The availability of custom cabs and chassis for independent OEMs has been affected by mergers and acquisitions in the past.
If all the nitty-gritty details of what goes where on the fire truck are spelled out in the purchasing specifications and made known to potential bidders before the bid opening, Dilweed will come up with accurate pricing for the bid.
Truck committee members often ended up with a polo shirt or jacket. I said that used to be part of doing business. Years ago, we vendors called that stuff “T&T” (trash and trinkets). It was part of a vendor’s overhead—the cost of doing business.
I was reading a set of specs the other day that called for an “R” booster tank. After 50 years of playing with fire trucks, I thought I could hold my own talking about tanks. Wrong. I was stumped.
By Bill Adams Morning coffee with the Raisin Squad occasionally regresses to conversation topics we’ve previously beaten to death. Some white hairs have short memories. One recent dialog started with the Squad criticizing the warning lights on a local fire chief’s car. It was the usual: “Why the hell does he need so many lights?”...
This recent batch of photos by Bill Adams from the trade show circuit include commentary from the "Raisin Squad."
At a local equipment show, so many valves and fittings were—in my biased opinion—unprotected that I scurried about taking photos and complaining to the few people who would listen.
By Bill Adams White hairs with too much time on their hands take the most insignificant item and blow it all to hell. Myself and another seasoned citizen were at a recent trade show passing judgement on the latest and greatest in fire truck innovations (i.e. wondering why things ain’t like they used to be)....
Morning coffees were relatively calm until one of the computer-literate geezers questioned some photographs in a recent online posting about using side pump panel discharges to supply crosslay hosebeds.
One of the white hairs wobbled in for morning coffee and started babbling like a brook because he overheard a couple of young guys saying they didn’t know what a hose clamp was let alone how to use one. That started a talkathon about using hose clamps.