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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. 

Conclusion

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. 

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. 

BME Galvanic Corrosion Investigation Report

Custom Chassis

Rumors have circulated that BME’s fire apparatuses have product quality issues in maintaining corrosion resistance over the life of the apparatus. We take these claims seriously and seek to provide our customers with honest answers. These concerns are, however, baseless as BME has been providing top quality apparatuses to our many clients for over 30 years. Our commitment to quality without compromise has no limits, giving you the confidence to focus on the work that matters. We design from the ground up with tough corrosion problems in mind, through our attention to detail and insistence on quality.

In designing our fire apparatuses, our engineers consider the worst case to ensure the safety and reliability of the trucks you depend on. From using compatible metals in the design of the frame to following industry protocols in separating metal parts with tape or gaskets, we treat corrosion prevention on our frames with great care. Through an independent verification of the steps we take to prevent corrosion, it was found that our trucks go beyond the necessary precautions to ensure the reliability of their construction.

As is the BME way, we take no shortcuts in making sure your truck will be the best your money can buy in all facets of safety, reliability, and functionality. The rumors of corrosion issues in our products are not consistent with our commitment to quality, nor the reality of our practice. Feel free to download the full engineering report below to learn more.

Stainless Steel Plumbing
Seven Step Process

BME Fire Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

BME Fire 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

boise mobile equipment

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.

Sharon Sherbert

bme fire chad moffat

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 Segreto

Larry Segreto BME Fire

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!

Mark Todd

fire truck salesman

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

boise mobile equipment history

Donations

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. 

fire truck donation

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!

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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: 

  1. Become a single source provider for all fire apparatus 
  2. 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.
  3. 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? 

boise mobile equipment chad moffat

A Look Inside the BME Service Department

bme service department

When you buy a fire truck from Boise Mobile Equipment (BME), you become part of the BME family. Not only is your new apparatus guaranteed a long and reliable service lifetime, but you’re promised our continued support along the way through our service department. Although we don’t expect to see BME-built engines return to our shop too often, accidents happen and regular maintenance is required. That is why we maintain a service department and service centers across the country, each specifically trained to work on BME engines whenever they need the extra care. 

No matter what type of service your BME fire truck requires, we can provide what you need. With services ranging from maintenance and repairs to refurbishment and retrofitting, we will maintain the longevity of your apparatus for decades to come.

fire truck service center
repair fire truck water pump

Maintaining a 20 Year Fire Truck

When BME opened its doors in 1990, our goal was to build a fire apparatus that would not need to be replaced every few years. Since then, our apparatus have stood the test of time, providing fire departments with safe, reliable, and cost-effective equipment. We are proud to build a “20 Year Fire Truck,” promising our clients at least two decades of service from a BME apparatus. 

Many of our earliest fire trucks are still in service today thanks to the durable tubular construction of our apparatus bodies. We recently had a 1998 BME Type 3 CAFS apparatus in our shop, owned and operated by Sterling Systems LLC Fire Fighting Services in Helena, MT. After twenty-two years of faithful service, the fire truck needed a pump rebuild. While this is not a problem we see often in our apparatus, our service department managed to finish the work ahead of schedule and got the fire truck back in the field.

Another recent job involved a Wildland Type 6 we built for Teton Village Fire Department in 2000. This apparatus required a standard refurbish, including pump and electrical service, plumbing modification, replacing the foam system with a FoamPro and a new foam tank, and installing a new lighting package.

bme service department
refurbish old fire truck

No Job Too Big or Too Small

The BME Service Department specializes in variety. No job is too big, small, old, or new for our technicians. Not only are they uniquely trained and authorized to work on BME custom apparatus, but they are experienced in servicing all manufacturers of fire trucks and their parts. Tom Groat, our lead technician, has developed a passion for refurbishing old fire trucks from his years restoring vintage hot rods.

Besides repairs and refurbishments, our service department is continually performing routine maintenance to optimize apparatus performance. The beginning of fire season is especially busy as the US Forest Service brings in their engines for annual pump tests and inspections. Not only do they bring BME apparatus to us, but we often work on wildland engines built by our competitors as well. This is because our headquarters is located closer to the states that see the most activity during wildfire season, as well as the trust we have developed and maintained with our returning clients. 

Another common service is rechassising. While BME fire trucks sometimes require a replacement of their chassis to increase service lifespans, their bodies are typically in excellent condition. The way we build our engine’s frames, utilizing tubular body construction, allows BME fire bodies to withstand more wear and tear in the field than most chassis. Many of our returning clients, including Ventura County Fire Department, have brought their older BME engines to be rechassised.

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A One-Stop Shop For First Responders

Boise Mobile Equipment was envisioned as a one-stop shop for first responders, growing and evolving to meet the needs of the heroes who protect our communities. Since its inception, BME has branched out in order to reach that goal, offering apparatus service, an online parts store, and emergency vehicle upfitting alongside our core function of building the safest and most durable fire engines on the market. That’s the BME difference.

If you have any questions about our service department, feel free to reach out.

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

Sincerely,

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.

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