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  • AFG apparatus ?

    I have searched the forums and read all latest AFG docs. When writing a AFG grant to replace a older engine, what is the minimum age of the engine shall it be to make it worth wild? Thanks

  • #2
    There is no "age" that automatically makes it worthwhile. It depends on other vehicles that you have in your fleet, and other vehicles of the same type. And then everything else, budget, need, capabilities, etc.

    And of course, your competition on the grants, if they all are in worse shape year wise, then you won't make it past the computer.


    • #3
      I tell people that the competitiveness of your vehicle app (or any other app) is kind of like your height. I'm 6'4". Out of a given group of people, am I the tallest? It depends on the group. If I'm at a meeting of the NBA Players' Association, no. If I'm at a cheerleader convention, yes. I am the same height wherever I go, but whether I'm the tallest is a matter of who else is there.

      The same is true of a vehicle. If you are running a 1986 pumper, will you get funded? If a bunch of other applicants are running stuff from the '70s, not likely. If your competition is vehicles from the early '90s, your odds are better.

      If you apply, you might not get funded. If you don't apply, you definitely won't get funded. Look at your fleet and consider how many vehicles you have in that category, their age, their NFPA compliance (if any), how often they are used, and your community's characteristics (check NOFO for vehicle priorities for different community types). From there, choose to apply for the vehicle that makes the best overall case.

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