Is the cost of purchasing a new apparatus keeping your department from upgrading your fleet? Are you constantly repairing the engine, or paying someone else to do it? Have you looked at the cost to refurbish fire apparatus? As an alternative to buying a new unit, a refurbished fire apparatus could be an option.
Not every apparatus is a good candidate to refurbish. Here are a few basic questions to help you determine if your apparatus would be eligible for the refurb process.
Typically, the fire apparatus refurbishment process involves removing the body of the fire apparatus from the chassis. The process separates the compartments and equipment part of the apparatus from the cab and engine. The body is fitted to a new chassis. Upgrades are possible to the wiring, lighting and almost all other components of the fire apparatus. Pierce provides some additional basic information on the refurbishment process here.
Masontown Volunteer Fire Department contacted their local Glick Fire Equipment account manager. They had concerns over the cost of replacing their aging Simon Duplex canopy cab chassis. Their old rescue was as dependable and needed repairs. If sold, they likely would only recover $15,000-20,000 out of the sale. They had recently upgraded their Hurst hydraulic tooling and their air system. The money spent on these upgrades would be lost.
In talking with their local Glick account manager, they discovered another option – refurbished fire apparatus. After discussing the pros and cons of the refurb process, they decided to move forward with planning to refurbish their rescue unit. Over 6 or 7 meetings, they were able to fine tune all the details and write specifications to refurbish their fire apparatus.
The time it takes to refurbish a fire apparatus will vary depending on how much work needs done. For Masontown, the actual refurb process lasted about 4-5 months.
Of course, the fire apparatus was out of service for the duration of the refurbishment process. We have a full-time representative at Pierce who sends regular updates throughout each customer process. We provide pictures and details about the progress of each unit on the assembly line at Pierce. In doing so, we provide a higher level of service. Having someone on-site through the build process ensures each apparatus is completed as intended. These regular updates help provide peace of mind and can help resolve any issues in advance of final inspection without the need for several trips to the manufacturer.
In the end, Masontown Volunteer Fire Department ended up with a safer rescue they can depend on for years to come. They updated the wiring, lighting and several other features; all for less cost than entirely replacing the rescue. Masontown was able to save an estimated $250,000-300,000 over buying a new apparatus.
We’ve got the specs for Masontown’s refurb under our deliveries section. You can click here to be taken directly to it.
Give your local Glick Fire Apparatus account manager a call. It doesn’t matter who manufactured your original apparatus, we can guide you through the process and help plan the best option for your department. If you’re not sure who your local Glick account manager is, click here to find them.
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