For years now, you have been dealing with a fire tanker truck that just isn’t keeping up with the demands of your fire department. It’s time to make a change and get a new truck. However, there are some questions that you should ask yourself and your department before buying. In this article, we highlight these questions and make it easier for all parties involved to purchase a new fire apparatus.
Just as this is the first question your mother might ask when you want something, it’s the first question you should ask yourself. While it may be why you’re considering purchasing a new fire apparatus, it may not. Ask yourself: Is your truck too old to function properly? Does it not meet current safety standards without tons of upgrades? Is it meeting the needs of the fire department? Does it need replaced or refurbished?
These are all important questions to ask because they help you understand what the purpose of your fire apparatus is. Whether you need it for equipment or personnel carrying, or you’re using it for one specific purpose. It’s helpful to ask these questions before trying to purchase a new truck. They give you guidance on which will be the best fit for your needs.
Another big question for your department is how much do you want to spend on a fire apparatus? Are you looking to get an entirely new fire tanker truck that will last for a very long time but will cost more money? Or, are you looking to refurbish a current fire apparatus and spend a little less money? These are questions that must be asked before even thinking about a new fire tanker truck. Budget will likely be one of the biggest driving factors of your fire tanker truck purchase. If you need to move through a city board or otherwise, make sure you work on this early in the game before they become overwhelmed with other requests. Make sure to leave a little wiggle room, especially if the truck is being refurbished. Things can come up that need replaced, and it’s never good when you don’t have the budget to do it.
One of the last important questions you must ask is how many people are you looking to carry with this fire tanker truck. Will you carry only equipment, a six man team, or a bigger team? These requirements change the size of tanker truck that you need. Do you need special equipment? This is especially important when you work with Osco Tank & Truck Sales as we custom build each and every truck. When you have everything ready for us at the beginning, we can get started quickly and have an exact idea of what we’re looking for. This speeds up the process tremendously and gets you with a truck faster than if we have a few weeks of waiting in between each contact.
Whether you’re looking for a Responder or a fire tanker truck, we have the fire apparatus you’re looking for. If we don’t, Osco Tank custom builds each truck to your specifications. Contact us today for more information about our fire tanker trucks.