First Responder Tanker-Pumper Fire Apparatus Save Money, Add Flexibility

By: Midwest Fire Staff

Flexibility and options are all too often cliché words that are overused in business today to describe luxury items. But, when it comes to fighting fires in rural areas, those words are no longer a luxury, but are a necessity. Fire units of varying sizes and locations all face similar challenges. How can you purchase a second fire truck or tanker without breaking the bank and justify making the purchase? Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire) offers a solution that addresses the need without costing local municipalities a fortune.

Firefighters know and understand that the first vehicle on the scene of a fire assesses the situation, takes control, and sets up a base of operations. More often than not, an SUV or truck is the first vehicle on the scene and then a fire apparatus arrives as the first attack vehicle. But, what if that first responder vehicle also had the ability to begin the initial attack or provide backup by going for additional water adding much needed flexibility and options battling a fire? Midwest Fire tanker-pumpers offer this option.

So why make the purchase? The average fire department can spend close to $400,000 on a primary fire response vehicle. The tanker can undergo a lot of wear and tear, and backup pumpers can be extremely expensive. Fire departments today are looking for ways to expand their budgets and save money without losing the ability to fight fires. The backup must be affordable and effective in case the primary attack vehicle is under maintenance or repair.

By purchasing a tanker-pumper instead of another pumper, fire departments can bring more water to the scene for initial attack, dump and go for more water if needed, or even remain on standby in case another pump is needed to back up the first attack truck or protect nearby structures without using the resources of the initial attack truck. As water resources become more scarce, the ability to bring more water to the scene is always a benefit.

Midwest Fire offers 2,000- and 3,000-gallon tanker-pumper fire apparatus that can save anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 on the initial purchase when compared to the purchase of a backup pumper. Maintenance and operation of the apparatus is also more affordable than purchasing another pumper. The less expensive tanker-pumper is versatile and can be used for emergency response calls.

Trace Voightman is a 15-year Veteran with the Oakes (ND) Volunteer Firefighter and Resource Squad. “The 2,000-gallon Midwest Fire tanker-pumper was a nice fit for our organization,” says Voightman. “It gave us the best bang for our buck and the ability to bring more water to the scene of a fire. We saved about $100,000 by purchasing our tanker-pumper with them and the 2,000-gallon capacity gives us great versatility and flexibility. We have a 5,000-gallon tanker. If it is out of commission we can take our 2,000-gallon tanker-pumper. It has great storage with three lockers on both sides that allow us to throw tools into it. It can be used as a primary or secondary vehicle. We even use it for support for neighboring areas when we run mutual aid.”

In many rural areas, large farms in the Midwest have limited water supply and no hydrants. There are large barns and homes. “I am farmer and I live 12 miles outside the city,” adds Voightman. “Water supply is the biggest issue we have in rural areas. The Midwest Fire apparatus is capable of doing almost anything we need. It is self-sufficient. There are so many scenarios where the apparatus can be used. Midwest Fire has truly done its homework with this apparatus. I can see how their product is the next big thing for rural fire departments,” adds Voightman.”

Jordan Blegen is a 24-year veteran and a full time firefighter for the Village of Pleak outside Houston, Texas. The Pleak volunteer firefighters just purchased a new 2,000-gallon tanker-pumper using a combination of grant and community funds.  

“It is a great product and it’s cost-effective,” says Blegen. “Midwest Fire brought a lot of value to the table. It’s basically a tanker with pumper capability. There is also a lot of storage. We can store our rescue tools and EMS equipment in it. This will do more than shuttle water for us. We have 70-80 percent of surface area with no hydrants like other surrounding communities. They rely on us to supply mutual aid and this tanker-pumper allows us to serve our community.”

The Fresno (TX) Volunteer Fire Department had purchased a Midwest Fire apparatus and Blegen visited the department before making his final decision.

“We went and looked at it and talked to Midwest Fire. They worked with us on the design to meet our needs. We had a great experience with them.  You feel like you are working with family and are not a number. I could have gone somewhere else and paid up to $100,000 more but it was not necessary. I would recommend that anyone looking for a new tanker-pumper stop by the Midwest Fire booth at FDIC.”

Midwest Fire will have The Village of Pleak fire apparatus on display at FDIC booth 4321 in Indianapolis, Indiana April 23-25, 2015.

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