Fire Department

With so many things happening with the economy affecting the apparatus and equipment manufacturers, my next two columns will be more of an informative update of the economic cycle and how it will affect the equipment builders.

Here are some thoughts that resulted from wandering around McCormick Convention Center in Chicago during the 2010 edition of Fire-Rescue International (FRI), the annual conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).

Spartan Motors Inc. sold its Road Rescue ambulance business for $8 million to a subsidiary of Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), which owns a number of ambulance brands, as well as fire apparatus manufacturer E-ONE.