It appears there are a lot of changes in the composition of dealer networks and their interactions with both the manufacturers they represent and their customers—the fire departments.
Years ago, when a fire truck dealer walked into a fire station, the fire department knew exactly what apparatus was being peddled.
The Raisin Squad bloviates over things we can’t control or stuff that doesn’t make much sense. We’re always reminiscing about the bygone days that will never return. Two topics came up during the last couple mornings that are worth mentioning.
Occasionally a purchasing specification today may still contain the sentence “The purchaser will only accept pricing for a bidder’s top-of-the-line apparatus.” It is probably a remnant of an in-house fire-department-generated specification. It has no quantifiable value, and it may not be easily proven.
If a department does not consider the space taken up by a split tube reinforcement, the hose may not fit as intended—especially if the bed is “tightly” designed.
The entity Firefighter One primarily handles loose equipment sales and service while FF1 Apparatus handles apparatus and ambulance sales.
Unlike the rest of the world, many in the American fire service treat custom fire apparatus cabs and chassis with reverence and awe—almost like subjects of art—never to be duplicated, imitated, or copied.
What started out as a quiet Monday morning coffee with the Raisin Squad erupted into a week-long donnybrook about pump operators, relief valves, pressure governors, and why young drivers don’t know how to pump the pump anymore.
Clifton’s latest purchase is a 2019 4 Guys 1,750-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pumper on a Spartan Gladiator chassis with a 209-inch wheelbase and 20,000-pound front and 31,000-pound rear gross axle ratings. Booster tank capacity is 1,220 gallons of water with a 20-gallon integral foam tank.
This month, we asked Editorial Advisory Board members Bill Adams (and Ricky Riley: Looking ahead to 2020, what do you want to see in the fire apparatus rolling off the line?