I will start this out by saying this, If your gonna be a sucker, be a quiet one!!! I got a call from our chief in regards to possibility of going for a grant for an engine. We have done no research for pricing,requirements of the grant or for that matter, anything! I guess I am reaching out to see if anyone would have some basic information on a CAFS engine for a volunteer department protecting several sites deemed critical infrastructure. As far as our apparatus fleet, we currently have a 2001 pumper/tanker,2001 ladder,2004 rescue/engine,2006 brush truck and two ambo's, 2001 and 2007 respectively. We will be implementing paid part time staffing with the next to years and will make a jump up to the combination department when a full time Chief is added in the next couple of years as well. The project would be for a city/fire district with roughly 12,000 citizens covering 16 square miles of 1st due with many more miles of 2nd and 3rd territory. With the city becoming more urban and developed, we are looking for a smaller piece of apparatus that is able to maneuver in cul de sacs and other locations that the bigger apparatus have trouble in. Ideal project would be for a 6 man cab cafs engine 1750gpm pump, with an ALS compartment in the cab. Hale CAFSpro would be CAFS system. some kind of pricing idea or if there is a max amount available for an engine purchase.
Next questions would be requirements for the grant. Do we need to implement a driver operator program for acceptance or is that optional? Also, it looks like we can request the mobile data terminal through the equipment grant, is that also correct?
Sorry for the late requests, on any prior grants, we were done and waiting for the grants to open to submit. I guess this year, we needed a challenge!!! Anyway, if anybody has any helpfull advice, please respond as I am more then willing to take the help. And I already know this is a longshot, and we have newer apparatus, and we are a smaller department and those items. Chief says it dosn't hurt anything to have them say no right. Best case scenario, they come back with a yes. Back to drinking the Fire grant up all night kool-aid:D