The apparatus purchasing committee may start out with good intentions to write specs wisely for an economical purchase but may get derailed after the first meeting. It doesn’t have to be that way. BILL ADAMS
This article addresses common NFPA-compliant stepping surfaces and how some purchasing specifications fail to adequately describe them. BILL ADAMS
Last month, Part 1 of this series highlighted working with an outside spec writer from the perspective of the salesperson. Part 2 is from the successful bidder’s point of view. BILL ADAMS
You can make your next written apparatus purchasing specification less confusing and easier to read without compromising the quality or the workmanship of the finished product. BILL ADAMS
Some consider pump discharges a mundane topic during the spec writing process, but not spelling out details on discharge quantities, locations, and sizes can cause problems down the road. BILL ADAMS
Spec writing should be as functional as the apparatus you are spec'ing; remember to keep the process simple to help make the overall purchasing process run smoother. BILL ADAMS
Fire pump manufacturers customarily ship pumps and loose accessories in a crate to fire apparatus builders.
An apparatus purchasing committee has the obligation to define exactly what it expects the booster reel to do on its fireground.
The fire apparatus industry and the American fire service in particular may not have felt the full impact of the fiscal uncertainty in today's marketplace.
It is a little-known and seldom-advertised fact that the majority of apparatus manufacturers sell factory direct - for valid and understandable reasons.