About Us

Palmetto Fire Apparatus is a locally owned and operated used fire truck sales and service center located in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Palmetto Fire Apparatus specializes in used fire truck sales, fleet preventive maintenance, factory warranty repair, pump testing, aerial testing and fire pump repair. Palmetto Fire Apparatus also buys and sells used fire trucks and apparatus.

Palmetto Fire Apparatus Inc. was founded in September 2007 by Hank Strickland and Nick Carmody. These two friends had worked together for the past ten years servicing and maintaining fire trucks. Combined Hank and Nick have over 45 years of fire service experience.

Owners Hank and Nick both saw the need for a full service facility to meet the growing needs of the area to meet the NFPA recommendations. They felt they could provide the area with the specialty service needed. Before founding Palmetto Fire Apparatus, Nick worked as a service and repair technician for the Town of Hilton Head Island for 10 years. Hank retired after a 28 year career for the Town of Hilton Head Island, starting as a firefighter/paramedic in 1976 and retiring at the rank of Assistant Chief over Maintenance/Logistics.

Hank Strickland

Hank Strickland

Owner Hank Strickland first joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1974. In 1976 Hank joined the Sea Pines Forest Beach fire department as a paid member. During his 28 year career with the Sea Pines Forest Beach Fire Department and the Hilton Head Island Fire Department, Hank held the positions of Firefighter, Driver, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. During his last 8 years Hank served as an Assistant Chief over Maintenance and logistics before retiring in 2005.

Nick Carmody

Nick Carmody

Owner Nick Carmody is the lead Emergency Vehicle Technician over the maintenance division for Palmetto Fire Apparatus. Nick's career in the fire service first started as a volunteer Firefighter with the City of Hardeeville, South Carolina. Nick attended Beaufort Jasper career Education Center where he received a degree in auto mechanics. Following graduation in 1998 Nick served the Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Maintenance Division as a maintenance technician. During his 10 years with the Department Nick was in charge of maintaining the Town's fleet of Emergency Apparatus.

Dave Metz

Dave Metz

David Metz is a well-seasoned Emergency Vehicle Technician that has over 4 years of fire apparatus repair. David's career started in the fire service as a firefighter paramedic before joining Palmetto Fire Apparatus four years ago. David is currently our lead EVT shop technician.

David@pfafire.com

Patrick Paulmeier

Patrick Paulmeier

Patrick has joined our front office staff as the executive administrator. Patrick has taken on all front office responsibilities for the company. For all your billing, parts, and scheduling needs contact Patrick.

Patrick@pfafire.com