Part 46: How Do You Justify a New Apparatus During These Tight Economic Times? The fire chief and his deputies had just returned to the station after attending a budget hearing with the town council. The chief was discouraged, as he learned for the third year in a row that his request for...
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While the current financial conditions may be with us for some time, there are some practical things that fire departments can do to ensure that we have the appropriate tools and documentation to justify our apparatus and equipment needs. Following the Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared" is appropriate when planning for major capital expenditures in any area and especially where public safety is concerned.
TOM SHAND, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 36-year veteran of the fire service and works with Michael Wilbur at Emergency Vehicle Response, consulting on a variety of fire apparatus and fire department master-planning issues.
MICHAEL WILBUR, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx, and has served on the FDNY Apparatus Purchasing Committee. He consults on a variety of apparatus-related issues around the country. For further information, access his website at www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com.