Purchasing a fire apparatus today can be a complex process of determining your department’s needs, meeting with manufacturers’ representatives, specification development, and securing adequate financial support from your community’s purchasing authority. To complete the mission of your fire department effectively, the fire crew under your authority must have dependable fire apparatus that are replaced on a maximum lifespan basis. When the purchase price for a customized fire engine is in excess of $250,000, the decision to allocate funding for a replacement fire apparatus must be supported by a thorough review and needs assessment. Ultimately the fire chief or a ranking authority must be prepared to justify the expenditure to a board of his community constituents. Let’s discuss a number of ways you can ensure you’ve covered all your bases before purchasing that next apparatus.
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