The 30th FDSOA Apparatus Specification SymposiumPosted on: November 2, 2017
A seasoned executive from one of the leading fire apparatus manufacturers once said, “Fire apparatus are like snowflakes and fingerprints. They are all extremely unique, and even on sister trucks, no two are ever exactly identical.” These rigs often have more than 100,000 individual components on the trucks, and many of them are specifically called out by the apparatus spec committee prior to sending out for bid. Good, bad, or otherwise, the apparatus is built to the spec provided. The decisions regarding the configuration of the rig ultimately lie in the hands of the spec authors.
For 30 years this January, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) has been working tirelessly to give apparatus committees and other firefighters a nonbrand-specific forum to ask questions. The goal is to allow the attendees to learn from multiple subject matter experts in one location and delve deep into the topics that come up in a committee meeting and often are difficult to answer without an expert on hand. In partnership with the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA), on January 15-17, 2018, the FDSOA will be hosting fire departments all over North America for the 30th Annual Apparatus Specifications and Maintenance Symposium. The event will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.