A Spirited Year Ahead

Issue 1 and Volume 117.

A Spirited Year Ahead The year 1963 provided much food for thought to fire service students. Some of the more important developments, mentioned here, combined progress with contradiction and indicate that 1964 may bring with it changes in procedures and operations whose impact will be felt widely. Fire equipment sales and deliveries offer one barometer. Manufacturers in general report a good year in sales volume. Some of the specialty makers have stated that 1963 was their best ever and look forward to further increases in 1964. Apparatus builders experienced almost a repeat of 1962 as far as pumper and aerial ladder deliveries were concerned. Specialized vehicles, including airport crash trucks and aerial platforms, showed an expected increase and most likely will be firm in the coming year. Based on orders on hand, the entire industry appears strong. If the replacement rate of obsolete apparatus reaches anticipated levels, 1964 could be…

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