Ed Ballam

The Business Behind Firefighting -- Firehouse.com Associate Editor Ed Ballam blogs about the business side of firefighting and emergency response, new products and the fire service industry.

  • Ballam: Pierce Gives Sneak Peek of New Cab at Factory

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday March 5, 2014
    Sometimes, this job has its perks like traveling to Wisconsin in February on a minus 16 degree day. How could that be a perk you might say? Traveling to Pierce Manufacturing, one of the biggest fire truck manufacturing facilities in the world is always...
  • Ballam: The Death of a Fire Truck Maker -- Again

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday January 21, 2014
    It appears the legendary truck builder American LaFrance has died – again. Rumors, speculations and scorn is circulating among fire apparatus manufacturers. Some are angry, saying when a company like American LaFrance (ALF) goes out of business, it...
  • Ballam: A Fire Truck Committee Is Born

    By Ed Ballam - Monday January 13, 2014
    My department has formed a truck committee and our first meeting will be later this month. The five-person committee, of which I am one, will be tasked with replacing our front-line engine that’s more than 20 years old. We acknowledge we have a lot...
  • Ballam: Ads on Fire Apparatus? Bring It On!

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday November 20, 2013
    Bravo to the firefighters of Middle River, Md., Volunteer Fire Company. I read with interest about their story about sale of ad space on their ladder and engine.   It’s difficult enough to be a volunteer firefighter these days, with the...
  • Ballam: Fire Service Vendors Continue to Innovate

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday November 7, 2013
    Fire service vendors and manufacturers are always coming up with new things to sell firefighters and first responders and a lot of them are really cool and advance the trade and keep us safe in many ways. If you have any doubts about that, just check...
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