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The Rig: Unclear Specifications

By Bill Adams Fire apparatus specifications (specs), regardless of being purchasing specs published by fire departments or proposal specs tendered by apparatus manufacturers, can be poorly written. Imprecise specification verbiage is usually an honest oversight or lack of experience. While ...

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Fire Truck Intake Relief Valve

  The Waterous Intake Relief Valve system incorporates two separate units for ultimate flexibility in installation and operation: the pilot valve and the main valve. The pilot valve controls operation of the main valve and can be panel mounted to ...

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KME Wildland Fire Apparatus Video

  In this video, Wildland Product Manger Doug Kelley provides the viewer with an idea of the range of products available from KME for wildland fire apparatus, as well as some practical advice for when your department specs one out.

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Politics and Purchasing Fire Trucks

By Bill Adams When making presentations on the subject of competitive bidding for fire apparatus, pundits and commentators predominantly expound upon the specification writing process itself. Diplomatically correct presenters emphasize adherence to, and dutifully list, applicable governmental rules and regulations ...

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