Outside of a few in local dealerships, there aren’t too many raisins in the apparatus industry. The industry is so competitive, you’ve got to be on top of your game to innovate, adapt, promote, and survive.
A recent interview discussing trends in aerial ladder sales transformed into reevaluating the value of the quad—a once popular pumper style with a notoriously long wheelbase equipped with lots of ground ladders.
This month, we asked Bill Adams and Ricky Riley, “What is the most significant apparatus maintenance challenge today?”
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.
Most Raisin Squad members feel equally isolated from the smell of diesel fumes, unburned hydrocarbons, and burned coffee. Frustrating is not telling tall tales and passing judgment on the young guys, who actually put out the fires.
When laying out discharges for a new apparatus, APCs should establish the flow required or that may be required for each discharge.
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.
Part 2 continues with ground monitor manufacturers addressing the types of nozzles used, storage, maintenance, vertical and horizontal reaches, words of wisdom, and recommendations.
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.