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Preventive Maintenance 101

By Christian Koop Basic preventive maintenance (PM) for any type of apparatus should begin with a systematic approach. In essence, any good PM program worth its salt needs to start with the drivers/operators. Statistically, the drivers should be able to ...

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The Apparatus Committee

By Ricky Riley In almost all fire departments, other than building new fire stations, one of the biggest capital purchase items is the apparatus for the firefighters to ride on. Depending on your organization, this acquisition can be a rather ...

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Specification Considerations

By Bill Adams Most fire apparatus purchasing articles recommend writing precise and understandable specifications that are both measurable and comparable. They advocate firefighter safety, emphasize meeting regulatory standards, and encourage competitive bidding. Technical specifications describing apparatus design and component parts ...

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Proportioner Sizing

A common question fielded by our team is, “What size proportioning system should we place on our apparatus?” The following are some guidelines and questions that will assist with determining which system will meet your expectations. Proportioning systems are available ...

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Apparatus Purchasing: Pump Modules

By Bill Adams Fire pump manufacturers customarily ship pumps and loose accessories in a crate to fire apparatus builders. They can also ship complete fabricated pump modules compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus. ...

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