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    Default Narrative for a Tanker/Pumper

    Would anyone be willing to share their narrative for a tanker/pumper?
    Trying to get a head start on 2004 grant. We would like to replace our old "milk truck" 3500 gallon tank and light duty chasis with a NFPA compliant tank and a heavy duty chassis.

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    Default Narrative

    We got a 2003 award for a Tanker/Pumper (3000 gal tank/2000gpm pump). Here is the narrative we used. We asked for $150,000 of the estimated $350,000 cost. We were informed that they would only fund up to $200,000 for a tanker, but they gave us the 90% of that, so we're getting $180,000.

    If you have any questions, my email address is: minfore@apci.com

    Good luck with your 2004 application.

    Eric

    Applicant: Laury’s Station Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1

    Program Area: Firefighting Vehicles

    The Laury’s Station Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 serves a population of ~3,000 people in a primary response area of ~5 square miles. This rural area has ~10% of its area protected by hydrants. A primary concern in the case of dwelling, structure, or extended brush or vegetation fires is supply of water to the scene. In addition, there are few direct path roads from our neighboring fire companies into most of our primary response area which slows the response time of Mutual Aid units to the scene of an incident. Lack of hydrant protection requires out reliance on static water sources, such as farm ponds. In the last year one of our primary sources, from an access and reliability standpoint, was eliminated when the owner decided to drain and regrade the pond on his property.

    We are requesting funds for the purchase of a Tanker. Our company does not own a Tanker and has historically relied on Mutual Aid companies to provide Tanker support in the case of dwelling, structure, or extended brush fire responses. The average response time for a Mutual Aid Tanker to calls within our primary response area is ~20 minutes. The purchase of this Tanker would provide significant benefit to the residents of our primary response area through reduced response time and access to greater resources as well as allowing us to provide additional Mutual Aid support to those areas surrounding us. The use of Tankers in support of firefighting activities is particularly critical since most of our rural area is not within range of existing fire hydrants.

    The cost of the proposed Tanker is expected to be ~$350,000. A general description of the apparatus is provided below. We are requesting an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $150,000 (~43% of the total cost). Our company will provide $100,000 (~29% of the total cost) and the balance of the funds, $100,000, will be obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the form of a low interest loan. The proposed company contribution of $100,000 is essentially equivalent to more than twice our annual income and has taken us ~10 years to accumulate these funds to apply to this purchase. Our company has managed, through prudent use of available funds, to provide for our needs in the areas of firefighter personal protection equipment and firefighting tools through a combination of Firemen’s Relief (a state administered fund based on surcharges on Home Owner’s Insurance premiums) and our general funds. In addition, we have worked to save ~$5,000-15,000 per year toward the purchase of a new vehicle; however, the high cost of firefighting vehicles makes prohibitive the replacement of vehicles on even a 30 year cycle without the assistance of additional funding sources such as the FIRE Grant program.

    The proposed Tanker will be based on a commercial cab and chassis and will have a 3,000 gallon water tank capacity and a 2,000 gpm pump allowing the unit to serve as an on-scene supply or act in tanker fill, tanker shuttle, or relay pumper roles. The proposed unit will be able to thus fill any role in the area of water supply. In addition, this unit will be capable of serving as a second line pumper for periods where our first line pumper is out of service. It will meet all pertinent NFPA guidelines. Our company would retire/sell our 1971 pumper which is not compliant with current guidelines.

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