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High-Quality Stainless Steel Plumbing

Type 3 Fire Apparatus Stainless Steel Plumbing

When considering innovative manufacturing practices, BME is constantly updating to improve the functionality and safety of our wildland apparatus.

As a wildland manufacturer of some of the toughest fire apparatus, we make sure that every part of our apparatus is durable and can last in the harsh environments that wildland firefighters face. 

At BME, we ensure that durability, serviceability, and longevity are our top priorities when building and designing our stainless steel plumbing. 

Why using Stainless Steel Plumbing is Important?

All our plumbing is stainless steel. We made the stainless steel part of the BME difference because it lasts longer, functions better, and is of higher quality.

  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Serviceability

Durability

Our stainless steel plumbing is throughout the entire plumbing system. To ensure that your apparatuses’ plumbing is durable, we use the tig welding technique by walking the cup,

which is like weaving the weld.

This technique provides a firm weld and allows us to design the interior of our pump houses to where we can utilize space more efficiently and effectively, which helps better serviceability. 

Serviceability

We emphasize the importance of serviceability. Especially during wildfire season, BME apparatus has to be quick and easy to service to get back to work. One of the modifications that our team came up with is the ability to service your engine efficiently. 

We implemented Vic’s fittings which make for easy access to our plumbing. Your BME pump system is not only easy to access and service but can be fixed in a Walmart parking lot. 

Longevity

We want to make sure that your investment in our apparatus is worth every penny. We offer a 10-year warranty for our apparatus, but as we continue to innovate we plan to extend our warranty up to 20-years. 

Conclusion

Our wildland fire trucks’ durability, serviceability, and longevity is shown in our stainless steel plumbing. Each modification made to our apparatus helps it last longer and withstand the harsh conditions on the fireline. That’s the BME difference.

 

The Signature BME Fire Body

We build all of our fire apparatus with your safety in mind. BME’s tubular construction creates a frame around the body that helps protect the cab and its occupants.

Tubular construction creates a more robust, more durable, long-lasting fire body that can meet the extreme conditions of firefighting. In addition, independent compartments allow the body to flex and move without compromising the body’s integrity.

What Makes the BME Signature Body So Unique?

  • Tubular body
  • Safety and Durability
  • 20-year warranty

Tubular Fire Apparatus Body

The BME body exoskeleton is built out of tubular steel. The exoskeleton on our engines are made for the harshest environments that fire engines are put through regularly. 

Our engineers use three-dimensional modeling software to create the most innovative, sustainable, and reliable engine body.

Our compartments are not part of the exoskeleton. Instead, they’re integrated inside of the exoskeleton. 

We do this because we allow some separation between compartments so that the body can flex and move over some of the rough environments that it goes through. 

We continue to innovate our bodies to fit your department’s needs and always with your firefighters’ safety in mind. 

The Safest Fire Body

BME Signature Tubular Body Rendering

Because our bodies are built on an exoskeleton frame, it creates the safest structure on the market. 

The BME tubular body is the safest and longest-lasting structure. In addition, our bodies are built at cab height which increases survivability in the event of a rollover.

The bodies are built with this type of construction for durability and an added layer of safety for firefighting personnel. On our existing Type 3, Type 4, and Tactical Tenders, we have elevated the tube behind the cab to add a layer of rollover protection.

We recently sent one of our bodies for NFPA structural testing

During the NFPA test, they place 50,000 pounds of pressure on an engine’s roof, and as long as it doesn’t crush it more than 5 inches, a truck would pass the test. 

Our body passed the test and barely flexed under pressure, only crushing our body less than an eighth of an inch. 

20-year warranty

We are so confident in our body that we offer an optional 20-year warranty.  

We think offering a 20-year warranty on our bodies is important because over 70 percent of departments rely on volunteer firefighters or don’t have an apparatus replacement program. That’s why we build our trucks to last.

We pride ourselves on the durability and longevity of our vehicles. Because of our tubular construction, our bodies are safe, long-lasting, and easy to repair. 

Conclusion

Our engines are put through the most extreme tests. Yet, year after year, our trucks continue to perform and exceed the expectations of firefighters in the field.

BME’s signature body gets you where you need to go, gets the job done, and gets you home at the end of the day. We build our trucks like your life depends on it.

The BME Difference: Why Buy BME?

When your life is on the line, performance and details matter. We never compromise on quality because your safety is all that matters. 

At BME, we understand that every second on the job counts, and we tailor customizations to match your requirements.  By using a precision-based process, BME can deliver high-quality fire apparatus that meets fire departments’ needs.

As you consider your next investment in fire apparatus, you may want to understand why the BME difference matters.

 

Why BME?

All BME Fire apparatus go through the same design and build process, no matter the cost or size of the build.  BME started a dare to compare campaign, asking departments to compare us to other fire truck manufacturers by creating a process that makes sure your fire truck is high-quality, durable, and fits the needs of your department. That’s the BME difference.

  • Signature fire body
  • Stainless Steel Plumbing
  • Seven Step Paint Process
  • High-quality and durable double-sealed doors
  • Custom fabrication
  • Direct wiring
  • Non-Proprietary Parts and Service

 

Signature Fire Body

In 2017 alone, more than 15,000 fire department vehicles were involved in collisions nationwide.

We build all of our fire apparatus with your safety in mind. BME’s tubular construction creates a frame around the body that helps protect the cab and its occupants.

Tubular construction creates a more robust, more durable, long-lasting fire body that can meet the extreme conditions of firefighting. Independent compartments allow the body to flex and move without compromising the body’s integrity.

 

Stainless Steel Plumbing

All our plumbing is stainless steel. We made stainless steel part of the BME difference because it lasts longer, functions better, and is of higher quality.

Vics fittings and easy access to our plumbing create engines that can be serviced and repaired in the field.

We make repairing our plumbing so easy that you can change the BME Cal Fire model 34 pump in a Walmart parking lot. 

 

Seven Step Paint Process

For 30 years, our seven-step paint process has been one of our strongest points when building our trucks. 

BME has developed a painting process that focuses on exceptional quality. We are committed to building the best apparatus. This applies to all areas, from the steel body down to the level of paint used. Our seven-step paint process creates a shine that lasts, and we back it up with a complete non-prorated seven-year warranty. 

 

High-quality and Durable Double Sealed Doors

Our truck door design sets the wildland fire truck standard with a tubular aluminum frame, stainless steel piano hinges, insulated intersections, overlapping doors with a double seal, and a double catch design. 

This design makes BME doors the most durable doors on the market. Our truck door design allows for low maintenance and prevents moving, sagging, or breaking.  The double seal keeps dirt, water, and debris from entering the compartment.

 

Custom Fabrication

At BME, we strive to set the standard for customization and service that meets your department’s needs. We build custom-built bumpers, consoles, and other additions to apparatus. Departments can request something to make their apparatus custom and unique to them.

We make sure that your truck meets your environmental-specific requirements.

 

Direct Wiring

At BME, our electronic system isn’t one-size-fits-all. BME wiring is the lifeblood of our trucks. Our hard-wired or multi-plex system makes sure that your engine is protected from all environmental hazards and can easily be repaired in the field. 

 

Non-Proprietary Parts and Service

Repair, service, and parts costs are lower at BME. We make access to non-proprietary parts and service easy. 

We build our engines with parts that are always in stock at BME. You can even purchase parts for your BME vehicle directly. This allows for lower maintenance costs by not having to use manufacturer-specific features. 

We keep all of our parts in stock for model 34’s and other BME engines so they can be shipped or delivered to your facility within 24 to 48 hours. This prevents downtime and allows your engine to be in service for longer.

 

Conclusion

You always get more than you pay for with a BME. 

BME trucks are high-quality, durable, and set the standards for Wildland fire apparatus. We don’t cut corners and make sure your engine exceeds your expectations. 

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