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: Spending Quality Time in Fire Apparatus Cabs

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday June 25, 2014
    I spent some quality time sitting in apparatus cabs recently. I sat in cabs from at least six different manufacturers, not bothered by anybody, completely anonymous. I was at the New England Association of Fire Chiefs’ Expo in Springfield, Mass., a...
  • Ballam: Search For The Perfect Rig Progresses

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday May 13, 2014
    A while ago, I wrote a blog about my fire department starting a truck committee and now we’re two meetings in and we’ve already met with a vendor. The move is working for us, even though it may not have been the recommended path from everything I’ve...
  • 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...
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