The Concord (NC) Fire Department has brought home twin 750-gallon Pierce Enforcer pumpers featuring exterior ladder storage including a 24-foot extension ladder and a 14-foot roof ladder.

Occasionally a purchasing specification today may still contain the sentence “The purchaser will only accept pricing for a bidder’s top-of-the-line apparatus.” It is probably a remnant of an in-house fire-department-generated specification. It has no quantifiable value, and it may not be easily proven.
Compartment Corner

Recently the department accepted delivery of a Seagrave tractor-drawn aerial (TDA) on a Marauder chassis. The apparatus is painted black over red, and the aerial ladder is also painted black while the trailer’s compartments have roll-up doors that aren't painted.

The second day of educational sessions at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Conference in the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, featured presentations apparatus contamination and control, pump control layouts, aerial needs assessment for communities, fire apparatus weight management, and fleet liability concerning out of service criteria, among others.