Department won grant, promised not to sell old fire truck to any other fire dept
Our rural department is in the market for a used fire truck. Some searching on a fire equipment broker's website turned up something in our price range. The broker put us in contact with the vehicle's owner, a fire department in another state. Their reason for selling the truck is they were awarded a grant for a new truck by AFG. But it turns out that in their grant application they promised they would not sell the truck to any other fire department. They promised FEMA that they would sell it to either a dealer or a private individual.
So our department can not buy this truck directly from the other fire department. Is it OK for the other department to sell the truck to a dealer and then for the dealer to sell it to us? This strategy was espoused by a broker. This would seem to go against the spirit of the promise the other department made to FEMA. Any comments would be appreciated.
Thanks for all the comments so far.
I'm the poster of the original question. Thanks for all the comments so far.
The issues are much clearer to me now. Is it a fair summary to say that fire departments looking for used fire trucks ought to contact "dealers" and not "brokers"? Does anybody know of any dealer websites that would sell older firetrucks, perhaps sold to dealers per FEMA requirements, but having undergone inspection and available to us without us needing to walk a fine line regarding FEMA's rules?
Thanks again for all your help. Our department hasn't bought a truck in years so these rules are all new to us.
We put in for bunker gear but thought our call volume was too low for truck
We applied for bunker gear. Our call volume is pretty low and we thought that asking for a truck might be too much. Does call volume figure heavily in AFG truck grants?
AFG policy on replaced vehicles and use.
From the AFG website FAQ section on vehicles;
Question: In my application, I indicated my existing vehicle was unsafe and I would remove it from service. What do I need to do in order to comply with this requirement?
AFG Answer: The unsafe vehicle cannot be used in emergency service. It cannot be sold, donated, and/or given to another department. The unsafe vehicle may be traded in, taken to the junk yard for scrap, donated to a museum, relegated to farm use, or given to a training academy as long as it will not be utilized for driver training (it could be used for training firefighters to operate the pump). In order to assure an unsafe vehicle is removed, we'll require the grantee to transfer title of the vehicle to any individual or organization that is not in the business of providing first-responder services.