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    Default Anybody using Biodiesel in their apparatus?

    Our fleet management is switching our tanks at the firehouses over to Biodiesel. Anybody using it in their fire apparatus?? Anyone having any problems with it? They aren't telling us squat about it, even the maint. liasion doesn't know anything. Just another one of these "green" initiatives the city is doing. I've looked up what Cummins says on their website, but we have no idea if they're following their recommendations. We also can get fuel at commercial fuel stations, so reg. diesel could be mixed in the tank. I imagine that won't be that much of a problem, but I think it would be better to know for sure. I know it's kinda weird, but I like being informed on these things....

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    We were up to 15% biodiesel at one point. It started growing algae in the tanks and causing several expensive repairs, so the city quit using it.

    It also made the exhaust smell like hot dogs.

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    I would be more than a little skeptical about the use of bio diesel in emergency apparatus. As a farmer, I like bio fuels, but would not use them in something that my life depended on. Public works vehicles, sure. Ambulance or fire truck? Negative. You wouldn't use bio fuel in an airplane, at least I wont in mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToDaRoof View Post
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    It also made the exhaust smell like hot dogs.
    That would be terrible at a long early morning fire. Wake up hungry, work hard for a while, have to be next to an apparatus that gives off fumes that smell like food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conrad427 View Post
    I would be more than a little skeptical about the use of bio diesel in emergency apparatus. As a farmer, I like bio fuels, but would not use them in something that my life depended on. Public works vehicles, sure. Ambulance or fire truck? Negative. You wouldn't use bio fuel in an airplane, at least I wont in mine.
    It's "Green" so what could possibly go wrong???? /snark/ off

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    How high of a blend do they intend to use and do you guys have any post-09 or plan to buy anything built on a light/medium duty chassis like an ambulance, utility, squad, chief's buggy, etc? A lot of the new stuff will not work with anything over B20 and some even aren't warrantied over B5.

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