Apparatus Architects: Engineering Meetings Tips & Tool Mounting

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Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the importance of equipment layout in specing and share critical tips preparing for an engineering conference.

The two review several recent accidents involving fire apparatus, including a lawsuit filed by a driver who struck a parked fire apparatus. Wilbur offers an update on the seat belt study and the two discuss to recent deaths from the apparatus industry.

The Apparatus Architects share stories of departments that receive new apparatus, but are unable to carry the anticipated equipment load because of the lack of planning. Listen as the two share their experiences and proven tips for pre-planning your gear needs during the new vehicle specification process.

Shand and Wilbur move on to discuss the important items needed for the engineering conferences between the apparatus committee and the manufacturer. They relate how poor planning can leave both groups with fewer options in the long run. If you are going to be meeting with manufacturers, take note of their sage advice to avoid a wasted trip and delaying the delivery of your new rig.

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Join us for a live recording of the Apparatus Architects at Firehouse World at 8:30 a.m. on March 1 in Room 30C. Tom Shand will be presenting "Fire Apparatus Purchasing: What You Need to Know Before Signing the Contract" on Feb. 28 and "Engine Company Operations: The Top 5 Things You Need to Accomplish at All Incidents" on March 1.