During morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, a couple of the old geezers who were real active in the 1970s (and most are IN their 70s today) were reminiscing about the good old days and some of the “other than normal” activities of an impromptu group called The Roof Crew.

In today’s hyperactive political environment, there are several innuendos and even accusations no fire department wants to encounter—especially in the competitive bidding arena. They are restraint of trade and collusion.

By Bill Adams Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many older members of rural fire companies. If they ever came to morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, they’d fit right in. I call them “farmers”—a nonderogatory term I use and fortunately one most don’t take offense to. After all, who wants...

Firematic trade shows are great places for Raisin Squad members from different locales to compare notes, lie to each other, and pass judgement on the things we’ve seen, read or heard. And if challenged on accuracy or truthfulness, we can blame age, failing eyesight or defective hearing aid batteries.
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Two items are worthy of discussion. The first is the continuing success of what I admiringly call a mom-and-pop fire truck manufacturer. The second is the concept of selling factory direct by choice. Atchison agreed to and gave several in-depth and candid interviews.

In designing the department’s pumpers, the committee’s objective was to expand performance, achieve maximum reliability, and minimize out-of-service time because of repairs and collisions.