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Ballam: Pumper Committee Keeps Trucking On

Aug. 19, 2015
Ed Ballam explains how his department's apparatus committee is moving through the process of specing a new pumper. Photo by Ed Ballam
The best way to pick the options and specify a custom cab is to get in, close the door, look around and experience it.

Ballam: Spending Quality Time in Fire Apparatus Cabs

June 25, 2014
The best way to get a feel of the different options and features of custom fire apparatus cabs is to get inside and check them out.
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What was hot 50 years ago isn't so hot these days and apparatus committees should at least consider today's technological offerings.

Ballam: Search For The Perfect Rig Progresses

May 13, 2014
The quest continues for the perfect pumper for a small rural fire department with the second meeting of an apparatus committee.
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Apparatus are lined up in the final stages of assembly at Pierce's Appleton, Wis., factory. Members of the media were invited to tour the factory and view a brand new cab and chassis.

Ballam: Pierce Gives Sneak Peek of New Cab at Factory

March 5, 2014
In April, Pierce will unveil a new cab and chassis and Firehouse staff were invited to take a sneak peek during a factory tour.
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Ballam: The Death of a Fire Truck Maker -- Again

Jan. 21, 2014
While American LaFrance may have had a storied past, its future looks pretty bleak.
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The fire apparatus committee meets to compare needs versus wants on future apparatus purchases.

Ballam: A Fire Truck Committee Is Born

Jan. 13, 2014
A truck committee has been formed and the firefighters who will serve on it will sift through all the wants and needs and balance it with budgetary limits.