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You Want a Competitive Bid? Don’t Lie to Me!

By Bill Adams Most dissertations concerning fire apparatus purchasing expound on those picture-perfect relationships where the fire department is praised for an outstanding job in designing the apparatus and the manufacturer is commended for a great job in manufacturing it. ...

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Specifying Deck Gun Risers for Fire Trucks

By Bill Adams Apparatus-mounted master stream appliances (deck guns) are also called deck pipes, monitors, deluge sets, and turrets. Regional descriptions refer to the appliance manufacturer such as Stang, Eastman, and McIntire. In his 2011 Fire Engineering article about master ...

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It is Just a Crosslay

By Ricky Riley For departments that run with crosslays (or Mattydales, whichever term you prefer), this is usually a simple request to the apparatus manufacturer that can be added to your new rig. It’s as simple as asking, “Please put ...

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NFPA 1901 and Certifications

By Bill Adams Throughout National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, are statements requiring the certification of certain components and levels of performance mandated by the standard. When a purchaser spends hundreds of thousands of dollars ...

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What About the Officer?

By Ricky Riley I recently had the opportunity to visit a few other departments that were doing training sessions and as always I was drawn to their apparatus floors. I spent time looking the rigs over, opening doors, and seeing ...

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