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: Manufacturers' Recalls Are Just Part of Life in The Fire Service

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday August 28, 2014
    We all know there are inherent dangers and risks with firefighting. We also know mechanical things break down. So, there shouldn’t be any surprise when equipment and apparatus used for firefighting fail and people, unfortunately, get hurt. That’s...
  • 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...
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