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Tips and Tools for Writing 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: Mobile Command Post, Pumper, Fire truck, mobile command vehicle

12 Steps to Better Plan your Department's next Fire Apparatus

Posted by Robert Avsec on January 20, 2017

The purchase of a new piece of fire apparatus represents a significant capital purchase for any fire department. Baseline pumpers start in the neighborhood of $350K to $450K; it doesn’t take long for the price tag on a new piece of aerial apparatus to exceed $800K.

The planning process should start immediately upon a department determining the need to purchase a new piece of fire apparatus. Selecting the right fire apparatus for a department’s needs is a detailed job requiring hours of research.

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Topics: Pumper, Fire apparatus committee

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