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    Was wondering if it is a good idea to go after anew pumper/tanker for our department. It would replace a 1986 pumper and a 1992 tanker. Our current first out engine is a 1997. We are a volunteer department with only 1 station. We cover 25 square miles and our population is arond 6900. We respond to 200 fire type incidents.

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    I doubt you would make it past the computer with the age of your current fleet.

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      Average fleet age for both engines is 18 years old, Tanker is 19 years old. Probably young and won't get past computer. Are these the only apparatus you operate?

      Also without knowing anything about your response area and related info, not sure that it would be wise to replace 2 seperate types of apparatus (pumper and tanker) with 1 combined apparatus (pumper/tanker). While the combined unit may be capable of doing both functions, it can only operate properly as one or the other at a specific time. Each type of apparatus is designed specifically for a particular job function. While the flexibility of a combined capability unit may be nice and useful in some situations, reducing your response capability from 2 pumpers and 1 tanker to 1 pumper and 1 pumper/tanker may actually reduce your capabilities in some situations.

      Just a few thoughts. But on the same note if you feel the need is present, then apply. If you don't apply you know you are guaranteed to not be awarded.

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        We are a rural community with 90% being residential. There are 2500 home in our community with the minimum lot size being 2 acres. We currently respond with our pumper/tanker as the second due apparatus. We utilize our surrounding communities for water shuttle operations, but we have the manpower, we will utilize our tanker in the water shuttle operstion as well. We are set up with automatic aid from a career department on our Northern border for an enigine company.

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