Flashover Fridays

Sorry this isn’t where we show you a video of flashovers.† The ticker tape was pretty popular so we will expand on that.† Everybody loves to complain, myself included.† We’ll start with some general things and then see where we go from there.

Complain or praise as you see fit, but you better explain/justify your statements so others understand.† Otherwise you will have wasted your time and others as well.

Week 1 will be apparatus.

I hate E-one.† and here’s why;

1. They are THE cheapest built apparatus on the market.† If you want lowest bidder here it is.

2.† Suspension is Crap.† Broken leaf springs every couple years.† The 2 year old pump we are driving recently broke one.

3. No design evolution.† The new ones look just like the old ones.† Oh no, wait the gauges on the dash now have Blue lights and they are currently working, I’m sure it won’t last.

4.† The good, They are cheap

I like Pierce.† New design, quality assembly with quality parts.† They run strong and look good.† The bad: Price,† The damn doors don’t stay shut, the steps cracked the first year, and there are locks on the doors and only 2 keys.† Who carries Keys?

4 Comments

  • Nate Q. says:

    One more reason for you to not like them…their not the low bid anymore. Our last bids, they were the highest by far.

  • Nate Q. says:

    Sorry, I meant “they’re”

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    Ouch, that throws my whole budget theory right out the window. Can you share the price rankings with us? If not the actual price than the order the bids came in. Thank you.

  • Nate Q. says:

    Don’t have access to the exact prices right now, but here is the order from Low to high (we were bidding on a 75′ quint BTW):

    Pierce – lowest
    Ferarra – + ~$1,500
    Seagrave – +~$25,000
    E-One – +~$25,000

    We run both Pierce and E-One apparatus (our other Quint is an E-one…no real problems…actually a good truck). The Pierce just seemed to give the most bang for the buck.

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Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com
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Hollie Broughton
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
I was left feeling a little offended here. Trying to have an open mind, but also trying to figure out why you have to knock Pump operators so badly. Full time, I see your point. But I volunteer. And am a Pump operator/ Firefighter. I was graced with only 48 hours of training and 4…
2014-07-08 19:16:19
Jack Crais
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I enjoyed the ideas espoused in the article, but doesn't the acronym "K.I.S.S." mean "Keep it simple, stupid" or, for those who worry about hurting someone's feelings, "Keep it sweet and simple"?
2014-06-27 18:59:01
dennis
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
it was just a matter of time until this became evident in the fire serice. Unfortunately the dumbing down as you call it, could be a direct result of the nation's professional fire service being forced to hire candidates that have lower grades on their employment exams due to racial and ethnic quotas being enforced.
2014-06-25 17:46:09
Johnny
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
When I was a probie, we had pre-determined pressures, and we knew the friction loss for our hoses, but our Captain ran us through hydraulics classes. While we might not use those formulas, I'm still convinced the understanding is indispensable if one wants to be a great chauffeur.
2014-06-24 05:04:43
Ray McCormack
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
This is defenity part of it. When we are too busy to drill that's one thing but when we don't even get a chance to learn the options that is another issue. Complaints of lazy firefighters will only increase when technology can be blamed and used as the scapegoat for not knowing your job.
2014-06-24 01:24:00

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