Regardless of choice or necessity, some apparatus dealers are walking into fire stations representing multiple lines of fire apparatus.
"What is ironic is that Willie is probably one of the best 'grunt' firefighters in the company. And when allowed to drive the apparatus, he's just as capable as the next person."
Before the Raisin Squad’s morning coffee clutch was banished from local firehouses over this pandemic stuff, one topic of conversation was about playpipes and stacked tips.
The dealership was originally located in High Gate Center, Vermont. In 1993, it relocated 10 miles down the road to St. Albans. A 3,600-square-foot sales facility with two service bays on a 10-acre parcel of land, also in St. Albans, was constructed in 2016.
Every year, FDIC International kicks off the trade show season. This month, we asked Editorial Advisory Board members Bill Adams (left) and Ricky Riley (right) to discuss what firefighters should look for when they walk a trade show floor.
What started out as my usual crabby, cranky, and contemptuous outlook on things happening in the fire service has taken a sharp turn into stark reality. The Raisin Squad got banned from the firehouse!
Simple comments at morning coffee can easily erupt into endless days of blabbering and pontificating over subjects some Raisin Squad members know little about nor can remember the following day.
The Weis family and fire equipment sales under various monikers have been a Salina, Kansas, mainstay for almost 60 years.
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.