Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook



by William C. Peters, Battalion Chief and Apparatus Supervisor (Ret.), Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department

This text details the step-by-step instructions needed to write specifications, go out to bid, evaluate the bids, inspect the apparatus, and save your department money.

Chief Peters provides insight into various apparatus features, real-life mishaps, maintenance programs, and warranty information that will help you and the department purchase the right vehicle for the job.


  • Do we need a new rig?
  • Justifying the purchase Œ
  • Apparatus types and features Œ
  • Refurbishment vs. new purchase
  • Getting started
  • Documenting your needs
  • Special apparatus features
  • Apparatus electrical and warning signals
  • Equipment
  • Writing the final specifications
  • Going to bid
  • Bid evaluation Œ
  • Preconstruction conference and intermediate factory inspection
  • Final inspections Œ
  • Delivery and training Œ
  • Preventive maintenance and warranty
  • Epilogue
  • Index
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