FACT — Most features and options on apparatus, especially engines and tankers come from fire Departments, not dealers or manufacturers.
It’s amazing to watch the interaction of two completely different and unique fire departments while at the KME manufacturing facilities. The ease of communication, the pride of showing off their new apparatus and pointing out features they needed and designed and how intently each is in hearing the questions asked and answers being given.
Pictures, pictures, and more pictures – there can never be enough when designing a new emergency vehicle.
The plant tour can wait, they need to find out why one warning/scene light was used over another. Lunch gets cold so a custom hose roller device is explained. The pre-con meeting is halted to look at custom cab storage. And it goes on and on. Truly an amazing sight to behold.
If you are thinking about a new emergency vehicle, take time to look at as many pictures as possible, the web is packed with tens-of-thousands of pictures showing off every aspect of new apparatus. If you are intrigued by something you see in the picture, call the fire department to learn more. No matter where they are, they will love hearing from you and will freely answer any questions you may have.
Make plenty of copies of the pictures you have seen, the more the better. Like something you see in the crew cab – copy the picture. Like a pump panel layout – copy the picture. Like a body layout – copy the picture. Like the ladder storage – copy the picture. Pictures, pictures, and more pictures – there can never be enough when designing a new emergency vehicle.
Sales representatives are meeting with you to help you design the apparatus you want, that you need to do your job. It’s that simple.
Scott Zingaro is KME Fire and Rescue Sales Manager with Goodman Specialized Vehicles.