The Apparatus Architect

There have been many stories over the past few years regarding attempts by fire departments to replace aging vehicles only to be told by higher authorities “there’s no money in the budget for capital expenditures.” After hearing that, fire...


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Purchasing new apparatus has never been easy and given current economic conditions, departments should protect their investment to ensure that the most appropriate components and safety designs have been engineered into the vehicle. The next edition of “The Apparatus Architect” will review new safety technologies that fire departments should consider on any new apparatus.

 

Tom Shand will present “Is a Combination Apparatus in Your Future?” and “So You’re Bidding a New Fire Truck: What You Need to Know” at Firehouse Expo 2012, July 17-21 in Baltimore, MD. Also, Michael Wilbur will present “National Seatbelt Update.”

 

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.