Pumper / Tanker Application
A couple of us in my department are trying to help a neighboring department on a pumper tanker grant. This will be their first application. We have been trying to get them to apply all along, but this is the first that they are going to actually fill out an application.
We received a pumper tanker grant in 08 and after seeing how we are using it as well as some other departments, they have decided that it would be a good fit for them as well. Here is their situation:
-Engine 1 '88 1000 / 1000 with pump issues with C800 chasis
-Engine 2 '97 1250 / 1000 4 door freightliner chasis
-Tanker 1 '78 1000 / 1800 with new clutch every other year for the last 10, leaking tank, rusting compartments, and engine issues
-Brush Truck '80 500 / 150 with clutch, engine, and pump issues
They have a "downtown" area with 2 blocks of 150 year old buildings with shared basements and attics, 1 school, post office, bar, 2 restaurants, grocery store, several apartments, 2 gas stations, and many residences. They also cover approximately50 sq. miles that is all rural. There are no wet hydrants in the coverage area and <10 dry hydrants.
We explained to them that combining units would greatly increase their chances in getting funded. At their last meeting, the chief was authorized to do what would be best for the department. Right now he is looking at combining Engine 1 and Tanker 1. He would like a minimum 2500 gallon tank with 1500 gpm truck outfitted with everything for it to be an attack engine. This would then become the daytime attack engine and second out during other times. It would also be the tanker for mutual aid calls (>250 sq miles rural area) and would need water supply equipment.
I am fairly confident in the odds for this, however, my question is on the funding level for this vehicle. What they would like would be a vehicle capable of carrying 5 people plus all of the necessary equipment. Obvioulsy, they would take just about anything. How much of a truck should they put in for? A base quote for a basic model is arund $265,000. A quote on the larger cab, 3000 tank, and a couple other items to make life a lot easier takes the bid to $345,000. Going with a custom cab adds another $15,000.
They do not have the extra money where the grant is written for the $345,000 and they get the funding for the $265,000 to make up the difference. At the current funding levels in the department, this will be the last new truck for many years, so the upgrade to the $345,000 would better fill the long term needs of the department. What are your opinions on to which level we should write the grant?