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Assessing the Damage: The Destruction of the 2017 Northern California Wildfires

The 2017 fire season has been one of the worst in US history, especially for California.  During the most intense period beginning in early October and continuing until the end of the month, eight counties in Northern California were hit by a devastating outbreak of wildfires which led to over 40 fatalities, nearly 250,000 scorched acres and nearly 9,000 structures destroyed.  The blazes burned through communities, literally turning homes and businesses into dust. The estimated 20,000 Northern Californian residents who evacuated towns and cities told stories of narrow escapes from fires that erupted and forced them to flee even before text messages and other alerts were sent out by emergency warning systems.  Those that were lucky enough to escape returned to what is left of their homes, businesses, and farms.

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BME acquires 75,000 sq. ft. in New Facilities

BME is expanding

Boise Mobile Equipment (BME), a fire apparatus manufacturer located in Boise, Idaho, is expanding its facilities and its product lines. Known best for being the industry leader in the wildland market, BME has just acquired two new warehouses: one 25,000 square feet, and one 50,000 square feet, to meet increasing demand and to produce innovative new firefighting vehicles.

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BME Becomes Official Sutphen Dealer for Fire Apparatuses in the Western US

In August, 2017, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) partnered up with Sutphen Corporation as part of the Sutphen dealer network program, becoming its official sales and service representative in the Western United States.

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BME lands $10 million Fire Truck Contract with CAL Fire – Tag-Ons are available for CA Departments


Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) has been awarded roughly $10 million to produce over thirty Type-III wildland firefighting apparatuses for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE. “Tag-on” opportunities are available to California fire departments, which allow them to save time, money and effort in purchasing fire equipment and machinery.
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The History of Fire Engines: From Primitive Pumps to Advanced Technology

historic fire engine

The iconic red fire engine that you often see roaring down the city streets has undergone a great deal of change throughout history.  In early civilizations, the emergence of permanent houses and the use of fire to heat, cook, and light these houses brought about the risk of house fires.  Naturally, people sought a means to extinguish the blazes to protect their families, resulting in hundreds of years of new apparatus designs, innovations and able-bodied men and women to operate them.  Here is a brief history of fire engines; how we went from the bucket brigade to the sophisticated selection of apparatus we have today.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grants Opens Soon!

The application period for the Fiscal Year 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program runs from October 11th through November 18th. The AFG program helps fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS departments, and state fire training academies get equipment, training, PPE, vehicles, and other gear they may not be able to get otherwise due to financial constraints.

More information about grants and grant-writing is available at the page for Assistance for Firefighters Grant page: https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant.

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