Second of all, I asked a specific question, about a specific piece of apparatus, and instead of my question being answered, other than by LA, I have had to counter challenges as to why we are even looking at it.
Thirdly, maybe I am sounding angry but so many of you rag on anyone, me included, that have gone off on tangents on LA, yet here I ask a straight forward qustion, that there is no way to misconsture, and instead of getting my question answered I am having to defend why I even asked.
Fourthly, I have no pent up angst about anything, but when I am told that I shouldn't be looking outside of my state because fire trucks are built here, by someone in NY that probably runs a Pierce or a Seagrave Engine, not made in NY by the way, it tends to **** me off a bit. Does he know my department? Does he know our needs? Does he know whether or not we have done research in Wisconsin already? No, he doesn't. As I stated very early on I am no novice to this process but I thought I could get some user experience to help guide us from members here.
Why I specifically asked about the MVP: It is an interesting rig with lots of compartment space and different and unique equipment storage ideas. The rig we looked at at RRI was around $440K, the last rescue engine my career FD bought was just shy of $600K, and was built in Wisconsin. It has no more capabilities than the MVP we looked at at FRI other than a cascade system that we don't need because our heavy rescue already has one. Was I specifically saying that we were going to buy an MVP? Nope. The idea of having a demo come out has been discussed. If those running them already had problems, concerns, or good things to say, I wanted to hear them. The thing about firefighters and apparatus is they will almost always tell you the truth, or their version of the truth.