Brought to you by Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus
Spotlight: A company that stands behind every single used apparatus
We buy, sell and fix used fire trucks; it's not fancy, but it's who we are
Intro: Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus is the nation’s largest used fire truck dealership. We offer used fire trucks for sale for all your needs, including used engines and pumpers, used aerials, ladders and quints, used rescues and squads, and even used brush trucks and mini pumpers.
We have the largest single site location of used fire apparatus in the nation. We are located in Ala., and welcome your visit anytime!
Please read through our online showroom of used fire truck inventory and contact us with any questions you have about the units and pricing. We are committed to providing the best used fire apparatus and thank you for your visit during your truck search!
Where did your company name originate from?
We were founded by James Wessel, a member of Brindlee Mountain (Ala.) Volunteer Fire Department. The name just made sense!
What was the inspiration behind starting your company? In the summer of 1999, James Wessel, then a 24-year-old volunteer firefighter/EMT, chaired the apparatus purchasing committee as the department began their search for a used pumper. By October of that year, James and the BMVFD selected a 1988 Simon Duplex pumper from a used apparatus dealer. The truck arrived in November and was immediately placed in service.
Before Thanksgiving, the engine received is first alarm. However, en route to the fire, the engine lost all power and shut down. The engine had spun a main bearing and the repair cost would be over $22,000!
James was furious that someone like this dealer would take advantage of volunteer fire departments. He then decided to get into the used fire truck business for himself and to serve other departments like his. And the rest is, well, history.
Why do you believe your products are essential to the firefighting community?
We all need trucks; we help departments find a new home for old ones or find the right truck to fit a gap in their fleet.
What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?
Operating a business and making it viable over a long period of time is just tough. Thankfully, this industry has been great to work within and we are glad to be in business now 14 years in 2015.
What makes your company unique?
We were founded out of a desire to improve the buying process for used fire trucks for all firefighters.
What do your customers like best about you and your products?
Everybody likes fire trucks! We want to provide accurate information with quick responses to firefighters needing information about trucks so they can get back to their primary job: protecting their communities.
What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?
Knowing we are a part of supporting the strong charitable drive that exists in public service, which provides the foundation of personal safety.
Do you support any charitable organizations within public safety?
In this industry, it's unique because nearly every customer is a charitable organization. Fire departments, ambulance services and rescue squads exist for the common good, and we want to support them through our business each year.
Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?
We have a pet goose on the property, along with various other animals such as goats, sheep, catfish, etc.
What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?
Stay tuned ...