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    My department is getting close to scheduling our pre-con with Pierce. Does anyone have any experience with change orders that occur at the precon? Were you charged a penalty or restock fee? Did it cause delays to the delivery date?

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    When your department is at Pierce Mfg for the precon, your apparatus specs will change in many areas, because you will see items or build changes that cost extra dollars, that other fire departments added to there apparatus. So your truck committee will want changes, before it go's into production, vehicles look very different on paper, than they do in person.. Make sure your departments budget can cover all of the extra costs with the change orders !

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      Almost every pre-construction visit to a manufacturer's facility results in additions and/or changes to the original specifications. You should address this PRIOR to ordering your new apparatus and discuss how change orders will be handled and most importantly, how they will be paid for. Going out to the factory on a pre-construction, making say $8000.00 in additional changes, and then trying to figure out how they will be paid for is not the way to do it. It not only slows the entire process down, but it also places pressure on the Chief to now have to go before the purchasing authority, (Mayor & Council or Board of Commissioners), and ask for the additional funds. The best way to handle this is to have some type of change stipend already part of the purchase and included in the purchase price/Purchase Order. Another item that sometimes gets overlooked is the mounting of equipment. You need to decide prior to signing the PO for your new vehicle, who is doing the mounting, how much equipment is being mounted and how is it being paid for.
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