Month: July 2020

Be Safe, Protecting First Responders

bme partners with tiffany's pennies

With everything going on in the world right now, it is important for us to take the time to honor and thank those who continue to sacrifice their lives while keeping us safe on a daily basis. We take great pride in the work that we do and the opportunity we have been given to serve the fire and police industry through each division at Boise Mobile Equipment. Our Emergency Vehicle Upfitting Division has recently found a remarkable young person we’ve asked to join the BME team, sharing her support and compassion for first responders. It’s not every day that you see a 10 year dedicating their time to paying it forward, but Tiffany isn’t your average 10 year old! With her love for Police, Fire, Military and EMS; Tiffany is truly making a difference and showing her appreciation for first responders one penny at a time! Inspired by Tiffany’s Pennies, we knew we wanted to be associated with her and her journey.

Tiffany's Pennies

“Tiffany is 10 years old and Lives in Michigan. She has ALWAYS loved her police, police K9, fire, military, and EMS people. She has always told them thank you and be safe. After the Ferguson Riots we explained what was happening and after that Tiffany wanted to give the police officers a gift. Since I already do metal stamping, we came up with using a penny for luck.

I would hand stamp BE SAFE and Tiffany would stamp the heart.(easy to carry, her words, win win for all of us). She has me carry them in my purse so whenever she sees them, she can give them out.

Tiffany has now been handing them out for 6 years. From Michigan to Hawaii and everywhere we have been in between. She does it to show her support and her love to those who keep us safe. She has on occasion made it into the spotlight. However she would rather do it quietly and under the radar. We as her parents are very proud of her. After multiple people have asked if she has a website, I have decided to make her a fb page so everyone can follow her journey. Tiffany and I have been told how much these pennies mean to the people who have received them.

  • She is a normal girl
  • She loves playing hockey
  • Riding her bike
  • Swimming
  • And going on adventures
  • With a big heart

We truly appreciate all those who work so hard to keep us safe. Hope ya all enjoy her lifetime journey


The Demski”

tiffany's pennies
tiffany's pennies
tiffany's pennies

First Responders Receiving Pennies

Symbolism of a Penny

Have you ever walked down the street and found a penny heads up, knowing you would now have good luck or maybe you are the person who saw a penny tail-side up and flipped it over for the next passerby! The spiritual significance of a penny is good luck and protection. “A penny from heaven is considered to be left by an angel that was coming across your path – it brings comfort and love.” This significance was taken to the next level with a customized personal touch added by Tiffany. She began adding her personal touch “Be Safe” and “<3” stamps by hand to pennies six years ago and has been giving them to first responders ever since. 

Support First Responders

We are dedicated and proud to build lifesaving equipment to serve first responders. As a small family-run company we believe in treating each customer that steps foot in a BME vehicle as part of our family. Following the journey of each vehicle or engine that leaves our facility allows us to stay connected with the heroes using them each day. We are honored to include Tiffany’s Pennies in this journey sending our clients off with a second layer of protection and well wishes from a caring supporter. Want to learn more about Tiffany or follow her journey? Tiffany’s mom created the Facebook Page Tiffany’s Pennies to share photos, stories and experiences along the way.

BME Emergency Vehicle Upfitting Partners with Local Gun Lock Manufacturer

bme upfitting partners with blac-rac gun locks

To uphold our commitment to building the safest, most durable apparatus, we are meticulous in choosing the products we rely on to build BME fire apparatus. That care extends to every division of the Boise Mobile Equipment team, including BME Emergency Vehicle Upfitting. As the largest regional upfitter of fire command and law enforcement vehicles, it is crucial that the equipment we use from radios and consoles to lighting and firearm security meet our high standards of excellence. 

Locally Manufactured, Internationally Installed

As an Idaho-based manufacturer that started from humble beginnings, we appreciate working with local small businesses that are as dedicated to safety and quality as BME. But Blac-Rac Manufacturing’s Boise-based production wasn’t what first led us to their gun locks. In fact, it was a YouTube video showing how different gun locks respond to break-in attempts that initially caught our eye, sent to us by a client looking for superior firearm security. 

That being said, we are very proud to have these internationally trusted gun locks manufactured in our neck of the woods. From their Boise, Idaho factory, Blac-Rac has shipped over 70,000 gun locks worldwide, including 6 different countries, 53 military bases, and 60,000 law enforcement agencies.

blac-rac manufacturing factory in boise

Over our two years of experience with Blac-Rac Manufacturing, we have found their gun locks to be one of the most secure and durable weapon retention systems on the market. With all steel construction and covered take-down pins, Blac-Rac makes their gun locks virtually impossible to break into by the average thief. Its versatile design also makes it a popular gun mount among our law enforcement clients, clamping around the lower receiver of the firearm to accommodate a wide range of weapon types and optics. These factors, along with quick deployment times and easy installation, make the Blac-Rac our go-to gun lock for police vehicle upfits.

emergency vehicle upfitting

A One-Stop Shop for First Responders

When we upfit fire and law vehicles at BME Emergency Vehicle Upfitting, quality is our top priority. While our clients appreciate the quick turnaround times that we pride ourselves on, we will never sacrifice quality in the process. Working with reliable companies like Blac-Rac Manufacturing is part of what makes that possible. As with BME Fire Trucks, our clients can trust that every vehicle we upfit will exemplify the BME Difference, providing safety, durability, and quality performance in the line of duty.

If your department is looking for a reliable emergency vehicle upfitter, visit our upfitting services page or email for more information.

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