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Transverse Hose Storage

By Bill Adams Crosslays and Mattydales Transverse hose storage for handlines has been around since the late 1940s. Commonly called crosslays and mattydales, they’re usually located immediately above or recessed into the top of a midship-mounted pump enclosure. Some are ...

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Defending Specification Requirements

Mandating service requirements is admirable. However, purchasers should realize there can be and probably should be a difference in providing “service” applicable to warranty issues and providing general “everyday” service and general maintenance capabilities.

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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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Abusing and Misusing the Bidder Complies Format

This narration covers the possible abuse or misuse of the “Bidder Complies” format. The Bidder Complies format is almost a fire service standard when writing purchasing specifications.

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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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Valor Cab Configurator: Build Your Seat, Your Way

Valor First Responder Seating launches it’s first cab configurator, allowing users to pick their own seats in a generic cab configuration. The configurator tool lets users control every aspect of the customization process, from choosing which seat to input into ...

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The Rig: Is the Side Suction the Answer?

By Ricky Riley In past Rig articles and Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment articles, I have championed having numerous options for receiving water to your engine company. Making sure you have all the tools in the tool box to be ...

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