LAX wants four new fire trucks. Do you know what that costs?


Did you know the Panther 6 x 6 fire fighting vehicle costs almost $1 million per model? Photo: Rosenbauer America. 

Did you know the Panther 6 x 6 fire fighting vehicle costs almost $1 million per model? Photo: Rosenbauer America. 

Los Angeles International Airport is in the market for four new state-of-the-art fire trucks. Want to guess what such a purchase costs?

According to a report to the city's board of airport commissioners, LAX intends to spend more than $3.8 million to buy four "Panther ARF 300 6x6 airport rescue vehicles" from Rosenbauer America. The new ones will replace existing fire vehicles that are between 16 and 17 years old, the airport says. 

Within the next couple of years, LAX wants to go from having four of the vehicles to six. That'll cost an extra $2 million or so. But according to the airport, here's why having six vehicles is necessary:

  • "It will improve /increase airport foam water /capacity from 13,500 gallons to 20,000 gallons which is the availability level that subject mater experts consider sufficient for current and future needs at LAX."
  • "Having a fleet of six ARFF vehicles offers additional tactical benefits, including the ability to quickly supply water and foam to an incident while reducing the impact of removing a vehicle to resupply."
  • "Having six ARFF vehicles allows staff to respond to multiple simultaneous incidents." 
  • "With six ARFF vehicles, LAFD can decrease response times to the southeast areas of LAX, thereby ensuring compliance with FAA-mandated time standards."

ARFF, by the way, stands for, "Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting."