Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook

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PennWell Books, 1994 - Reference - 382 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

DO WE NEED A NEW RIG? JUSTIFYING THE PURCHASE
1
APPARATUS LIFE EXPECTANCY
2
REPLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS
3
RESPONSE CAPABILITIES
9
UPGRADING APPARATUS TO MEET EXPANDING RESPONSIBILITIES
13
THE APPROACH
16
APPARATUS TYPES AND FEATURES
19
SAFETY CONCERNS
21
CALCULATING ELECTRICAL LOADS
204
LOAD MANAGEMENT
206
SOLUTIONS
208
APPARATUS WARNING DEVICES
211
DUAL SPEAKERS
212
MECHANICAL SIRENS
213
AIR HORNS
215
ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE LIGHTING
217

PUMPERS
23
RELATED PUMP REQUIREMENTS
27
WATER TANKS
30
HOSE STOWAGE
31
VARIATIONS OF THE STANDARD PUMPER
33
AERIAL UNITS
38
PLATFORM APPARATUS
43
PLATFORM ADVANTAGES
45
PLATFORM DISADVANTAGES
47
AERIAL CONSTRUCTION
48
STABILIZERS AND OUTRIGGERS
51
INTERLOCKS
54
NFPA 1904
56
INITIAL ATTACK FIRE APPARATUS
59
MOBILE WATER SUPPLY FIRE APPARATUS
61
SPECIAL SERVICE VEHICLES
63
TRAILERS AND PLATFORMS ON DEMAND
71
FIREBOATS
72
AIRPORT CRASH TRUCKS
75
REFURBISHMENT VS NEW PURCHASE
77
THE REFURB QUESTION
78
EVALUATION
79
DEGREE OF REFURBISHMENT
81
RESTORATION
83
REFURBISHMENT
86
UNSEEN CONDITIONS
87
BIDDERS QUALIFICATIONS
89
SPECIFICATIONS
90
WARRANTY
91
GETTING STARTED
95
WHO WILL FORMULATE THE SPECIFICATIONS?
96
SELECTING THE COMMITTEE
97
TIME FRAME
98
APPARATUS SHOWS
99
ADVERTISEMENTS
100
ESTABLISHING BASIC REQUIREMENTS
102
SALES PRESENTATIONS
103
REQUEST NECESSARY FUNDING
104
IMPACT FEES
105
LEASEPURCHASE PROGRAMS
107
GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND LOANS
108
DOCUMENTING YOUR NEEDS
109
NFPA STANDARDS
111
THE PURCHASERS RESPONSIBILITY
112
CHASSIS AND VEHICLE COMPONENTS
116
FIRE PUMP
121
WATER TANK
127
APPARATUS BODY AND HOSE STORAGE
128
EQUIPMENT
132
AUXILIARY PUMP
135
FOAM SYSTEM
138
BOOSTER REEL
140
WATER TOWER
141
TESTING
143
DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENTS
145
TURNING RADIUS
146
SPECIAL APPARATUS FEATURES
149
ANTILOCK BRAKING SYSTEMS
151
COMPONENTS
152
OPERATION
153
AUTOMATIC TRACTION CONTROL
154
AUXILIARY BRAKING DEVICES
155
ENGINE BRAKE
156
DRIVELINE RETARDERS
157
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION RETARDER
160
AUTOMATED PUMP CONTROLS
164
FLOWMETERS
167
TILTCAB DESIGN
170
TRASH LINES
172
AUTOMATIC TIRE CHAINS
174
AIRCONDITIONING
176
LARGEDIAMETER HOSE CONSIDERATIONS
178
MIRRORS
182
BACKSTOP
184
REARVISION CAMERA
187
RIGHTSIDE SPEEDOMETER
188
OVERHEAD EQUIPMENT RACKS
189
ROLLUP COMPARTMENT DOORS
190
FOAM SYSTEMS
192
INLINE EDUCTORS
194
AROUNDTHEPUMP PROPORTIONING SYSTEM
195
PREMIXED SYSTEMS
196
APPARATUS ELECTRICAL AND WARNING SIGNALS
201
ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS
203
IDENTIFYING VISUAL SIGNALS
218
LIGHTING CONCEPTS
220
LIGHTING LOADS
222
EQUIPMENT
223
SELECTING THE EQUIPMENT TO CARRY
224
EQUIPMENT WEIGHT AND LOCATION
228
BIDDING LOOSE EQUIPMENT
233
EQUIPMENT AS AN OPTION
234
SUPPORT FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR
235
WRITING THE FINAL SPECIFICATIONS
237
ETHICS
238
THE PURCHASING DEPARTMENT
239
PARAGRAPH AND ITEM NUMBERING
240
MEANINGLESS WORDS
242
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
243
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS
263
USING SAMPLE SPECIFICATIONS
264
CONTRADICTIONS
265
BID EVALUATION CHECKLIST
266
PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS
268
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP SPECIFICATIONS
270
ADDON ORDERS
272
NEGOTIATED PURCHASE
273
GOING TO BID
275
HOLDING A PREBID CONFERENCE
276
RECORDING THE DETAILS
277
IS A PREBID CONFERENCE MANDATORY?
278
DATE TIME AND LOCATION OF BID
279
THE TIME FRAME
280
BID EVALUATION
281
BID EVALUATION BEGINS WITH WRITING THE SPECIFICATIONS
282
BID DOCUMENTATION
283
EVALUATING CONSTRUCTION METHODS
285
EQUAL CRITERIA
286
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
287
PRESENTING A FINAL REPORT
288
BID HEARING
289
BEST VALUE
292
PRECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE AND INTERMEDIATE FACTORY INSPECTION
293
CUSTOM BUILT
294
PREPARATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
295
PURCHASING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
296
TRAVEL AND LODGING
297
TOURING THE FACILITY
298
INSPECTING FINISHED APPARATUS
299
THE PRECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE
300
APPROVAL DRAWINGS
302
WHO SHOULD GO?
305
UNAUTHORIZED TRIPS
308
FINAL INSPECTIONS
309
SPECIFYING THE TRIP
310
SCHEDULING THE TRIP
311
STARTING THE INSPECTION
313
ROAD TEST FOR ACCEPTANCE
315
INSPECTION CRITIQUE
318
DEFICIENCIES
319
RETURN INSPECTIONS
323
DELIVERY AND TRAINING
325
DELIVERY BY ROAD
326
ACCOMPANYING THE DELIVERY
327
FACTORY PICKUP
328
PAYMENT
329
ACCEPTANCE TESTS
330
TRAINING
331
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTY
335
APPARATUS PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
336
OPERATOR PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
337
WHO SHOULD PERFORM THESE DUTIES?
342
REPORTING DEFICIENCIES
343
DETERMINING THE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE INTERVAL
348
MAINTAINING THE PM SCHEDULE
350
READING THE REPORT
351
MAINTAINING RECORDS
352
APPARATUS WARRANTY
353
MANUFACTURER OR ASSEMBLER?
354
PASSTHROUGH WARRANTIES
355
PRORATED WARRANTY
356
EXTENDED WARRANTIES
357
WARRANTY CLAIMS
358
AFTER WARRANTY
360
EPILOGUE
363
INDEX
377
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