Apparatus Replacement Program (P451504)

  • Category: Public Safety
  • Sub Category: Fire/Rescue Service
  • Administering Agency: Fire/Rescue Service (AAGE09)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing




This project provides for ongoing replacement of fire apparatus and EMS vehicles. The following units are proposed to be replaced over the six year period: 9 aerials, 64 EMS units (ambulances), 21 engines, 4 all-wheel drive brush/wildland pumpers, 4 rescue squads and 2 tankers. These are approximate quantities and may require slight adjustment as costs and departmental needs are determined on an annual basis. The regular acquisition of replacement fire apparatus is an integral component of the MCFRS Apparatus Management Plan as adopted by the Council Council.


104 units will be replaced through FY20

Estimated Schedule

Apparatus Replacement is an ongoing project. The intention is to provide a steady, continuous flow of funding for minimum replacement needs.


The 2009 edition of the NFPA 1901 "Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus" advises the following: changes, upgrades, and fine tuning to NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, have been truly significant, especially in the area of safety. Fire departments should seriously consider the value (or risk) to firefighters of keeping fire apparatus older than 15 years in first-line service." Regular apparatus replacement is identified in the current "Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Community risk Reduction Master Plan," as approved by the County Council. The last significant fire apparatus replacement occurred in FY06. All of the fire apparatus purchased with FY06 funds is now out of warranty.

Fiscal Note

This project will be funded with short term financing and the Consolidated Fire Tax District Fund which includes Emergency Medical Service Transport (EMST) revenue. Fire Consolidated current revenue shown above reflects the outright purchase of some apparatus and required non-financeable equipment. Debt Service will be paid for in the operating budget with EMST revenue as a primary funding source.


Coordination Local Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments.