This article looks at some basic considerations when addressing how many, what type, and what size ladders could be or should be carried.
Depending on the circumstances, even mild mannered and reputable dealers may become hotheaded and downright ill-mannered when triggered. Some can become belligerent and even vindictive. What sets them off?
In the fire truck world, reality is not always addressed objectively by some apparatus purchasing committees (APCs) or some firematically orientated members of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
When bidders submit unsolicited pricing in the fire truck world, the result can cause confusion and ill feelings between bidders, purchasers, and the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
Purchasers and bidders may have their own interpretations of an exception. Some may be disingenuous.
Purchasers should realize the consequences of not specifying detailed warranty requirements in their specifications.
Be skeptical when a preferred vendor says 30 days is enough time for bidders to submit proposals. Bear in mind that the preferred vendor in the course of meetings with the committee probably has had months to prepare time-consuming documents such as a detailed weight analysis, electrical load analysis, and engineering blue prints.
“Apparatus Purchasing: Single of Dual Rear Axle? Part 1” described axle ratings and the governmental regulations and advisory standards apparatus manufacturers follow. Included was commentary from fire apparatus manufacturers that build their own cabs and chassis. Part 2 continues the discussion with apparatus manufacturers that do not build their own.
Some of the axle requirements in NFPA 1901, while well intended, can be ambiguous, causing confusion and even animosity between buyers and sellers. This is not an accusation of vagueness in the NFPA 1901 document. It just might be a matter of individual interpretation.
Beware of writing deceptive specs that purposely mask hidden agendas and hidden meanings in their verbiage. BILL ADAMS