Dose anyone know of any apparatus spec wrighting classes or seminars? the midwest area would be best.
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10-09-2010, 02:48 PM #1
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Spec wrighting class
10-09-2010, 02:55 PM #2
I can't point you to a class but I can supply a pointer:
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10-09-2010, 05:46 PM #3"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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10-10-2010, 12:23 AM #6
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10-10-2010, 04:04 AM #7
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Ivy Tech College located in Indiana has a spec class. They may offer that class online. When I took the class we used the book that was mentioned previously. Go to www.ivytech.edu. I have also seen classes offered at FDIC. It is awesome that you are seeking an education on the topic before needed. The school of hard knocks is an expensive way to learn apparatus specs.
10-12-2010, 08:49 AM #8
The class and "The Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook" would both be very helpful. Another option would be to make it a point to go to a nearby department (or not so nearby) that has recently spec'd a truck, or does so on a regular basis. Talk to the guy the runs the truck committee. They can offer a lot of valuable insight regarding what they did wrong, what they wished they hadn't done, and always the things they're very happy with. Most enjoy showing off their new rig.
Also, one thing that many people don't do, is to use the vendors. The pump/chassis/generator/lighting/foam/tool/etc. guys are there to answer questions and help you get what you need. If you get conflicting info (most aren't that way), ask for references. They all have them. There are a lot of good products on the market, and there are a lot of features/options available that could very well make your life a lot easier... but many never ask.TruckCommittee.com
10-12-2010, 08:41 PM #9
10-13-2010, 07:45 AM #10
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10-13-2010, 09:01 AM #11
Don't let vendors push you into their products, but do listen. I can't count the number of times I've heard "I wish I would've known about that when we spec'd our truck..."TruckCommittee.com
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