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Colorado Springs Fire Department Stretches Apparatus Replacement Dollars ...
Monday, August 20, 2012


 by Refurbishing Existing Equipment

The Colorado Springs Fire Departmentinvites you to come and see, touch and inspect the newly refurbished Fire Truck #1. It has been brought to like-new condition for nearly 1/3 of the cost of purchasing a new one. This year, a new ladder truck would cost the City of Colorado Springs approximately $750,000. By refurbishing the apparatus, utilizing department personnel and specialty vendors, the cost to give this piece of equipment a new lease on life was only $265,090, a 64.7% savings over the cost of a new vehicle.

Truck #1 is the first refurbished CSFD apparatus to have the Green Star Technology  installed to save on fuel costs, reduce emissions while idling, reduces maintenance cost and to extend the life of the apparatus. This is the second Green Star apparatus in the departments’ fleet. CSFD has refurbished 8 apparatus over the past 5 years, saving the community over 1.7 million dollars. The refurbishment process is not a simple one; it involves rebuilding or replacing every major component on the vehicle, including refinishing of the entire body and making structural improvements to extend the life of the body.

All heavy apparatus are designed to specifications developed in-house by our Apparatus Committee, which includes command staff, company officers, driver-operators, and members of the Fire Department’s maintenance division. The average age of our front-line engines (pumpers) is 5.3 years; the average age of our ladder trucks is 8.83 years. Two additional CSFD ladder trucks are expected to be refurbished and returned to front-line use in 2013.

Refurbishment Details:

 Performed by CSFD Heavy Equipment Mechanics:

  • Replace brakes ($1086 parts)
  • Reinstall radios, HT chargers, and computer/AVL systems upon return of the vehicle from SVI Trucks (in-stock parts)
  • Mount all TNT rescue equipment, and specialty tools

            Total:  $1086

Performed by Specialty Vendors:

  • Rebuild transmission ($6,925)
  • Complete in-frame rebuild of the engine ($17,270)
  • Replace all suspension and driveline components, including u-joints, leaf springs, shocks, steering linkages, etc. ($9941 parts)
  • Rebuild radiator ($2,581)
  • Install Green Star Technology (Idle Reduction System),including duplex outlets and 4 scene lights ($19,322)
  • Replaced all 4 sections of the aerial ladder, inspect, rebuild, replace, wiring, hoses, hydraulic cylinders, cables, perform full inspection for certification ($45,000)

Total:  $101,039

Performed by Fire Trucks Unlimited (Henderson NV):

  • Cab interior is completely stripped.  All cracks are re-welded, floors are replaced, new aluminum door panels installed, and new headliner, dash, and Secure All Seats are installed.
  • Replace all rollup compartment door
  • Clean and paint the entire under carriage
  • Replace all diamond plate not welded to the vehicle body
  • Polish all diamond plate that cannot be replaced
  • Polish all wheels
  • Replace all lighting (interior and exterior) with NFPA approved LED lighting.  This includes emergency warning lights.
  • Install all new wiring from front to rear (except engine/transmission looms)
  • Install new windshields
  • Paint and re-decal exterior
  • Conduct final test, along with full electrical load test

Total:  $162,965

Grand Total for  Refurbishment: $265,090

 Apparatus Refurbished in the Past 5 Years:

 

Year

Apparatus

Refurb Cost

Cost of New

Difference

% Saved

2007

E15

 $     155,918

 $     325,000

 $     169,082

52.0%

2007

E6

 $     173,945

 $     325,000

 $     151,055

46.5%

2007

E9

 $     155,918

 $     325,000

 $     169,082

52.0%

2008

E3

 $     166,200

 $     341,250

 $     175,050

51.3%

2008

E2

 $     166,200

 $     341,250

 $     175,050

51.3%

2010

E8

 $     172,545

 $     360,500

 $     187,955

52.1%

2011

E4

 $     172,542

 $     371,315

 $     198,773

53.5%

2012

T1

 $     265,090

 $     750,000

 $     484,910

64.7%

 

Totals

 $  1,428,358

 $  3,139,315

 $  1,710957

54.6%

Apparatus on Display

Truck 1 (Unit 312)

 Ladder Truck

  • Purchased June 19, 1997
  • Purchase Price $588,435
  • 1997 HMEChassis
  • Rosenbauer (Body Builder)
  • 525 HP CumminsN-14 Engine
  • Allison4060HD Automatic Transmission
  • GVWR 58,000 lbs.
  • Actual Weight 54,100 lbs. 
  • Seating For 5 Persons
  • Refurbishment Began Oct. 2011; Completed in Aug. 2012
  • Refurb Cost  $265,090
  • Approximate Cost of Replacement: $750.000