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New Fire Truck Referendum

Vote   YES  April 3rd for the City Of Sheboygan Falls Fire Truck Referendum.

“Shall the City of Sheboygan Falls Establish a fire truck fund by increasing the tax rate in 2018 and continuing thereafter on an ongoing basis by 12.5 cents per thousand of assessed value?”

A property that is assessed at $200,000 would contribute $25/year.

See Below for more information.


An Apparatus Replacement Program is necessary to ensure the department possesses a fleet of reliable fire and EMS apparatus that can meet the mission requirements of the department, and that perform at the highest levels of safety, availability, functionality and reliability.

The Apparatus Replacement Program of the City of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department and First Responders is thoroughly thought-out and structured in its assumptions. The plan assumes an average life span of 20 years for engines, 15 years for ambulance, first responder vehicles, brush trucks and 25 years for equipment, utility and aerials. A contingency factor for unforeseen problems, emergencies or failures is not included or factored. It is essential to have an Apparatus Replacement Program in place to help in budget planning for the future.

To maximize firefighter and first responder capabilities and minimize risk of injuries, it is important the fire and EMS apparatus be equipped with the latest safety features and operating capabilities. In the last 10 to 15 years, much progress has been made in upgrading functional capabilities and improving the safety features of fire and EMS apparatus. Apparatus built during or prior to 1991 might have few of the safety upgrades required by the 1991 and subsequent editions of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) fire department apparatus standards. The 1991 edition has been recognized as the benchmark from which new, improved apparatus have evolved. Because of the changes and improvements since 1991, which have been truly significant especially in the area of safety, fire departments should seriously consider the value (or risk) to firefighters by keeping pre -1991 fire apparatus in first line service and it is recommended that they be replaced in a timely manner. Also as an apparatus ages it requires maintenance and repair on a more frequent basis, which increases maintenance costs.  Replacement parts for older apparatus can become more costly and difficult to obtain as older apparatus have a higher chance to break down during an emergency response

Apparatus Life Span

  1. There are 3 aspects to the life span of a piece of apparatus.

  • Service life: The length of time a piece of apparatus can be expected to perform in a functional and reliable manner under service demands and operating conditions to which it is exposed.

  • Technological life: The ability of the apparatus to continue to perform in a functional and reliable manner when changes in service demands, technology and performance standards occur.

  • Economic life: The length of time that an apparatus can be operational and maintained in a cost-effective manner.


Future Practices

  1. Apparatus Replacement Program

  2. Could be used as a guide for budget planning for the City of Sheboygan Falls

  3. Common for cities to defer replacement purchases to accommodate temporary budget constraints while increasing maintenance and repair expenditures.

  4. By deferring replacements, does not allow the department to operate apparatus that meet or exceed current NFPA standards.

  5. By deferring replacements, does not allow the department to keep up with technology that might be safer and preserve manpower and resources.


The City of Sheboygan Falls is looking to replace Enigine 3 which was built in 1991:


Engine 3: This truck started out as the “first out” Engine until 1997 when Engine 1 was built and delivered. It has been a useful and durable truck in the fleet but it is becoming a mechanical and technical hazard with many mechanical repairs. As any aging specialty vehicle requires parts they become hard to find and usually adds to the down time of the vehicle. When replaced it will become our first out Engine again.





Engine 3 was scheduled to be replace in 2016 budgeting cuts concerns have delayed that. Meanwhile, this truck:

  1. Started on Fire in 2014
  2. Was out of service a total of 7 times in 2017 for repairs
  3. Has already been out of service for repairs in 2018
  4. Has missed 6 NFPA upgrades

Has no safety features like Airbags, Modern seat belts, alarms, or air-pack securement.


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Engine 3 started on fire while being used as a relay engine at a scene of a fire in the Town of Sheboygan Falls in the summer of 2014. The fire started due to the wiring being aged and the need to use the primer for drafting water. The load put on the degraded wiring started the wiring on fire burning through the air brake lines and damaging portions of the fuel lines. The truck was out of service for approximately 4 weeks.



The images of the piping leaking was due to the corrosion on the pipes actually wearing them down far enough that they have started to fail.


Video of water leak




Please continue to read and see more information about our current fleet.

This chart starts with the oldest truck. Year and Make of the truck, The Year it was built the Apparatus Replecment Scheduled (ARS) year to be replaced and the age of the truck that year. The year City of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department plans to replace the truk and the age at that time.


Type of Truck Make Year ARS Year To be Replaced Age Year to Be



Engine 3 Engine Darley 1991 2011 20 Years 2016 25 Years
Rescue 5 Rescue Truck Volvo 1993 2018 25 Years 2018 25 Years
Engine 1 Engine/ CAFS Darley 1997 2017 20 Years 2022 25 Years
Command 7 First Resp. Suburban Chevrolet 2011 2026 15 Years As Needed
Unit 6 Utility- Pickup Truck GMC 2017 2032 15 Years As Needed
Truck 2 Aerial/ Ladder Smeal 2013 2038 25 Years 2038 25 Years

Below is more information about the fleet, when the apparatus was purchased, how it was purchased, and how they are used. Engine 3 Information can be found earlier on this page.


Rescue 5: Rescue 5 was a Coca Cola delivery truck that the members found sitting on a truck dealership lot in North Dakota. The truck was purchased, repainted and put in service by members of SFFD for the main reason of carrying their turn out gear, portable cascade system and lighting. More changes came in early 2000 when the county started pushing firefighter rehab and items were added to the vehicle. In 2006 the department started doing confined space rescue along with swift water, ice, high/ low level, trench rescue and dive team support. More effort was placed on rescue because of the many incidents we had involving people that needed to be rescued from the river. Unit 5’s mission switched from Rehab to Rescue and the name was changed from Unit 5 to Rescue 5. This truck has served the department well but has grown out of its original role and should be replaced with a dedicated rescue truck. This truck would be able to carry more than two firefighters and have room inside for rescuers to change into wet/ dry suits and to get out of the elements while doing so.



Engine 1: This truck was purchased in 1997 and was the first engine in the county to have CAFS (compressed air foam). The truck has performed well but is already showing its age and we continue to have issues with it on scenes and during training. Many of these items we have been able to deal with in house with our members, but they continue to get worse. When this truck was purchased, the push was to keep the price down and inexpensive parts were used and some items left off. One such item is the fittings where the normal standard is to use brass or stainless. But to keep the cost down fittings with inferior metal was used causing them to fail.






Command 7: Purchased with money from the contingency fund and switched to the first responder vehicle in 2017.








Unit 6: Purchased in 2017 from the sale of old Units 4 and 6.









Truck 2: Delivered in May of 2013.






Please support the City Of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department and vote YES on April 3rd.

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