Procurement of Fire Apparatus Under Controlled Materials Plan
Under the Controlled Materials Plan, inaugurated in July 1 by the National Production Authority, fire apparatus manufacturers are required to submit to the NPA an estimate of the amount of critical materials they will need for the following quarter (three months). Such estimates must be based on the actual orders for fire apparatus and equipment received by the manufacturers for production during that period. Estimates for the last quarter of the current year were required before the end of last month (July).
The Office of Civilian Requirements of the NPA processes these estimates and sees to it that required materials are made available to the manufacturers. Key men in this office, with whom manufacturers must deal are Tom Burke and Fred Hawkins, both of whom are fully aware of the vital nature of fire protection. They are located in Temporary Building T. in Washington.
The Technical and Scientific Equipment Section of the NPA (Paul Van Ormer) processes requests for products in the fire equipment field, and in conjunction with the Civilian Requirements Office, constitutes a very effective and sympathetic claimant agency for the fire apparatus and equipment industry.