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    My department is considering purchasing a new light duty rescue vehicle and we have been looking at Freedom Fire Equipment out of Marietta, GA. Can anyone who has one of their rescue units tell me anything about them and their bodies? They offer a good price for a light duty rescue but we need to know a little more about their stability since they are relatively newer manufacturer and their bodies before we purchase our unit. Thanks and Stay Safe Out There!!

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    Call them and tell them you want a list of names and numbers of their last 15 customers. Then pick 2 or 3 at random off the list and give them a call.
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    Talk to their banker.

    Get a list of their major suppliers and find out if they are on trade terms or COD/payment in advance.

    Pull a D&B and have your banker go over it with you.

    If post sales service/warranty (or even delivery) is important to you then their finances are as important as the design.

    There are many retailer/distributors and mfg who are going to go away before the Obama Panic is over. And bigger just means there is a bigger noise when they fall. Capitalization is what is relevant today. Profit and positive cashflow are critical. Does that "bargain" price on what you're buying mean they are selling at no margin or a loss? Then they are unlikely to be around when this is all over. In many segments there are too many suppliers and too many sellers. If they are (were) highly leveraged most are now in a precarious financial position. Good idea to look really hard at who is actually a qualified bidder if low bid normally rules your day. And tighten up the standard for qualified bidder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRocky View Post
    My department is considering purchasing a new light duty rescue vehicle and we have been looking at Freedom Fire Equipment out of Marietta, GA. Can anyone who has one of their rescue units tell me anything about them and their bodies? They offer a good price for a light duty rescue but we need to know a little more about their stability since they are relatively newer manufacturer and their bodies before we purchase our unit. Thanks and Stay Safe Out There!!
    Who are you guys buying your apparatus from now?

    Asked them to show you what they can make for you. Stay with a known maker.

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    I know of another department who is looking to purchase from this manufacturer and going through the same thing. I've told them to be VERY CAUTIOUS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrpott View Post
    I know of another department who is looking to purchase from this manufacturer and going through the same thing. I've told them to be VERY CAUTIOUS!!!
    Also are they not the Georgia dealer for Smeal

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    No, Smeal is factory direct for Georgia per their website.

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    We did a little research about the company and they do not even build their own bodies. They are an assembly plant and purchase their bodies from another body builder. Doing a D&B to see what that brings. Stay Safe Out There!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrpott View Post
    No, Smeal is factory direct for Georgia per their website.
    Thank U for the correction

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    Did a little research about them and they do not even build their own bodies. They have 30 employees and they are an assembly plant. We are doing a D&B to see what that brings and checking with past customers. Thanks for everyones posts!! Stay Safe Out There!!

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    Who's building their bodies for them? Maybe you want to go direct to the manufacturer for a complete truck and cut out the middle man. Might solve some warrantee issues down the road.
    There are a lot of assemblers out there ,that don't have a clue about building an NFPA standard compliant fire service vehicle. Be careful in your spec to make sure it is compliant as of the delivery date.

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    Their trucks look very similar to Foust Bros. trucks. Do they make the bodys for them?

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    We did our research and want to go with a manufacturer who builds their own bodies and does their own work at one plant. Therefore Freedom Fire is out. We are looking at other builders who have been in the industry for a while and do everything under one roof. Thanks for everyones posts and Stay Safe Out There!!

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    Freedom Fire bodies are built by Custom Truck and Body Works of Woodbury, GA. Build ambulances, rescues, commands, and tankers

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