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  1. The biggest issue appears to be the amount of time it took to get any water on the fire. The videos is edited so we can't get an actual time line of what occurred.
  2. I have to say, they are some of the best taken care of apparatus I have ever seen, even their extremely busy companies take care of their trucks. It is impressive.
  3. I wouldn't say there are too few. The issue seems to be everyone trying to cut corners to make profit. It seems that the quality of materials is a huge issue. Whether it is overflow tanks on radiators, radiators not made completely of metal. wiring harnesses that have a lower gauge of wire, window regulators that are inferior and don't even start me with the Cummins motor issues. In a recent purchase lack of quality control and employees doing what they were supposed to do. The last purchase involved a multiple truck order and wiring runs were different, grommets not placed holes, some siliconed, some left open. It was a lot of little issues due to volume of trucks being produced and new employees not up to par. The manufacturers have let the older employees retire or leave and when business started to turn around they have been slow to bring on employees and their is no apprenticeship to teach the right way it should be done. ALL OF THE MANUFACTURERS have issues. We had more little issues on our pumpers than or aerial, the aerial guys have been there much longer and were a great group of guys, aerials are a promotion from the engine work it seems, they still have the right attitude and work ethic. Sorry, off my soapbox now.
  4. They do have that feature. It is designed so the truck can go to maintenance or repair. It isn't designed for regular use, It is only a cotter pin.
  5. Actually, we have four stations and bought 4 new engines with the tiller. A fifth station is about to start construction. The tower was purchased after it was "turned in" (repo) by another department in the Northeast. It is an 09 that we got in 2015. It is an awesome truck and we get a GREAT price. The biggest issue for us is currently we only have the engines and the tiller staffed so the tiller is our ladder and rescue company. The apartment complexes, new shopping center/commercial and amount of traffic accidents in our area. really drove the purchase. We cover about 9 miles of Interstate 95 each direction and about 7 of Interstate 16. Our future plan includes staffing station 5 (2018), then staffing a second ladder in 2019 hopefully (2009 Tower). Until then the tower will be our reserve.
  6. What is the reason for the change to a rescue engine? We are considering a similar project when our rescue is due for replacement. I was looking for some of their reasoning. Our biggest issue is will it have enough space.
  7. The drawing and the Picture are Enforcer chassis not the Dash.
  8. Sorry to see it go from NOLO. Although, I didn't care for the editing in the final episodes with the narratives about how wonderful it is and how great their friendships were. They also basically dropped the Fire Dept and most of the Police out of filming. I know the City had ALOT to do with it since they are also dropping First 48 from the city.
  9. Not sure what to make of this. They now have 3 aerial lines plus the snorkel product now, something will have to give. What about Smeals' partnership with Ferrara? Maybe Ferrara is next to come into the fold or will they buy some one of the aerial designs (I highly doubt it).
  10. I went basically to see how it was going to be. I would agree with the above statement. Very small exhibit floor and the classes didn't have much attendance. I will give them another chance but they need some big improvements and buy in from the vendors. I personally would rather it go back to Baltimore/DC area. It is about 100 miles further for me but a much better drive or a 1/3 of the air fare. Plus the hotels were cheaper in Baltimore.
  11. They aren't ordering from E-One yet. It is just out for bid. However, it will probably be E-One or Pierce that gets the bid from what I have heard.
  12. While I am not currently buying one. I did tour the factory and they have made some significant improvements to the entire operation and the quality of the units I saw. I still don't know if we would buy from them again (we have 4 units right now).
  13. The bid that was out is based off a KME 103' rearmount but stranger things have happened!! Hall County Georgia is emergency purchasing a Pierce Rearmount tower to replace the Sutphen that failed and injured their firefighters. It should be delivered in a few months.
  14. Five at the most, especially on inspections. You may have a larger committee or group to help develop specifications but the large group is a hinderance while trying to do an inspection.
  15. Okay, that is what is in the recommended budget that is posted on line.