Apparatus Architects

  • The Apparatus Architects: Maximizing Scrub Areas, Refurb Standards and POVs

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur review several recent accidents involving personal vehicles (POVs) and look at ways to reduce the problem. The Apparatus Architects examine several topics this month, including designing ladder trucks to maximize the scrub...

    Podcast • August 4th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Dick Young on the Evolution of Fire Apparatus

    Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur talk with apparatus industry veteran Dick Young about his observations. Dick talks about time with Cayasler, Buffalo Fire Appliance and Young Fire Equipment companies and the evolution of apparatus in those years...

    Podcast • July 16th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Cherry Hill's Emergency Vehicle Maintenance Program

    This month on The Apparatus Architects, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur talk with Captain Tom Parks of the Cherry Hill, NJ, Fire Department. Captain Parks heads the department's Motor Maintenance Division which oversees a fleet of more than 50...

    Podcast • June 11th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Innovations and Finds at FDIC

    The Apparatus Architects focus on the new apparatus and innovations found at FDIC in April. The main focus of the show included several "Green" fire apparatus. From new ARFF vehicles to pumper and ladder truck innovations, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur...

    Podcast • May 11th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Wildland Rig Manufacturers Roundtable

    Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur held a roundtable discussion with several wildland firefighting vehicle manufacturers at the Firehouse World last month in San Diego. Panelists include: Jeff Ramey from Boise Mobile Equipment (BME...

    Podcast • April 6th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Apparatus Backing Concerns and Response Policies

    The Apparatus Architects look at a number of topics this month and their guest, a Los Angeles Fire Department Captain, talks about the LAFD's operations and apparatus assignments. Michael Wilbur and Tom Shand start the show, recorded at Firehouse...

    Podcast • March 8th, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: FDSOA's Symposium - Vehicle Safety

    Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur report from the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Apparatus Symposium. They look at several of the topics, based on this year's theme of "Getting back to basics - safely." They highlight...

    Podcast • January 22nd, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architects: Looking back at 2009, Forward to 2010

    Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur offer a retrospective look at 2009 and offer their wish list for the apparatus industry in 2010. The Apparatus Architects look at the five major factors that impacted the industry in 2009. The economy, the large number of...

    Podcast • December 22nd, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: How to Create an Effective Bid Review Process

    The Apparatus Architects look at 2009 as the year winds down and the apparatus industry stabilizes. They review ideas for last minute biding to secure 2007 EPA engines for new vehicles and a variety of multiple unit contracts for large city...

    Podcast • December 3rd, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: Ideas for Cost-Effective New Vehicles

    The Apparatus Architects explore a number of ways to reduce the costs of new vehicles this month. From a quick and simple “bullet list” to a true evaluation based on need versus cost, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur share several factors that can help...

    Podcast • October 20th, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: "Things We do to Screw Up Fire Trucks"

    Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur explore a variety of ideas for apparatus design the turned into "thing we do to screw up fire trucks." The Architects look at several examples, including equipping the bumper with a variety of gear, but no...

    Podcast • September 29th, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: 2009 Manufacturers Roundtable at Firehouse Expo

     Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur held the third annual Apparatus Manufacturers Roundtable at the Firehouse Expo last month in Baltimore. Panelists and guests include: Jim Featherstone, Singer Associates/Pierce Sean Duffy, Rosenbauer...

    Podcast • August 27th, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: Fleet Planning and Ground Ladders at Firehouse Expo

    Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur start this month’s podcast with a heated discussion on the Buffalo, NY, Fire Department’s use of pick-up trucks being as front line apparatus because of an aging fleet and lack of spare units. This chat looks at...

    Podcast • July 30th, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: Proper Maintenance and Operations for Emergency Vehicles

    The Apparatus Architects focus on firefighter and emergency vehicle safety as they close out June and the Firefighter Safety, Health & Survival Week. Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur look at a variety of NFPA Standards, including 1911, 1912, 1931 and 1962...

    Podcast • June 30th, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architects: Ladder Truck Replacement Options

    Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss options for departments that are looking to replace a ladder truck, but are short on available funds. They explore options such as purchasing a used truck, alternative funding and rebuilding the current unit...

    Podcast • May 26th, 2009