DO115 - Apparatus Specification: Getting It Right the First Time
The purchase of a new piece of fire apparatus is one of the most important capital improvement projects that fire service personnel may be a part of. The decisions made by the apparatus committee during the design and purchasing processes will impact the fire department for the lifetime of the apparatus. Depending on the department and its apparatus replacement program, this could be upwards of 20+ years.
This 8-hour lecture is designed to give students and overview of the apparatus specing and purchasing process. The course will discuss how to formulate the apparatus committee, defining the mission of the apparatus being designed, factors to consider when designing the apparatus, and the purchasing process. The course will also highlight specific considerations that should be evaluated when designing engines, aerial apparatus, water shuttle apparatus, and heavy rescues. NFPA 1901 will be used throughout the course to show students the minimum standards that apparatus must meet.
- $410 flat rate
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Maximum Class Size
Required Student Materials
- Students will be able to discuss considerations for writing the apparatus spec.
- Students will be able to discuss the bid and procurement processes.
- Students will be able to discuss how to identify the need for a new piece of apparatus.
- Students will be able to discuss the factors that must be considered when defining the mission of the apparatus being designed.