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Apparatus Specifications

Specifying today's apparatus is challenging to say the least. Share your successes and challenges here. This group will be also be a forum to share best practices and to really dig into specifying apparatus.

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Comment by Anthony Cefaloni on March 12, 2017 at 12:48am

Our apparatus spec committee is working on putting together a purchase of one aerial, two pumpers, a heavy rescue and a mini-pumper.  Can anyone share one or two major mistakes that they have made or something for us to look out for.  Or can you share something that worked very well for you.  Thanks.  We have the basic qualifications that they have to be NFPA compliant.  Some of the issues we are discussing are, SCBAs inside the cab or out and rear mount pumps. We are a small career department on the coast of CA with urban and WUI areas to protect.  Any thoughtful input would be helpful.  Thank you.

Comment by Steve Butram on March 13, 2017 at 10:16am

Make sure you measure the apparatus you are replacing and put the dimensions in your Specifications. Also measure your lowest garage door the Aerial Apparatus will need to fit through and add 6" if your Station apron has an decline or incline.     

Comment by Anthony Cefaloni on March 13, 2017 at 5:29pm

Thanks Steve.  That is a will do.

Comment by Steve Butram on March 14, 2017 at 7:01am

Check all the bridges and overpasses in your response districts and include the minimum clearances in your spec so you can conform with your local streets and roads

Comment by Anthony Cefaloni on March 14, 2017 at 10:11am

Thanks for that thought Steve.  Also, does anyone have experience with enclosed preconnected hoselines?  We are looking at enclosing our pump panels into a compartment and would like to have two transverse preconnected handlines in the compartment.  Does moisture, mold, or any other factors come into play?  any ideas on mitigating those?

Comment by Steve Butram on March 14, 2017 at 2:30pm

We use Speed lays with UPF trays on our trucks. it is nice to be able to load the tray on the ground and slide it into the opening and connect them.  I have some pics if you can send me your Email address  sjbutram@Lafayette.in.gov 

FYI enclosed pump compartments are nice and really clean up the side of a truck we have them on our Pierce 100' Platform.   If you use a large diameter  valve on your intake there are only a couple of valves that will fit behind the door when it is closed.  

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