Fire Truck Purchase – Early Stages

The first question you have to answer is the most important question.

How can we justify and budget this fire truck purchase?

Face it.  The council or board or finance department isn’t making things easy nowadays.

Fire departments are under pressure to show that a new fire truck makes operational AND financial sense.

The problem is… you haven’t had to financially justify a truck before and you may not know how to do it.

Free tools and information to help justify and budget a new fire truck

Select your situation below:

We’re just waiting.  Waiting is not free although it feels like it.  It’s important to show waiting is more expensive than buying.   Here are some tools to help:

  • Cost of Waiting Calculator.  Inflation means you may buy today’s truck for a lot more money.  Learn how much you lose.
  • Explaining Lost Buying Power.  It takes skill to present a complex concept like lost buying power.  This article helps you explain it in simple terms.

We’re saving up to buy.  Inflation also impacts this financial plan.  Can you save enough to buy the truck AND pay the higher future cost?

We know the payment we can afford.  How much truck can we buy?

  • Truck Budget Calculator.    A few simple answers will help you calculate a truck budget based on your payment budget.


Did you know that the typical First Bankers customer learns how to save $10,000 when financing their fire truck?

That is the kind of useful information that helps fire departments show they are wise with their money.

To learn more about how we help fire departments save $10,000, click here to learn about the FireLending Approach™


For other questions, simply call toll-free:  (877) 323-1776   What does the first call sound like?


  • Payment Estimator

    Estimate fire truck payment for budgeting purposes.

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  • Justifying Kit

    Show your council buying a truck now makes financial sense.

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  • Financing Kit

    Learn options, best practices, common mistakes, and money saving ideas

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  • Our Unique Approach

    Our typical community saves over $11,000.

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