The role of the firefighter is changing as mass shootings, natural disasters and mass casualty events increase in frequency, requiring additional training.
Times are changing and they are changing fast. The world where firefighters are concerned is also changing fast. In fact, the mission is changing and the term fire department doesn’t really tell the whole story.
The term has already made a shift by adding “rescue” to our title. Almost all fire departments run more medical calls than fire calls. And, the number of actual structure fires is down in many areas.
Common vendors and dedicated replacement funding go a long way to ease fire truck buying.
If you work for a department that purchases apparatus on a recurring basis, keeping the process simple and consistent can pay off in the long run. This approach offers more than financial benefits. One additional advantage is the familiarity the emergency responders and maintenance personnel will have with the new purchases. And established contacts can be maintained with apparatus vendors and parts suppliers. In short, the objective is to not reinvent the wheel.
The specification process can be long and arduous. If you have a well-designed, functioning apparatus in service, using it as a template for future acquisitions can save substantial time in the planning and pre-fabrication process. It may even help speed up fabrication.