The Squrt I purchased a couple of years ago was referred to as a truck by that department - it was replaced with a 105' quint.
The following can be found in NFPA 1901 2009 edition.
3.3.146* Quint. Fire apparatus with a permanently mounted
fire pump, a water tank, a hose storage area, an aerial ladder
or elevating platform with a permanently mounted waterway,
and a complement of ground ladders.
9.2.1 The apparatus shall be equipped with a fire pump that
meets the requirements of Chapter 16 and has a minimum
rated capacity of 1000 gpm (4000 L/min).
9.3 Aerial Device. The apparatus shall be equipped with an
aerial ladder or an elevating platform with a permanently installed
waterway that meets the requirements of Chapter 19.
19.2 Aerial Ladder Requirements.
19.2.1 The aerial ladder shall consist of two or more ladder
sections that, together with the steps and platforms on the
apparatus body, provide continuous egress for fire fighters
and civilians from an elevated position to the ground.
19.2.2 The rated vertical height of an aerial ladder shall be at
least 50 ft (15 m) and shall be measured vertically with the
ladder at maximum elevation and extension from the outermost
rung of the outermost fly section to the ground.
9.4 Water Tank. The apparatus shall be equipped with a water
tank(s) that meets the requirements of Chapter 18 and that
has a minimum certified capacity (combined, if applicable) of
300 gal (1100 L).
9.5* Equipment Storage. A minimum of 40 ft3 (1.1 m3) of
enclosed weather-resistant compartmentation that meets the
requirements of Section 15.1 shall be provided for the storage
9.6* Hose Storage. Hose bed area(s), compartments, or reels
that comply with Section 15.10 shall be provided to accommodate
(1) A minimum hose storage area of 30 ft3 (0.8 m3) for 2 1/2 in.
(65 mm) or larger fire hose
(2) Two areas, each a minimum of 3.5 ft3 (0.1 m3), to accommodate
1 1/2 in. (38 mm) or larger pre-connected fire hose lines
126.96.36.199 The quint shall carry a minimum of 85 ft (26 m) of
fire department ground ladders to include at least one extension
ladder, one straight ladder equipped with roof hooks,
and one folding ladder.
My former Union worked with the Fire chief to keep 12 firefighters from being laid off. Sadly, things have changed and while no one has been laid off staffing has dropped through attrition and daily minimums keep dropping.
To me, 95% (5% shmit luck) of the time a quint can only be one or the other, so you in essences have one less functional piece of apparatus, in a volunteer setting maybe that's all you can staff right now, in a career job, it's likely there will be a day that's all they will staff.
That is one point I have been trying get thru don't sell yourselves short,buy for the future needs not today's needs. With budgets being so ever changing and call volumes changing departments need to be more open to alternative thinking about apparatus features. I see a lot of local departments buying based on trends instead of studying local fire call history and population growth and the current district roads and what possibly can be future coverage issues. What fits today's needs may lead to a shortage in the future. Giving the apparatus the extra option may not be need now but in the future could be a saving grace.
The truth is in some cases a combination rig like a tanker pumper, or a rescue engine, or perhaps a quint, may be a good idea. But trying to force a combination rig in with no other motivation than " we looked at things from a limited resource angle" may not get you what you really need to get the job done. Further, what works for you in yur little corner of the world may be 100% wrong for almost everywhere else. There is no one size fits all in the fire service.
I have a part-time job designing fire apparatus. Fyredup got it right. I see so many small communities that don't have a clue what they need except it has to be big and expensive. The fact that it's not the right fit for the FD or the community plays no part in it. There is a substantial difference in what you need and what you want.
I always thought when I was a CFR FF that our heavy rig, 2000 gpm pump, 3300 gallons of water, 500 gallons of foam, 500 pound of dry chem, with a roof and bumper turret, as well as a 200 foot 1 3/4 inch front preconnect, would have made an awesome first in rig for rural fires. Especially barn fires and such. But then again it weighed 77,000 pounds and was huge. Probably a lot of country roads it would have destroyed just driving on them.
No, I don't sell fire trucks anymore. I found it really wasn't for me.
Some FD's have no clue what they want or need, just they can't run the old truck anymore and need to replace it. They often only look as far as their nearest mutual aid (that they think is worthy) and at the magazines on the dayroom table and shoot from the hip. I know of many Fd's that go into sales meeting knowing only the type of apparatus (ladder, engine, rescue, tanker) and the amount they have budgeted.
Others go all out to ensure they're specs represent the mission of the apparatus and are typically more knowledgeable than many of the salesmen who come calling.
We have one local salesman who we had great dealings with, who knew the products and the options and was a true help in the process, but then ended up being totally off putting to a a few other local FD's. It may have been that he misread the audience in at least one case and went in too strong. I can imagine a salesman must be very patient and laid back until he knows the politics of the room. This tends to be hard for firefighters who end up in sales, as we tend to be pretty forward leaning.
I sold used apparatus for a while, and a couple of times I refused to sell a vehicle to a department because it was way off base to their needs/area. P!ssed em off big time. A couple threatened to sue me.