Whose brilliant idea was it to eliminate the tailboard from pumpers? Also known as the rear step, it served as an ideal work platform when or if required to reload hose or access equipment stored up high at the rear of the apparatus.
Cantankerous Wisdom

Prior to the committee’s meeting with the preferred vendor, Willie caught wind that the chairman tipped off the vendor to not pay him much attention because Willie was slow, not too smart, and asked really dumb questions. That was a mistake. Sometimes you can push the gentle bear too far.
FA Viewpoints

Final inspections are huge parts of the apparatus purchasing process and are nothing to glance over. This month, we asked Bill Adams and Ricky Riley, “What are your key final inspection criteria?”

If you write purchasing specifications or are contemplating purchasing a new fire truck for structural attack, a grass fire truck, a crash truck for your airport, or an ambulance, you might want to do some research into this proposed standard.