Apparatus Purchasing: Back to Basics

09/01/2012
By William C. Peters I have been writing for Fire Engineering for more than 20 years, and this is my 10th annual apparatus supplement. I have always approached apparatus purchasing and safety from a purchaser's standpoint. Over the years, I have offered many successful techniques that I have developed and passed on to the fire service. In this article, I will condense many purchasing subjects into one "Reader's Digest" version. I sincerely hope that it will assist you in your purchasing project. WHERE DO WE START? The process of specifying and purchasing fire apparatus has always been a challenge to fire chiefs. Purchasing fire apparatus represents a significant financial invest...

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