type 3 trucks from BME. Here is a brief look inside our production timeline:
- Started cutting tube – December 2017
- Body came out of weld – February 2018
- Came out of paint – March 2018
- First Tilt Test – April 2018
- First Delivery – May 2018
CAL FIRE Type 3 Specs
As of September 2018, CAL FIRE has taken delivery of 14 BME Wildland Type 3s. These apparatus are built on International® 7400 4-door cab and chassis, powered by a Cummins® ISL 350-HP engine and an Allison® 3000 transmission. Equipped with a Darley® JMP 500, 2-Stage pump and 1-½ AGE Auxiliary pump, these Type 3s carry 500 gallons of water and offer pump-and-roll capabilities. Also included, a FoamPro® 1600 foam system and 20 gallon foam cell, Whelen® Emergency Lighting package, and a custom-fabricated center console. For drawings, specs, or more information on our CAL Fire Type 3 Wildland Apparatus, please visit our CAL FIRE page.
“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. For more information on tag ons or inquiries, please visit our Tag-On Opportunities page.
As of August 2018, we have had 18 Tag-on orders for the following departments:
- Atascadero State Hospital – June 2017
- California Department of Corrections – August 2017
- West Point Fire Department – September 2017
- Riverside County Fire Department – October 2017
- LA County Fire Department – January 2018
- East Bay Regional Park District – April 2018
- Templeton Fire Department – May 2018
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 email@example.com or call (800) 445-8342 to be connected with a factory sales representative