BME Fire Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary
Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) opened its doors in 1990 and has been serving the fire industry and firefighters for 30 years. We are dedicated to providing customers with individualized design options, and exceptional craftsmanship with the highest safety standards and best durability on the market. No other fire truck manufacturer offers our flexibility in creating the perfect custom fire apparatus to fit your needs. We understand that fire and rescue departments face special challenges related to their unique environments, so we are committed to designing better fire trucks that will perform as you need them to perform. Our 30 years of experience enables us to both meet and exceed your expectations.
Growth and Support
As a small family-run company, we believe in treating our clients as one of our own, from our initial meeting to thirty years down the line. We are dedicated and proud to build lifesaving equipment; nothing is more rewarding than seeing our apparatus perform in the field.
We know that each apparatus we build plays a role in wildland firefighting efforts, but ultimately it’s the firefighters who put in the hard work, risking their lives to protect communities and wildland day in and day out. For this reason we are invested in the safety and experiences of each individual department in our wildland community. We strive to improve apparatus, manufacturing processes, and the way we interact with each member of the BME family.
We would like to personally thank each employee, department, and agency that has contributed to the growth of Boise Mobile Equipment. Without the dedicated personnel behind BME, we wouldn’t be the company that we are today!
30 Years Dedicated
It is not common to have an employee stay with a company since its inception, we are fortunate to have three individuals that have been with us since day one! 7,835+ working days, numerous won contracts, new ownership, and 1,626 fire trucks later, three BME employees have shown what 30 years dedicated looks like.
Hard work, loyalty and diligence are all qualities that Sharon Sherbert possesses. Having been the main accountant for Boise Mobile Equipment since 1990, she has seen and experienced the growth that propelled us into the company we are today. As one of the nicest and most caring people at BME, you can bet that Sharon will always be there to help you when needed. We have developed a strong appreciation for Sharon’s work ethic, she takes hard work to a whole new level! She is starting to convince us that you can eat, sleep, breathe and live BME.
Finding a good bookkeeper is important but finding a person who you completely trust is another undertaking. Sharon is honest, reliable, never waivers in her integrity and looks out for BME every single day. She has invested her time, care and love into this company, treating it as her child for the last 30 years. We are grateful that Sharon is a part of this company and for the impact that she makes every single day. Most people around BME don’t see the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that Sharon has given to make this company successful. Thank you for everything that you have done and all that you continue to give Sharon!
Larry has been a consistent and constant force behind BME since he initially pitched the idea of building wildland fire apparatus to Mr. Yanke in 1990. Without Larry’s background in government and extensive industry knowledge we wouldn’t have an army of sea foam green fire trucks with our plaque/logos on the back defending our nation’s forests. With his kind, friendly and humorous demeanor, Larry has built relationships that have allowed BME as a company to survive through some difficult times. Larry has evolved with BME, stepping into new roles and doing an outstanding job in each position over the last 30 years.
Known for making things happen and going the extra mile to make his clients feel special, Larry is truly an asset to BME. We have become reliant on his never ending fountain of knowledge to educate, inform, train, and motivate us to keep striving toward our common end goal. His field experience has made him invaluable to BME on new product development and understanding how our engines are used in the field. Larry is the best trainer and tour guide at BME, he can make just about anything fun and exciting with his stories and infectious laugh. Larry has helped BME become the company it is today and we are very appreciative of his dedication to the job. Thank you Larry!
Going above and beyond the call of duty, Mark is dedicated to the concept of doing “Whatever it Takes” to make our fire apparatus the best on the market and leaving our clients satisfied. Mark has played an integral part in the growth of BME; from working on the floor, moving into parts and now running our engineering department, he is one of our most valuable employees. He has shown flexibility and been a constant team player working on each project where he is needed no matter the complexity. His willingness to tackle any challenge, additional time commitment and a positive attitude really show Mark’s dedication to BME.
Mark displays creative problem solving skills on a daily basis, even when we push him to his limits where things aren’t typically possible. For BME, Mark makes them possible and solves the problem! For the Star Trek fans out there, Mark would be our Scotty, literally. We are extremely grateful and blessed to have someone on the team with the work ethic and drive that Mark brings to work every single day. Thank you for all that you do for us Mark.
Timeline of Accomplishments
Murphy-Reynolds-Wilson Fire District
In December of 2017, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) chose one lucky department to donate this 1980 Western States Pumper to. Murphy-Reynolds-Wilson Fire Department, an all-volunteer Fire Department & EMS located in Owyhee County was the recipient of this apparatus. Murphy Reynolds Wilson is an all-volunteer district with 30 volunteers located in Owyhee County, Idaho. Their department covers 330 square miles, which makes MRW the second largest district in Idaho. The boundary starts at mile post 9 on Hwy 78 near Givens Hot Springs and ends at milepost 37 past Murphy, Idaho. Within the amount of area they cover, they have four stations. The district was established in 1985 by four people trying to keep citizens and surrounding wildland safe in this rural desert area. MRW’s oldest pumper is a 1960 Ford/Young in which the pump was rebuilt by MRW’s volunteers.
Donnelly Fire Department
The Donnelly Fire Department put out a fire that saved Ron Yanke’s mothers house. He was so appreciative that he donated a fire apparatus to the department to thank them!
BME Type 3's Evolution
Looking to the Future
BME has increased production and sales by over 1,000% over the last 5 years. We have added over 65,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and over 120 employees during that time. We know that keeping that growth pace is unrealistic, but we intend to keep our production and sales rates climbing. Our growth has presented us with a unique set of challenges but quality and customer service continue to be our focus. Listening and collaborating with our customers, helps BME build and innovate better wildland engines. We continue to build customized apparatus to meet any department’s needs. In the next ten years we have three goals we are striving to reach:
- Become a single source provider for all fire apparatus
- Build a fire truck that firefighters can’t break, we know that is impossible so we will build the best fire apparatus available, paying attention to detail, design, use, and cost.
- Last, focus on being the right company that Can instead of can’t meet customers’ needs.
We are currently expanding and building custom apparatus to meet the requests and needs of the departments we serve. Our commitment is to continue overbuilding our engines resulting in safer, longer lasting, and better quality fire apparatus. The 20 Year Engine exists with a BME Apparatus. Our engines are known for being rugged, durable and the safest wildland fire trucks on the market. Tubular steel skeleton bodies are safer in the event of a crash or rollover and could be the difference that saves your life. If you are putting your life on the line, shouldn’t you have the best, safest, and most dependable fire truck on the market?