The Apparatus Architects: Competitive Bids & Winterizing Apparatus

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Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur start off the podcast with look at winterizing fire apparatus. They discuss the use of snow and ice chains and how to properly bed an aerial ladder when it's covered in ice.

They move to an in-depth discussion on the main theme of this podcast -- the proper means to secure a true competitive bid. It's sparked a lot of debate based on their Apparatus Architects column in the November issue of Firehouse Magazine. They look at the differences between open specs, performance specs and manufacturer's specs.

Listen as they offer advice on the important considerstions before and after the bid process takes place, as well as tag-on order for additiona or simialr vehicles.

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See Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur Live! Tom and Mike will be presenting the following sessions at Firehouse World in San Diego, Feb. 26 - March 2: "Anatomy of a Rollover Accident and How to Prevent Them," "Engine Company Operations: The Top 5 Things You Need to Accomplish at All Incidents," and "Fire Apparatus Purchasing: What You Need to Know Before Signing the Contract." Stay tuned for details on the live recording of "The Apparatus Architects" at Firehouse World.