Not Wanting to do an Inspection Trip
I have been asked my Chief to justify the need to do an inspection trip on the new apparatus that we are buying from Central States (Rosenbaur). The Cab is a Sparatan Diamond. The preconstruction conference was done at our department by the dealer (General Fire). We have budgeted the money to do one trip to the plant for a prepaint inspection and one trip the dealer to do the acceptance test. The Chief is now questioning doing an prepaint trip. Can anyone give me some good reasons for a this trip. He would like me to type a memo giving benefits. I would also like to hear any stories about any of the vendors listed above good or bad and what I should be looking for at the plant. Help me protect our investment.
Coos Bay Fire & Rescue
Make sure you go for the prepaint inspection
We didn't on our 2002 Central States engine and had a couple things missing and couple of extra's added. Our chief felt it was a wash and let it go, we had deleted the deckgun in the final specs but left the plumbing. When we got the truck it was also minus the plumbing but had chrome wheels and and some other cosmetic upgrades. Would have rather had the deckgun plumbing but we didn't make the trip for the pre-paint inspection.
I wish Central States would send pictures like other manufacturers. We have a pumper-tanker on order and is scheduled to be delivered Nov 15 but we haven't heard anything from Central States or our dealer about the pre-paint conference. I have a bad, bad feeling that I will be applying for a second grant extension :^( :confused: