Priority Ruling Interpreted
The term “fire protective equipment” as used in Priorities Regulation 3 (Item 13, List B), includes only end items and does not include materials or parts required for repair or maintenance of existing equipment, according to an interpretation issued recently by the War Production Board.
Purchasers of end items are not entitled to obtain those items on preference ratings assigned for maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO ratings).
For example, a fire hose coupling is an end item of fire protective equipment, and therefore, under the interpretation, its purchaser could not use a MRO rating. Material to repair a fire hose coupling, however, is not an end item and may be obtained on such ratings.