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    Exclamation Looking for a resuce/brush truck

    Hey everyone. I am back again and now I am requesting help from my brothers and sisters on here. My department has come to me and asked if I would check on here and see if anyone may know where to find a good brush truck and rescue truck. We do have a budget that we are confined to and also there has to be at least 3 bids on these items before the board will make a final decision. If anyone has any input please contact me on here or send me a private message. Thanks for your time and everyone take care.


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    What is your budget? Are you looking for a new or used brush truck?
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    Our budget is no more that $30K. We are looking for new or used

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    Use DOD surplus.

    In Louisana

    http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/portal/O...7/Default.aspx

    Tell the state forester you need an M35A3 and 600gal pod (as used on a TPU) and you'll arrange transport as required if they don't have on hand. Buy a good quality pump with a little of your cash. Assemble yourself. Baffle the pod if it is an older version. Install radio/emerg light. In 3 weeks you can be in service. Paint it someday.

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    contact your local forest service or wildland agency office and see if they have any used slide ons we just picked up a forest service box that had everything from the tank to the pump and boxes for tools for free and then all you need to worry about is buying a pickup to put it on and if you have a fleet license you can pick them up pretty cheap (15k-20k) and have 10k left over for tools lights and what not
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapper937 View Post
    contact your local forest service or wildland agency office and see if they have any used slide ons we just picked up a forest service box that had everything from the tank to the pump and boxes for tools for free and then all you need to worry about is buying a pickup to put it on and if you have a fleet license you can pick them up pretty cheap (15k-20k) and have 10k left over for tools lights and what not
    Exactly what he said at that price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armysoldier2000 View Post
    Our budget is no more that $30K. We are looking for new or used
    That's gonna be awfully tight.

    Unfortunately, the state forest service in LA has very little if anything to loan anymore as they have all but gotten out of that business. Maybe Fire has some more recent info, but last we looked, what was available was some pretty slim pickings.

    There is state surplus but you will be hard pressed to find anything that will fit what you are looking for as generally they sell either 4WD pickups, which would be fine for a brush truck, or 2WD light duty trucks with utility bodies, which would work as a light rescue, but I have not seen anything on LA surplus that would function in both roles.

    Maybe you could find a department that has something to sell that would fit your needs.
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    Exclamation Looking for a used brush truck

    Hey everyone. I am back again and now I am requesting help from my brothers and sisters on here. My department has come to me and asked if I would check on here and see if anyone may know where to find a good brush truck. We do have a budget of $15K to $30K that we are confined to and also there has to be at least 3 bids on these items before the board will make a final decision. If anyone has any input please contact me on here or send me a private message. Thanks for your time and everyone take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    That's gonna be awfully tight.

    Unfortunately, the state forest service in LA has very little if anything to loan anymore as they have all but gotten out of that business. Maybe Fire has some more recent info, but last we looked, what was available was some pretty slim pickings.

    There is state surplus but you will be hard pressed to find anything that will fit what you are looking for as generally they sell either 4WD pickups, which would be fine for a brush truck, or 2WD light duty trucks with utility bodies, which would work as a light rescue, but I have not seen anything on LA surplus that would function in both roles.

    Maybe you could find a department that has something to sell that would fit your needs.
    Were can I find the info on the state surplus vehicles. We are looking for a Brush Truck and a Rescue Truck. They told me that they dont want it combined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armysoldier2000 View Post
    Were can I find the info on the state surplus vehicles. We are looking for a Brush Truck and a Rescue Truck. They told me that they dont want it combined.
    So your budget is 30K for both?

    That will be even tougher.

    Send me an e-mail at bcallahan@bpfd1.org with your e-mail and I'll try to get that info for you tommarrow at the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    So your budget is 30K for both?

    That will be even tougher.

    Send me an e-mail at bcallahan@bpfd1.org with your e-mail and I'll try to get that info for you tommarrow at the office.
    Ok. I am about to send you an email now from my personal email account. We dont have a department email system yet but That is something else I am work on gathering up together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armysoldier2000 View Post
    Were can I find the info on the state surplus vehicles. We are looking for a Brush Truck and a Rescue Truck. They told me that they dont want it combined.
    So you have a budget of 30k dollars to purchase both a light rescue and a brush truck? You might as well abandon this idea for the simple fact that finding any vehicles in that price range, even if possible, will end up costing you way more in repairs down the road. You WILL be getting someone else's junk.

    30K each would be more like it, and that is pushing it.
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    we may be getting rid of a old f350 4wd its a early 90s model it needs some transmission work but it would be just the truck we are going to retain the skid unit that is used in it

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    Brush - find a decent pickup (maybe even a donation from a company), add a skid unit (~$9,000 new) and a couple of nice diamond plate tool boxes and you're up and running (OK, light, siren, and radio, too). If the bed is shot, have a local welder turn out a new flatbed for you and mount everything on that.

    Rescue? Talk to your local bread companies. More than a few used bread trucks have been turned into decent rescue/equipment vehicles. Sure, they aren't sexy customs, but they work. Offtimes the box is aluminum - one less rust issue to deal with. Once again, you might be able to wangle a donation, which would probably offset any mechanical attention a truck might need.

    If you need shelving/dividers, talk to local garage door dealers - they sometimes have oodles of perforated angle on hand and might part with some for a reasonable price, or free. Add some plywood and you're in business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    That's gonna be awfully tight.

    Unfortunately, the state forest service in LA has very little if anything to loan anymore as they have all but gotten out of that business. Maybe Fire has some more recent info, but last we looked, what was available was some pretty slim pickings.

    There is state surplus but you will be hard pressed to find anything that will fit what you are looking for as generally they sell either 4WD pickups, which would be fine for a brush truck, or 2WD light duty trucks with utility bodies, which would work as a light rescue, but I have not seen anything on LA surplus that would function in both roles.

    Maybe you could find a department that has something to sell that would fit your needs.
    If you expect to walk into the office of the state forester just about anywhere and walkout with a shiny red fire truck, or a just what you need, then you're likely to be disappointed. If you're willing to locate the piece of equipment that will work for you and transport it back to your piece of heaven then DOD surplus can work for you in just about every area (other than NB commo). You'r going to have to do some work.

    All you need the Louisana forester to do is to process some paperwork. Given that it's the land of Huey P. Long perhaps other things at play. If they aren't getting the job done talk to your elected state rep. FEPP is the longtime equipment "loan" program. FFP is newer program where you get title.

    Option B. GO thru the State Surplus Property Office.
    http://doa.louisiana.gov/lfpaa/home.htm
    Same points as above. Pay them $100 to process the paperwork. Or whatever you work out (In Iowa I pay $100). You do the work yourself. If you want it done right, do it yourself.

    There is LOTS of DOD surplus equipment available down South. In particual Seebee civilian type in Ms and everything in Tx.

    https://www.drms.dla.mil/asset/govealpa.html

    There is also http://gsaxcess.gov/ every other Fed agency except DOD

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    If you expect to walk into the office of the state forester just about anywhere and walkout with a shiny red fire truck, or a just what you need, then you're likely to be disappointed. If you're willing to locate the piece of equipment that will work for you and transport it back to your piece of heaven then DOD surplus can work for you in just about every area (other than NB commo). You'r going to have to do some work.

    All you need the Louisana forester to do is to process some paperwork. Given that it's the land of Huey P. Long perhaps other things at play. If they aren't getting the job done talk to your elected state rep. FEPP is the longtime equipment "loan" program. FFP is newer program where you get title.

    Option B. GO thru the State Surplus Property Office.
    http://doa.louisiana.gov/lfpaa/home.htm
    Same points as above. Pay them $100 to process the paperwork. Or whatever you work out (In Iowa I pay $100). You do the work yourself. If you want it done right, do it yourself.

    There is LOTS of DOD surplus equipment available down South. In particual Seebee civilian type in Ms and everything in Tx.

    https://www.drms.dla.mil/asset/govealpa.html

    There is also http://gsaxcess.gov/ every other Fed agency except DOD
    Armyman .. That is where I was going to send you.

    A few years ago we got a fairly nice Dodge 4WD from there for about 7K which has served us well. We did have to put about 3K in some mechanical repairs (plus lights and radios) to bring it into full service, which is typical for vehicles purchased through surplus

    On the flip side, I have also heard stories departments buying vehicles which turned out to be pieces of junk, so it is a crap shoot as once you buy it ... you own it.
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    Dept. next to me is selling a brush truck. www.westbrookvillefire.org

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