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  • #91
    Originally posted by FDsouthbxNY View Post
    With VERY LITTLE exception, rigs are kept in front line service for 10 years. Period. After that they are sent to the spare pool and they'll stick around until no longer serviceable or replaced by a new spare. You don't have to look far to find rear-mount spares from 1994. You can't miss them, mostly rust!



    You've got to remember. This isn't a committee of chiefs and firemen putting together a rig specification. This is a entire team comprised of some members from every rank, but just as important, members of the full-time FDNY shops crew are on hand to assist in designing the rig.

    The new engines WON'T out last the Ferrara trucks. They'll last the very same 10 years that all of our apparatus last. (Fewer than a 10 year replacement is odd) Believe me, they're beat up when they reach life's end, but the manufacturer doesn't impact this. It makes no difference who builds the rig. None. They all meet the same drive-train specs. The engines and trans. are made by the same companies, so are all the internal components. Who cares who puts it together....

    I'm certain these Ferrara rigs will have trouble. But guess what? The new Seagrave rigs have a lot of problems too! That's just how it goes.
    And here we have it....the voice of reason!

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    • #92
      Originally posted by FDsouthbxNY View Post
      The FDNY has never run a system like this. THANK GOD! It sucks! Quints are nothing more than a way to cut staffing and save city money while short changing on ACTUAL fire protection. Engine/Truck, the only way to go.
      thats exactly what they did too. Rochester took Engine/Truck houses with 6 firemen and 2 officers, and folded it into the Quint/Midi's with 5 firemen and 1 officer. The system worked alright for them, they run their fair shares of fire(Rochester is like a less crappy Detroit, but not by much) and ran this system for 20+ years. Now that they are going back to Engines/Trucks (actually quints but shhhh... we'll just call them trucks) they are just cutting the midi's out and creating a 4 man engine or "truck" out of the once 6 man company.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by nameless View Post
        thats exactly what they did too. Rochester took Engine/Truck houses with 6 firemen and 2 officers, and folded it into the Quint/Midi's with 5 firemen and 1 officer. The system worked alright for them, they run their fair shares of fire(Rochester is like a less crappy Detroit, but not by much) and ran this system for 20+ years. Now that they are going back to Engines/Trucks (actually quints but shhhh... we'll just call them trucks) they are just cutting the midi's out and creating a 4 man engine or "truck" out of the once 6 man company.
        Well, this is all kinds of backwards. I'm aware that Rochester does their share of work and has great guys. My issue is that implementing a quint is a way of taking 2 units, properly staffed and reducing it to 1. In NYC this would be like taking a firehouse with and engine and a truck
        (9 firemen and 2 officers) and replacing it with a quint and cutting the staffing in half. This would severely reduce operational capacity. Quints are a way for cities to cut staffing and pretend that fire protection is the same. A big fat lie.

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        • #94
          Sadly, I don't see the $$ situation in Rochester getting better any time soon... Too many jobs have left, and many who DO have good jobs left the city for quieter, less crime ridden neighborhoods.

          Seems like every time I log on Monroe county fire wire, every second or third story is a structure fire in Rochester... At that rate, there won't be much city left!

          I can agree that using a combo rig to shrink your labor pool pretty much stinks. So does being short on dough. Done right though, a quint can ADD to your capability- if you run them as trucks WITH an engine.

          I think they're probably a better deal in volly depts. It puts all your tools right there in front. We love ours, the committee designed it to be a good truck first, to replace an out of service stick.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
            You guys would put a stick, a pump, and 500 water on a single rear???
            pierce did it for a local company.

            correction: i believe it has 400 water.



            all this talk about junk crap garbage trash trucks. at least none you poor bastards were stuck with one the last "spare parts" new lex that rolled off the line.

            50K ontop of the original price for just repairing all the problems via 3rd party builder. id take a ferrara any day. at least they are still in business and can have the opportunity to screw us on a warranty.

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            • #96
              The third party thing is why We will no longer buy a truck unless its from a single source. Too much finger pointing.

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              • #97
                Originally posted by bruce355 View Post
                The third party thing is why We will no longer buy a truck unless its from a single source. Too much finger pointing.
                Then do what we did- Put into your spec that the "Builder assumes any and all warranty liability."
                "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                  Then do what we did- Put into your spec that the "Builder assumes any and all warranty liability."
                  Exactly. Don't worry about sole source, worry about sole responsibility.
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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by bruce355 View Post
                    The third party thing is why We will no longer buy a truck unless its from a single source. Too much finger pointing.
                    Then you will be tied to a couple HIGH priced builders when all you have to do is SPECIFY Sole Responsibility in the Builders warranty section. NOT really that difficult and acomplishes the same objective. T.C.

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