Well while I was reading this I had a thought come to me.
Asst Ch you have placed at least 4 threads / polls in the forum asking for a poll on color, cab, number of stations and so on. Which isn't a bad thing at all, if your wanting some research ideas. But the fact is yuo posted them and then made a thread about wanting a new on.
My department doesn't take in as much as you. We got a grant for a new engine, and gear. I wish we could afford a back up truck would be nice. The thing is I agree with alot of the others on here. If the truck really isn't broken and it is not the front line engine then why get another. Save the money and place it in an account somewhere to get a new truck soon.
Heck one of the best pieces of equipment I ever used and rode in was a 1954 American LaFrance, 85 foot, open cab, ladder truck. You know the type with out the bydraulic stabilizers.
Now about your age, from the previous posts in other threads yuo pretty much said you are a JR. So before you start trying to sell off equipment from your department, wait a little.