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Why Is This in Your Specs?

If the real intent of writing what could be considered proprietary dimensions is to ensure the success of a preferred vendor, then so be it. Just bear in mind that the decision to write such a specification may have to be justified in a public forum.

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The Rig: Pieces and Parts

Parts and pieces are what get our rigs to calls each and every day. You, as the purchaser, need to do your own vetting and understand the availability and durability of those parts on your apparatus.

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Is Fire Truck Sandbagging Ethical?

By Bill Adams Sandbagging is a term often heard when playing cards and sports. It’s a term that isn’t necessarily deceitful, although it can be. In the world of fire apparatus purchasing, sandbagging happens all the time, although it’s not ...

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Meeting the Intent of NFPA 1901

By Bill Adams During the apparatus purchasing process, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, is the accepted “bible” for fire departments and apparatus manufacturers (OEMs). Unfortunately, both can interpret it differently when there’s a claim ...

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A Few Fire Apparatus Salesman Secrets

By Bill Adams In previous commentaries, I’ve mentioned that it is frustrating trying to interpret what specification writers are trying to say in specifications (specs) containing nebulous and confusing requirements. Extremely long, flamboyant, and hard-to-read verbiage can make the purchasing ...

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