Apparatus & Equipment

A GOOD “BOILERPLATE” CAN HELP KEEP YOUR APPARATUS PURCHASE FROM BECOMING A TIME BOMB!

Issue 6 and Volume 159.

By William C. Peters About five thousand times a year in this country, fire chiefs or truck committees sit down to write specifications for new fire apparatus. Typically, they do their research (hopefully!) as to the best type of product that will fill their needs and contact various manufacturers for demonstrations and sales presentations. They attend conferences and shows to get a feel for what is being produced and to “kick some tires.” Finally, they make their decision, but who writes the specifications? Most times, the committee decides the apparatus salesperson is the best candidate to write the spec. He’ll gladly put the specifications together, with your town’s name in all the right places, knowing that he can meet the spec without exception. Some requirements of your city’s administration might be included, such as a bid bond, performance bond, liability insurance, or warranty information. I’m not condemning this practice; it…

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