Engine-Tanker? Anyone, Anyone?
My dept is looking to replace a 1986 Dash Pumper open bucket, 1000 gpm, 1,000 gal tank. This engine has very limited compartment space and we can not carry what equipment is required to meet our county standards, it does not meet current NFPA standards, has mechanical issues costing thousands each year to repair,do to the current county standard of carrying LDH, it has maxed out the weight limit on this engine and has this weight is making the front end skate when going down the road (was not built for today's fire service). We would like to replace it with an Engine-Tanker (1250 + GPM, 2000-3000 Gal tank, side and rear dumps). Our first due area has only 3 fire hydrants (1 street that has 3 hydrants over 1 mile), the rest of our 42 square miles are covered by what we bring with us or by rural water supply ops (draft site & tanker shuttle), draft sites are 2 private ponds on the far out skirts of our area. Not only in our area but our neighboring companies area and our mutual aid area's are also 70-85% rural water supply area's.
Currently we have a 2005 Peirce Rescue Engine (1250 GPM, 1000 Gal, Hurst tools), a 1993Peirce Engine-Tanker (1000 gpm, 1800 gal), this unit only has a rear dump, very limited compartment space, this unit was bought in 1993 as a demo and was a quick fix to replace a unrepairable engine, being a demo it didn't meet many of the needs we faced and would face in the future. This only meets the county Engine-Tanker status due to the tank size and is facing replacement in 2016. We also bought a used 2004 Ford Mini Pumper in 2010 to access the draft sites and limited access driveways (farms, farm lanes, mountain homes) in our area, handle brush fire's, tow our rescue boats and handle our trail & mountain rescues.
Based on previous discussions with the GRANT GUY's on here, the 1986 is the one to try to replace, at least in years past (we never wrote a apparatus grant in yrs passed).
The questions are is this a good plan to replace the 1986?
Can we replace it with an engine-Tanker?
Will having a Engine-Tanker already hurt us?
Whats the 2013 AFG standards for Engines, Engine-Tankers?
Average award for Engine-Tankers?
Our mutual aid (3 counties in 2 states) call load for the engine-Tanker has tripled in the last 2 years, our in county mutual aid request for our engine tanker has increase by 60% and our first due structure assignments have increased 32?% in the last 2-3 years. Having our current engine tanker out on mutual aid calls have caused us to rely heavily on our newer 1000 gal engine for fire attach. Due to our location our closest backup is coming from 15-18 minutes away and the closest tankers are 20+ minutes away to much of our area. The roads in which our mutual aid companies have to travel to reach us also adds to the response times, rural roads. The new E/T would allow us to handle to increase in mutual aid calls while still leaving us an engine in house to cover our first due with large amount of water due to long mutual aid responses and very limited water supply in our area.
Wondering what everyone's thoughts are, options, grant writing tips, Anyone have a successful Eng-Tanker grant narrative? Brian, Kurt, anyone? Thanks.