by William C. Peters, Battalion Chief and Apparatus Supervisor (Ret.), Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department
This text details the step-by-step instructions needed to write specifications, go out to bid, evaluate the bids, inspect the apparatus, and save your department money. Chief Peters provides insight into various apparatus features, real-life mishaps, maintenance programs, and warranty information that will help you and the department purchase the right vehicle for the job.
Do we need a new rig? Justifying the purchase • Apparatus types and features • Refurbishment vs. new purchase • Getting started • Documenting your needs • Special apparatus features • Apparatus electrical and warning signals • Equipment • Writing the final specifications • Going to bid • Bid evaluation • Preconstruction conference and intermediate factory inspection • Final inspections • Delivery and training • Preventive maintenance and warranty • Epilogue • Index