Our department bought a Quint from Pierce in 1995. After 8 years of use, we are finding what seems to be a growing cost to maintain this piece of apparatus. We're trying to get a sense from other departments in similar community fire stations (we are in Montgomery County, MD, on the border of DC, serving about 50,000 residents) on their costs of ownership and repairs on this or other like apparatus.

Would anyone in a position of authority be able to tell me what their repair costs have been, particularly on Pierce apparatus, but also on other similar pieces? I can't help but feel that we are being taken to the cleaners on our repairs, but have no other information to compare.