Getting on the right path to the right fire apparatus
involves a few key considerations

Author: Mick McLaughlin

Empire Emergency takes great pride in the custom fire trucks that we deliver to our customers. We strive to provide custom fire apparatus that specifically fits our clients’ specifications, and the process starts by listening carefully to their needs in order to develop solutions that exceed expectations. Our team works hard to design and deliver both exceptional products and service, building relationships that make us the emergency vehicle outfitters of choice to departments in urban, suburban and rural communities.  

Fire truck manufacturing companies, ladder truck manufacturers and fire tanker manufacturers offer a dizzying array of options, and our customers often ask for suggestions to help sort out what’s critical and what’s more or less, optional.  Empire Emergency’s team is mindful of the need to keep within budget and not be dazzled by add-ons that may be nice to have, but are not necessities.  In short, we build a highly customized vehicle based solely on your needs and the needs of your community. We listen, respond and deliver a solution that matters.

Making the most of your budget while satisfying the safety and efficiency requirements of your department is always our goal.  This short list is meant to be the catalyst for a good, productive conversation and to help clarify some basic questions that should be carefully answered before you sign on the dotted line.  

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Purchasing a New Fire Truck:

  1. Do your homework:
    Know what manufacturers build and how they differ from each other.
  2. Determine your response needs: Pumper, Rescue Pumper, Aerial Quint, Straight Aerial or platform
  3. What are your water supply requirements:
    How many GPM to get the job done and what is the water supply you currently have
  4. Are there geographical challenges: How do weather and the terrain affect service? Do you anticipate future growth in your area of responsibility that will bring a new set of challenges? Plan ahead.
  5. Do you have staffing limitations:
    Are you faced with a shrinking number of members and is their average age getting older? Who operates the apparatus and how does this affect the need for ease of operation with limited people on the fire ground?

There’s also a terrific article in Fire Apparatus Magazine that discusses a variety of topics relative to fire truck design and purchasing which I think you’ll find applicable — and hopefully enlightening! As always, we’re here to answer your questions on any topic and look forward to working with you.  


Empire Emergency is your trusted provider of highly-customized emergency vehicle installations that ensure the effectiveness and safety of the men and women who protect and serve our communities. Empire’s emergency vehicle upfit solutions enable fire, police, and rescue teams of all sizes to perform quickly, efficiently, safely, and secure in the knowledge that their equipment is both expertly installed and inspected with meticulous attention to detail.

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