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4 Things Fire Departments Forget When they Design Fire Apparatus Specifications

Posted by Robert Avsec on March 24, 2017

Jim Lyons is a seasoned professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing and management. He’s a nationally recognized expert in fire apparatus specification, design, quality assurance and training. Jim is the President and Owner of J. Lyons Fire Consultants providing consultation services to fire departments, municipal government agencies and companies engaged in purchasing and servicing of firefighting equipment and apparatus.

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Topics: Fire truck, Mobile Command Post, mobile command vehicle, Training, Pre-construction

Tips and Tools for Writing Better Fire Apparatus Purchasing Specifications

Posted by Robert Avsec on March 3, 2017

For many fire department leaders, specifying and purchasing fire apparatus can be a very difficult process. Because it’s an infrequent task, many fire chiefs or truck committees are unfamiliar with the processes and procedures that such a project entails.

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Topics: Pumper, Fire truck, Mobile Command Post, mobile command vehicle

Selecting, Outfitting, and Integrating Mobile Command Vehicles

Posted by Timothy Riecker, CEDP on June 21, 2016

Mobile command vehicles and trailers are nothing new. Like most things in emergency management, these resources have firm military roots. Mobile command vehicles and trailers were used extensively in World War II by practically every command element in the field. While there were variations, they typically consisted of a combined office and meeting room along with communications equipment; all in all, not much different from what we have today.

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Topics: Mobile Command Post, mobile command vehicles

10 Questions to be asked before buying a Mobile Command Post (Part 1)

Posted by Paul Calderwood on May 24, 2016

The first and most obvious question is WHY?  Why do you need a mobile command post? What is the intended purpose for it; is it to be used by one department or will it be used by multiple departments.  Is there another department or agency that already has a mobile center post available to provide its services when you need it? Not every department needs to have a state of the art command post.  Let me list out some of the basic questions here now:

  • Is this a brand new custom made unit or will it be a retro of an existing vehicle
  • Who is going to pay for the vehicle
  • Who is going to say what communications equipment is needed
  • Who is going to pay for the communications equipment
  • Who is going to be responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle and equipment
  • What missions can it support
  • What is the intended purpose of the vehicle
  • Is the vehicle large enough to hold command staff meetings in
  • Will it have other accessories built into it like a microwave or bathroom
  • Who will staff the vehicle when it is dispatched to an emergency scene.
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Topics: Mobile Command Post

10 Questions to be asked before buying a Mobile Command Post (Part 2)

Posted by Paul Calderwood on May 19, 2016

In the last post, I listed 5 basic questions that you should ask yourself when you plan to buy a new mobile command post. Here are five other questions that should be answered:

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Topics: Mobile Command Post

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