Not sure if this is the right place for this but I need some help… First of all, thanks in advance for any and all help.
I’ve been doing a bunch of research on starting a water tender company. I’m a 9 year firefighter in California and Im super interested in buying a water truck and starting my own small business.
I’ve searched the web, called around to a bunch of different companies that own water trucks but I’m having a hard time getting solid info and advice.
My main questions are…
Is the demand for water trucks worth taking on this business idea? I am not a Vet but I believe I would be considered a small business so that would fall in tier 2.
What are the requirements for my driver? Class A license? Any firefighter training? Etc. and is there a problem finding drivers? I’ve seen ads posted searching for drivers.
Are there any major hurdles or hidden costs that I can’t foresee. Once I buy my first truck I see my main costs as: insurance, fuel, maintenance, storage.
I know everything with government/cal fire stuff can take a long time. Is the process for getting on the list as a deployable resource a long process. And can I even make that list if I only start with one truck?
I am also looking for suggestions on what kind of truck I should be looking for. I know DEF will be an issue very soon but in terms of what water capacity and buying a truck out of state, what would you suggest as a first timer trying to get my feet wet in this ?
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. Like I said, I’ve called a ton of businesses but I can’t get anyone to help me out on these crucial questions. Don’t want to sink my life savings into an idea and get screwed.