Month: September 2021

What Does the Alliance with Pierce Manufacturing Mean?

People have been asking, “What does this mean?”

There is not a simple answer, but at BME the changes mean the following:

1. Collaboration and R&D between two companies and firefighters to design and develop state-of-the-art wildland chassis, including custom Type 3 engines.

2. Decreased wait time on custom parts and better access to all parts.

3. Manufacturing support in multiple locations across the United States.

4. Implementing a dealer network will provide increased customer support, a better understanding of specific department’s needs, and the ability to manufacture high-quality fire apparatus.

5. Lower costs over time through improved efficiencies, better purchasing, and smarter designs.

6. Better focus on what BME does best — which is building wildland fire trucks. BME will be able to focus more on supply chain issues, schedule, quality, customer builds and getting engines out the door.

7. Government and contract sales: we will always be there to make sure we provide high-quality apparatus at an affordable price.

8. Increased warranty and better maintenance on the apparatus we provide. We will continue to push forward with our 20-year body warranty and enhance plumbing and paint warranties.

What won’t change:

1. BME leadership, quality, and customer service will not change. We will still take customer calls, answer technical questions, and serve our customers.

2. We will not cut quality or our desire to build the best wildland apparatus on the market.

3. Small departments will not be forgotten. We will be here to meet your needs and we will continue to provide products you can afford to purchase, maintain, and utilize for many years in the future.

4. Being in the alliance with Pierce will not change who we are. BME is the same company. By joining with Pierce there will be added benefits, as listed above.

We look forward to working with all our current and future clients while continuing to grow the BME family. We invite you to watch what happens over the next 12 months and our continued innovation of building the best wildland apparatus on the market. 

BME Joins Strategic Alliance with Pierce Manufacturing

BME Fire Trucks and Pierce Manufacturing

Boise, ID (September 16, 2021) – BME Fire Trucks announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Pierce Manufacturing Inc. This alliance will facilitate greater collaboration between BME and Pierce within the wildland market. BME will be moving from a factory-direct model to an independent dealer distribution model, which will provide new and existing BME customers with comprehensive service, parts inventory, and support.


BME has served fire and emergency professionals for over thirty years and is considered a premier wildland apparatus manufacturer. Manufacturing apparatus for CAL FIRE, BLM, USFS, and municipal fire departments.


“BME prides itself with being a leader in the wildland apparatus market,” said Chad Moffat, president of BME Fire Trucks.“We believe our alliance with Pierce will enhance our ability to create and develop better products, provide accessible service, and create more opportunities for our customers in the future.”


BME wildland products are renowned for equipping firefighters with durable, safe, and high-quality apparatus. BME’s reputation has a rich history of innovation and advanced mobility solutions for addressing harsh wildland environments, which complements Pierce Manufacturing and its manufacturing practices.


“This is an important day for both Pierce and BME customers,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president, and president, Fire & Emergency. “We understand that fire and rescue departments face special challenges related to wildland environments. With this investment, Pierce will work with BME to provide the best possible wildland offerings to meet these unique challenges.”


About BME Fire Trucks

BME Fire Trucks was founded in 1990 and changed ownership in 2014, growing over 1000% and becoming the leading wildland manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include water tenders, tactical tenders, crew carriers, and wildland-urban interface engines. To learn more about BME, visit www.bmefire.com.

Read more about the alliance with Pierce Manufacturing. 

7-Step Fire Truck Painting Process

Custom fabrication for fire trucks

For 30 years, our apparatus’ paint quality is something that people know us for. Our painting process is what shows our commitment and passion for building apparatus for departments across the United States. 

BME has developed a painting process that focuses on exceptional quality and longevity because of our dedication to building the best wildland apparatus. 

What Makes BME’s Painting Process So Unique?

When asking customers what stands out about our apparatus, we get the same answer time and time again, “our paint.” For this very reason, the 7-step paint process has become a point of pride at BME.

BME’s fire truck painting process means we can deliver apparatus that will last longer than our 7-year non-prorated warranty. 

At BME, our painting process is 7-steps:

  1. Acid Wash
  2. Hand Sanding
  3. Primer Surface Coat
  4. Paint
  5. Clear-Coat Paint
  6. Color Sanding
  7. Buff It

7-step Paint Process

1. Acid Wash

This step involves washing the surfaces and removing any grease, oil, or other materials so the painting process can begin on a clean surface to promote good adhesion. Acid washing is effective because it opens up the surface’s pores and allows the subsequent coating to grab onto the surface and create a strong bond. 

7 step fire truck paint process

2. Hand Sanding

After acid washing, we prepare the surface for painting by being hand-sanded. This gives the surface a nice smooth surface and helps minimize any surface imperfections.

3. Primer Surface Coat

Priming your apparatus is a critical step to make sure to fill in any small imperfections, improves corrosion protection, and creates a smooth surface for the coats of paint to follow.

4. Paint

All our apparatus are custom and painted the color selected by your department. Paint is applied and triple-checked to make sure it matches the desired color. 

5. Clear-Coat Paint

At BME, we paint multiple coats of clear paint to help protect the surface area, increase the surface longevity and durability, and give it that glossy look that BME is known for.

6. Color Sanding

During the 6th step in the painting process, we color-sand your apparatus to smooth out the clear coat to create a mirror-like finish when buffed out.

7. Buff It

Our buffing process clean-ups the clear coat and adds even more shine. All  7 of the steps come together to create the beautiful apparatus that is delivered to your department. 


At BME, we use a seven-step paint process to create a lasting shine backed by our seven-year warranty. We continue to innovate and improve our processes to build the best wildland apparatus on the market.

BME custom paint job BME Fire truck Paint Process

For more information about our paint process and the purchase of a fire apparatus for your department, contact us at Boise Mobile Equipment. 

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