Per Volunteer Fire Department per year
FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPENSES
NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles For Structural Firefighting and Proximity Firefighting, 2014 Edition
This standard requires the 10 year mandatory retirement rule for structural firefighting gear from its manufacturer date.
Most of our structural firefighting gear was purchased from an AFG Grant in 2005. The manufacturer dates of this gear are 2005, which means its replacement date is 2015. Most of our front line firefighters have gear that was purchased in 2007 and 2008 making the replacement dates 2017 and 2018.
To be fiscally responsible and to not create a future budget constraint, this plan recommends the purchase of 3 sets of turn-out gear a year at a budget of:
3 - Fire Coats $2,400.00
3 - Fire Pants $3,090.00
3 - Sets of Fire Gloves $240.00
3 - Sets of Fire Boots $1,050.00
3 - Fire Helmets $900.00
3 - Fire Nomexs $105.00
$7,785.00 a year
over a 10-year period for a total of 30 sets of turn-out gear.
NFPA 1981: Standard for Open Circuit Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Our SCBA’s were manufactured under the 2002 Edition of the NFPA 1981. In the 2013 Standard, our in-service SCBA’s are still within compliance of this standard. However, when the 2018 Edition of NFPA 1981 comes into effect, the 2002 SCBA’s will be required to be retired and replaced or upgraded. The goal is to extend the service life of our SCBA’s past the 2018 Edition of the NFPA 1981. As this is a high cost expenditure, we have to start planning fiscally for this now.
In addition, our SCBA air cylinders have a life span of 15-years from the manufacturer date. All of our bottles were purchased with 2005 AFG Grant Funds and have a manufacturer date of 12/2005.
When making the decision for budgeting this item, we took the following into consideration:
New Standard Scott SCBA with Air Cylinder: $5,500.00
Upgraded Scott SCBA from 2002 to 2013: $3600.00
New 45-minute Scott Air Cylinder: $1,000.00
This plan recommends the upgrade of 2 SCBA’s a year and 5 - New 45 Minute Air Cylinders a year for a total of:
$12,200 a year
For 10 years for SCBA Upgrades and 8 Years for Air Cylinder Replacement.
(FY 2022-2023 and 2023 -2024 will drop to $7,200 per year for SCBA Upgrade only)
The Mississippi Rating Bureau:
Fire Apparatus Lifespan and Replacement
MS code of 1972, Section 83-3-24 states “When rating a municipality or fire district, the Rating Bureau shall consider the mileage, condition, and maintenance of the fire truck rather than the age of such fire truck.” Proper preventive and routine maintenance along with regular performance testing is the key to maximizing the life span of these emergency vehicles. EFD has organized these maintenance records in the new Image Trend Software provided by the State so the MSRB may view them.
MSRB highly recommends that each jurisdiction establishes a long range replacement policy for emergency equipment.
Based on all factors involved MSRB has long suggested that communities consider the life span of first response engines as 15 years on commercial chassis and 20 years on custom chassis. Consequently, pumpers with ages beyond those outlined previously may receive partial grading credit dependent on condition maintenance, service test, and performance over the last few years. Good preventative maintenance and testing along with good record keeping is the key to ensuring the vehicle is reliable and appropriate credit given during MSRB’s evaluation.
Engine 66 is a 2013 Freightliner Class A Pumper/Tanker with 3000 gallon tank. This apparatus replaced Tanker 6, a 1984 Grumman Duplex 2500 Gallon Tanker. In addition our department traded in our Truck 6 ladder truck, a 1991 Simon.
Engine 6 is a 1995 Freightliner FL 80 Class Commercial Class A Pumper. This truck had a 15 year life span, however, 5 years was added with good repair and preventive maintenance records. After our last rating review, this apparatus has been moved to reserve status. With taking in maintenance cost and repairs to keep this apparatus in service, it was decided by the board to replace this apparatus with a new rescue mini pumper and turn our current Rescue 6 into our Class "A" Pumper. Rescue 6, with good preventive maintenance and testing records, will be a rated pumper until 2024.
The new 5500 Dodge Mini Pumper with 400 gallon water tank and foam capabilities, known as Rescue 13, will allow five firefighters to ride with rescue, extrication, and extinguishment capabilities. This truck combined with the Engine 66 loan payment will be:
$35,000 a year
for 8 years (January 2023 estimated pay off date)