How to buy apparatus accessories (eBook)

Download this FireRescue1 apparatus accessories buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


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Apparatus are the quintessential picture of the fire service, transporting firefighters and equipment to and from the scene. They are on the scene of every fire, hazmat, terrorism and rescue call – and even many EMS calls as well.

An apparatus purchase is a significant event for any community – but the purchase is about so much more than the overall unit. It also includes the many accessories within and affixed to the unit.

Some members of the community may believe the apparatus procurement process is as simple as calling a manufacturer, selecting the unit that fits in the budget, and waiting for the new unit to be delivered. But as fire service members know, the reality is far more complex. Most fire apparatus involve a considerable level of customization. As a result, purchasing committee members spend countless hours planning and writing specifications, all to ensure that the unit meets the needs of the community.

The good news for fire department personnel: There are procedures and directions that can guide them through this complex process.

This FireRescue1 How-to-Buy Guide for apparatus accessories serves as a starting point for fire department personnel charged with researching, planning and speccing the many key components that form a fire apparatus.

Included in this guide: 

  • Key considerations before buying
  • Questions to ask vendors
  • Company directory

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