11/13/08 70 W, 1 I - + 9 - 14 Raleigh Fire Department Bus

A used commercial bus was recently obtained by the Raleigh Fire Department Training Division. It seats 47 and was purchased in Maiden, N.C. The bus is designated SR 3 and will serve a number of functions including transporting recruits to training events and during deployments of USAR Task Force #8. Previously, the Training Division utilized a 1981 International school bus, that was designated Car 76. Click to enlarge:

What does something like that cost to purchase and operate?
Concerned Taxpayer - 11/16/08 - 18:36

The purchase was a fraction of the cost of a new one!To operate it right now is just fuel. It is great being able to have something this big that can carry our recruits and other staff to training events and anything else that needs it. In the past we had to use the old school bus that would leave you stranded beside the road sometimes or borrow a parks and rec or RPD bus when needed! Thank God for thinking in the future and outside the box!!!!
Jason Lane - 11/16/08 - 23:08

not only that, but it would pay for itself after one use in lives saved in just one USAR mission – see http://www.fema.gov/emergency/usr/about... to know exactly what USAR entails – i know i certainly feel a lot safer knowing we have one these transports in case of a horrific catastrophe
cornerhydrant - 11/17/08 - 01:26

Corner Hydrant: Im curious to know what you mean by using the bus for USAR missions. Would it be used to transport personnel or victims that they would find?
DHFD - 11/17/08 - 15:08

The bus would transport personnel to and from training and missions. If we had a mission that required a full scale deployment, this would entail about 72 members, some of which would drive apparatus but would still require mass transit for the rest of the deployment.
7driver (Email) - 11/17/08 - 17:21

USAR incidents are called “missions”??
Webster - 11/17/08 - 23:47

according to FEMA, they are
cornerhydrant - 11/18/08 - 02:16

Good points. Just not sure I see the case for buying and maintaining one versus a charter service for when the need arises. Unless of course there are more missions than I see discussed on this board.
Concerned Taxpayer - 11/19/08 - 09:18

Just remember that there might not be one available when a mission arises. Whether it be time of day, or during a disaster when they’re all being used for evacuations or whatever the case. This was a very smart very economically sound decision made as it can support many different missions, be it USAR, academy, training sessions, etc. It also provides a means to transport a large amount of people AND their equipment versus taking multiple vehicles for the same purpose, and can do it in relative comfort, which is important when dealing with a USAR deployment, having the team rested and ready to go to work when they get there, not worn out from bouncing around in an old school bus or fire apparatus for 4 or 5 hours. I’m sure it can also be used for rehab purposes in times of adverse weather, like warming up firefighters during colder weather or cooling them down during hot weather. Great forward thinking.
CFP 7021 (Email) - 11/19/08 - 14:35

Also remember the fact that it’s being used for recruit transport also. The school bus was way overdue for replacement….my hats off to all that made this cost effective purhase.
Silver - 11/19/08 - 15:14

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