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How to buy apparatus (eBook)

Download this FireRescue1 apparatus buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


The most iconic piece of fire equipment used by firefighters is undoubtedly the fire apparatus. Children grow up in awe of the large engines rumbling down the streets.

Of course, children cannot possibly comprehend the complexity of these units, the countless hours of planning and specification-writing, and the enormous responsibility of committee members to ensure the rig meets the needs of the community. The truth of the matter is that most adult members of our communities don’t realize the numerous steps involved in the process either. Many likely assume that the process is as simple as calling a fire apparatus manufacturer, selecting the unit that fits in the budget, and waiting for the new unit to be delivered.

The reality is that most fire appartus involve some level of customization, as every response area has unique features and hazards that must be considered in the build process. As a result, the planning and specification of apparatus becomes a monumental task for any fire department.

The good new for fire department personnel: There are procedures and directions that can guide them through this complex process. This FireRescue1 How-to-Buy Guide for apparatus serves as a starting point for fire department personnel charged with researching, planning, specifying and ultimately delivering this integral part of the fire department response efforts. Included in this guide:

  • Key considerations before purchasing
  • Questions to ask vendors
  • Company directory

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