Leadership

Specifying Efficiency Without Frills Can Put Lid on Apparatus Costs

Issue 10 and Volume 127.

Specifying Efficiency Without Frills Can Put Lid on Apparatus Costs Associate Editor In this era of inflation that keeps fire apparatus prices rising, there are still some things you can do to keep the dollar figures within reason. The key question to keep in mind as you write apparatus specifications is: “Will this item I am considering help extinguish fires quicker or more efficiently?” If you look around in your own state, I am sure you will find that the prices of recently delivered apparatus made by the same manufacturer differ by as much as $10,000 for pumpers and $20,000 for ladder trucks and elevating platforms. Remember, we are talking about the same basic apparatus. The difference is in the optional equipment and other items written into the specifications and contract. Engine selection For a start, let’s look at engines. Are you selecting an engine with adequate power to get…

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