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A Guide to Fire Department Grants

In the realm of fire safety and emergency services, the quest for adequate funding is as relentless as the battles these brave departments face against flames and disasters. Amid tightening budgets and escalating operational demands, fire departments are increasingly turning to grants not only for routine expenses but also for significant capital investments like acquiring…

How Much Does a Fire Truck Weigh?

From transporting firefighters to carrying rescue equipment, fire trucks are some of the most essential firefighting equipment. But has it ever crossed your mind how heavy a fire truck is — with and without water? Let’s take a closer look at the weight of these pivotal fire apparatuses. How Many Pounds Does a Fire Truck Weigh? The…

How Much Water Does a Fire Truck Hold?

Fire trucks are crucial assets in firefighting and disaster management. When it comes to understanding their capabilities, a common question arises: “How much water does a fire truck hold?” Today, we’ll unravel the mysteries of fire trucks, exploring their water-carrying capacities, the different types, and their indispensable role in firefighting operations. Understanding the Basics: The…

Fire Engines vs. Fire Trucks

Fire engine, fire truck, fire apparatus — people often use these terms interchangeably, but there are some important differences. Fire engines are usually the first to respond to a fire. They carry water and hoses and quickly get to work putting out the blaze. A fire truck, or fire apparatus, is fully equipped to conduct…

Why are Fire Trucks Red?

Why are Fire Trucks Red? By Emma Campbell A colorful history of why fire trucks have been painted red since the 1900s; uncover the benefits of color choice and why red is right for your rig. Even though today’s rigs vary in colors such as yellow, white, green, and even purple; If you asked someone…

Fire Truck Tanker Sizes

When purchasing a new water tender, choosing the size that best fits your fire department’s needs is essential. Fenton Fire Equipment offers many makes, models and ages of fire trucks and can provide you with a wide range of options when making this critical decision. What Is a Tanker? Tankers are large trucks specifically designed…

Your Guide to Quints

The firefighting industry is a demanding one. It requires you to stay on your toes and utilize the proper equipment to keep you and your community safe. Whether you operate in a volunteer or career capacity, modern quints can revolutionize how you approach emergencies. Take a look at what quints have to offer and how…

A Quick Guide to Heavy Rescue Trucks

Heavy rescue trucks are the workhorses of the emergency response world. These prized trucks must be able to handle any scene, from minor car accidents to earthquakes and building collapses. Although the size and weight of these vehicles can vary depending on their configuration and purpose, many features make these powerhouses stand out from other…

A Brief History of Fire Trucks

Fire trucks are one of the most iconic symbols of emergency response. They’re so closely associated with fire that many forget how relatively new these vehicles are. In this article, we’ll look at the history of the fire truck and how it has evolved from the earliest days of horse-drawn carriages into today’s massive vehicles.…

Your Guide to Water Tenders

In the world of firefighting, water tenders are an essential tool. Firefighters must have water on hand to do their job, and a water tender is one of the best ways to deliver that water to the scene. What Is a Water Tender Truck? A water tender, also referred to as a water tanker, is…

Fire Truck FAQ

Fire trucks are a staple of American life. They’re a symbol of strength, bravery and community. If you’ve ever wondered why firetrucks look the way they do or how they work, you’re in luck! Fenton Fire Equipment’s fire truck FAQ will answer your burning questions about these iconic vehicles.  What Are the Colors of Fire…

A Guide to Aerial Apparatus

Whether you’re a firefighter looking at trucks to present to your superiors or you need used but newer equipment for your fire station, you may be wondering whether an aerial apparatus is the right choice for you. As with any purchase of a fire truck or firefighting equipment, this is a major investment into your…

Fire Truck Shipping: What You Need to Know

Shipping a vehicle — especially one as large and intricate as a fire truck — is no small task, but it is probably easier than you’re expecting. With a little time, preparation and professional assistance, you can get your truck to your station safely, quickly and with minimal work. If you’ve recently purchased or sold…

Volunteer Fire Stations Across the United States

In today’s fast-paced world, many people are looking for job opportunities that provide a greater sense of purpose and well-being. One of the best ways to improve your sense of self while serving your community is through volunteer firefighting. This amazing opportunity allows you to learn new skills and make a direct impact on the…

Selling Your Fire Truck

Many fire departments use the profits from their used truck sales to fund the purchase of newer equipment. Others find themselves with a surplus of idle equipment. Whatever the reason, when you want to sell a fire truck, you need to understand the process. When you work with Fenton Fire Equipment, the sales process is…

What Are Jaws of Life?

The term “Jaws of Life” refers to a valuable rescue tool used to help rescue individuals trapped in their vehicle after a dangerous accident. The Jaws of Life is not just one thing but a compilation of several items grouped into one.  Picture this. You’re driving down the highway, enjoying the scenery and music, when, suddenly,…

How Much Does a Fire Truck Cost?

The brave men and women in fire stations worldwide use fire trucks every day to keep their communities safer. When fire strikes, fire trucks have the equipment and capabilities to help extinguish the blaze, reduce damage and even save lives. Fire trucks are one of the most integral parts of fighting fires, making them precious…

A Buyer’s Guide To Finding The Right Fire Truck

Not all used fire trucks are created equal. Knowing which one to choose can be overwhelming. Factor in the actual investment dollars, and the ante goes up. Read: you’re deciding today what your fire department will need tomorrow. How do you choose a previously owned fire truck that’ll meet your needs now while still standing the test of…

8 Things To Consider When Buying a Quint

As a jack of all trades, quints bring a lot of different capabilities to your fire department. But making sure you’re adding the right used fire truck to your fleet, at the right time, and for the right reason, is important. A good fleet is about more than just the sum of its parts. You want to…

How Do Fire Trucks Work?

From a young age, we learn about the heroic work of firefighters and grow up admiring their massive red trucks with lights and sirens — but firefighters and their engines are much more than the painted outline we remember. The ins and outs of how a fire engine works range from transporting firefighters to carrying…

Tips for Buying a Used Fire Truck

Buying a fire truck for your volunteer fire station is a crucial decision. There’s no price too high when it comes to saving people’s lives, but you know there’s a limit to your budget. You need to buy a quality fire truck to protect your community without breaking the bank. You can save money for…

Types of Fire Apparatuses: A Guide to Fire Equipment

Firetrucks, engines, tankers and other types of firefighting equipment all have qualities that make them unique. If you have ever wondered what makes a tanker different from a pumper, here’s your chance to find out. After reading through the information below, you will be a more knowledgeable buyer, seller or fan of all types of…

3 Tips to Know Before You Buy a Tanker

Striking the right balance on your tanker truck needs isn’t always easy. Is a single, bigger tanker truck the right option for your fire department? Or, would a fleet of several smaller tankers make more sense over the long term? There are a few different ways to go about building the right tanker truck coverage. If…

4 Questions To Ask Before Buying a Used Ladder Truck

Not all ladder trucks are created equal. That means picking the right one for your fire department isn’t as simple as “what goes up must come down”. Specs, seating capacity, whether or not you need a pump… Figuring exactly what kind of ladder truck your department needs before you buy is really important. So, where do…

7 Tips for photographing your used fire truck

If a photo speaks a thousand words, that goes double for a shot of something you’re trying to sell. From ladder trucks to tankers and everything in between, getting the photos right is important. Keep these tips in mind when snapping pictures of your pre-owned fire truck to up your chances of selling faster – and for…