Hillsborough County (FL) Fire Rescue, after performing its due diligence in researching the various models of hydraulic rescue tools being turned out by manufacturers, then doing a week-long evaluation of the tools from four different manufacturers, followed by two weeks of evaluation of those tools by Hillsborough County firefighters and officers, developed specs and a request for proposal.
The Central Lyon (NV) Fire Protection District had been considering purchasing a Type 3 wildland engine for a couple of years but wanted to do an outright purchase instead of bonding, so it took its time to find the right rig and the right price.
Lincoln (NE) Fire & Rescue embarked on a determined effort a few years ago to expand, improve, and modernize its fleet by purchasing five top-mount Smeal pumpers and two Smeal 105-foot aerial ladders. Last year, it expanded its fleet further with the purchase of seven Spartan ER side-mount pumpers.
When it came time to retire a couple of older pumper-tenders, Spokane County developed specs and requested bids for two new vehicles. Rosenbauer was awarded the bid.
The Cincinnati (OH) Fire Department was in the market for a couple of new aerial ladders but needed the rigs to be height-restricted to fit under some low bridges and in some height-challenged firehouses.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus built a clean cab custom pumper for Albuquerque (NM) Fire Rescue on an Inferno chassis and XD 100 LFD cab with seating for five firefighters.
Multiple rescue capabilities include carrying rope rescue equipment, Paratech air bags for some collapse situations, an array of Genesis hydraulic rescue tools, ladders, multiple types of saws, support tools for confined space entry, a portable breathing air unit, and hazmat equipment.
The Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Emergency Services is in the process of making its fleet of apparatus into clean-cab-concept vehicles and has taken delivery and put in service its first clean cab pumper.
The Fort Worth Fire Department recently changed to a committee-style method of specing its fire apparatus when it needed to replace three pumper and two aerial ladder quints.
The Taos (NM) Fire Department purchases a Pierce Type III wildland urban interface unit.