Pierce, PACCAR team up for first time on new MX-13 engine

Brad Hansen spent 20 years driving fire engines for the Sacramento City Fire Department. In his last six years, he was an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) instructor, teaching proper driving techniques to other firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies. He knows his way around a piece of fire apparatus and appreciates the value of […]

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Hanford earns title in 3rd annual Fire Truck Face-Off

College basketball fans across the country were disappointed this year when the NCAA cancelled the men’s tournament – commonly known as March Madness – because of health concerns related to COVID-19. That wasn’t the case, however, for the 3rd annual Fire Truck Face-Off sponsored by Golden State Fire Apparatus. Not even a pandemic could dim […]

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Need parts? Golden State has just what you’re looking for

Each piece of equipment sold by Golden State Fire Apparatus is expected to perform under the most rugged and demanding conditions. When lives are on the line and property is at risk, nothing else is acceptable. Given the circumstances in which vehicles routinely operate, the need for quality maintenance and timely repairs is crucial. Expensive […]

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Wright family celebrating 30 years

People, service, relationships best define our first 30 years

Golden State Fire Apparatus recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in business with an event at its Sacramento headquarters. Golden State is the No. 1 dealer of firetrucks and rescue vehicles in Northern California. It employs 36 people at its 33,814-square-foot facility, which includes a state-of-the art service department as well as a fully stocked parts […]

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Skeeter apparatus top of the line in wildland environments

Fire danger rises exponentially each year as temperatures soar and conditions dry out in the Northern California mountains or when the hot Santa Ana winds blow off the desert toward the Southern California coast. Lives are endangered, homes and cities are threatened, and the risks increased for every minute that crews can’t get close to […]

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Mobile unit makes pump testing easier, more convenient

Among the most important pieces of any firefighting apparatus are the pumps. Whether they’re designed to discharge water or foam, the idea that a pump may not work properly at the scene of an emergency is a nightmare scenario for firefighters.  The National Fire Protection Association as well as Insurance Service Office (ISO) guidelines recommend […]

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Fire Truck Face-Off combines fun, competition and a good cause

The NCAA basketball tournament – commonly referred to as March Madness by millions of fans – captures the attention of much of the country each spring as college teams compete to see who will be crowned the national champion. It’s compelling, it’s dramatic and it’s fun. Even non-fans are drawn in, often filling out their […]

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Pre-construction meeting critical during ordering process

Golden State Fire Apparatus prides itself on customer service. It is part of what has made the Sacramento company the go-to destination for fire departments throughout Northern California. The philosophy is layered throughout every level of the GSFA organization – from sales to service – but there is no better example than what is known […]

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Proper mounting of loose equipment critical for firefighters

Every second is precious at a fire scene. The last thing any firefighter wants to have happen when arriving on site is to open a compartment and struggle to get a critical piece of equipment. Fortunately, the professionals at Golden State Fire Apparatus in Sacramento – the region’s exclusive dealer for Pierce Manufacturing – make […]

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Leases add flexibility, affordability to fire vehicle financing

Leasing has become an ever more popular way for many fire departments and public agencies to finance expensive pieces of emergency equipment. About 20% of the Pierce vehicles purchased at Golden State Fire Apparatus in Sacramento are purchased via leases … and the number is rising each year. The first, Wong said, is that leasing allows the acquiring […]

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