The December 2019 edition of Apparatus Showcase features a variety of fire apparatus types recently delivered to fire departments across the United States and Canada.
Although headlights appear to be an innocuous topic, valid questions and concerns have been raised about them. How do they work? What determines their location? Who determines their location? Why are they so bright? How should they be aligned? Some queries are addressed herein.
Buying and selling fire apparatus should be a two-way street with mutual but verifiable trust and honesty on both sides. When failure happens, both parties can lose.
Some apparatus purchasing committees (APCs) give little thought to directional lights when writing purchasing specifications. Perhaps they should.
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.