When you look at the American fire service, you see lots of apparatus, but is all the apparatus necessary? Big trucks, lots of lights, lots of equipment. With the downturn of the economy, will the fire service take a look at what is essential rather than what they think they need? Where is the proof that the apparatus we are purchasing makes a differnce? Does a $500,000 engine put out a fire any differently than a $200,000 engine?
Where am I going with this? Go out to your bay in the station, and ask yourself - do we have more apparatus than what we need - quantity and quality? What is big enough? What works the best, not what looks the biggest and the best?
It is time for the American fire service to look at the fire apparatus and make changes to become more economically efficient?
Lets hear your thoughts.