When climbing on or off of a rig with a piece of equipment you should always have one hand for me and one hand for thee.
Morning coffee ended up in a donnybrook about the merits of having a permanently mounted deck gun on a ladder truck (aka truck company).
I tried to steer the conversations toward apparatus design, but they kept going back to the first-due engine. Bear in mind that these geezers are talking about “stuff” they’ve seen in person and on television, heard on their scanners, read in the papers and magazines, and observed on the Internet.
In my simple world of being a commentator or an observer, I am not supposed to write anything that might remotely offend the rest of the people on this planet.
Bear in mind, the Squad comprises past-their-prime former volunteers. Like a fool, I asked how they could tell when they were too old to be an active member.
Today’s specs are hard to read and harder to understand. They’re too long, too complicated, and too full of ambiguous and repetitious verbiage. If a word, phrase or sentence is subject to personal interpretation or cannot be defined, weighed or measured, leave it out of the specs.
A bid estimator shouldn’t have to waste time calling up a prospective customer to find out what is meant by heavy duty or top-of-the-line, or industry standard.
The other morning, the raisin squad was looking at a trade journal that showed two aerial ladders, one painted black and one painted white (the aerial devices themselves—not the whole rigs). That started a week-long, no-win, aggravating, and hair-pulling dialog.
Although purchasers have the right to specify that the apparatus manufacturer certify NFPA compliance, they seldom do.
My biased opinion is that a quint should carry enough ladders on it to accomplish its primary mission when functioning as a ladder truck. I don’t care if it has a pump or not—just make sure there are enough ladders.